EPA Rule Limits Use of Perfluorinated Chemicals in Carpets

A rule was finalized as part of the Toxic Substances Control Act allowing the EPA to restrict the use of the chemical in carpets to impart soil, water and stain resistance

According to AIHA, the EPA has finalized a rule allowing it to restrict imports of perfluorinated chemicals that could be potentially harmful to the general public. The chemicals could be used in carpets to impart soil, water and stain resistance.

The new change will fall under the Toxic Substances Control Act and will require companies to report all new uses of the drug that are intended for manufacturing, importing and other uses.  

The use of the chemical has been restricted due to research that shows it persists in the environment and bioaccumulates in humans and animals, jeopardizing health.  Though, according to AIHA, the chemical has already been phased out to some degree, it can still be present in imported carpets.

For more information, visit: http://www.aiha.org/publications-and-resources/TheSynergist/Industry%20News/Pages/New-EPA-Rule-Targets-Use-of-Perfluorinated-Chemicals-in-Carpets.aspx

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