Possible US ban on PFAS
The USA’s House of Representatives recently passed a bill aimed at addressing pollution reportedly linked to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used to make products water-, heat- and stain-resistant. Supporters of this action claim that the chemicals are linked to such health issues as high cholesterol, kidney cancer, pregnancy-induced hypertension, testicular cancer, thyroid disease and ulcerative colitis.
However, critics of the bill say it usurps proper regulatory processes and scientific study and suggest that the US Environmental Protection Agency should be given more time to complete an action plan. The current US administration has promised to veto the measure should it be passed in the Senate, calling the bill a ‘litigation risk’ setting ‘problematic precedents’ and imposing ‘unwarranted costs’ on the public and private sectors.
This article was originally published on page 3 of the February 2020 issue of SATRA Bulletin.