Environmental Wrap-Up 2022 and What to Expect in 2023

20 Jan 2023

This alert looks at developments in environmental law that were at the forefront in 2022; the trend is expected to continue into 2023 as the Biden administration continues to act on its regulatory initiatives in the energy and environmental space.

[Blog] Hungry for more: The EU limits “forever chemicals” in food – but the universal PFAS ban is still far away

17 Jan 2023

The EU has set limits for how much PFAS food sold within the union is allowed to contain.

ECHA adds nine hazardous chemicals to Candidate List

17 Jan 2023

ECHA has added nine chemicals to the Candidate List because of their hazardous properties. They are used for example in flame retardants, paints and coatings, inks and toners, coating products, plasticisers and in the manufacture of pulp and paper.  

Pennsylvania to limit PFAS in drinking water

14 Jan 2023

The new rule sets maximum contaminant levels in drinking water for two forms PFAS – in order to protect the public from potential adverse health effects linked to exposure to PFOA and PFOS.

Bills to regulate toxic ‘forever chemicals’ died in Congress

13 Jan 2023

Lobbying industry flexed muscle to ensure bills that aimed to set stricter standards on PFAS compounds went nowhere.

[Blog] Updated DOD standards: Critical first step toward firefighting foam made without ‘forever chemicals’

12 Jan 2023

Today the Department of Defense quietly released new requirements for the firefighting foam it uses to put out jet fuel fires.

EPA Requires Reporting on Releases and Other Waste Management for Nine Additional PFAS

6 Jan 2023

The U.S. EPA announced the automatic addition of nine PFAS to the Toxics Release Inventory list.

PFAS Bans, Restrictions Go Into Effect in States in 2023

4 Jan 2023

Laws and regulations restricting “forever chemicals” in more than a half dozen states are entering effect in 2023, including the start of a timeline for a first-in-the-nation ban on PFAS in all products in Maine.

PFAS in Consumer Products are Targeted by State Regulators and Class Action Plaintiffs

4 Jan 2023

Consumer product manufacturers, importers, and retailers of products containing PFAS must comply with new regulations in four states in 2023: California, Maine, Vermont, and Washington.

New York to ban ‘forever chemicals’ from clothing by end of year

4 Jan 2023

New York will be joining California in banning toxic “forever chemicals” from clothing, under a law signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) just before the new year.

3M Among Companies Ordered to Give EPA Data on PFAS in Plastics

4 Jan 2023

The EPA ordered four chemical manufacturers on Wednesday to generate new information about a widely used PFAS, so the agency can understand how it may affect people’s health and move through the environment.

PFAS Contamination and USDA's Lack of Engagement

4 Jan 2023

USDA appears to be ignoring the risks of farm contamination by "forever chemicals" through sewage sludge applied as fertilizer.

New US lawsuit targets ‘forever chemicals’ in plastic food containers

27 Dec 2022

A new lawsuit says many plastic containers used in the US to hold food, cleaning supplies, personal care items and other consumer products are likely to be contaminated with toxic PFAS. It is now asking federal courts to halt their production.

Potential harms of Biden’s microchip boom

15 Dec 2022

With proper safeguards, the CHIPS and Science Act could add jobs and opportunities to communities around the country, as well as make the world a healthier place.

[Press Release] Dingell Leads U.S. and Japanese Progressive Caucus Members in Advocating for PFAS Protections in NDAA

5 Dec 2022

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12), sent a letter with United States and Japanese Progressive Caucus members calling for any final NDAA legislation to include robust protections from the use of PFAS on U.S. military bases in the United States and abroad.

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