HELSINKI—The European Chemicals Agency's (ECHA) Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) has adopted a final opinion supporting a "gradual" ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, in firefighting foams.
The restriction could reduce PFAS emissions into the environment by around 13,200 metric tons over 30 years, Helsinki-based ECHA said in a June 22 press release.
SEAC found that "the proposed restriction on placing on the market, use and formulation of PFAS in firefighting foams is the most appropriate European Union-wide measure to address the identified risks."
The committee, however, suggested a review of available fluorine-free alternatives for sites that produce, treat or store dangerous substances and those neighboring them within the 10-year transition period. Similarly, a review would be needed for uses at offshore installations in the oil and gas industry, with SEAC recommending extending the transition period from five to 10 years.