In an October 26th ruling, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated four PFAS, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, as hazardous.
This new ruling will lead the EPA to invoke higher standards toward contamination from PFAS and take steps to regulate the use and future of “forever chemicals”.
The EPA put out two rulings under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which came just a day after the Agency released its Human Health Toxicity Assessment on GenX Chemicals.
The first of these rulemakings designate four of the “forever chemicals” as hazardous wastes:
The second rulemaking spells out the EPA’s authority in requiring investigation and cleanup of contaminants that meet RCRA’s definition of hazardous waste.
PFAS have been known to cause adverse health effects and environmental damage, remaining in the body, air, surface water, and groundwater for years.
GenX chemicals were created to replace PFAS, but turned out to be more harmful than their predecessors.
There are thousands of different PFAS, some of which have been more widely used and studied than others.
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), affected by these rulemakings, are two of the most widely used and studied PFAS.
TorHoerman Law was responsible for handling a medical case for our family. I was extremely impressed with their professionalism and ability to react quickly. They also did a nice job keeping us updated with the case throughout the process. This was the first time experiencing a situation like this and Tor Hoerman law did an excellent job from start to finish.
TorHoerman Law is an extraordinary law firm – a firm that truly makes the client’s best interests the primary concern. Their team of personal injury lawyers are experienced, personable, and well versed in a range of litigation areas. They are supported by a dedicated team of staff that are as equally friendly and helpful. I would recommend TorHoerman Law for any personal injury litigation needs.
All of my questions were answered quickly and in a way I could understand. Steve and the entire staff were friendly and professional.
I highly recommend this law firm! The attorneys and staff at THL worked hard, communicated every step of the process, kept me well informed at all times, and exceeded all expectations! The staff is kind, considerate, professional, and very experienced. Look no further, call now!
Top-notch, hardworking attorneys!
A wonderful and professional legal team. They helped me when I needed expert legal representation! Thank you TorHoerman Law!
They contacted me the next day. Very nice people!