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EPA’s New PFAS Listings Raise Enforcement, Litigation Risks

On May 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added five per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, to a list of risk-based values for regional screening and removal management levels. This action comes as several states are gearing up their own efforts to regulate PFAS, and are conducting PFAS site investigations without clear federal guidance or action on PFAS-related issues.

June 28, 2022 | Law360 | Authors: Jeffrey Dintzer, Greg Berlin, and Shannon Vreeland

Enviro Assessment Rule May Help Lower Buyers’ PFAS Risks

On March 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a proposed rule and a direct final rule amending the all appropriate inquiries, or AAI, rule to reference the new American Society for Testing and Materials International standard E1527-21, concerning standard practice for Phase I environmental site assessments.

April 29, 2022 | Law360 | Authors: Jeffrey Dintzer, Greg Berlin, and Leland Frost

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