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PFAS Chemical Action Plan

PFAS Chemical Action Plan Advisory Committee

The advisory committee helps the Departments of Ecology and Health develop a Chemical Action Plan (CAP) for Per- and Poly-Fluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS).

Subscribe to the CAP listserv to receive updates.

PFAS CAP Comments and Timeline

Ecology and Health ask interested parties to review the preliminary CAP recommendations and provide feedback by July 1. We will accept comments on the updated chapters, but be unable to provide responses to comments until after the public comment period. All interested parties are welcome to submit comments online (due July 1).  

     [NOTE: comment due date was June 3rd, the delay notice was shared on May 29th, apologies for any inconvenience.]

   July 1, 2019: comments due on the preliminary CAP recommendations (submit online).
   Summer 2019: publish the Draft PFAS CAP (tenatively end of August).
       Hold a 60-day public comment period - with public meetings (Summer/Fall 2019).
   Fall 2019: finalize PFAS CAP.
       Hold an Advisory Committee meeting to review comments on the Draft CAP (late Fall 2019).
       Publish the Final PFAS CAP (early 2020).
 
Links to the Interim PFAS CAP, PFAS CAP Focus Sheet, and comments on the Interim PFAS CAP.

PFAS webinar links - May 15 slides and Q&A 

Slides from the CAP portion of the webinar.  
CAP questions and attendee list.  
Slides from the Food packaging portion of the webinar.  
Food packaging questions (coming soon).  

Updated PFAS CAP Chapters

Ecology and Health have posted updated and new PFAS CAP chapters and the Preliminary CAP recommendations. 

 Updated chapter   Date posted                 Updated chapter   Date posted
 Biosolids   January 22, 2019     Regulations   February 28, 2019 
 Ecological Toxicology    January 22, 2019     Sources and Uses   February 28, 2019
 Environment   February 28, 2019     Chemistry   April 22, 2019
 Fate and Transport (new)   February 28, 2019     Analytical Methods (new)    April 22, 2019
 Health   February 28, 2019     Economic Analysis (new)   May 1, 2019
        Preliminary Recommendations (new)    May 1, 2019

PFAS in Food Packaging Alternatives Assessment

Background: In 2018, Washington State passed a law to prohibit all PFAS in plant fiber-based food packaging. The PFAS ban takes effect following the identification of safer alternative products as described in the Toxics in Packaging law (RCW 70.95G). The alternatives assessment (AA) must consider chemical hazard, performance, cost and availability, and exposure. Following the product evaluations, Ecology will submit their findings for external peer review and publish the results in the Washington State Register.

July 25, 2019 update:

Ecology Seeking Participants for Product/Sector Scope Survey: We are seeking information and data from interested parties to guide Ecology’s selection of food packaging products addressed by the alternatives assessment. The goal is to identify a manageable and meaningful product scope that allows us to prepare a scientifically justifiable assessment that both meets the requirements of the law and stays within the budget allocated by the Legislature.

To participate, please complete the survey at the following link: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5092489/PFAS-Food-Packaging-Scoping-Survey

The survey is composed of mostly open-ended questions that seek to gain insights from a variety of expertise and backgrounds. The extent of your contribution is up to you, but we kindly ask that you set aside at least 30 minutes to complete the survey. We will be accepting responses until 7/31/2019. As always, we appreciate your participation and support on this project. Please reach out to us if you have any questions: Brian Penttila (brian.penttila@ecy.wa.gov) or Cathy Rudisill (Rudisill@srcinc.com).

Manufacturer Voluntary CBI Submission: Ecology is seeking engagement with manufacturers to voluntarily submit information and data on coatings, chemical treatments, or other approaches to achieving oil and grease resistance in food packaging. Information on chemical identities, quantities used, and associated hazard, exposure or performance data are all relevant to Ecology’s safer alternatives determination.

In cases where product information is considered as trade secret or CBI, manufacturers can request that their information be granted confidential treatment under RCW 43.21A.160. Manufacturers may request the assurance of confidential treatment prior to providing the actual information to Ecology. Additional details on the process and a suggested request template are provided in the documents section of this webpage.

PFAS “Base-case” Update: Ecology’s alternatives assessment methodology is based on the Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse Alternatives Assessment Guide. The guidance includes a process to compare an existing chemical of concern with potentially safer alternative solutions.

In May 2019, Ecology shared its initial base-case recommendation during a webinar. Based on feedback and additional market research, we have changed the base-case to a PFAS chemistry that is more relevant to the current commercial market. The new base-case substance is food contact notification (FCN) 604 (599). This FCN covers Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Numbers (CASRN) 863408-20-2 and 1225273-44-8. Further information on these substances can be viewed at the US FDA.

