Regulatory

Press releases, FAQ, Court Documents and Resources

On this page, you will find information and regulatory updates regarding PFAS. Please check this page frequently for the most recent developments and details.
 
Inhance Technologies, a Responsible Care™ company, has served customers with its fluorination technology for 40 years, and is committed to continuing safe operations that are protective of its workers, local communities, the public and the environment. Fluorinated barrier packaging is critical in protecting the environment by preventing permeation of container contents through evaporative emissions.  Inhance Technologies’ barrier technology annually prevents more than 25,000 metric tons of chemicals from being released into the environment that would otherwise occur due to packaging permeation.
 
Inhance Technologies does not utilize – and has never utilized – PFAS in any of our processes. Inhance Technologies’ fluorination technology is compliant with FDA regulation 21CFR 177.1615 and applicable REACH regulations. Any PFAS, if present, are unintended impurities that serve no commercial purpose.
 
Quantitative risk assessments carried out by highly credible third-party experts show that fluorination of packaging and fuel systems do not present an unreasonable risk to the environment or human health. Sectors that heavily rely on Inhance Technologies’ fluorination technology include crop protection, fuel systems, and healthcare (e.g., rigid cold chain packaging that ensures the safe transportation of vaccines and vital biologic medicines).

Over the past two years, Inhance Technologies has conducted significant research and development and voluntarily implemented measures to further reduce the potential for PFAS formation, achieving non-detect levels in almost all of the plastic packaging articles treated. Through its continuing investments, the company expects to reach 100% non-detect for all PFAS in question.
 
Fluorinated barrier packaging represents less than 0.2% of the 15 billion pounds of polyethylene packaging produced annually in the United States, and is vital to environmental and human health protection, product efficacy, and sustainability.

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Court Documents

Timeline of court events:

  • December 1, 2023: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered Inhance Technologies to shut down its barrier technology facilities on February 28, 2024 across the U.S.
  • December 8, 2023: Inhance Technologies filed a petition challenging EPA's orders and sought a stay, or halt, of the orders and an expedited review by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • December 12, 2023: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted Inhance Technologies' motion to stay the orders issued by EPA on December 1, 2023, and the motion for expedited review
  • December 22, 2023: Inhance Technologies filed the opening brief for a petition with the Fifth Circuit to stop the one-sided EPA orders
  • December 29, 2023: Multiple trade associations filed Amicus Briefs in support of Inhance Technologies' petition
  • January 10, 2024: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied PEER and CEH's Motion to Intervene in Inhance Technologies' challenge to EPA's orders and denied as moot PEER and CEH's motion for an expedited ruling on their intervention motion.
  • January 22, 2024: EPA's reply to Inhance Technologies' petition is due to the Fifth Circuit
  • January 30, 2024: Inhance Technologies filed a brief in the Fifth Circuit Court responding to EPA's reply and a request to dismiss opposing Amici filings
  • February 5, 2024: Arguments will be heard by the Court

Resources

Enkase™ Barrier Packaging Technology information

DuraBloc Fuel Systems Barrier Technology information

ToxStrategies Fluorinated Packaging Risk Assessment Summary: Summary of risk assessments and exposure modeling of LCPFAC impurities in fluorinated packaging, November 30, 2022.

ToxStrategies Fuel Systems Risk Assessment Summary: Summary of risk assessments and exposure modeling of LCPFAC impurities in fluorinated fuel tanks and fuel storage containers, November 14, 2022.

ToxStrategies article in ScienceDirect on risk assessments of fluorinated HDPE containers – January 3, 2024: A peer reviewed study and article in Elsevier’s ScienceDirect Journal concludes that fluorinated HDPE containers do not pose an unacceptable hazard to humans and aquatic and terrestrial species, even with worst-case assumptions and inputs used in the assessments.

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