What You Need to Know About the EPA's Proposed Rule on PFAS Disclosure

What You Need to Know About the EPA's Proposed Rule on PFAS Disclosure

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PFAS are a group of harmful chemicals used in a wide range of products, from non-stick cookware to children's clothing.

The EPA's proposed rule requires companies to report any PFAS that have been manufactured or imported between 2011 and the rule's effective date.

Small businesses and impurities or byproducts cross-contaminating goods with PFAS are not exempted from the rule.

The rule excludes pesticides, food and food additives, drugs, cosmetics, and medical devices regulated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

The chemical and semiconductor industries estimate the potential cost to comply with the rule to be $1 billion.

The US chemical industry generates over $500 billion annually, according to the EPA.

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The CDC estimates that 99% of Americans have PFAS in their blood.

PFAS contamination is a growing concern in the United States.

More than 45% of U.S. tap water is contaminated with at least one PFAS chemical, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Environmental health activists argue that the proposed rule lacks limits and cleanup requirements, which wouldn't stop PFAS from making their way into the environment or consumer products.

The proposed rule is a step towards greater transparency and data collection on the use of PFAS in consumer products.

Stay informed on the EPA's proposed PFAS disclosure rule and its implications for public health and environmental protection.