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Stability Concerns of Fluorinated hydrocarbons

Fluorinated hydrocarbons (FOC’s) are molecules which contain carbon-fluorine (C-F) bonds. FOC’s have been used over several decades in a variety of industrial products. Some include pesticides, lubricants, refrigerants, paints, drugs and ski and snowboard waxes.

As with all larger polymeric molecules, it originally was believed that larger fluorinated hydrocarbons were inert and did not pose any threats.  New research suggests otherwise.  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a report indicating “FOC’s are not biologically inert and exhibit toxic effects on humans and animals and impact the overall ecosystem health.” There is now evidence that microbes are capable of degrading and detoxifying fluorinated hydrocarbons, as well as the potential for enzyme systems to break carbon fluorine bonds exist in the molecules. As a result, the inert molecules, once described as harmless, can actually break down into smaller, toxic molecules through ordinary processes.

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  1. Cam Walker says:

    hi,
    I spotted that you were following one of my sites (mountain journal) and wondered if you might like to do a profile on Green Ice for another site called green outdoor gear. http://greenoutdoorgear.wordpress.com/

    If you check here, this is a list of the type of info I would be keen on getting:
    http://greenoutdoorgear.wordpress.com/products-by-category/
    (but whatever seems most relevant to your product)

    You could email to me at: cam.walker@foe.org.au

    thanks, just if you were keen
    regards
    cam

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