Bloomberg Law
May 3, 2019, 7:50 PM

UN Chemical Regulators Approve PFOA Ban, With Exemptions

International chemical regulators unanimously approved a global ban on the use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a toxic chemical used to manufacture nonstick and stain-resistant coatings in clothing, fast-food wrappers, carpets, and other consumer and industrial products.

Participating governments in the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants agreed to list the chemical in Annex A of the treaty during this week’s United Nations Conference of the Parties meeting in Geneva.

“It’s probably the biggest Stockholm listing for ages,” said Charlie Avis, spokesman for ...

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