The increased focus on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 1,4 dioxane has brought about new and evolving regulations and challenges across a wide range of industries. The spotlight on PFAS and other emerging contaminants has put them at the center of attention not only for government regulators and legislators, but also in the environmental and litigation landscape.
Developers, manufacturers, municipalities, property owners, purchasers and utility companies are just some of the most notable parties affected by regulatory changes and other legal matters related to exposure to PFAS and other emerging contaminants.
Due to the unique nature and chemical makeup of PFAS compounds, they are commonly found in a wide array of products. Clothing, food packaging, furniture, leather, non-stick cookware, paint, paper, personal care products and waterproof and stain-proof carpeting are just some of the products that contain PFAS.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation and the study of PFAS and 1,4 dioxane contamination began in the late 1990s, and in March 2023, the EPA took significant action to regulate PFAS in national drinking water standards. The ongoing regulation and investigation of PFAS and emerging contaminants is an evolving landscape in which we counsel and represent a number of clients.
For example, we are defending a global chemical manufacturer in multiple high-profile lawsuits alleging contamination of drinking water supplies. We also counsel manufacturers and other clients on environmental regulatory compliance and risk mitigation. Phillips Lytle has successfully guided many clients facing a wide range of litigation and regulatory challenges related to PFAS and emerging contaminants.