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WASHINGTON (August 24, 2022) – This week, EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance signed a Statement of Intent (SOI) with representatives from the Government of Flanders, Belgium pledging to share publicly available information on enforcement and compliance assurance issues related to PFAS and other fluorocarbon chemicals. 

‘This Statement of Intent recognizes that our respective governments have a shared interest in addressing environmental challenges posed by releases of PFAS and other fluorocarbon chemicals to the environment,’ said Larry Starfield, EPA’s Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. ‘The mutual sharing of information pledged in the Statement of Intent will benefit both the U.S. and Flanders as we look for efficient and creative options to protect human health and the environment.’

‘Today, the Flemish government embarks on a new and necessary international cooperation with the United States and the Environmental Protection Agency in particular. We both have the shared interest to protect our environment, our society and the health of our citizens. And we both have the ambition to lift our environmental protection to a higher level.  I’m honored that the US Environmental Protection Agency will be with us, shoulder to shoulder, as we work even harder to achieve the ambition for a healthier and safer environment for all our citizens,’ said Flemish Minister of Justice and Enforcement, Environment, Energy and Tourism Zuhal Demir.” …