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September 19, 2022

PFAS, EPA and “Forever Chemicals”: Rumor has it, forever is a long time! Buckle-Up as EPA Doubles Down – Hazardous Substance Designation for PFAS

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, August 26, 2022 By: Michael A. Walsh, Parsons McEntire McCleary PLLC In October 2021, EPA released the PFAS Strategic Roadmap[1] laying out an overall approach to addressing PFAS. True to its word and on the heels of controversial June 2022 Interim and Final Health Advisories,[2] the EPA has published a Proposed Rule entitled “Designation of Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and […]

September 8, 2022

‘Forever chemicals’ destroyed by simple new method

Source: https://news.northwestern.edu/, August 18, 2022 By: Amanda Morris PFAS, a group of manufactured chemicals commonly used since the 1940s, are called “forever chemicals” for a reason. Bacteria can’t eat them; fire can’t incinerate them; and water can’t dilute them. And, if these toxic chemicals are buried, they leach into surrounding soil, becoming a persistent problem […]

September 8, 2022

PFOA / PFOS Remediation

Source: https://www.gwttllc.com/ What is PFOA / PFOS? Perfluorooctane Sulfonic Acid (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)  are part of  large family of chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). The U.S. EPA has established health advisories for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water and has established the health advisory levels at 70 parts per trillion. Both PFOA and PFOS have been […]

September 7, 2022

Why you need to know about PFAS, the chemicals in pizza boxes and rainwear

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/, May 23, 2019 By: Lauren Zanolli What are PFAS? PFAS, short for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of at least 4,700 synthetic chemicals that have been in commercial production since the 1940s to make surfaces resist stains, water and grease. Read more.

September 7, 2022

Exxon Mobil Ordered To Pay $14.25M Penalty In Pollution Case

Source: https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/, March 3, 2021 A federal judge ordered Exxon Mobil to pay a $14.25 million civil penalty Tuesday in an 11-year-old lawsuit alleging it violated the Clean Air Act for eight years at its flagship Baytown, Texas, refinery. In setting the penalty, which would go to the U.S. Treasury, U.S. District Judge David Hittner […]

September 7, 2022

New Jersey officials investigating Legionnaires’ cases in Mercer County

Source: https://6abc.com, August 29, 2022 By: Trish Hartman Officials in one Mercer County, New Jersey community say four cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported in less than a year. One of those cases was fatal. The state’s Department of Health and Department of Environmental Protection is looking into the situation in Hamilton Township. Read more.

September 6, 2022

Colorado Defective Construction is Not Considered “Property Damage”

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, August 25, 2022 By: Saxe Doerberger & Vita, P.C. In the July 5, 2022, case of Indian Harbor Ins. Co. v. Houston Casualty Co., the United States District Court for Colorado addressed the issue of whether damage to defectively installed balconies is considered “property damage” under Colorado law, requiring payment by a commercial general […]

September 6, 2022

EPA to designate ‘forever chemicals’ as hazardous substances

Source: https://apnews.com/, August 26, 2022 By: Matthew Daly The Environmental Protection Agency moved Friday to designate two “forever chemicals” used in cookware, carpets and firefighting foams as hazardous substances, a step that would clear the way for quicker cleanup of the toxic compounds, which have been linked to cancer and other health problems. Designation as a hazardous […]

September 6, 2022

In Portsmouth, a Superfund Site Pollutes a Creek, Threatens a Neighborhood and Defies a Quick Fix

Source: https://insideclimatenews.org/, August 26, 2022 By: Daelin Brown Mary Dibbons had never heard of Peck Iron and  Metal, an abandoned scrap yard located about a half-mile from the Cradock neighborhood where she’s lived her entire life. And she’s not sure what a Superfund site is. But she does know she shouldn’t eat fish from the […]

August 26, 2022

A brief primer on PFAS litigation: Trends and future disputes

Source: https://www.jdsupra.com/, August 26, 2022 Companies at every level of the stream of commerce now face exposure to PFAS litigation. PFAS started out only as an issue for the chemical companies that created it, but like an uncoiling snake, it now bites anyone in its path. Whereas once litigation was aimed solely at chemical companies […]

August 26, 2022

Colorado Defective Construction is Not Considered “Property Damage”

Source: https://www.lexology.com/, August 25, 2022 By: Saxe Doernberger & Vita, P.C. In the July 5, 2022, case of Indian Harbor Ins. Co. v. Houston Casualty Co., the United States District Court for Colorado addressed the issue of whether damage to defectively installed balconies is considered “property damage” under Colorado law, requiring payment by a commercial general […]

August 26, 2022

TxDOT: Harbor Bridge developer did not take steps to fix flaws

Source: https://www.kiiitv.com/, August 17, 2022 By: Haley Williams The Texas Department of Transportation said Tuesday the developer of the new Harbor Bridge has defaulted on its contract and has 15 days to fix design flaws with the bridge or TxDOT will fire them. This comes a little more than a month after TxDOT halted all […]

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