3M, the corporation behind Post-It notes and Scotch tapes, will stop causing controversy per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by the end of 2025.
These chemicals, often referred to as “permanent chemicals,” are found in hundreds of household items and are used to create coatings and products that can repel water, grease, heat, and oil. The most recent science shows that these chemicals are far more dangerous to human health than scientists initially thought, and may be thousands of times more dangerous than thought. thought before.
In a statement Tuesday, 3M said its decision was “based on careful deliberation and a thorough assessment of the evolving external landscape,” acknowledging that regulations are restricting chemicals .
For example, the Environmental Protection Agency has published a proposal earlier this year to label “chemicals forever” as hazardous substances California has also announced a recent lawsuit to offset cleaning costs from PFAS.
3M CEO Mike Roman said in a statement: “While PFAS can be safely created and used, we also see a leadership opportunity in the external regulatory and business landscape. out is evolving rapidly to make the greatest impact for the people we serve.” “This action is another example of how we position 3M to continue sustainable growth by optimizing our portfolio, innovating for our customers, and delivering long-term value to our shareholders.” we.”
The company is expected to suffer financial losses of approximately $1.3 billion to $2.3 billion over the next few years as a result of discontinuing PFAS. However 3M
(DM) PFAS said represents a “small portion” of its revenue.
Over the past decade, chemical manufacturers have voluntarily discontinued production of two of the most commonly used permanent chemicals, including PFOS and PFOA.
At the federal level, the US Food and Drug Administration phased out the use of some PFAS chemicals in 2016. The FDA and manufacturers have agreed to remove some PFAS chemicals from packaging. food and other items in contact with food in 2020. However, FDA environmental monitoring shows that the chemicals tend to last longer.
– Jen Christensen of CNN contributed to this report.