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#1 What Is the No. 1 Emerging Litigation Risk? ‘Forever Chemicals,’ Says Praedicat

Sep 17 2020 // The top emerging litigation risk identified for the year ahead is PFAS, the so-called “forever chemicals” used in a wide variety of products such as Teflon, Scotchgard, food containers, firefighting foam and...

#2 EPA Denies Ban; Permits Farmers’ Use of Dicamba-Based Weed Killers for Five Years

Oct 28 2020 // The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it will allow farmers to spray crops with weed killers based on the chemical dicamba that are sold by Bayer AG and other companies, after a U.S. appeals court...

#3 Texas Bills Push Tougher Chemical Tank Rules to Stem Explosions, Spills

Jan 8 2021 // Deer Park, Texas, residents sheltered in place. The Houston Ship Channel shut down. Toxic chemicals spilled during Hurricane Harvey. And just last month, seven people were injured in a Corpus Christi fire. These are the...

#4 DuPont, Chemours Reach Pact Over Liability for ‘Forever Chemicals’ PFAs Pollution

Jan 25 2021 // The Dupont Co. and its spinoff business Chemours have agreed to resolve legal disputes over environmental liabilities for pollution related to man-made chemicals associated with an increased risk of cancer and other health...

#5 Gutted Chemical Safety Board Tries to Proceed with Single Board Member

Aug 3 2020 // The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which has only one board member instead of the usual five, on Friday postponed a scheduled public meeting that was to include discussion of its plans to operate even as President Donald...

#6 Judge Tosses Case Over Texas Chemical Plant Fire During Harvey

Oct 5 2020 // A judge has dismissed the criminal case against a chemical manufacturer and one of its former employees over a fire at its plant near Houston during Hurricane Harvey, saying prosecutors failed to present sufficient...

#7 Maine Man Sues Paper Mill Over Levels of ‘Forever Chemicals’

Mar 11 2021 // A Maine man is suing a paper mill company that operates in the state about levels of long-lasting chemicals in wells and elsewhere. Nathan Saunders of Fairfield filed the lawsuit Friday against Boston-based Sappi North...

#8 North Carolina Sues for Damages in ‘Forever Chemicals’ Release

Oct 15 2020 // The state of North Carolina sued on Tuesday to seek financial damages from companies associated with so-called “forever chemicals” released for decades from a Bladen County plant into the Cape Fear...

#9 Environmental Settlement of $121K Reached with Washington Chemical Company

Feb 10 2021 // The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with Emerald Kalama Chemical after inspectors say they found hazardous waste storage and handling violations it its Kalama, Wash., facility. The chemical...

#10 Georgia City Resident Sues Over Chemical Discharge in Water

Mar 17 2021 // A Georgia city, a textile manufacturer and others are being sued by a former Summerville, Georgia, city council member over a water crisis that forced Summerville to distribute bottled water for weeks and still could cost...

#11 Alabama City Officials Drop Chemical Contamination Lawsuit

Sep 25 2020 // Officials in the northwest Alabama city of Guin have dropped a lawsuit against chemical giant 3M that alleged chemicals from its manufacturing plant had entered a creek that supplies drinking water to the community. The...

#12 Study Warns of Volunteer Firefighters’ Levels of ‘Forever Chemicals’

May 5 2021 // Volunteer firefighters — who comprise more than 65 percent of the U.S. fire service — have higher levels of “forever chemicals” in their bodies than the general public. A Rutgers study, which was published...

#13 Chemical Site Cleanup on Maine River to Cost More Than $180M

Mar 25 2021 // A settlement that is pending approval from a federal judge would require the former owner of a shuttered chemical plant in Maine to spend more than $180 million to clean up mercury contamination. The settlement concerns...

#14 Chemical Firm BASF and Its Law Firm to Pay $72.5M to Close Talcum-Asbestos Claims

Jul 24 2020 // BASF SE, the world’s biggest chemical maker, and a law firm agreed to pay a combined $72.5 million to resolve claims they hid evidence that certain talc products contained asbestos in an effort to scuttle thousands...

#15 Health Experts Caution Over Disinfectants, Cleaning Methods Used in Rush to Reopen

Jun 16 2020 // Businesses across the U.S. have begun intensive Covid-19 disinfection regimens, exposing returning workers and consumers to some chemicals that are largely untested for human health, a development that’s alarming...

#16 Data Recorder Recovered from Ship Carrying Chemicals Sinking Off Sri Lanka

Jun 7 2021 // COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) – Experts recovered the data recorder of a fire-ravaged ship carrying chemicals that is slowly sinking off Sri Lanka’s capital, as salvage crews stood by to head off a possible environmental...

#17 Fire at Hurricane-Hit Louisiana Chemical Plant Contained

Aug 30 2020 // A chlorine chemical fire that erupted last Thursday, triggering shelter-in-place orders and closing roadways in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, has been brought under control, the plant’s owner said on Friday. KIK...

#18 ‘Forever Chemicals’ in 60 Closed Minnesota Landfills Contaminating Groundwater

Mar 22 2021 // Pollution regulators said that contamination from toxic man-made “forever chemicals” has been detected in groundwater at nearly 60 closed landfills in Minnesota, with amounts exceeding levels for safe drinking...

#19 FM Global Creates Specialty Division for Forest Products, Chemical Industry

Oct 15 2020 // Commercial property insurer FM Global is creating a new division within the company to further strengthen its focus on serving the property risk management needs of the forest products and chemical industries. James P....

#20 Worker Group Alleges Unsafe Chemical Releases at Minnesota Refinery: Reuters

Apr 26 2021 // Inadequate safety standards at Marathon Petroleum’s St. Paul Park refinery in Minnesota have caused avoidable hydrocarbon and chemical releases that pose a threat to the community, a local worker advocacy group said...