DECEMBER 29, 2022 UPDATE
Dear Maine State Chamber Member,
We hope you are enjoying this holiday season. We needed to reach out today to provide you with an important update regarding Maine’s new PFAS law. As you may recall from previous communications, the Chamber has been leading an effort to help our members apply for an extension with Maine’s new PFAS law before it goes into effect on January 1, 2023. (Click here for the original Maine State Chamber of Commerce PFAS Advocacy Alert sent on 11/28/2022)
We have just heard from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection that due to the high volume of requests the Department has received over the last month, response times have been delayed and the Department will not be able to respond to all requests by January 1st. With that being the case, the Department has delayed the effective date of this law for all companies who have submitted an extension request by January 1, 2023 - by 30 days. Extension requests of the PFAS in product reporting requirements and any potential reporting requirements that would otherwise begin on January 1, 2023, the law will be extended until you have received the Department's determination on your request. The Department has indicated that they believe they will be able to respond to all requests in an additional 30 days.
We thought it was important to update you on this. If you applied for an extension by signing onto the Maine State Chamber of Commerce letter or submitting an extension request on your own, the 1/1/23 date of law going into effect is delayed until the Chamber or an individual company has received written notice from the Department that you are either approved for an extension or denied an extension.
If you have not applied for an extension yet but feel you could be impacted by this law, there is still time before January 1st. We encourage all companies to apply for an extension or risk being in noncompliance with this law since they are only extending the effective date of the law for those companies who have applied for an extension.
Please reach out if you have any questions, and we appreciate you taking the time to read this important update.
Happy New Year,
Benjamin R. Lucas
Government Relations Specialist
Maine State Chamber of Commerce
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