Article US appeals court kills ban on plastic containers contaminated with PFAS. Conservative fifth circuit overturns EPA’s ban prohibiting Inhance from using manufacturing process creating toxic compound (Mar 2024)

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2024/mar/30/pfas-ban-plastic-containers-court

A federal appeals court in the US has killed a ban on plastic containers contaminated with highly toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” found to leach at alarming levels into food, cosmetics, household cleaners, pesticides and other products across the economy.

But the conservative fifth circuit court of appeals court overturned the ban. The judges did not deny the containers’ health risks, but said the EPA could not regulate the buckets under the statute it used.

PFAS are a class of about 15,000 compounds used to make products resistant to water, stains and heat. They are known as “forever chemicals” because they do not naturally break down, and they have been linked to cancer, high cholesterol, liver disease, kidney disease, fetal complications and other serious health problems.

The company is facing a separate lawsuit from a pesticide maker who claims Inhance concealed its products’ dangers.
 
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