PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) has been used as a processing aid by several manufacturers worldwide to produce fluoropolymers, which are high performance materials. PFOA also is found in trace amounts in some fluorotelomers as an unintended by-product. DuPont fluoropolymer and fluorotelomer products are safe for their intended uses and meet health and safety requirements of regulatory authorities around the world.
DuPont has made excellent progress in meeting or exceeding the goals of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2010/15 PFOA Stewardship program. In particular, DuPont has developed and commercialized new products and processes that do not use PFOA, and cannot break down into PFOA. Our transition to new technologies is complete for product lines such as DuPont nonstick coatings for cookware and consumer bakeware and is well underway for all the other product lines, which are primarily industrial applications that represent the majority of our product volume.
DuPont has developed these new technologies due to questions about very low levels of PFOA in the blood of the general population, and due to customer interest in product alternatives. The products made with DuPont fluoropolymer and fluorotelomer materials continue to be safe for their intended uses.
As part of our participation in the EPA Stewardship Program, DuPont submits performance data annually to the EPA on our progress toward meeting program objectives. Our reports are publicly available on the EPA web site at http://www.epa.gov/oppt/pfoa/pubs/stewardship/index.html.
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