Bavaria floats resolution in Bundesrat urging “PFAS regulation with a sense of proportion”

Germany’s second largest state, Bavaria, has submitted a draft resolution for consideration in the upper house of parliament that urges German Chancellor Scholz’s government to “ensure a risk-based approach is maintained” in Brussels’ pursuit of a universal restriction on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Background on PFAS

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large class of man-made organic chemicals, numbering upwards of 10,000, used in many different industrial, commercial, and consumer applications. Manufactured since the 1940s, their carbon-fluorine bond tends to be the hallmark of a PFAS (though there is no common definition). This bond is one of the strongest in organic chemistry, making this family of chemicals highly effective at resisting water, oil, and heat.

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