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EPA Prepares to Oversee Imports of Certain PFAS

Feb. 18, 2020, 5:48 PMUpdated: Feb. 18, 2020, 3:24 PM

The White House has signed off on the EPA’s plan to manage imports of certain “forever chemicals” no longer made or used in the U.S., along with imports of manufactured goods containing those chemicals.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) cleared the agency’s proposed rule developed to manage certain long-chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). People have dubbed these synthetic substances “forever chemicals,” because they do not break down in the environment.

Domestic manufacturers couldn’t resume producing the chemicals, and couldn’t make any products containing them, without the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval, under the proposal.

The office’s clearance Feb....

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