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PEER and CEH Ask Court to Immediately Stop Unlawful PFAS Formation

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Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) announced today that they have filed a motion for summary judgement and issuance of an injunction in their case against Inhance Technologies LLC (Inhance) in federal court in Philadelphia. The motion asks Federal District Judge John Murphy to determine that Inhance is producing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in violation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and direct Inhance to immediately cease its reckless and unsafe actions.  

Inhance treats plastic containers with fluorine, a process called fluorination, causing the formation of PFAS which studies show leach from the container into its contents. Over 200 million containers are fluorinated each year by the company and are used to package numerous consumer, commercial, and industrial products found throughout the economy.  

“It is shameful that Inhance continues to put the public at risk nearly three years after testing by PEER and  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) demonstrated that the fluorination process forms  PFAS in  plastic containers, and over a year after the EPA found Inhance in violation of TSCA and told the company to comply with the law.  It’s time for the Court to order Inhance to do the right thing,” said Sarah Packer, Director of Petrochemicals, Plastics & Climate at CEH.



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