THE Department of the Environment and Energy has released a regulation impact statement including options for a national phase out of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and related chemicals, including its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF).
Echo News understands the phase-out is for PFOS still in use and not for PFOS used in the past such as that used in firefighting foams.
A public consultation session will be held in Perth on Wednesday, November 22.
Related issues, such as existing contamination and decontamination, and the management of other per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) more broadly, are outside the scope of the regulation impact statement which necessarily reflects the requirements of the Stockholm Convention.
The consultation regulation impact statement proposes a national approach to managing PFOS chemicals to minimise future emissions, in accordance with the globally accepted standards established by the Stockholm Convention.
The consultation statement presents four options two options consistent with the requirements of the convention, an option for light touch regulation, and the base case of no regulation.
Together with other information these options are intended to inform the government’s decision on ratification of the PFOS amendment to the Stockholm Convention.
One of the key areas of focus for the consultation will be what additional data and information can be provided to refine and improve the assumptions in the regulation impact statement regarding ongoing uses of PFOS, stockpiles, destruction, and waste management capacity.
This information is critical to enable informed decisions regarding effective and efficient management of PFOS-related chemicals.
The consultation period closes on Monday 26 February 2018.
To register for the consultation session in Perth send an email to PFASstandards@environment.gov.au