Maine Prohibits the Sale of Carpets, Rugs and Fabrics with Intentionally Added PFAS

US state of Maine bans the sale of carpets, rugs and fabrics with intentionally
added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

LD 1503 became public law – “An Act to Stop Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl
Substances Pollution” – on July 15, 2021. Provisions include:

  • January
    1, 2023 – manufacturers of products containing an intentionally added PFAS must
    notify the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP):

    • Description
      of product
    • Purpose
      of PFAS
    • Amount
      of PFAS
    • Contact
      details of manufacturer and responsible person
    • Additional
      information established by the department by rule as necessary to implement the
  • Authorizes
    the state to identify other products from which PFAS can be prohibited

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addition, from 2030 products containing intentionally added PFAS will no longer
be allowed for sale within the state, unless the state specifically concludes
that use of PFAS is unavoidable.

are used in a wide variety of products, including:

  • Firefighting
  • Non-stick
  • Water-
    and stain-resistant textiles
  • Grease-resistant
    food packaging.

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in the Act:

  • ‘PFAS’
    – substances that include any member of the class of fluorinated organic
    chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom
  • ‘Carpet
    or rug’ – fabric marketed or intended for use as a floor covering
  • ‘Fabric
    treatment’ – substance applied to fabric to give the fabric one or more
    characteristics, including but not limited to stain resistance or water
  • ‘Intentionally
    added PFAS’ – PFAS added to a product or one of its product components to
    provide a specific characteristic, appearance or quality or to perform a
    specific function. Also includes any degradation by-products of PFAS
  • ‘Currently
    unavoidable use’ – PFAS that the department has determined by rule to be
    essential for health, safety or the functioning of society and for which
    alternatives are not reasonably available

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are advised to make sure their products conform to Maine law.

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