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WASHINGTON (March 4, 2020) – Today, the American Chemistry Council issued the following statement in response to the most recent analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) on per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS):

“The EWG analysis published today is based on the controversial theory that a substance’s cancer potential can be predicted by the presence of certain ‘key characteristics’. A 2017 analysis of high throughput screening results for over 200 substances that have been reviewed by USEPA for carcinogenic potential, however, found that the use of the key characteristics employed by EWG was ‘no better than chance’ in predicting cancer.

“Furthermore, each PFAS chemistry has its own unique properties as well as health and safety profiles, and treating all PFAS chemistries as the same is not scientifically accurate nor appropriate to guide effective regulation.

“Our member companies are dedicated to the responsible production, use, and management of PFAS chemistries in a manner that protects the public health and our environment. We will continue to engage with lawmakers and regulators on this important issue and support strong chemical regulations that are protective of the safety of human health and the environment.”

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