News Recap 8-13-21
Associated Press: What’s Inside the Senate’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill — To improve the safety of the nation’s drinking water, the new legislation would spend $55 billion on water and wastewater infrastructure. The bill would include $15 billion to replace lead pipes and $10 billion to address water contamination from PFAS.
Forbes: If Congress Can’t Clean Public Water Systems, The Trial Lawyers Will — In this commentary for Forbes, Ken Silverstein argues that environmental regulations should be left to the government, not the trial bar: “Public policy must strike a balance between invention and inequality, all to mitigate the potential harm to the environment and human health. If that fails, then the trial lawyers are more than willing to bat cleanup—all good reasons to try and fix this mess.”
Legal Newsline: $87 Million Roundup Verdict Stands Despite ‘Clearly Improper’ Conduct by Plaintiffs Lawyers — A California appeals court rejected Bayer’s challenge to an $87 million award, saying the jury heard ample evidence to support findings the product not only causes cancer but that the conduct by Bayer’s Monsanto unit deserved punitive damages. The EPA, like most national regulatory agencies, does not consider glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, to be carcinogenic.
National Law Review: House Bill Would Require FDA to Study and Reassess Chemicals Used in Food — The bill would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to create an Office of Food Safety Reassessment within the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Its purpose would be to reassess the safety of food additives, food contact substances, GRAS substances, and prior-sanctioned substances or classes thereof.
USA Today: Fact check: Gas Sterilization of COVID-19 Test Swabs is Safe, Won’t Cause Cancer — A TikTok video circulating on social media claims the nasal swabs used for COVID-19 testing could cause lasting harm, potentially even cancer, due to their sterilization with ethylene oxide. Research, of course, has debunked this myth, and experts say there is no danger from the brief use of a nasal swab with a negligible remnant of the substance.