Thursday, January 26, 2006
PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) will still be used, but the manufacturers of Teflon and such have agreed to ensure that it will not be released, with the implementation taking place by 2015. DuPont is the company that has received the most attention (and is, I believe, the sole defendant in the Teflon MDL), but a half-dozen or so other companies are involved in the EPA settlement.
PFOA has been linked to cancer and birth defects in animals and is found in many consumer products. It also is found in the blood of 95% of Americans.