The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the interim results of a voluntary effort on the part of 8 chemical manufacturers to keep emissions and use of long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (LCPFCs), including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), low.
Although they are toxic, LCPFCs are used in hundreds of manufacturing and industrial applications, and can accumulate in the environment and in people. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson says reducing these toxic chemicals is one of her top priorities.
"I am pleased to see that many of the Stewardship Program companies are making excellent progress and all are on track to meet the ultimate goal of phasing out LCPFCs by the end of 2015," said Jim Jones, acting assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "The program is an important part of the agency's efforts to mitigate exposures to LCPFCs."
The 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship Program was started in 2006 with DuPont, Solvay Solexis, Asahi Glass Company, Daikin America, Inc., Clariant International Ltd., 3M/Dyneon, Arkema Inc., and BASF as partners. Additionally, the EPA will be taking action to address concerns with other companies that are not participating in the program.
Provide manufacturing workers involved with potentially hazardous chemicals with safety products, including safety goggles, protective clothing, gloves, and respiratory protection to prevent on the job injury and illness.