Peer Review Process: Ecology is in discussions with the Washington State Academy of Sciences (Academy) to manage and perform the peer review of Ecology’s food packaging work as required by RCW 70.95G. The Academy is a “nonprofit entity independent of government” formed to provide scientific analysis and recommendations on technical questions for state government (RCW 70.220).

Project Timeline Extended: Due to delays in addressing and finalizing the CBI and peer review processes, Ecology has elected to extend the performance period for the SRC contract with Ecology to April 2020. Ecology’s final report preparation, internal reviews and external peer review work are expected to be complete by the Fall of 2020.

Upcoming Stakeholder Topics: We are planning the following topics for stakeholder discussion over the next few months. At high-level this will include:

  • Product scoping (July)
  • Finalizing alternatives candidates (Aug)
  • Data needs for hazard/exposure (TBD – early fall)
  • Data needs for cost/performance (TBD – fall)

Thank you for participating as a stakeholder. The input and information you provide is very important for this process.

Previous Updates

February 13, 2019 update: Following a competitive bid process, Ecology selected SRC, Inc. (SRC) as the contractor to support the development of the PFAS in Food Packaging AA. An updated Statement of Work, Deliverables, and Timeline are available that reflect the January 28, 2019 start date. SRC and Ecology are seeking input from interested parties on products in relevant food packaging applications, primarily packaging where oil and grease resistance are provided by PFAS or PFAS-free alternative technologies. Complete the following survey to provide your contact information and to identify your interest and expertise: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4834537/PFAS-AA-Questionnaire. Interested party contacts will begin February 22, 2019 and will continue throughout the project work.

January 7, 2019 update: Links to the Ecology PFAS AA Statement of Work, Deliverables, Timeline, Budget, and RFP background documents (these documents have been replaced by updated documents; see the February 13, 2019 update). These documents were provided to the list of approved contractors eligible to conduct work to support Ecology's PFAS AA. Ecology and Department of Health will evaluate and score the bids received, select the successful bidder, and get the project underway.

November 6, 2018 update: Comments on the Draft PFAS AA Project Summary are available online (comment period ended December 4, 2018).

Ecology will provide updates on the PFAS AA process through periodic conference calls. PFAS AA updates will be posted on this site and shared through listserv messages. Ecology's PFAS AA Focus Sheet provides more information.

 Other PFAS Links

 Washington PFAS in firefighting agents and equipment law (RCW 70.75A).
    More information about firefighting foam and equipment.
 Washington PFAS in food packaging law (RCW 70.95G) this law also applies to metals in packaging.
 Washington Department of Ecology's PFAS website.
 Washington Department of Health's PFAS website.
 ATSDR's PFAS fact sheet.
 ATSDR's PFAS and your health website.
      ATSDR = Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
 EPA's PFAS fact sheet.
 EPA's PFAS in your environment website.
 

Advisory Committee members

  • Jessica Bowman, FluoroCouncil
  • Tom Bruton, Green Science Policy Institute
  • Gary Chandler, Association of Washington Business
  • Alissa Cordner, Whitman College
  • Chad Cross, Washington Fire Chiefs Association
  • Joyce Dinglasan-Panlilio, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Rob Duff, Office of Governor Jay Inslee
  • Steve Gilbert, Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders
  • Beth Jensen, Outdoor Industry Association
  • Rhonda Kaetzel, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • Greg Keith, City of Issaquah
  • Doug Kelly, Island County Public Health
  • Kendra Liebman, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
  • John Lovie, Whidbey Island Water Systems Association
  • Cheri Peele, Clean Production Action
  • Don Robbins, Port of Seattle
  • Rory O'Rourke, Public Health-Seattle & King County
  • Erika Schreder, Washington Toxics Coalition
  • Todd Starkey, Port of Seattle Firefighters
  • Heather Trim, Zerowaste Washington
  • Abigail Welch, Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
  • Joe Yarbrough, Carpet and Rug Institute

Contact:

Kara Steward
Department of Ecology | Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction Program
360-407-6250
kara.steward@ecy.wa.gov

