On January 15, 2015 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had proposed measures to ensure that phased-out perfluorinated chemicals do not re-enter the marketplace without review. The current action builds on several others EPA has already taken since 2006, while reaching an agreement with companies to completely phase-out these chemicals by the end of 2015. Under Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the EPA proposed a Significant New Use Rule (SNUR) addressing long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate chemicals including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA, CAS 335-67-1) used in food contact. The SNUR requires manufacturers and importers of these chemicals to notify EPA at least 90 days before starting/resuming new uses of these chemicals in any products. This notification would allow the agency to evaluate the new use and, if needed, take action to prohibit/limit the activity.

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U.S. EPA (January 15, 2015). “EPA’s actions to restrict PFOA and similar chemicals yield significant human health and environmental benefits.

U.S. EPA (December 18, 2014). “Proposed rule – long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate and perfluoroalkyl sulfonate chemical substances; Significant New Use Rule.(pdf)