US: SB 273-Maryland bans PFAS in several consumer products
Vol. 1301 | May 10, 2022
On April 21, 2022, the SB 273- ‘Environment – PFAS Chemicals – Prohibitions and Requirements’ bill to regulate Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in several categories of consumer products was approved by Governor Larry Hogan.
Following the demise of Maryland firefighter George “Walter” Taylor in 2020, who died of cancer attributed to PFAS exposure from his occupational Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), there have been several initiatives to limit PFAS use in Maryland. One such initiative is the SB 273, also known as the George “Walter” Taylor Act). Beginning January 1, 2024, the law will ban the manufacturing, distribution, or sale of carpets and rugs, food packages, and Class B fire-fighting foams that contain intentionally added PFAS chemicals.
Following is a summary of the additional requirements, in addition to the prohibition specified above, of this law.
Overview of Additional Requirements
Penalty for violation
Rugs and Carpets
Class B firefighting foam
“PFAS chemicals” are defined by the bill as when used in fire-fighting agents, fire-fighting equipment, food packaging, and rugs and carpets, a class of fluorinated organic chemicals that contain at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom, including perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances
“Rug or carpet” means a thick fabric used to cover a floor including:
- Commercial or residential broadloom carpet; and
- A pad or an underlayment is used in conjunction with a carpet.
“Food package” means a package that is designed and intended for direct food contact and is composed, in substantial part, of paper, paperboard, or other materials originally derived from plant fibers, including:
- A food or beverage product that is contained in a food package or to which a food package is applied;
- A packaging component of a food package; AND
- Plastic disposable gloves used in commercial or institutional food service.
The SB273 can be viewed at https://legiscan.com/MD/text/SB273/id/2578369/Maryland-2022-SB273-Chaptered.pdf.
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