EPA confirms fluorinated containers leach PFAS

High-density polyethlyene containers treated with fluorinated compounds can leach PFAS into pesticides and other liquid products, a study by the US Environmental Protection Agency suggests. by Britt E. Erickson September 8, 2022 Plastic containers made of fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) are likely to leach per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) into pesticides and other liquid products […]

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Pesticide and Other Packaging

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) extensive efforts to address PFAS, the Agency is making new information available about EPA testing showing PFAS contamination from certain fluorinated containers. Read EPA’s 2021 press statement. While the Agency continues to investigate and assess potential impacts on health or the environment, the affected pesticide manufacturer has […]

PFAS in the Environment and Packaging

Per- and Polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are represented by over forty-one (41) individual compounds, around thirty (30) of which are under study by the US Environmental Agency (US EPA), various state EPA or Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) organizations, private industry, and universities (U Florida, Harvard1 and others).  This family of chemicals has been studied […]

Forever Chemicals: The Threat Of PFAS In Our Water

Source: CBS Sunday Morning, Aug 21, 2022 EPA Proposes Designating Certain PFAS Chemicals as Hazardous Substances Under Superfund to Protect People’s Health WASHINGTON (August 26, 2022) – Following through on the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to tackle environmental injustice and improve public health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a significant action under Administrator […]

EPA Issues New HAL for Four Commonly Used PFAS

By Katherine M. Bennett, Fabio Dworschak June 17, 2022 After months of speculation, on June 15, 2022, EPA issued its drinking water health advisory for four commonly used PFAS: PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and PFBS. EPA’s drinking water health advisories provide information on the levels of a specific contaminant that EPA believes is safe for people […]

Court Certifies Huge Class in Landmark PFAS Suit, Eyes Possible Expansion

By CHRISTIAN RICHTER, JEFF HANNAPEL; NASF/THE POLICY GROUP A federal court recently certified all Ohio residents who have small amounts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their blood as a class eligible to pursue a suit against chemical manufacturers, while leaving the door open for residents of other states to be included.  The suit, Kevin […]

PFAS Superfund Designation: EPA’s Latest Step Starts 90 Day Clock

On January 10, 2022, the EPA submitted a plan for a PFAS Superfund designation to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) when it indicated an intent to designate two legacy PFAS – PFOA and PFOS – as “hazardous substances” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA, also known as the Superfund […]

EPA Announces Plans for Waste Rules That Could be a Stepping Stone to Drastically Expanding PFAS Liabilities

Vinson & Elkins LLP EPA announced plans for two separate rulemaking processes that would expand liabilities for PFAS wastes. The first — a rulemaking process to add certain PFAS chemicals as “hazardous constituents” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) expands remedial obligations to include PFAS at RCRA corrective action sites and could be […]

EPA Issues Fall Regulatory Agenda Confirming Timelines in the PFAS Strategic Roadmap

In the Fall Regulatory Agenda issued December 10, EPA confirmed its timetable for short-term objectives in its PFAS Strategic Roadmap. The deadlines in the semi-annual agenda include finalizing this month the requirement for public water systems to monitor and report data on 29 PFAS (including certain fluorotelomers and GenX compounds), proposing the designation of PFOS […]

PFAS Strategic Roadmap: EPA’s Commitments to Action 2021-2024

On October 18, 2021, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap—laying out a whole-of-agency approach to addressing PFAS. The roadmap sets timelines by which EPA plans to take specific actions and commits to bolder new policies to safeguard public health, protect the environment, and hold polluters accountable. The actions described in […]