EPA Proposes to Revoke Approval of PTFE Use in Pesticide Products

On February 28, 2024, EPA released a proposed rule to remove polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE; CASRN 9002-84-0) from the list of approved inert ingredients for pesticide products.

PTFE, also known by the brand name Teflon, is a PFAS chemical that is currently approved for use in food and nonfood pesticide products.  No currently registered pesticide products use PTFE.  However, if removed from the approved list, any proposed future use of PTFE would need be supported with data provided to and reviewed by EPA.

The proposed rule comes after an EPA review of approved inert ingredients in search of PFAS chemicals.  EPA previously removed twelve PFAS chemicals from the list of approved inerts in December 2022.

Inert ingredients include emulsifiers, solvents, carriers, and any other substance included in a pesticide besides the active ingredient(s).  Comments on the proposed rule are due on March 29, 2024.