DuPont Position Statement on PFOA

DuPont Position Statement on PFOA

PFOA is a processing aid that was widely used by many manufacturers to produce a broad range of industrial and consumer products for more than 60 years. The knowledge base around the chemical, its environmental footprint and its health profile has evolved. Over the same period, the chemical industry and its regulators, including the U.S. EPA, have also learned a great deal about the environmental and potential health impacts of PFOA, leading to the complete elimination of PFOA usage in 2015[1].

DuPont’s Use and Handling of PFOA

DuPont always acted responsibly based on the health and environmental information that was available to the industry and regulators about PFOA at the time of its usage.

In the 1970’s when DuPont first learned that PFOA was persistent in the bodies of 3M workers, our leaders took appropriate actions to inform and protect employees, to understand the available science regarding potential health effects in animals and people, to seek guidance from knowledgeable third party experts, and to engage regulators. While federal and state environmental authorities never established regulations on the use, handling, emissions or disposal of PFOA, DuPont set extremely conservative exposure guidelines to guard against harm.  DuPont took more precautions in the use and handling of PFOA than any other company.

DuPont’s Phasing Out and Replacement of PFOA

Even before studies were complete, DuPont and others voluntarily created a global stewardship program to reduce emissions and phase out PFOA. DuPont completed phasing out PFOA in 2013, and has worked closely with regulatory agencies to develop replacement materials, which provide comparable properties and benefits with improved health and environmental profiles.

DuPont’s Position Regarding Regulatory Oversight

Chemical practices have evolved over time and so should federal regulatory oversight.  DuPont, along with others in industry and health and environmental groups, supports reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  We believe a comprehensive risk-based federal chemical regulatory system will protect public health and the environment, while allowing the industry to continue to develop safe and innovative products that meet customers’ needs.

Safety and Environmental Stewardship at DuPont

Safety and environmental stewardship are core values at DuPont, and we are committed to upholding the highest standards for the safe operation of facilities and the protection of our environment, our employees, our customers and the people of the communities in which we do business.

[1] DuPont completely phased out its usage of PFOA in 2013; the chemical industry as a whole ceased producing and using PFOA in 2015.