New Zealand’s EPA Proposal: 5-Year Phase-out Period for Firefighting Chemicals Containing PFASs

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 16:33

By Abdul H. Khalid, Ph.D., CHMM, RPIH Recently, the New Zealand's Environmental Protection Authority (“EPA”) has proposed consulting plans to phase out the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in Firefighting Chemicals while amending the Fire Fighting Chemicals Group Standard of 2017. PFASs are toxic or hazardous chemicals, materials, substances in the global product supply chains.  PFASs are man-made chemicals that have been used for a long time in products as ingredients in industry and consumer products such as non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics, carpets, some cosmetics, some firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water, and oil.These chemicals have potential risks to public health and the environment from these available products containing PFASs. Read more...