Older PFAS That EPA Thought Obsolete Still Used, Agency Told (3)

April 30, 2020, 4:31 PMUpdated: April 30, 2020, 10:27 PM

Trade associations and industry attorneys have told the EPA it can’t issue a planned PFAS regulation as proposed, because their members still rely on older versions of the so-called “forever chemicals” that the agency thought were no longer used in the U.S.

The groups’ comments mean the Environmental Protection Agency will have to narrow a regulation (RIN 2070–AJ99) it proposed to control imported goods made with older per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, that can break down into perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS).

The agency thought production and the coating use of these older PFAS had ...

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