Bloomberg Law
Jan. 31, 2023, 3:40 PM

Specialty Plastics Makers Seek Exemption to Proposed EU PFAS Ban

Stephen Gardner
Stephen Gardner
Freelance Correspondent

A group of about 40 specialty plastics should be left out of the largest-ever European Union REACH chemicals law restriction, which could ban thousands of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), an industry group said.

Fluoropolymers “meet the structural definition of PFAS,” but they are “very different from the others,” and are non-toxic and “chemically, thermally and biologically durable,” meaning they don’t break down or bioaccumulate in the environment, said Jaime Sales, managing director of consultants Chemservice Iberia, speaking at a briefing in Brussels arranged by pro-K, a German industry group representing makers of plastic semi-finished and consumer products.

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