Since June of this year, we have been attending U.S. EPA meetings in Washington D.C.    The purpose 

of the meetings is to establish Enforceable Consent Agreements (ECA’s).   These ECA’s will be used to

gather information about the sources and pathways of exposure to C-8 (PFOA).  In our area we know

how we are being exposed to C-8.  It is in our water, air, and soil.  However, this chemical has also been

found in blood supplies across the country, and it is not understood how people nationwide are being

exposed.  The purpose of these U.S. EPA meetings is to ultimately better understand how people across

our country are being exposed to C-8.  
Periodically, the U.S. EPA, industry representatives, and other interested parties meet in a group, which

is referred to as ‘the Plenary’ to review the progress of the ECA process.  After the last Plenary, which

was held on Wednesday, October 29th , the following statement was issued on November 3rd by Charles

M. Auer, who is chairman of the Plenary sessions: 

The following is a statement from Charles M. Auer, the Director of the
EPA Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.

”In April 2003, the Agency announced the results of a preliminary risk
assessment of PFOA and the establishment of a formal Enforceable Consent
Agreement (ECA) process to gather additional information on PFOA.
Following several months of meetings and discussions between industry
representatives, State and local officials, trade associations,
environmental groups, and the public, the Agency this week conducted a
series of meetings to formalize negotiations on efforts to gather
additional data on the sources and pathways of exposure to PFOA. These
efforts have focused on incineration, article testing, degradation and
monitoring. The agency and the fluoropolymer and telomer industries have
reached agreements in principle on the first three issues. At the same
time, work continues on our efforts to better understand PFOA’s releases
and its presence in the environment around fluoropolymer and telomer
production and use sites.

This progress is the result of a tremendous amount of work, effort, and
commitment on the part of the industries involved, the stakeholders
participating, and the Agency. I commend the companies for their
cooperation in this process and am confident that we will soon conclude
agreements on the first three issues and reach and an agreement in
principal on the final issue. I look forward to continued discussions as
we work together under the ECA framework to gain a better understanding
of PFOA and any risks that it may pose.”

Submitted by:
John J. Blouin
Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics
Chemical Engineering Branch
Mail Code:7406M
202-564-8519 /202-564-8528 (fax)