Cos. Should Review Insurance Policies For PFAS Coverage

Law360 (June 2, 2021, 12:00 PM EDT) -- We've reached a legal and regulatory inflection point when it comes to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS — a large group of human-made chemicals that have been used, manufactured and distributed in the United States since the 1940s.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently signaled its intent to provide strong federal leadership in regulating PFAS by proposing an interagency EPA Council on PFAS. Among other things, the council will be tasked with evaluating whether to designate perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid, or PFOS — two of the most studied PFAS compounds — as hazardous substances and/or hazardous waste under environmental statutes...

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