The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new rule concerning per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”). Companies that have made or brought products containing these chemicals into the U.S. since 2011 need to report certain information to the EPA. This rule mainly affects those who make or import items that have PFAS in them. The deadline for most companies to report is May 8, 2025.

Key Points:

  • What are PFAS? PFAS are a group of synthetic chemicals that can be found in a wide array of industrial and consumer products. PFAS have been found to have negative environmental and health effects, and the rule is designed to allow EPA to collect additional information on PFAS in chemical substances, mixtures, and manufactured goods.
  • Who needs to report? Companies that manufactured or imported chemical substances, mixtures, or manufactured goods that contain PFAS since 2011.
  • What’s the timeline? Companies should start reporting from November 12, 2023, with a final deadline of May 8, 2025.
  • Why this rule? The rule was prompted by a law passed in 2020, and the EPA believes collecting this data will help in assessing the risks associated with PFAS.

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