[Blog] Guidance on New PFAS Reporting Rule for Manufacturers

September 8, 2021

Read the full blog by Hannah Ray

In the last 10 years, have you manufactured, processed or imported products containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)? If so, be aware - the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may soon require a detailed report.

In June 2021, the EPA, under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) proposed a new rule that would require industrial users of PFAS to submit a one-time comprehensive report on all PFAS manufactured or imported since January 1, 2011. Information required in the report would include: PFAS names, structures, quantities, uses, byproducts, environmental and health impacts, worker impacts, and disposal. This rule will enable the EPA to better characterize the sources and quantities of manufactured PFAS in the United States.

The EPA is soliciting comments on the proposed rule until September 27, 2021. The EPA will publish a rule before January 1, 2023. Reports will be due within 6 months after the rule is published.

Our PFAS experts at the Green Science Policy Institute would like to raise awareness of this proposed reporting requirement, and to share practical advice with affected manufacturers. Although fulfilling the reporting obligations for the proposed rule will take time and effort, it represents a step in the right direction in managing the human and environmental risks associated with all PFAS as a class.