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Hawaii, USA, Bans PFAS in Certain Consumer Goods

SafeGuardSFood Contact Material, HardgoodsJuly 29, 2022

SG 088.22

Hawaii has become the latest US jurisdiction to regulate PFAS in certain consumer products. The prohibition of PFAS in specific categories of food packaging will become effective on December 31, 2024.

In June 2022, the governor of Hawaii signed HB 1644 (Act 152) into law to regulate PFAS in Class B firefighting foams and certain food packaging.

The new law prohibits intentionally added PFAS in Class B firefighting foams and four types of food packaging derived from plant fibers. These four categories of food packaging are essentially identical to those in the 2021 Washington Department of Ecology first alternatives assessment report where safer alternatives were available for food boats, pizza boxes, plates and wraps and liners (SafeGuards 73/22).

According to the definitions in the new law, perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) mean all members of the class of fluorinated organic chemicals containing at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom.

Act 152 became effective on July 1, 2022

Highlights of the new law are summarized in Table 1.

Hawaii Act 152 (HB 1644, 2022) Relating to Environment Protection
Effective Date
PFAS (intentionally added)Class B firefighting foamManufacturers to notify sellers of manufacturer’s products about the requirementsBy January 1, 2023
Class B firefighting foamProhibitedJuly 1, 2024 (discharge or otherwise use for training or testing purposes)
Class B firefighting foam¹Prohibited, unless the use is for suppression of a petroleum fireJuly 1, 2024 (manufacture, sell, offer for sale, distribute for sale, or distribute for training or testing purposes)
Food packaging comprised, in substantial part, of paper, paperboard, or other materials originally derived from plant fibers:
  • Food boats
  • Pizza boxes
  • Plates
  • Wraps and liners
ProhibitedDecember 31, 2024
¹Exempt if PFAS is required by federal law or regulations. If federal law or regulations are amended after July 1, 2022 to allow the use of alternative firefighting agents that do not contain PFAS chemicals, the department may adopt rules that also restrict PFAS chemicals for those applications.

Table 1.

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