EPA Proposes Removal of PFAS from Approved Inert Ingredient List for Pesticide Products

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed on September 13 to remove 12 chemicals from the current list of inert ingredients approved for use in pesticide products because these inert ingredients have been identified as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and they are no longer used in any registered pesticide product.

The EPA asks for public comment. This is a response to the second directive in EPA’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap, which is “Pursue a comprehensive approach to proactively prevent PFAS from entering air, land, and water at levels that can adversely impact human health and the environment.”

Submit comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPP-2022-0542, through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Comments must be received on or before October 13.

Click here to read more in the Federal Register.

NGWA has long been an industry leader in providing PFAS research, education, and resources to the public and scientific communities. Learn more by visiting NGWA.org/PFAS, which is a complete resource center about the groundwater contaminants featuring a recently updated top-10 facts sheet, a position paper, and more.

Also found there is Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice, which NGWA published in 2017 and is one of the first PFAS guidance documents to be released. The Association recently hosted its second conference in Westerville, Ohio, focused entirely on PFAS science and remediation.