View 3M’s position on recent news relating to fluorochemistry regulation and stewardship.
3M has and continues to support federal regulation of PFAS that is based on the best available science. Since our phaseout from manufacturing PFOA and PFOS in the early 2000s, 3M has engaged in remediation at sites where we manufactured or disposed of these materials, and we believe more can be undertaken by other entities.
We want to work collaboratively with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other stakeholders to find a path forward to achieve our shared goal of protecting people and the environment. EPA’s proposed designation of PFOA and PFOS as hazardous under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) will not meaningfully advance that goal. As the rulemaking process moves forward, EPA will receive comments regarding more technically effective and economically viable ways to address these substances. We look forward to constructive engagement with the Agency on those and other alternatives based on sound scientific and economic data.
While we disagree with this action, it was anticipated and we have prepared to engage. We do not believe there is a short-term impact to our operations. In the longer term, this action will create challenges for communities, consumers, and companies.
We will work to satisfy our obligations and collaborate with all stakeholders to promote science-based policymaking, both in our engagements with EPA and globally.
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