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 […]

Waterhouse emphasizes EPA’s PFAS, environmental justice priorities in Senate confirmation hearing

Published Sept. 16, 2021 Dive Brief: Carlton Waterhouse, the nominee for U.S. EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM) assistant administrator, said the agency is working “as quickly as we can” to designate certain PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances. He named PFAS management among his top priorities during a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday. […]

Swedish Chemicals Agency re: regulation of PFAS compounds

NOTE: Swedish Chemicals Agency just released this information re: regulation of PFAS compounds. It is a great summary and if you scroll down to the bottom there is a bombshell announcement that 200 PFAS Compounds will be added to the REACH list effective 2.25.23 and that the EU will be regulating these compounds as a […]

EPA PFAS Action Sees Much Broader Scope Than In Past

By John Gardella Wednesday, July 14, 2021 The latest EPA PFAS action on Monday, July 13, 2021 shows once again that the agency is seeking to aggressively regulate certain PFAS compounds <> under the Safe Drinking Water Act. However, the EPA’s action on Monday is notable because it is one of the first instances in […]

Why Is PFAS Called The Forever Chemical

PFAS: The Forever Chemical Source: <> “PFAS” is short for per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances – a family of chemicals used to make common household products and waterproof clothing. PFAS — per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances — are known as “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in nature, and they’re found in all kinds of […]

Cancer Warnings Should Be Added To PFOA Products In California, Health Agency Says

March 25, 2021 Written by: Irvin Jackson California health officials indicate they intend to add perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) to a list of restricted chemicals in the state, requiring extensive label warnings to alert consumers about the potential health risks associated with exposure. PFOA is no longer made in the U.S., and are part of a […]