Businesses Using PFAS Chemicals Now Subject to TRI Reporting and Greater Scrutiny

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By this time next year, a wide range of businesses, governments and citizens will know a lot more about per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFOS and PFOA) in their communities. PFOS and PFOA compounds are a family of emerging contaminants, commonly referred to as PFAS. By July 1, 2021, businesses that in 2020 manufactured, processed, or otherwise used threshold quantities (i.e. 100 pounds or more) of any of 172 listed PFAS compounds must file Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reports with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Shortly thereafter, the EPA will begin publishing information on PFAS TRI reporters, a move that likely will lead to greater public scrutiny of businesses that manufacture, process, or use PFAS. The list of the 172 PFAS compounds that now have to be reported is found here. The new PFAS reporting requirement was imposed by the National Defense Reauthorization Act for 2020.

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