Bipartisan Group of Representatives Calls on EPA to Assess the Risks of PFAS in Fluorinated Containers

On July 25, 2023, 12 members of the House sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan urging EPA “to conduct a rigorous, comprehensive, and transparent assessment of the risks of [per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)] in fluorinated containers.” The letter states that EPA is mandated by the Toxic Substances Control […]

‘Forever Chemical’ Lawsuits Could Ultimately Eclipse the Big Tobacco Settlement

It was the dead cows on Wilbur Tennant’s farm that shaped most of Rob Bilott’s professional life. Tennant’s farm was located in Parkersburg, W. Va.; Bilott was—and remains—an environmental lawyer at the firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister in Cincinnati. All had been well for Tennant until 1998, when half of his herd of 300 […]

EPA Completes Verification Analysis of PFAS of Pesticide Products

On May 30, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it had taken additional steps in addressing concerns that per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been found in pesticide products. As part of its ongoing efforts, EPA has completed its verification analysis of a study published in September 2022 in the Journal of Hazardous […]

High Levels of Dangerous ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in California’s Most-Used Insecticide

WASHINGTON— California’s most-used insecticide, along with two other pesticides, is contaminated with potentially dangerous levels of PFAS “forever chemicals,” according to test results released today by the Center for Biological Diversity and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. Intrepid 2F is the most widely applied insecticide product in the state of California and the second most widely used pesticide product […]

As EPA Rules Loom, Attorneys Prep for Tidal Wave of PFAS Litigation: Substance Remains Common Despite Alleged Dangers

A proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that would label per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous is expected to increase transparency and accountability, but defense attorneys say it could also lead to a tidal wave of litigation. “We’re going to see a lot more reporting requirements and companies being required to report releases of PFAS,” […]

US food pesticides contaminated with toxic ‘forever chemicals’ testing finds

PFAS are present at ‘potentially dangerous’ levels in widely used chemicals sprayed on food crops destined for Americans’ plates. Some of the United States’ most widely used food pesticides are contaminated with “potentially dangerous” levels of toxic PFAS “forever chemicals”, new testing of the products finds. The Environmental Protection Agency has previously been silent on PFAS in food pesticides, […]

PFAS Chemicals Found in Commonly Used Pesticides, Study Finds

Pesticides and insecticides could be another vector for PFAS chemicals into the environment and water supplies, in addition to firefighting foam. A new study warns that many common insecticides used on foods contain potentially toxic and cancer causing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals”, since they are known to build up […]