The EPA reports that it will take steps to prevent the import of perfluorinated chemicals (namely, long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylic (LCPFAC) chemicals), a class of hazardous chemicals, used in carpets and carpet products.
The use of these chemicals in carpets has already, largely been voluntarily phased out in the United States. However, the EPA still feels it important to directly regulate the use/import of LCPFAC chemicals. Perfluorinated chemicals have been shown to bio-accumulate in humans and in animals. Regulation will help protect Americans from exposure to these harmful chemicals.
On September 30, 2013, the USEPA issued a Significant New Use Rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act, regarding LCPFAC chemicals. The rule requires “that anyone who intends to manufacture (including import) or process any long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylic (LCPFAC) chemicals for use in carpets or carpet products submit a notification to EPA at least 90 days before beginning the activity, providing the agency with an opportunity to review and, if necessary, place limits on manufacturers or processors who intend to reintroduce or import products with these chemicals.”
More information about the Rule and about actions the EPA has taken on perfluorinated chemicals is available here.
The EPA News Release, dated September 30th, 2013, regarding the rule is available here.