Proposed SNUR on LCPFAC in carpets, and seven PFAS chemicals

On August 8, 2012, EPA signed a proposed Significant New Use Rule (SNUR)under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to:

  • Require companies to report 90 days in advance of all new uses of long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylic (LCPFAC) chemicals as part of carpets or to treat carpets, including the import of new carpet containing LCPFACs;
  • Add seven perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFAS) chemicals to the existing PFAS SNUR (40 CFR 721.9582), and amend the SNUR to include “processing” in the definition of significant new use for PFAS chemicals.

A pre-publication copy of the proposed SNUR is available for reading on EPA’s website. Comments on the proposed SNUR are due 60 days after the SNUR is published in the Federal Register. For more information, see EPA’s website.

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