Welch Fluorocarbon (“Welch”) was recently mentioned in the press as a potential source of PFCs (perfluorinated compounds). One PFC, known as perfluorooctanoic acid or “PFOA,” has recently been in the news because it has been detected in some wells in the towns of Merrimack and Litchfield in south central New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has been investigating the cause of the contamination in those wells and has now taken the precaution of asking numerous manufacturers around the state whether they have used materials containing PFCs as part of their manufacturing processes. Welch was one of the companies receiving a letter from NHDES requesting more information.
Welch is pleased to report that PFCs (e.g. PFOA) have never been used, produced, disposed of or emitted at Welch due to the fact that the raw material we use to manufacture components and products, thin fluoropolymer film, has never had PFCs in it when delivered to Welch.
Before being phased out completely in December of 2015, PFCs were used by chemical companies during the polymerization of fluoropolymers. Once the polymerization was complete all of the PFCs were removed during the production of both the pelletized resin and the extruded film. Therefore, the fluoropolymer film we use has always arrived at Welch free of PFCs.
Welch Fluorocarbon takes EHS issues very seriously, and is committed to conducting its business in a transparent and ethical fashion that advocates for the wellbeing of our employees, customers, community and environment.
We have responded to NHDES’s letter in writing, and we will post a copy of Welch’s response once NHDES has had a chance to review it.