Mar 20, 2020

3M Announces Progress on PFAS Initiatives

3M launched clearinghouse of PFAS research and shares analytical samples

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3M has launched a research clearinghouse webpage and is releasing previously unavailable per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) reference standards, according to a news release

The clearinghouse compiles published research 3M has conducted around PFAS testing, measurement and remediation best practices to facilitate access to information for communities and officials around the country. PFAS reference standards will also be made available for free to government officials, researchers and academic institutions, according to the news release. 

3M’s samples will make it easier to reliably study and test for PFAS materials, with the intent to increase costs and expedite timelines for researchers.

“I am proud of the work we have done to engage with stakeholders and positively contribute toward the science of PFAS,” said Denise Rutherford, senior vice president, 3M Corporate Affairs. “We believe that current and future progress resulting from these actions can help facilitate a more inclusive, science-based discussion around PFAS and the critical role they play in so many modern applications.”

The company is in the process of setting up an aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) Stewardship pilot program that will support the proper disposal of the company’s legacy AFFF product. 3M also implemented its latest granular activated carbon (GAC) treatment system in Decatur, Alabama, reported the news release. 3M will also attempt to identify an established and independent scientific body to review the existing science on PFAS and develop an agenda for further research. 

“The progress we’ve made on fulfilling our commitments is a positive step, and we will continue to identify new ways to share best practices and information about PFAS,” Rutherford added.

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