PFAS substances are becoming increasingly newsworthy and front-and-center for federal and state environmental lawmakers and PFAS-specific regulations are evolving. More immediately, private litigation continues to grow and has been occurring even without PFAS-specific regulations. Antea Group PFAS experts got together with David Edelstein, Partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease LLP, in a recent webinar to explore the regulatory status surrounding PFAS as well as the litigation environment.
If you missed the webinar, you can still watch it on-demand!
Pop quiz! What are Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and why do they matter to you? If you’ve heard of them but aren’t really sure what they are, you aren’t alone. PFAS compounds have been part of commercial products and manufacturing for decades and have been increasingly linked with health and environmental risk, thus drawing increasing levels of public scrutiny and regulation.
Black & Veatch Monitoring Updates on Upcoming Federal and Local Guideline Changes
This year has seen an unprecedented amount of regulatory activity aimed at mitigating the effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in our environment and consumer products. This flurry of activity has been accompanied by a spate of announcements from state and local governments, along with publications of technical papers and findings, which all clarify that “the PFAS Challenge” is more complicated than it seems.
Technological advances often come with mixed rewards. Plastics have life-saving applications but are also a pollutant, despite recycling efforts. Gas-powered vehicles have changed our lives for the better, but carbon emissions contribute to climate change. Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are used in a wide range of beneficial products and processes but regulations and bans have been gaining traction.
Lately, it seems as though PFAS is everywhere. It is found in countless products across nearly every industry. In addition to the increasing regulations regarding PFAS, chemicals are also becoming a hot topic in the media and among the public. PFAS can impact products, operations, brand, and legacy liability, not to mention PFAS litigation is heating up.
ST. PAUL, Minn., March 2, 2021 /3BL Media/ - Antea Group USA introduced a new service to their Environmental Remediation and PFAS Management Support offerings called the PFAS Screening Tool. Antea Group’s PFAS Screening Tool will identify industries associated with potential PFAS use, identify specific PFAS associated with that industry, and determine reporting requirements for regulatory compliance.
In November, former vice president Joe Biden emerged as the winner of the presidential election. Similar to previous administration transitions, the Chemical Industry will stand ready to engage with bipartisan leaders in Congress to help drive constructive solutions for a more sustainable future that will better serve all Americans.
Helping Railroads Decipher Fact from Fiction When it Comes to PFAS
The railroad industry is presumed by regulatory agencies to have historically used products containing PFAS, or per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances. PFAS may be found in several common products used at railyards, such as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), grease, or hydraulic fluids. It is possible that regulators may soon require railyard owners to assess and remediate, even though PFAS-containing products are used widely in many other industries and could have migrated on site.
Are you holding off on assessing the risk of PFAS at your facility? Don’t wait. Antea Group is seeing a growing number of enforcement and legal actions focused on PFAS across the country taking companies by surprise.