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March 10, 2015 – In response to requests from the public, EPA extended the public comment period for the proposed Significant New Use Rule under TSCA on long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate and perfluoroalkyl sulfonate chemical substances by 90 days. EPA expects the notice announcing this extension to be published in the Federal Register on March 16, 2015. Comments on the proposed rule were originally due March 23, 2015. Comments will now be due June 26, 2015.

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.

January 15, 2015 -- EPA released companies’ progress reports for 2013 and 2104 to meet phase-out goals of the 2010/2015 PFOA Stewardship Program.

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a long-chain perfluorinated chemical (LCPFC) that does not occur naturally in the environment. LCPFCs are synthetic chemical substances with special properties and hundreds of manufacturing and industrial applications.

EPA has been investigating PFOA because it:

Major pathways that enable PFOA, in very small quantities, to get into human blood are not yet fully understood. PFOA is used to make fluoropolymers and can also be released by the transformation of some fluorinated telomers. However, consumer products made with fluoropolymers and fluorinated telomers, including Teflon® and other trademark products, are not PFOA. Rather, some of them may contain trace amounts of PFOA and other related perfluorinated chemicals as impurities. The information that EPA has available does not indicate that the routine use of consumer products poses a concern. At present, there are no steps that EPA recommends that consumers take to reduce exposures to PFOA.

In 2006, EPA and the eight major companies in the industry launched the 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship Program, in which companies committed to reduce global facility emissions and product content of PFOA and related chemicals by 95 percent by 2010, and to work toward eliminating emissions and product content by 2015.

EPA remains concerned about LCPFCs being produced by companies that are not participating in the stewardship program and intends to take action to address those concerns. On December 30, 2009, EPA posted four action plans, including an action plan on long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (LPFCs). The LCPFCs action plan outlines actions that would further reduce exposure to LCPFCs by addressing their use in products from sources other than the eight companies participating in the stewardship program. As these actions begin, there will be opportunities for public and stakeholder comment and involvement.

This site provides information on PFOA and related chemicals and EPA's actions on these chemicals:

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