US EPA Issues Next Test Order Under National Testing Strategy for PFAS Used in Plastics, Chemical Manufacturing
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a test order for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under its National PFAS Testing Strategy. The order requires companies to conduct and submit tests on trifluoro(trifluoromethyl)oxirane (HFPO), a perfluoroalkyl substance used in making plastics, as the EPA believes it may pose a risk to human health and the environment. The test order was issued to The Chemours Company, DuPont, E.I. du Pont de Nemours, and 3M Company. The results of the tests will be made publicly available and will inform future decisions on whether further testing is needed. The EPA's first test order was issued in June 2022 and was for 6:2 fluorotelomer sulfonamide betaine, a PFAS used in commercial firefighting foam.
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