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Regulatory Action on PFAS/LCPFAC Compounds

Announcements

January 15, 2015 To ensure that perfluorinated chemicals that have been phased out do not re-enter the marketplace without review EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule under TSCA for long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylates (LCPFACs). EPA will accept public comments on the proposal for 60 days from the time of publication in the Federal Register.

Overview

In addition to its activities on PFOA, EPA has also been investigating and taking regulatory actions on other related perfluorinated compounds, including perfluoroalkyl sulfonates (PFAS). Studies have found PFAS chemicals in very small amounts in the blood of the general human population as well as in wildlife.

PFAS and long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) chemical compounds are related. Although most of the health and environmental studies have focused primarily on PFOS and PFOA, analysis of the structure of these compounds indicates that the results of those studies may be applied to a larger category of PFAS and LCPFAC chemicals. EPA believes that the chemical similarity between PFOS and PFAS raises the likelihood that health and environmental concerns are present for PFAS, and that LCPFAC compounds may degrade to PFOA.

Final Rules

Proposed Rules

On January 15, 2015, EPA published a proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) to ensure that perfluorinated chemicals that have been phased out do not re-enter the marketplace without review. EPA will accept public comments on the proposal for 60 days from the time of publication in the Federal Register.

Read more information on SNURs and related information in the docket:

LCPFAC Carpet SNUR docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2012-0268

PFAS SNUR - docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2005-0015

PFOS SNURs - docket ID number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2002-0043


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