PFAS regulations through the years

PFAS Strategic Road Map3

The EPA has committed to an action plan from 2021 – 2024 where they have set timelines by which they plan to take specific action. These plans will:

  • Consider the lifecycle of PFAS
  • Work to get upstream of the problem
  • Ensure science-based decision making
  • Implementing bolder polices to safeguard public health
  • Protection of the environment and prioritize protection of disadvantaged communities
  • Hold polluters accountable

Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)

Under the TSCA section 8 rule, manufactures must identify any PFAS used since January 1, 2011, and are prohibited from manufacturing, processing, or importing products containing long-chain PFAS moving forward5,6. They must report on the following:

  • Byproducts from the manufacturing process
  • Category of use for these compounds
  • Production volumes
  • Disposal information
  • Reports of any worker's exposure
  • Any information concerning environmental and human health effects

National PFAS Testing Strategy7

Industries who have used or manufactured PFAS compounds are required to perform testing using its TSCA toxics section 4 authority. Information gathered will help the EPA to evaluate toxicity and risk associated with future regulations, monitoring, and research of this large class of chemicals.

References

[1] Immunotoxicity Associated with Exposure to Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) or Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS)

[2] PFASs listed under the Stockholm Convention

[3] PFAS Strategic Roadmap: EPA's Commitments to Action 2021-2024

[4] List of PFAS Added to the TRI by the NDAA

[5] SBAR Panel: TSCA Section 8(a)(7) Rule: Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: What is the Implication of the Proposed Rulemaking on Small Entities?

[6] Assessing and Managing Chemicals under TSCA: TSCA Section 4 Test Orders

[7] Assessing and Managing Chemicals under TSCA: National PFAS Testing Strategy

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