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EPA lauds industry's efforts to resolve PFOA issues.

In October, officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again commended SPI and its Fluoropolymers Manufacturers Group (FMG) for their efforts to resolve a number of questions surrounding perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a fluoropolymer polymerization aid. The issue involves data that has been submitted to the EPA suggesting that PFOA has been found in U.S. blood samples and appears to be persistent in the environment.

While extensive research has indicated no adverse effects on human health or the environment at the levels indicated, industry has been working with the EPA to define the routes of exposure, characterize the health implications of that exposure, and significantly reduce the potential exposure sources from the fluoropolymer industry.

The favorable comments came during a public meeting to report on progress made by technical task groups working on various aspects of the cooperative endeavor. In his thanks to all participants, Charles Auer, director of the EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, said he was encouraged by the dedication, commitment, and hard work by industry, EPA staff, and other interested parties. For more information, contact Bonnie Limbach, (202) 974-5210; e-mail blimbach@socplas.org.
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Title Annotation:SPI News
Comment:EPA lauds industry's efforts to resolve PFOA issues.(SPI News)
Publication:Plastics Engineering
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Date:Dec 1, 2004
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