Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller environmental shareholder Steve Miano spoke to the New Jersey Law Journal about how a recent $400M settlement between a multinational chemical company and New Jersey could lead to more litigation involving “forever chemicals” in drinking water.

In March, the Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal aiming to cap PFAS at close-to-zero levels. With lower allowable PFAS levels, Steve predicts additional and lengthy litigation to come, citing asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) litigation as examples, both of which lasted many years.

Steve notes the new requirements present a challenge for agencies trying to clean up extraordinarily low levels of these chemicals. Using an example of a developer building on a former farm site, Steve advises that knowledge of chemicals in the soil and groundwater, which are likely on such a site, will be necessary before moving the project forward.

Read more about Steve’s thoughts on New Jersey’s PFAS litigation and why they are posing serious issues.

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