US chemical industry spent $61M to fend off PFAS regulations

May 4, 2021

Read the full article by Rebecca Trager (Chemistry World)

"As the US federal government and Congress have mounted increasing efforts over the last few years to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) – a notorious class of persistent, highly mobile and potentially toxic compounds – major manufacturers of these chemicals have also ramped up their political lobbying and donation campaigns, according to an analysis by The Guardian.

Campaign finance records reveal that seven of largest PFAS producers and their industry trade groups spent at least $61 million (£44 million) during 2019 and 2020, the majority of which did not comprise campaign donations but instead funded lobbying efforts aimed at members of Congress and Donald Trump’s administration. Various proposals to address PFAS were ‘slow-walked’ by Trump political appointees, The Guardian wrote.

The data indicates that the industry focused its resources in the past few years on defeating numerous proposals that could have compelled companies to pay for the costs of cleaning up widespread PFAS pollution, the newspaper reports. ‘Lobbying records show PFAS manufacturers like Chemours, 3M, DuPont, Daikin, Arkema, Solvay and the American Chemistry Council trade group dispatched lobbyists to Congress and made donations to key congressional committee members as the bills were debated,’ it said."