Documents

 File NameFile SizeDescriptionCategoryDate Added
PFAS_CBI_Submission_Process.docx 25.2 KB CBI Submission Process
CBI Submission Process
PFAS AA 07/25/19 02:22 PM
PFAS_AA_CBI_Request_Template.docx 19.1 KB CBI Submission Template
CBI Submission Template
PFAS AA 07/25/19 02:13 PM
CAPWebinarQuestions051519.pdf 300.9 KB Webinar questions 051519
Webinar questions 051519
Meeting 7 - May 2019 05/24/19 01:30 PM
PFAS AA Webinar_05152019.pdf 3.1 MB Food packaging slides
Food packaging slides
Meeting 7 - May 2019 05/14/19 04:23 PM
PFAS051519Slides.pdf 2.7 MB CAP presentation slides
CAP presentation slides
Meeting 7 - May 2019 05/14/19 03:18 PM
PFASAgenda051519.pdf 424.4 KB May 2019 agenda
May 2019 agenda
Meeting 7 - May 2019 05/10/19 04:34 PM
PrelimRecommendations-2019-PFAS-CAP.pdf 798.5 KB 2019 Update
2019 Update
Updated Chapters 05/01/19 10:56 AM
EconomicAnalysis-2019-PFAS-CAP.pdf 829.2 KB 2019 Update
2019 Update
Updated Chapters 05/01/19 10:55 AM
Chemistry-2019-PFAS-CAP.pdf 1.2 MB 2019 Update
2019 Update
Updated Chapters 04/22/19 01:24 PM
AnalyticalMethods-2019-PFAS-CAP.pdf 780.3 KB 2019 Update
2019 Update
Updated Chapters 04/22/19 01:24 PM
Biosolids-2019-PFAS-CAP.pdf 669.6 KB 2019 Update
2019 Update
Updated Chapters 03/11/19 08:16 AM
Health-2019-PFAS-CAP.pdf 1.5 MB 2019 Update
2019 Update
Updated Chapters 03/04/19 12:22 PM
Sources-Uses-2019-PFAS-CAP.pdf 1.3 MB 2019 Update
2019 Update
Updated Chapters 02/28/19 03:39 PM
Regulations-2019-PFAS-CAP.pdf 620.9 KB 2019 Update
2019 Update
Updated Chapters 02/28/19 03:39 PM
Fate-Transport-2019-PFAS-CAP.pdf 813 KB 2019 Update
2019 Update
Updated Chapters 02/28/19 03:37 PM
Environment-2019-PFAS-CAP.pdf 1 MB 2019 Update
2019 Update
Updated Chapters 02/28/19 03:37 PM
PFAS_Food_Pckg_AA_Statement_of_Work.pdf 585.3 KB AA Statement of Work
AA Statement of Work
PFAS AA 02/13/19 11:33 AM
PFAS_Food_Pckg_AA_Deliverables.pdf 397.4 KB AA Deliverables
AA Deliverables
PFAS AA 02/13/19 11:32 AM
PFAS_Food_Pckg_AA_Timeline.pdf 345.6 KB AA Timeline
AA Timeline
PFAS AA 02/13/19 11:30 AM
Ecological-Toxicology-2019-PFAS-CAP.pdf 836.8 KB 2019 Update
2019 Update
Updated Chapters 01/22/19 10:12 AM
PFASFoodPackagingAAProjectSummary110618.pdf 618.9 KB PFAS AA Project Summary
PFAS AA Project Summary
PFAS AA 11/06/18 11:00 AM
PFAS100418Slides.pdf 1 MB Ecology Slides
Ecology Slides
Meeting 6 Oct 2018 10/12/18 01:09 PM
100418Notes.pdf 327.1 KB Oct 2018 Notes
Oct 2018 Notes
Meeting 6 Oct 2018 10/12/18 11:38 AM
DOHUpdate100418.pdf 1.8 MB DOH udpate slides
DOH udpate slides
Meeting 6 Oct 2018 10/03/18 03:51 PM
CAPEconomics100418.pdf 146.1 KB Economics slides
Economics slides
Meeting 6 Oct 2018 10/03/18 02:27 PM
20181004OptionsBrainstormList.pdf 481.7 KB Brainstorm list goals and options
Brainstorm list goals and options
Meeting 6 Oct 2018 10/02/18 04:54 PM
Agenda010716.pdf 113.6 KB Jan 7 2016 agenda
Jan 7 2016 agenda
Meeting 1 - Jan 2016 10/02/18 09:37 AM
PFASAgenda100418.pdf 352.2 KB Oct 4 2018 agenda
Oct 4 2018 agenda
Meeting 6 Oct 2018 10/02/18 09:35 AM
060618WebinarNotes.pdf 249.1 KB June 6, 2018 Notes
June 6, 2018 Notes
Meeting 5 - June 201... 06/15/18 02:37 PM
060618Slides.pdf 1.2 MB June 6,2018 Slides
