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LCPFACs have long been applied to surface coatings of articles due to their concurrent hydrophobic and oleophobic properties, but their bioaccumulative and persistent properties have frequently made them a source of concern for USEPA. Recent regulatory changes are expected to impact imported fiber, yarn and apparel; carpets; computers and other electronic products; appliances; automotive parts; paper goods; and construction materials.
In the article How are imported products affected by recent changes to exemptions for chemicals in articles under TSCA?, our experts break down the history of regulations related to LCPFACs, what surface coatings and articles may be impacted, and how the current changes may affect importers. They outline steps importers can take to understand and monitor liabilities, and ways to reach and maintain compliance. The authors also look forward to possible further changes to the regulation, including expanding policy to include whole articles and not only surface coatings.
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