PFAS chemicals News

Praedicat Develops Insurance Tool for COVID-19 Liability

Praedicat, the Los Angeles-based liability emerging risk modeling firm, has developed an insurance tool for the casualty insurance market, which allows insurers to track exposures, establish reserves, and manage aggregations in the face of this generation’s largest emerging risk, the …

Wisconsin Officials Draft Water Quality Standards for PFAS

Wisconsin health officials have finished drafting new groundwater standards for more than 20 substances, including a dozen types of PFAS chemicals. The Department of Natural Resources asked the Department of Health Services in April 2019 to begin researching the health …

Wisconsin DNR Board OKs Firefighting Foam Restrictions, Regulations

Wisconsin environmental regulators have approved an emergency rule that restricts the use of firefighting foam and lays out steps to treat PFAS chemicals. PFAS are human-made chemicals that research suggests can cause health problems in humans. The chemicals have been …

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

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 ski wax, said the co-founders of Praedicat, the …

Deal Proposed with Chemours, N.C. Regulators, Environmentalists Over Water Pollution

Regulators and environmental groups in North Carolina says they’ve reached a tentative agreement regarding a lawsuit with the Chemours Co. over so-called “forever chemicals” flowing into the Cape Fear River. The Fayetteville Observer reported Thursday that the proposed deal would …

Wisconsin Board Delays Rules Setting New Restrictions on PFAS Chemicals

Environmental regulators in Wisconsin has voted to table rules setting new restrictions on firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals. The Department of Natural Resources’ policy board made the decision in a unanimous vote, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The department has …

EPA Report: North Carolina Chemours Plant Chemical Release Went Unchecked for Years

Environmental regulators did not inspect a North Carolina chemical facility for eight years even though it was under a federal agreement to prevent the release of a potentially toxic substance known as PFAS. WRAL reports that the revelation was made …

White House Moves to Weaken EPA Rule on Toxic PFA Compounds in Consumer Products

The Trump White House has intervened to weaken one of the few public health protections pursued by its own administration, a rule to limit the use of a toxic industrial compound in consumer products, according to communications between the White …

Chemours Claims Against DuPont Over Environmental Liabilities Left to Arbitration

A Delaware judge has granted the DuPont Co.’s request to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that it massively downplayed the cost of environmental liabilities imposed on spinoff company Chemours. Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III ruled Monday that he has no jurisdiction …

Wisconsin Governor Signs Bill Creating New Restrictions on Firefighting Foam

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has signed a bill that imposes new restrictions on firefighting foam to curb pollution from PFAS chemicals. The bill prohibits the use of foam containing intentionally added PFAS except in emergency fire situations. Firefighters will have …