Monday, April 10, 2023

Congressperson: government could use DPA to require 3M to manufacture PFAS

Via the Minnesota Reformer: 
Although 3M has said it plans to stop making toxic chemicals that have polluted the world, the U.S. Department of Defense is so reliant upon them the company may not have a choice.

Minnesota Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum, ranking member of the U.S. House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, said until alternatives are found, the chemicals will need to continue to be used in microelectronic production, which has “national security implications.” And she suggested the federal government could require 3M to continue making the chemicals for essential uses under tightly controlled regulation, but she hopes that’s not necessary....

Elsewhere in the article, Rep. McCollum suggests that the Defense Production Act will come into play. It seems rather unlikely to me that the government can force 3M to continue production, but I suspect we're going to see unusual applications of the DPA in the next few years...

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