3M to exit PFAS manufacturing

Dec. 20, 2022
One of the nation’s first and largest PFAS manufacturers has promised to exit manufacturing of the substances by the end of 2025.

The 3M Company announced that it would discontinue the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) across its product portfolio and exit PFAS manufacturing by the end of 2025.

The company says that its decision was based on many factors, including changing stakeholder expectations and accelerating regulatory trends focused on reducing the presence of PFAS in the environment.

The company says that it has already reduced its use of PFAS over the past three years.

3M also says that it will continue to address litigation around PFAS contamination by defending itself in court or through negotiated resolutions. The company has been one of the first to develop and produce PFAS within the United States, and its facilities’ discharges have been responsible for water contamination nationwide.

"This is a moment that demands the kind of innovation 3M is known for," says Mike Roman, 3M chairman and chief executive officer. "While PFAS can be safely made and used, we also see an opportunity to lead in a rapidly evolving external regulatory and business landscape to make the greatest impact for those we serve. This action is another example of how we are positioning 3M for continued sustainable growth by optimizing our portfolio, innovating for our customers, and delivering long-term value for our shareholders."

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