3M to Exit PFAS Manufacturing by the End of 2025
On the 20th of December in 2022, 3M made an important announcement. They declared their intention to cease the manufacturing of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and work towards eliminating the use of PFAS in their product range by the end of 2025. This includes discontinuing the production of 3M Novec 1230 Fire Protection Fluid. You can find the full statement here.
This decision by 3M has had significant implications across various industries, particularly in the area of special hazard fire protection.
3M Novec 1230 is essentially a branded version of the chemical FK-5-1-12, also known by its CAS number 75-13-8 (which has various other names). FK-5-1-12 is produced by several chemical companies globally and has been listed under different brand names on the EPA SNAP.
Considering the ongoing phasedown of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) through the US AIM Act and the 2016 Kigali Amendment, there are growing concerns about the long-term sustainability of fluorine-based chemical compounds. While Halons and HFCs have already faced regulations due to their environmental impact, PFAS substances may also face scrutiny and eventual regulation due to their potential health risks.
3M is a globally recognized and respected chemical manufacturer. Their statements and positions tend to hold sway in the industry and their statement suggests they anticipate forthcoming regulations related to PFAS and the production of PFAS by-products. Businesses should weigh the ethical implications of purchasing or supporting products that knowingly contribute to PFAS production in their manufacturing processes.
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