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EPA issues final rule regulating PFOAs in carpet

9:42 AM MDT | October 1, 2013 | Rebecca Coons

EPA announced today that it is finalizing a rule that will allow the agency to restrict imports of potentially harmful perfluorinated chemicals—which are known to persist in the environment and bioaccumulate in humans and animals—that could be used in carpets. The regulation will require companies to report to EPA all new uses, including in domestic and imported products, of these chemicals, which are used for soil- and stain-resistance in carpets. “While this category of chemicals has largely been voluntarily phased out by the US chemical...

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