Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS, are synthetic organic compounds that do not occur naturally in the environment. Some of these chemicals have been used for decades in a wide variety of consumer and industrial products.
While much of recent federal per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) regulatory activity has focused on water supply and soil contamination of PFAS compounds, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) ongoing research and policy initiatives may be laying the groundwork for potential air emissions regulations in the future.
In recent years, there has been no shortage of interest and commentary dedicated to a group of chemicals known collectively as PFAS.
PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) have garnered significant national attention in the last few years. PFAS have made recent headlines in multi-million dollar settlements, Biden campaign promises, proposed EPA rules, congressional hearings, and state-level regulatory efforts across the country.
Within the first month of the Biden administration, we have seen a high level of attention on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”).