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EPA Releases PFOA Stewardship Program Baseline Year Summary Report

Release Date: 03/28/2007
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355 / jones.enesta@epa.gov

(3/28/07) EPA is releasing the first report that establishes the baseline for future progress on reducing emissions and product content levels of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) by companies voluntarily participating in the PFOA Stewardship Program. This baseline shows the emissions and product content levels that existed before the program began, and includes separate entries for the companies' U.S. and global operations. Progress made toward meeting the program's goals will be measured against this baseline. Companies will submit their first progress reports on Oct. 31, 2007.

On Jan. 25, 2006, EPA invited eight companies to reduce PFOA releases and its presence in products by 95 percent by no later than 2010 and to work toward eliminating these sources of exposure five years after that but no later than 2015. By March 1, 2006, EPA received 100 percent participation from invited companies. The eight participating companies are: Arkema, Asahi, Ciba, Clariant, Daikin, DuPont, 3M/Dyneon and Solvay Solexis.

The companies' reports will outline their progress in terms of company-wide percentage achievements both for U.S. operations and for the company's global business. Companies will also provide EPA with detailed information on their emissions and product content reductions to support their public progress reports. EPA will post new summary reports on the Web shortly after receipt of the progress reports.

More about the PFOA Baseline study: epa.gov/oppt/pfoa/pubs/sumrpt.htm