As of January 2020, a chemical in the PFAS class for use in skier’s wax that may be waterproofing skiers lungs and harming the environment. 
 
The EPA initially denied the request for the chemicals use before they overturned their decision and allowed the chemical to be used on downhill skis. The EPA did not force the chemical’s manufacturer SWIX to go through the standard procedure as outlined in the Toxic Substances Control Act. Instead, the EPA agreed to an exemption for the chemical under the low-volume exemption, which allows the manufacturer to make up to 10,000 kilograms of the chemical per year. By agreeing to the low-volume exemption, the chemical was brought to market without having to undergo the extensive testing that is typically required. 
 
After the initial refusal, SWIX hired a Washington D.C. law firm to plead their case. In papers written by the lawyer, and obtained by Outdoor Magazine under the Freedom of Information Act, the lawyer claimed that the EPA needed to approve the request or that SWIX might be forced to go out of business.  
 
In an article published by the Environmental Defense Fund, it is pointed out that no one knows if there will be any damage to the environment or not because the correct protocol was not employed. Instead, the government yielded to pressure from a private business. The fund is particularly concerned about chemicals, such as this one, that is approved through low-volume exemption proceedings. 

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