FluoroCouncil: Inappropriate to Regulate Universe of PFAS Chemistries as a Single Class

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2019) – The FluoroCouncil, a global organization representing the world’s leading FluoroTechnology companies, issued the following statement upon the introduction of S.638, sponsored by Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), which seeks to designate all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA):

“FluoroCouncil supports the strong regulation of chemicals to protect access to clean and safe drinking water for all Americans. Such regulation must be science-based and driven by sound and transparent assessments of risk.

“Following these principles, it is inappropriate to regulate the universe of PFAS chemistries as a single class of chemistry. A robust body of science clearly shows vast differences among the individual PFAS chemistries, and independent peer-reviewed data demonstrate that many PFAS chemistries present no significant risk to human health or the environment.

“Regulation of specific PFAS chemicals should be undertaken by appropriate regulatory bodies using their existing authorities and procedures, based on the best available science. FluoroCouncil strongly supports efforts to expedite this important work.”