On April 27, 2021 EPA announced policy changes regarding new PFAS prior to the chemicals entering the market. Previously, low volume exemptions were allowed for some new PFAS. EPA will implement new rules for reviewing and managing the low volume exemption requests. After receiving the request, EPA has 30 days to conduct the review and determine if the chemical in the request could cause serious human health effects or significant environmental effects. If either of the effects are determined, or if the process would take more than 30 days, the request is denied.
EPA stated it is unlikely to grant any low volume exemptions for PFAS due to the chemicals’ history of damaging health effects and the complexity of the process resulting in longer than 30 days to complete a review. Denying these lengthy process reviews of PFAS allows the EPA to devote more time on pre-manufacture notice review processes and mitigate potential risks of the chemicals. EPA is also looking for way to work with companies which have been granted low volume exemptions for PFAS and have them voluntarily withdraw their low volume exemptions.