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ACC Groups File Comments to Maine DEP on PFAS in Products Program

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WASHINGTON (July 19, 2022) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC), the Alliance for Telomer Chemistry Stewardship (ATCS), the Performance Fluoropolymer Partnership (PFP), and the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) yesterday submitted comments to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection on the “Concept Draft for the Maine PFAS in Products Program”. Click here for ACC’s comments.

“As written, this misguided law could eventually ban thousands of products that Maine families and businesses rely on without providing meaningful impact on public health,” said Rudy Underwood, Vice President of State Affairs, American Chemistry Council. “It could impact nearly every major industry in Maine, including forest products, healthcare, textiles, semiconductors, electronics, and construction. In fact, as written, this law could ban over 500 medications that families around the state rely on, including asthma inhalers.

This law could also adversely impact critical uses of PFAS that are important for Maine’s broader sustainability objectives, including support for alternative energy and greenhouse gas reduction efforts. We support strong, science-based regulation of PFAS chemistries. But all PFAS are not the same and they should not all be regulated the same way.”

In addition to ACC’s comments, comments were submitted by:

The Performance Fluoropolymer Partnership;
The Alliance for Telomer Chemistry Stewardship 1 and 2;
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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