U.S. to Phase out Perfluorinated Chemicals by This Year

Published By : 10 Feb 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The U.S. EPA recently said that all the major chemical companies that have partnered with it are currently on track with their plans to phase out perfluorinated chemicals (PFC) of America before the beginning of 2016. The eight companies are collectively responsible for the majority of the PFCs produced globally. They have now developed more than 150 alternatives. The EPA has also created a proposition of certain measures that will ensure that the PFCs that have been phased out will not re-enter the U.S. market before being reviewed.

Assistant Admin of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention for the EPA, Jim Jones, said that using the environmental stewardship program, eight firms have helped the EPA make good progress to reduce the quantity of PFCs. This rate of progress will certainly be continued now that all the importers and other domestic manufacturers will be needed to provide the EPA with an opportunity to perform a full review so as to restrict the use of PFCs.

Starting from 2006, the EPA has been working with Solvay Solexis, Daikin, Clariant, BASF, Asahi, Arkema, 3M, and DuPont to eradicate the use of PFCs before the end of 2015. The agency is currently proposing a new use rule that could be significant. The rule is meant for long chain carboxylate chemicals in anticipation of that deadline.

The rule also means that any company that intends to import PFCs, or even process or produce the chemicals within the U.S. will have to notify the Environmental Protection Agency minimum 90 days before the date of process initiation. This allows the EPA to take action against a company in terms of evaluating new use. The EPA can also take necessary action in terms of prohibiting or limiting the activity.
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