In a press release published on November 8, 2019, the Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut announced that state’s interagency task force on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has submitted its final PFAS action plan. “The plan recommends testing water supplies across the state, reducing the sources of PFAS in the environment, and cleaning up known contamination due to this class of emerging pollutants.”
Specifically related to food packaging, the action plan recommends: (i) determining the universe of potential PFAS sourcing including food packaging and cookware, (ii) “enhanc[ing] procurement of PFAS-free consumer products by State agencies” including food packaging, and (iii) convening “an ad hoc group to review the most current research and nationwide actions regarding food packaging, consumer products, and the recycling thereof.” Consideration of an extended producer responsibility program is also recommended. In October 2019, the task force had announced the publication of the draft version of the action plan (FPF reported).
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (November 4, 2019). “Governor Lamont Receives Final Action Plan From PFAS Task Force.”
Chemical Watch (November 7, 2019). “Connecticut PFAS task force suggests legislative action.”
Keller and Heckman LLP (December 16, 2019). “Connecticut Releases PFAS Action Plan.”
Connecticut Interagency PFAS Task Force (November 1, 2019). “PFAS Action Plan.” (pdf)