Information on PFAS for finishers, government officials, the public and other interested stakeholders

The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF) represents the interests of businesses, technologists and professionals in the surface coatings industry.

NASF and its member companies have a long history of environmental stewardship. We are the only industry in the U.S. to have requested a ban from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the use of PFOS nearly ten years ago.

Due to the association’s efforts, the EPA banned the use of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) in our industry in 2012. NASF and its members have continued to work proactively with the U.S. EPA, the Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (MEGLE), and other stakeholders at the national and global levels, to find effective solutions to reduce and eliminate any residual PFOS in wastewater discharges from plating facilities.

As recent concerns of other PFAS in wastewater discharge have come to light, NASF has continued to engage stakeholders across the U.S. and worldwide to better understand and take appropriate steps to address the issues.


Selected Regulatory Activities Related to Metal Finishing

NASF engages on PFAS issues

All questions regarding the NASF and the surface plating industry’s environmental stewardship efforts to address PFOS in wastewater discharges should be directed to NASF at [email protected].