Maine (USA): Prohibition of Products Containing Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) Substances, House Paper 1113, Legislative Document 1503 Enacted, 2021

This bill, now signed into law under 38 MRSA §1612, prohibits the sale, offer or distribution for sale of a product containing intentionally added PFAS.

Prohibition Effective January 1, 2023: carpets or rugs, and fabric treatments containing intentionally added PFAS.

Prohibition Effective January 1, 2030: any product containing intentionally added PFAS.

– Products containing PFAS identified by the Department as unavoidable use, and sale of used products, are exempted.

Effective January 1, 2023, a manufacturer of a product for sale in Maine containing intentionally added PFAS must submit a report that includes: brief description of the product; purposed use of PFAS in a product, including components, and other information.

The Department may prohibit the sale of products containing intentionally added PFAS as identified by category or use, prioritizing the most likely to cause contamination of the State’s land or water resources. The Department may waive all or part of the notification requirement under subsection 2 if the department determines that substantially equivalent information is publicly available.

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