EPA Lists PFAS as “Chemicals of Special Concern” for Toxic Release Inventory Reporting

On October 31, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a rule finalizing Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data reporting requirements for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), designating PFAS as “chemicals of special concern.” TRI data is reported by various industrial sectors to disclose to the surrounding community how listed chemicals are managed. Under this “chemicals of special concern” designation, PFAS are no longer eligible for the use of a de minimus exception, and, as a result, PFAS manufacturers must identify PFAS and notify downstream manufacturers of inclusion even if PFAS is used in low concentrations in such products as food packaging, carpet stain repellent, shampoo, dental floss, and nonstick cookware. Prior to this designation, PFAS inventories less than 100 pounds did not require reporting. This final rule is effective November 30, 2023 and applies for the reporting year beginning January 1, 2024 (reports due July 1, 2025).

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