PFOA and PFOS Enforcement under Proposition 65 to begin on November 10, 2018


Beginning on November 10, 2018, Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) will be subject to enforcement under California’s Prop 65.

Because both chemical compounds possess a unique ability to repel oil and water, these chemicals have been used in a plethora of surface protection products such as carpet and clothing treatments; coatings for paper, cardboard packaging and leather products; industrial surfactants, emulsifiers, wetting agents, additives and coatings; processing aids in the manufacture of fluoropolymers such as nonstick coatings on cookware; membranes for clothing that are both waterproof and breathable; electrical wire casing; fire and chemical resistant tubing; and plumbing thread seal tape.

With uses of PFOSs and PFOAs across such a wide range of products, it is important for companies to determine if their products contain these substances and if they are subject to Proposition 65 Warning requirements.

Much like the chemicals in the phthalate family, PFOA and PFOS offer a myriad of enforcement opportunities for bounty hunter groups.

Prop 65 Plaintiffs plaintiff groups have already highlighted November 10th on their calendars and most likely have begun testing product samples.

About Jack Schatz

Jack Schatz began writing about Proposition 65 and other U.S. environmental laws since 1994. He has also written extensively about Consumer Product safety as well. He is the publisher and co-author of the 2013 and 2017 editions of the Proposition 65 Handbook.
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