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JULY 2021 - ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS, HARDLINES, SOFTLINES, TOYS AND CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS
On 15 July 2021, Maine passed bill LD 15031 to ban consumer products containing intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
PFAS is known as a large family of thousands of synthetic chemicals which is resistant to degrade when used and in the environment. There are a variety of commercial applications uses of PFAS for example, water, oil and grease repellent treatments for carpets, furniture, food packaging and firefighting foams. The US states started to ban PFAS used in carpets and rugs and/or food packaging, e.g. California, Washington, New York and Vermont.
This bill of Maine includes the notification requirement for consumer products containing intentionally added PFAS, as well as the ban of carpets and rugs containing intentionally added PFAS. The bill also gives the authority to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to ban other products containing PFAS. Table A lists the requirements of this bill.
Table A. Requirements on PFAS under bill LD 1503
|All consumer products||Notification is required if the product contains intentionally added PFAS.
||1 January 2023
|Carpets and rugs, fabric treatment||Carpets and rugs, fabric treatment cannot be sold, offered for sale and distributed if PFAS is intentionally added.
||1 January 2023
|All consumer products||Any product containing intentionally added PFAS cannot be sold, offered for sale and distributed unless the State concluded that use of PFAS in the product is unavoidable.
||1 January 2030
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