PFAS: Navigating a new frontier in environmental regulation

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In recent years, states have begun investigating the health and environmental effects of PFAS and the class of chemical compounds that have come to be known as “forever chemicals.” This has led states to initiate massive efforts to remediate environmental media (primarily groundwater including municipal water sources) impacted by these chemicals, with many of these efforts focused on remediating drinking water supplies impacted by aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF) containing these chemicals. These efforts have also led states to initiate hundreds of lawsuits against PFAS manufacturers, seeking cleanup costs and other damages. As states have become more aggressive in their attempts to hold PFAS manufacturers and AFFF users responsible for impacts from these chemicals, including contamination of water supplies, it has become more important to understand the current state of regulation and litigation surrounding PFAS.

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