'Frying pan' study disturbs world of fluorinated polymers

Fluorinated chemicals used in a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications may be the mystery source of a potentially toxic compound which is accumulating in land-locked waters around the world, according to a study by Canadian researchers. The compound, trifluoroacetic acid (TFA), has also been detected at high levels in upland fog in Germany, provoking new concern about its possible impacts on forests.

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