June 6,2018 Slides
Meeting 5 - June 201... 06/06/18 11:58 AM
PFASAgenda060618.pdf 308.6 KB Updated June 6, 2018 Agenda
Updated June 6, 2018 Agenda
Meeting 5 - June 201... 06/06/18 11:14 AM
121217Notes.pdf 771.5 KB Dec 12 2017 Final notes
Dec 12 2017 Final notes
Meeting 4 Dec 2017 01/24/18 04:27 PM
Poster3SETACBorghoffWEB.PDF 2.1 MB STEAC PFHxA poster
STEAC PFHxA poster
Meeting 4 Dec 2017 12/18/17 10:50 AM
Poster2SETACBorghoffWEB.PDF 2 MB SETAC 6:2 FTOH poster
SETAC 6:2 FTOH poster
Meeting 4 Dec 2017 12/18/17 10:50 AM
KingCoWLRDComments121217.PDF 590.5 KB King Co updated Comments
King Co updated Comments
Draft Comments 12/18/17 10:41 AM
110117FinalNotes.pdf 578.2 KB Nov 1, 2017 Final notes
Nov 1, 2017 Final notes
Meeting 3 - Nov 2017 12/18/17 10:40 AM
TEDX121217.pdf 287.8 KB TEDX Handout Dec 12, 2017
TEDX Handout Dec 12, 2017
Meeting 4 Dec 2017 12/12/17 02:22 PM
Whidbey121217.pdf 898.4 KB Whidbey handout Dec 12, 2017
Whidbey handout Dec 12, 2017
Meeting 4 Dec 2017 12/12/17 02:21 PM
PFAS121217.pdf 1.7 MB Ecology/Health slides, Dec 12, 2017
Ecology/Health slides, Dec 12, 2017
Meeting 4 Dec 2017 12/12/17 02:20 PM
LHWMP-Comments120717.pdf 226 KB Local Hazardous Waste Management Program comments
Local Hazardous Waste Management Program comments
Draft Comments 12/07/17 01:11 PM
PFASAgenda121217.pdf 433.5 KB Dec 12, 2017 Agenda
Dec 12, 2017 Agenda
Meeting 4 Dec 2017 12/07/17 09:49 AM
PHSKC-Comments120417.pdf 1.2 MB Public Health Seattle King Co
Public Health Seattle King Co
Draft Comments 12/04/17 12:08 PM
WelchPortGambleSKlallam-HealthComments112217.pdf 2.3 MB Welch-Port Gamble SKlallam - Health comments
Welch-Port Gamble SKlallam - Health comments
Draft Comments 11/22/17 09:21 AM
ZeroWasteWA-BiosolidsComments-110817.pdf 733.7 KB ZeroWaste WA Comments - biosolids
ZeroWaste WA Comments - biosolids
Draft Comments 11/22/17 09:20 AM
PortofSeattle-UsesComments111917.pdf 258.4 KB Port of Seattle comment (Uses pg 9)
Port of Seattle comment (Uses pg 9)
Draft Comments 11/20/17 11:57 AM
TFF-Comments111717.pdf 305 KB Toxic Free Future comments
Toxic Free Future comments
Draft Comments 11/20/17 10:21 AM
Fluorocouncil-EcotoxComments111617.pdf 719 KB FluoroCouncil Ecotox section comments
FluoroCouncil Ecotox section comments
Draft Comments 11/20/17 10:20 AM
AWB PFAS Comment 11-17-2017.pdf 389.4 KB Association of Washington Business (comments)
Association of Washington Business (comments)
Draft Comments 11/20/17 10:20 AM
AWB-Letter to Gov Inslee PFAS Nov 2017.pdf 340.1 KB Association of Washington Business (letter)
Association of Washington Business (letter)
Draft Comments 11/20/17 10:20 AM
AFPA comments on PFAS CAP 11172017.pdf 162.3 KB American Forest & Paper Association comments
American Forest & Paper Association comments
Draft Comments 11/20/17 10:19 AM
Ecotoxicology-110817.pdf 715.1 KB Ecotoxicology section
Ecotoxicology section
November 2017 draft 11/08/17 02:27 PM
Biosolids-110817.pdf 593.5 KB Biosolids section
Biosolids section
November 2017 draft 11/08/17 02:26 PM
KingCo110117slides.pdf 2.6 MB King County slides
King County slides
Meeting 3 - Nov 2017 11/08/17 02:25 PM
TFFhandout110117.pdf 98.7 KB Toxic Free Future handout
