California to conduct compliance check for PFASs in carpets, rugs next year


California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has said it intends to start an enforcement effort in 2022 to ensure that companies are no longer selling carpets and rugs containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in the state.

The agency’s Safer Consumer Products (SCP) programme confirmed the plan last week. PFASs in carpets and rugs became a priority product under the scheme this summer, requiring businesses to either stop using the compounds or inform the agency that they will do an alternatives assessment to identify safer replacements.

The DTSC told Chemical Watch that because they received no notifications of this by the 30 August cutoff, the agency will sample and scrutinise items on the market to make sure they are PFAS-free. “If PFASs are detected, additional enforcement actions will be taken,” it said. 

In 2019, the agency carried out similar testing for the flame retardants TDCPP and TCEP in children’s foam-padded sleep products, the green chemistry scheme’s first priority product. That analysis verified that manufacturers had phased out the compounds.

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Chemical Watch, 12 December 2021