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The lawyers at Alston & Bird are on the front lines of PFAS litigation, enforcement, and regulation. For years, our attorneys have studied the increasing variety of legal claims in courts across the country alleging PFAS contamination and are respected as thought leaders for companies needing to protect their businesses from risk.

This section includes our team’s various articles, media placements, events, and speaking engagements.

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EPA Gets Serious on PFAS, Plans to Remove De Minimis Exemption

Alston & Bird’s Jeffrey Dintzer and Gregory Berlin look at EPA’s recent Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) report and note that EPA is apparently suspicious of what it has characterized as a “seemingly limited scope of PFAS reporting.” EPA plans to remove the de minimis exemption for PFAS, which is not a surprise given its increased attention on PFAS and on what facilities are reporting, they say.

April 14, 2022 | Bloomberg Law | Authors: Jeffrey Dintzer and Greg Berlin

Infrastructure Law Gears $10 Billion to Fight PFAS in Water

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act delivers more than $50 billion to the EPA to improve the nation’s drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure as well as rebuild bridges, roads, and tunnels. It includes $10 billion to address PFAS in drinking water, say Alston & Bird’s Jeffrey Dintzer and Gregory Berlin, who lay out the business implications.

December 3, 2021 | Bloomberg Law | Authors: Jeffrey Dintzer and Greg Berlin

How PFAS Action Could Complicate Superfund Cleanups

On July 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the PFAS Action Act — the most comprehensive piece of federal legislation thus far to deal with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

September 7, 2021 | Law360 | Authors: Jeffrey Dintzer, Greg Berlin, and Ha Chung

Water Board Issues PFAS Investigative Orders Refineries and Bulk Fuel Storage Terminals

The State Water Resources Control Board issued investigative orders on March 11 to more than 160 refineries and bulk fuel storage terminals in over 30 California counties, requiring environmental investigation and sampling for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This article explores how these recent investigation orders will impact oil refineries, bulk fuel storage, and the larger regulated community.

April 26, 2021 | The Recorder | Authors: Jeffrey Dintzer and Greg Berlin

EPA Offers Few Answers in PFAS Disposal Guidance

On Dec. 18, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its interim guidance on the destruction and disposal of PFAS, as directed by the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2020, and as part of the PFAS Action Plan the EPA released in February 2019. The interim guidance is not binding, and does not set policy. Instead, it provides options for the destruction or disposal of PFAS substances.

February 8, 2021 | Law360 | Authors: Jeffrey Dintzer and Jeff Carlin