Manufacturers of PFAS and those who utilize PFAS in their products, as well as users of firefighting foams, are liable for the presence of PFAS in the environment and humans.
This risk derives from regulatory programs and common law, including trespass, nuisance, negligence, and strict responsibility.
PFAS, a family of several thousand chemicals, does not biodegrade, stays in the environment, and has alarming and poorly understood toxicological effects.
What are the regulatory concerns posed by the manufacture, use, and presence of PFAS?
Costs of compliance, including costs associated with the inability to manufacture or use
Costs of noncompliance-penalties and injunctive relief
Costs of investigation and remediation
Natural resource damages
What are the common law concerns posed by the manufacture, use, and presence of PFAS?
Damage to people (toxic tort)
Damage to and diminution in value of property
Why should you care about PFAS?
DuPont’s Washington Works Plant in West Virginia on the Ohio River
Started PFOA use in the 1950s
Became aware of possible adverse health effects in 1981
Safe Drinking Water Act (SWDA): Emergency administrative order based on PFOA screening level of 150 ppb in 2002; eventually reduced to .07 ppb in 2017
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): $10.25 million in civil penalties; $6.25
million in environmental projects
Leach v. E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co., No. 01-C-608 (W. Cir. Ct.):
$235 million for health monitoring; $70 million for health & education programs
Plan to prosecute individual actions In re E. I. Du Pont De Nemours and Company C-8 Personal Injury Litigation, Case No. 2:13-MD-02433-EAS-EPD (S.D. Ohio):
$671 million settlement; up to $50 million per year to cover additional costs
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