EPA Takes Action to Stop Use of Certain PFAS in Products and Protect American Consumers: Agency marks 4th anniversary of amended TSCA by meeting important milestone under PFAS Action Plan
Posted by [email protected] on Jul. 31, 2020
Source: [email protected] – EPA’s Asbestos and Small Business Ombudsman Program
On June 22, 2020, as part of EPA’s Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan, EPA issued a final rule giving the agency the authority to review an expansive list of products containing PFAS before they could be manufactured, sold, or imported in the United States. This action, issued under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), means that EPA is prohibiting companies from manufacturing, processing, or importing products containing certain long-chain PFAS, which persist in the environment and can cause adverse health effects, without prior EPA review and approval. As part of the agency’s review, EPA could place restrictions on these products to protect public health.
Since issuing the PFAS Action Plan in February 2019, the most comprehensive cross-agency plan ever to address an emerging chemical of concern, EPA has made significant progress to help states and local communities address PFAS and protect public health.
For a summary of the actions the Trump Administration has taken under the PFAS Action Plan: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-releases-pfas-action-plan-program-update-0
For more information on the final rule: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/risk-management-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-pfas or read the full press release.