WDMA Maine PFAS Regulations Q&A Webinar Recording Available

Last week, WDMA hosted the Maine State Chamber of Commerce for a members-only question-and-answer session on upcoming state regulations and reporting requirements for consumer products containing PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances). Maine’s deadline on January 1st is quickly approaching for manufacturers to either submit information on any products being sold in the state that contain PFAS or apply for a six-month extension. This webinar offered WDMA members the opportunity to ask questions and hear from Ben Lucas, Senior Government Relations Specialist, and Linda Caprara, Vice President of Advocacy for the Maine State Chamber of Commerce.

Access the recording here by logging into your WDMA member account. 

Beginning on January 1, 2023, Maine requires manufacturers to provide notification about any product being sold in the state that contains PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances). PFAS are chemicals that are commonly found in adhesives and sealants. Your company should internally investigate its own use of PFAS and make a determination about whether this requirement applies to your products.  WDMA has contacted both Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) and DEP Commissioner Melanie Loyzim formally requesting that our members receive an extension for complying with PFAS reporting requirements that are currently scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2023 and the state has said it will consider extensions.

Take Action:
WDMA members can apply for an extension of the January 1, 2023 reporting deadline by contacting the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Extensions are expected to be granted quickly and can be requested by emailing [email protected]. In your email, provide the following information:

  • A simple written request for an extension of the January 1, 2023, PFAS reporting requirement
    • Example: “I am writing to request an extension of Maine’s upcoming PFAS reporting requirement.”
  • Company name
  • Company contact information

Next Steps:
WDMA is working with the state of Maine and a coalition of industry stakeholders to limit and reduce the scope of these burdensome regulations on our membership. More information about Maine’s PFAS registration program can be found here, and WDMA members with questions may contact Jacob Carter, WDMA’s Director of Government Affairs, at [email protected].

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