PFAS can be a game changer in commercial real estate transactions. As evolving policies expand the scope of potential liabilities and cleanup costs, environmental professionals must consider what steps they can take to address, mitigate, and manage PFAS-related risks at potentially impacted properties.
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Over the last century, the U.S. army's use, storage, and inattentive disposal of toxic substances have been the source of enduring environmental hazards.
In the past few months, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) has done three significant things to tighten controls on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
On September 6, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to designate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as hazardous substances under CERCLA.
Manufacturing giant 3M announced plans on Tuesday to stop making products that contain a class of hazardous “forever chemicals” known as PFAS by the end of 2025...
More than 600,000 service members at 116 military installations were annually served water with potentially unsafe levels of the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, according to an Environmental Working Group analysis.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new policies to improve per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) reporting and pollution reduction.
The EPA’s plan to speed Superfund cleanups of two “forever chemicals” to make polluters rather than taxpayers foot the bill raises concerns that the law’s limited flexibility will shift the burden of costs back to communities, attorneys and groups representing...
The EPA is vowing to move quickly to designate two “forever chemicals” as hazardous substances under the Superfund law, but has to balance the Biden administration’s desire to better protect disadvantaged communities with public and private sector fears they’ll be held liable for a...
Most businesses understand the need to conduct environmental due diligence when buying or selling real estate, but many businesses may not have a good understanding of how to investigate and mitigate the potential risk posed by the presence of PFAS compounds.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took an important step toward regulating PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) on September 6, 2022 when it published a Notice of Federal Rulemaking to begin the process of listing two PFAS as hazardous substances...
Forever is a very long time, and scientific advances are beginning to make the phrase obsolete.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released on August 5, 2022, a new report on the National Emerging Contaminants Research Initiative (NECRI).
Impending developments have the potential to affect property transactions from the perspective of acquisition, disposition, and financing.
Last month, EPA issued interim health advisories for PFOA and PFOS that took many people’s breath away. It is rather amazing how quickly we’ve moved from parts per billion past parts per trillion to...
Environmental practitioners are well aware of the astonishing breadth and scope of the impacts resulting from the investigations into the ubiquitous presence of the so-called “forever chemicals”, including the significant efforts being expended at both the State and Federal level on regulating...
EPA’s dramatic new health advisory for a contentious “forever chemical” is facing a lawsuit from its manufacturer over claims that the agency overstepped its authority in one of its most significant actions around the compounds to date.
Testing by the Department of Defense revealed dangerous levels of the contaminants, drawing concern from public health advocates.