Perfluorinated Compounds in Sludge Applied in Decatur, AL

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Perfluorinated Compounds in Sludge Applied in Decatur, AL refers to a case in which sewage sludge containing perfluorinated compounds (such as PFOA and PFOS) was applied to grazing land in Decatur, AL.[1]

"In Decatur, Ala., chemical companies released perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) -- the stuff that makes up nonstick cookware and has been linked to thyroid defects in pregnant women and to cancer in wastewater treatment plant workers -- into the sewage system over a period of decades.
"The local wastewater treatment plant, Decatur Utilities, collected sludge, which was then sprayed onto grazing lands over a period of 12 years. Tests in 2009 showed that the fields -- a grazing ground for cattle -- contained PFOA and PFOS. Both chemicals are highly persistent in the environment and accumulate in the body."[2]

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  1. Gayathri Vaidyanathan, "Biosolids Tracking Efforts a Jumble of Research With No Clear Answers," New York Times, August 26, 2010, Accessed July 28, 2011.
  2. Gayathri Vaidyanathan, "Biosolids Tracking Efforts a Jumble of Research With No Clear Answers," New York Times, August 26, 2010, Accessed July 28, 2011.