PFAS IN ARTICLES OF COMMERCE

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PACE® HELPS COMMUNITIES ASSESS THE POTENTIAL IMPACT ON HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT FROM ARTICLES OF COMMERCE, SUCH AS FLUORINATED PACKAGING.

WHAT ARE ARTICLES OF COMMERCE?

Articles of commerce are any material that is bought, sold, or exchanged. This includes consumer goods such as clothing, cosmetics, or food as well as the containers in which these items are sold or stored. On the industrial side, articles of commerce might be finished goods, containers for finished goods or components, and the materials used during production, e.g., an industrial lubricant.

EPA PUTS THE BREAKS ON NEW PFAS

PFAS are synthetic compounds, and as harmful PFAS are voluntarily discontinued, new ones may be developed to take their place. After all, consumers continue to demand products that are stickproof, durable, and stain-, grease-, and weather-resistant. The EPA plans to limit the introduction of new, potentially harmful PFAS into commerce by applying a rigorous premanufacture review process under the TSCA New Chemicals program.

STATES FOCUS ON FOOD AND COSMETICS

In 2021, several states introduced legislation banning the sale of products in which PFAS had been intentionally added, most notably food packaging and cosmetics. Some included an outright ban on all PFAS, while others focused in on the most toxic compounds, like PFOA and PFOS. Many of the laws proposed also have more restrictive clauses that will kick in once a suitable replacement compound can be identified.

REQUEST A PFAS BRIEFING FOR YOUR STATE

Pace® offers PFAS testing services across the country through its nationwide network of certified and accredited labs. Our experts can bring your compliance and risk-management teams up to speed quickly on current and pending PFAS action in your area.

PACE® ZEROES IN ON FLOURINATED CONTAINERS

Pace® has developed proprietary methods for analyzing for PFAS in fluoropolymers and fluorinated containers. PFAS can leach from these containers into the products within, spreading contamination when these products are consumed or used. One of the most recent high-profile examples happened when pesticides were discovered to contain PFAS that had been leached from the containers in which the compounds had been stored.

OTHER MATRICES IMPACTED BY ARTICLES OF COMMERCE

When articles of commerce are disposed of, they typically wind up in a municipal or industrial landfill where they can contaminate the leachate sent to the local wastewater treatment plant.  Liquid waste products dumped down a drain or allowed to run off into storm drains take a more direct route to wastewater treatment. Either path is problematic because traditional wastewater treatment does not remove PFAS and can convert PFAS precursors into terminal PFAS.

To help assess the impact articles of commerce have had on the local environment, Pace® offers testing services for a wide variety of impacted media.

REASONS TO CHOOSE PACE®

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We can test for PFAS in both solid and aqueous matrices, including potable and non-potable waters, soils, and biota.

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We’re on the leading edge of science, working with EPA, DOD, ASTM, and others to develop new methods for analyzing PFAS.

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