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New Import Restrictions Proposed for Goods with PFAS Chemicals as Surface Coatings

Tuesday, March 03, 2020
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new requirements for imported products that contain certain persistent long-chain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances used as surface coatings. Comments on this proposed rule are due by April 17.

The EPA states that this rule would prevent products like furniture, automobile parts, electronics, and household appliances that could contain these PFAS as part of a surface coating from being imported into the U.S. unless the agency reviews the uses and determines whether it is necessary to impose restrictions to address any unreasonable risks.

While the EPA believes the use of PFAS chemicals as surface coatings in imported goods has been phased out, this rule would ensure that any new uses are reviewed before any products containing these chemicals could be imported into the U.S. again.

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