EPA: Keep PFOA Off The Market

Chem.info is reporting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced proposed measures to keep perflourinated chemicals (PFOA) from re-entering the U.S. marketplace.

PFOA was widely used in manufacturing in cleaners, textiles, carpet, leather, paper and paints and wire insulation. It's best known for its use in non-stick coatings such as Teflon. A friend of mine's pet bird, a cockatiel, died because someone left a Teflon pan on a stove burner too long, and it wasn't even that long. That's how toxic Teflon fumes are.

While the EPA did not recommend that consumers avoid the chemicals, the 2006 agreement virtually eliminated its use in manufacturing by stating that the companies would phase out 95 percent of PFOA by 2010, and work toward eliminating its use entirely by 2015.

According to the EPA, the participating companies have now developed more than 150 chemical alternatives to PFOA. Incidentally, not all of these have been sufficiently tested, so be watchful. If a pet dies due to being exposed to fumes from any product -- do some research, quickly.

Thanks to Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info for original story.

Kathleen HurleyEPA, PFOA, teflon