PFOA is one compound in a family of compounds called PFAS, or poly and per-fluorinated alkyl substances, used by many manufacturers to produce a broad range of industrial and consumer products. The knowledge base around PFOA, its environmental footprint, and its health profile, has recently evolved since its original use in the 1940s. Over the same period, the chemical industry and its regulators, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have also learned a great deal about the environmental and potential health impacts of PFOA, leading to the complete elimination of PFOA manufacturing in the U.S. in 2015. While we no longer make PFOA, we are actively examining our use of all PFAS chemistries and are committed to reducing our footprint.
DuPont believes a comprehensive risk-based federal chemical regulatory system combined with strict compliance will protect public health and the environment, while allowing the industry to continue to develop safe and innovative products that meet customers’ needs. That is why DuPont supports Congressional and EPA efforts to develop health-based guidelines for PFOA and other PFAS chemicals.
Safety and environmental stewardship are core values at DuPont. We are committed to fulfilling our obligations and to continuous improvement of our chemical stewardship process. Finally, 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.