Toxic Free Future handout
Meeting 3 - Nov 2017 11/02/17 09:46 AM
ECYDOH110117slides.pdf 1 MB Ecology/Health slides
Ecology/Health slides
Meeting 3 - Nov 2017 11/02/17 09:04 AM
FluoroCouncil110117.pdf 3 MB FluoroCouncil slides
FluoroCouncil slides
Meeting 3 - Nov 2017 11/02/17 08:56 AM
ListofOptions.pdf 282.3 KB List of Options
List of Options
Meeting 3 - Nov 2017 10/31/17 05:17 PM
PFASAgenda110117.pdf 438.9 KB Nov 1, 2017 Agenda
Nov 1, 2017 Agenda
Meeting 3 - Nov 2017 10/25/17 01:24 PM
RegulationsChapter-FCComments2017-1019.pdf 1 MB FluoroCouncil Comments
FluoroCouncil Comments
Draft Comments 10/20/17 03:38 PM
UsesChapter-FCComments2017-1019.pdf 1 MB FluoroCouncil Comments
FluoroCouncil Comments
Draft Comments 10/20/17 03:38 PM
EnvironmentChapter-FCComments2017-1017.pdf 956.7 KB FluoroCouncil Comments
FluoroCouncil Comments
Draft Comments 10/20/17 03:37 PM
HealthChapter-FCComments2017-1019.pdf 2.6 MB FluoroCouncil Comments
FluoroCouncil Comments
Draft Comments 10/20/17 03:37 PM
ChemistryChapter-FCComments2017-1019.pdf 1.4 MB FluoroCouncil Comments
FluoroCouncil Comments
Draft Comments 10/20/17 03:36 PM
Intro-FCComments2017-1017.pdf 644.7 KB FluoroCouncil Comments
FluoroCouncil Comments
Draft Comments 10/20/17 03:36 PM
WA PFAS CAP Comments Final with att 2017-1020.pdf 1.5 MB FluoroCouncil Comments
FluoroCouncil Comments
Draft Comments 10/20/17 03:35 PM
100917CordnerComments.pdf 146.9 KB Comments on Draft PFAS CAP Chapters
Comments on Draft PFAS CAP Chapters
Draft Comments 10/11/17 10:19 AM
083017Notes.pdf 645.8 KB Aug 30, 2017 Notes
Aug 30, 2017 Notes
Meeting 2 - Aug 2017 10/06/17 02:59 PM
Uses-100517.pdf 973 KB Sept 2017 Uses draft chapter
Sept 2017 Uses draft chapter
Sept 2017 draft chap... 10/05/17 04:25 PM
Intro-100517.pdf 552.5 KB Sept 2017 Intro draft chapter
Sept 2017 Intro draft chapter
Sept 2017 draft chap... 10/05/17 04:25 PM
Regulations-092017.pdf 862.9 KB Sept 2017 Regulations draft chapter
Sept 2017 Regulations draft chapter
Sept 2017 draft chap... 09/20/17 09:10 AM
Chemistry-092017.pdf 1.3 MB Sept 2017 Chemistry draft chapter
Sept 2017 Chemistry draft chapter
Sept 2017 draft chap... 09/20/17 09:10 AM
Environment-091917.pdf 830.2 KB Sept 2017 Environment draft chapter
Sept 2017 Environment draft chapter
Sept 2017 draft chap... 09/20/17 09:09 AM
Health-091917.pdf 2.4 MB Sept 2017 Health draft chapter
Sept 2017 Health draft chapter
Sept 2017 draft chap... 09/20/17 09:09 AM
CleanupStandards.pdf 193.7 KB Aug 30 2017 Cleanup Standards discussion
Aug 30 2017 Cleanup Standards discussion
Meeting 2 - Aug 2017 09/13/17 05:01 PM
083017Slides.pdf 4 MB Aug 30, 2017 slides
Aug 30, 2017 slides
Meeting 2 - Aug 2017 09/07/17 02:50 PM
083017AttendeeList.pdf 210.5 KB Aug 30, 2017 attendee list
Aug 30, 2017 attendee list
Meeting 2 - Aug 2017 09/05/17 05:19 PM
083017PFASCAPagenda.pdf 421.2 KB Aug 30, 2017 agenda
Aug 30, 2017 agenda
Meeting 2 - Aug 2017 08/31/17 03:27 PM
010716Slides.pdf 788 KB Jan 7, 2016 slides
Jan 7, 2016 slides
Meeting 1 - Jan 2016 08/25/17 01:18 PM
010716PFASNotes.pdf 249.2 KB Jan 7, 2016 notes
Jan 7, 2016 notes
Meeting 1 - Jan 2016 08/25/17 01:17 PM

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