PFAS Legislation In Vermont Some of Most Aggressive In U.S.

11 May 2021

On May 5, 2021, Vermont entered the final stages of enacting one of the most aggressive pieces of legislation related to PFAS in the country.

US chemical industry spent $61M to fend off PFAS regulations

4 May 2021

Campaign finance records reveal that seven of largest PFAS producers and their industry trade groups spent at least $61 million during 2019 and 2020, the majority of which did not comprise campaign donations but instead funded lobbying efforts aimed at members of Congress and Donald Trump’s administration.

[Sign-on Opportunity] Statement on the Registration of Polymers under REACH

30 Apr 2021

This statement calling for more transparency on polymers marketed in the EU continues to be open for signatures.

EPA Administrator Regan Establishes New Council on PFAS

27 Apr 2021

Administrator Michael S. Regan issued a memorandum to EPA’s senior leadership calling for the creation of a new “EPA Council on PFAS” that is charged with building on the agency’s ongoing work to better understand and ultimately reduce the potential risks caused by these chemicals. 

Canada: Notice of intent to address the broad class of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

27 Apr 2021

Stakeholders and interested parties will have opportunities to provide input to help inform Government of Canada activities related to addressing PFAS as a class. As a first step, stakeholders are invited to provide initial feedback on the intent to address PFAS as a class, including any challenges or opportunities they foresee.

For PFAS, is environmental persistence on its own enough to trigger regulation?

18 Apr 2021

California is on the verge of setting a precedent for chemical-control policy in the US. For the first time, an agency in the state plans to treat a large group of commercial substances as a class for the purpose of regulation.

EPA Considering Revised Effluent Limitations Guideline Relating to PFAS

8 Apr 2021

Recently, the U.S. EPA took a preliminary step toward requiring limits on some National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System discharges of PFAS into surface water.

Following Years Of Advocacy, Gillibrand Joins Community In Hoosick Falls To Announce New Legislation To Create Access To Medical Monitoring For Victims Of Significant PFAS Exposure

5 Apr 2021

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced legislation to provide Americans with improved legal pathways that would help courts award medical monitoring for victims of PFAS exposure and bolster PFAS research.

Industry Eyeing EPA’s Hustle to Control ‘Forever Chemicals’

30 Mar 2021

Industry attorneys say they’re bracing for a wave of corporate liability and litigation as the Biden administration works swiftly to fulfill a campaign promise to control “forever chemicals.

PFAS Water Lawsuits Expose Financial Impacts on State’s Poor Communities

22 Mar 2021

Santa Clarita, a comfortable exurb of some 213,000 residents about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, is one of hundreds of California communities and districts grappling with the pricey problem of drinking water that’s been tainted by PFAS.

67 experts to Regan: Crack down on 'serious risks' of PFAS

16 Mar 2021

A group of nearly 70 science experts are calling on EPA Administrator Michael Regan to crack down on "forever chemicals.

EPA TSCA PFAS Reporting Rule Sent for White House Review

16 Mar 2021

On March 1, 2021, the EPA sent for the White House Office of Management and Budget prepublication review a proposed rule that would require reporting and recordkeeping for the production of PFAS under the TSCA.

[Sign-on Opportunity] Developing a global science-policy body on chemicals and waste

10 Mar 2021

Over 1600 scientists & practitioners from nearly 75 countries have already signed-on in support of establishing a global science-policy body on chemicals and waste, akin to the IPCC and IPBES. The sign-on campaign will remain open until the end of September 2021.

Washington State to Ban PFAS in Four Types of Food Packaging

8 Mar 2021

Washington state has announced that, based on the availability of safer alternatives, PFAS in four types of food packaging will be banned as of February 2023.

Carper, Peters release GAO showing need to address PFAS contamination

2 Mar 2021

Sen. Tom Carper and Sen. Gary Peters released on March 1 a report by the Government Accountability Office that shows the federal government needs to take further action to clean up and prevent contamination from PFAS.