a cumbersome method if you ask us

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The fact that large quantities of PFAS are regularly dumped in the Netherlands is nothing new under the sun. But the fact that some companies are going so far as to dump PFAS in hobby eggs has caused some eyebrow raising in our editorial staff. If you ask us, it is quite a cumbersome method to get rid of your excess PFAS.

The most common way to discharge PFAS is to simply dump the whole mess into the water in large quantities. Simple, effective and fast. We always simply dump our PFAS in the Westerkanaal, here behind our office. Then it flows like this, hop, onto the IJ. And you don’t have to worry about it anymore. Our intern spends two minutes on this and we can continue with the order of the day.

But apparently there are also companies throughout the Netherlands that take the trouble to put their PFAS in eggs. It seems to us to be a fairly labor-intensive way of dumping. Think about it: first of all, you need to locate hobby chicken keepers where you can access the coops somewhat easily. There must be eggs. You then have to meticulously drill a hole in the shell for all those eggs. Are there special eggshell drills for that or something? Well, in any case you still have to ensure that a small amount of PFAS – after all, it won’t fit much anymore – ends up in that egg. They will do that with a pipette or something. Well, we are talking about milliliters. You should consider how many eggs you need to discharge your entire stock, assuming that an average chemical company has the necessary liters in stock.

For PFAS scientist Jacob de Boer of VU Amsterdam, it is also a mystery why those companies would go to so much effort: “It is extremely time-consuming and for most companies the following applies: time is money. It therefore seems not only a waste of time but also money. Maybe we’re just dealing with a bunch of amateurs here. Look, those large companies in Brabant, but also Chemours for example, have more or less turned the large-scale dumping of toxic substances into an art form. This may actually have been done by a beginner. What could also be that the dumper was afraid of being discovered. It is of course easier to detect a very large pool of PFAS than many small amounts spread over several eggs. And what crazy person is going to randomly open eggs to see if they happen to contain a little PFAS? Whatever the reason, you must at least inform the perpetrator or perpetrators: it is creative.”

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