The dirty eight: Great Lakes pollutants targeted by U.S. and Canada

Read the full story from Great Lakes Echo.

Canada and the U.S. recently announced they’ll develop and coordinate strategies to reduce exposure to eight contaminants they’ve designated as Chemicals of Mutual Concern in the Great Lakes.

The designation made Tuesday, May 31, under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement also requires the countries to develop where needed the water quality standards for the pollutants.

They are hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate  (PFOS), long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (LC-PFCAs), mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs).

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