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Parliamentary question - E-004375/2021(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Sinkevičius on behalf of the European Commission

Perfluorobutane sulphonamide (FBSA) is not registered under the regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals[1]. For this reason, the Commission does not have data on where FBSA is manufactured or used, but has information on the manufacturers or importers of other per‐ and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that are registered.

The Environmental Quality Standards Directive (EQSD)[2] obliges Member States to implement standards for polluting substances in water. Regarding Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and its derivatives, which is part of the PFAS family, an EU mandatory environmental quality standard has been established[3]. From March 2022, all Member States will have to report on this priority substance.

The Commission does not have an overview of potentially contaminated sites in the EU, but will consider proposing legally binding provisions to identify, register and remediate contaminated sites in the context of the new Soil Health Law by 2023, and develop an EU priority list for soil contaminants by 2024.

The installation operated by 3M falls within the scope of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)[4]: it shall be operated in accordance to its permit based on the use of Best Available Techniques[5].

The Commission is currently revising the IED and the regulation on the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR)[6].

The objective is to achieve more stringent measures on prevention and control of pollutant emissions as well as extensive reporting of PFAS emissions, thus increasing the knowledge on the release sources and assisting the identification of potential contaminated sites.

The Commission will soon start an evaluation of the Environmental Liability Directive[7].

Last updated: 8 December 2021
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