Scholar: PFAS Regulations Are Tied to Science and Politics

August 21, 2019

Source: Legal Newsline

A federal multidistrict litigation proceeding has commenced in South Carolina, where more than 100 lawsuits have been consolidated. Some have called PFAS “the next asbestos” because of the potential for decades of litigation. States have used varying strategies to determine their maximum toxicity levels, which would explain why they haven’t reached a consensus maximum contaminant level. New York is proposing the strictest standards in the country at 10 parts per trillion (a federal advisory warns against levels higher than 70 ppt). According to the New York health department, it reached its decision “after an evaluation of available health effects information,” as well as current national and state advisory levels.

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