PFOA to be eliminated.
In January 2006, eight companies agreed to an EPA agreement to eliminate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) from consumer products within the next decade. PFOA, used to make nonstick and stain-resistant materials, has been linked with cancer and birth defects in animals. The chemical has been detected in the blood of 95% of Americans and in marine organisms and polar bears. Currently, PFOA can be found in a wide variety of consumer products, including food packaging, nonstick cookware, and fabrics. Under the terms of the pact, companies will have to reduce manufacturing emissions of PFOA and trace amounts of the compound in consumer products by 95% by no later than 2010. PFOA should be completely eliminated by 2015.