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A Surprising Victory on Toxic Plastics

You’ve heard a lot from us for nearly three years about our work on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and plastics.

We are happy to report that last week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an order prohibiting Inhance Technologies from producing toxic PFAS during its fluorination of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic containers.  

During the distribution, use, handling, and disposal of Inhance’s fluorinated plastic containers, millions of workers, consumers, and communities are significantly exposed to PFAS through ingestion, breathing and skin contact. Fluorination is a process that provides a chemical barrier on the containers. 

EPA’s actions were bold and unequivocal; Inhance must stop producing toxic PFAS during this process. This is a huge victory that only came about after years of investigatory work by PEER and a joint lawsuit by PEER and the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) against Inhance. 

We know that Inhance will continue to fight in the courts and Congress for its right to produce these toxic chemicals regardless of the health consequences. That is just plain wrong, and immoral. With your continued support, we will be there to fight them every step of the way.

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