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Sweden Says Chemicals Tainting Its Water a ‘Scandal’

Sweden called on the European Union to act against a harmful form of chemicals that contaminated its drinking water, saying the issue is bound to affect other member states.

Highly fluorinated chemicals, which are regularly used in fire extinguishers at airports, by fire departments and the military, have polluted Swedish drinking water to the point where some supplies are now off limits, the country’s Environment Minister Lena Ek said today in Luxembourg. She wants the EU to develop an action plan to tackle the chemicals, whose impact may not be limited to Sweden, she said.