EPA Proposes Significant New Use Restrictions for Perfluorinated Chemical Compounds

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Pursuant to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) EPA proposed a significant new use rule (SNUR) for long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) chemical substances. 80 Fed. Reg. 2885 (January 21, 2015). A copy of the rule is attached for your convenience. Specifically, EPA would impose new use (including manufacturing, importing and processing) notification requirements for the LCPFAC chemical substances listed in Table 1 below for any use that will not be ongoing after December 31, 2015.

Table 1: LCPFAC Chemical Substances Subject to Reporting After December 31, 2015

Accession CASRN
Chemical Name
507–63–1 None Octane, 1,1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8-heptadecafluoro-8-iodo-
678–39–7 None 1-Decanol, 3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,10-heptadecafluoro-
865–86–1 None 1-Dodecanol, 3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,11,11,12,12,12-heneicosafluoro-
2043–53–0 None Decane, 1,1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8-heptadecafluoro-10-iodo-
2043–54–1 None Dodecane, 1,1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10-heneicosafluoro-12-iodo-
17741–60–5 None 2-Propenoic acid, 3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,11,11, 12,12,12-heneicosafluorododecyl ester
27905–45–9 None 2-Propenoic acid, 3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,10-heptadecafluorodecyl ester
30046–31–2 None Tetradecane, 1,1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,11,11,12,12-pentacosafluoro-14-iodo-
39239–77–5 None 1-Tetradecanol, 3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,11,11,12,12,13,13,14,14,14-pentacosafluoro-
60699–51–6 None 1-Hexadecanol, 3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,11,11,12,12,13,13,14,14,15,15,16,16,16-
65510–55–6 None Hexadecane, 1,1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,11,11,12,12,13,13,14,14-nonacosafluoro-16-iodo-
68187–47–3 None 1-Propanesulfonic acid, 2-methyl-, 2-[[1-oxo-3-[(.gamma.-.omega.-perfluoro- C4-16-alkyl)thio]propyl]amino] derivs., sodium salts
68391–08–2 None Alcohols, C8-14, .gamma.-.omega.-perfluoro
70969–47–0 None Thiols, C8-20, .gamma.-.omega.-perfluoro, telomers with acrylamide
125476–71-3 None Silicic acid (H4SiO4), sodium salt (1:2), reaction products with chlorotrimethylsilane and 3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,10-heptadecafluoro-1-decanol
1078712–88–5 None Thiols, C4-20, .gamma.-.omega.-perfluoro, telomers with acrylamide and acrylic acid, sodium salts
1078715–61–3 None 1-Propanaminium, 3-amino-N-(carboxymethyl)-N,N-dimethyl-, N-[2-[(.gamma.-.omega.-perfluoro-C4-20-a lkyl)thio]acetyl] derivs., inner salts
CBI 71217 Polyfluoroalkyl betaine
CBI 89419 Modified fluoroalkyl urethane
CBI 274147 Perfluorinated polyamine

This action is consistent with EPA’s “Long-Chain Perfluorinated Chemicals Action Plan published on December 30, 2009 and the PFOA Stewardship Program launched in January 2006. The PFOA Stewardship Program is a voluntary partnership between EPA and eight global manufacturers of these chemicals: DuPont, Solvay Solexis, Asahi Glass Company, Daikin America, Inc., Clariant International Ltd., 3M/Dyneon, Arkema Inc., and BASF (formerly Ciba Specialty Chemical Corporation). These companies all agreed to phase out the use of these chemical by December 31, 2015. Any subsequent manufacture, import, or processing of these chemical after that date would be subject to the proposed new use notification requirements under TSCA.

In addition, EPA also proposed SNUR restrictions on LCPFAC chemical substances listed in Table 2 below that were identified as having no current ongoing uses.

Table 2: PFOA and Examples of Its Salts

CASRN Chemical Name
335–66–0 Octanoyl fluoride, pentadecafluoro-
335–67–1 Octanoic acid, pentadecafluoro- (PFOA)
335–93–3 Octanoic acid, pentadecafluoro-, silver salt
335–95–5 Octanoic acid, pentadecafluoro-, sodium salt
2395–00–8 Octanoic acid, pentadecafluoro-, potassium salt
3825–26–1 Octanoic acid, pentadecafluoro-, ammonium salt (APFO)

Finally, EPA has also proposed to void the SNUR exemption for persons who import LCPFAC chemical substances as part of articles and for persons who import perfluoroalkyl sulfonates (PFAS) chemical substances as part of carpets.

These proposed measures are intended to phase out the use of LCPFAC chemical substances in the U.S. and to keep them from re-entering the U.S. marketplace without substantial safeguards in place. The proposed action is also consistent EPA’s ban on the use of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) based fume suppressants by September 2015 as part of the chromium electroplating NESHAP rule.

EPA has requested comments on

  1. Whether any of the current uses of the LCPFAC chemical substances listed in Table 1 will be ongoing after December 31, 2015,
  2. Whether there are any ongoing uses of those LCPFAC chemical substances listed in table 2, and
  3. Whether there are any ongoing uses, including use as part of articles, of any of the LCPFAC chemical substances.

Comments must be submitted to EPA by March 23, 2015. Please send any comments or information that you have on the use of these chemicals to Jeff Hannapel at jhannapel@thepolicygroup.com.

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