C&EN interviews Miner on organic pollutant found in Arctic

Chemical & Engineering News interviewed Kimberley Rain Miner, research assistant professor with the University of Maine Climate Change Institute, for the article titled “CFC replacements are a source of persistent organic pollution in the Arctic.” Researchers have discovered short-chain compounds of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a type of organic pollutant, in ice cores in the Arctic, which they believe could be a result of their use after many countries phased out the use of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). Miner said more research into the potential toxicity of these new short-chain compounds must be conducted.