( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2021-07-29 21:13:20 )
The US state of Maine bans the sale of carpets, rugs and fabrics with intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Bill LD 1503 became public law – “An Act to Stop Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Pollution” – on July 15, 2021. Provisions include:
• January 1, 2023 – manufacturers of products containing an intentionally added PFAS must notify the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP):
1. Description of product
2. Purpose of PFAS
3. Amount of PFAS
4. Contact details of manufacturer and responsible person
5. Additional information established by the department by rule as necessary to implement the requirements
• Authorizes the state to identify other products from which PFAS can be prohibited
In addition, from 2030 products containing intentionally added PFAS will no longer be allowed for sale within the state, unless the state specifically concludes that use of PFAS is unavoidable.
PFAS are used in a wide variety of products, including:
• Firefighting foam
• Non-stick cookware
• Water- and stain-resistant textiles
• Grease-resistant food packaging.
Definitions in the Act:
• ‘PFAS’ – substances that include any member of the class of fluorinated organic chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom
• ‘Carpet or rug’ – fabric marketed or intended for use as a floor covering
• ‘Fabric treatment’ – substance applied to fabric to give the fabric one or more characteristics, including but not limited to stain resistance or water resistance
• ‘Intentionally added PFAS’ – PFAS added to a product or one of its product components to provide a specific characteristic, appearance or quality or to perform a specific function. Also includes any degradation by-products of PFAS
• ‘Currently unavoidable use’ – PFAS that the department has determined by rule to be essential for health, safety or the functioning of society and for which alternatives are not reasonably available
Stakeholders are advised to make sure their products conform to Maine law.
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