Progress on PFOA phase-out

Eight firms signed up to a US Environmental Protection Agency stewardship scheme on the perfluorinated surfactant PFOA have reported on progress.1 The scheme aims to cut PFOA emissions and use in products by 95% by 2010 and 99% by 2015, relative to the 2000 baseline (ENDS Report 373, pp 16-17 ).

Not all firms making or using PFOA have joined, such as Italian firm Miteni (ENDS Report 393, p 23 ). Of the eight, Ciba, Clariant, Daikin, DuPont and Dyneon/3M cited gains in their submission for 2008, with cuts over 90%.

However, Asahi Glass has cut US emissions by only 4%, to 5,027 kilograms with non-US emissions down 60% to 3,910kg. Solvay Solexis reports a 14% drop in US releases while Arkema has cut them by 29%, but neither reported specific amounts.

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