Will PFOA always be in the environment?

The EPA recently asked the eight companies that use PFOA to manufacture fluoropolymers in the United States to join in a program to reduce the emissions of PFOA into the environment. The EPA's stated objective was a reduction of 95% by 2010 (as compared to the base year of 2000), and to achieve the virtual elimination of it by 2015.

DuPont and others have been working diligently at this for some time, and had already achieved a 94% reduction by 2005. DuPont continues working to reduce the use of PFOA even more. Others are doing the same.

Through improved manufacturing processes and controls, fluoropolymer manufacturers are substantially reducing emissions of PFOA. At the same time, processes have been developed that reduce the amount of PFOA that the fluoropolymer manufacturers ship.

Today, many of the most popular nonstick coatings are made with no PFOA whatsoever.

Given the two-pronged attack on the problem, the EPA's goal of virtually eliminating the release of PFOA into the environment should be achieved long before the 2015 deadline.
 
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Will PFOA always be in the environment?

The EPA recently asked the eight companies that use PFOA to manufacture fluoropolymers in the United States to join in a program to reduce the emissions of PFOA into the environment. The EPA's stated objective was a reduction of 95% by 2010 (as compared to the base year of 2000), and to achieve the virtual elimination of it by 2015.

DuPont, Whitford and others have been working diligently at this for some time, and by 2005, had already achieved a 94% reduction. DuPont continues working to reduce the use of PFOA even more. Others are doing the same.

Through improved manufacturing processes and controls, fluoropolymer manufacturers have substantially reduced their emissions of PFOA. At the same time, processes have been developed that eliminate the use of PFOA in the manufacture of fluoropolymers.

Today, most nonstick coatings are made with no PFOA whatsoever.


 

 

 
 
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