Detroit Free Press: Biden: $2 Trillion Needed to Fix Roads, Fund Electric Cars, Replace All Lead Pipes in US — President Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan calls for significant funding for the country’s water system. $10 billion would be set aside to monitor and treat drinking water affected by PFAS nationwide.
AP: EPA Head Removes Trump-Era Science Advisers — EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced he will “reset” the Science Advisory Board and the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee by terminate dozens of scientists, saying they were too closely tied to industry. The decision will remove more than 40 members from the two science advisory boards, which provide scientific expertise and recommendations for air quality standards and other policies intended to protect public health and the environment.
Kenosha News: Business group lawsuit seeks to halt PFAS sampling program by Wisconsin DNR — Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) has filed suit against the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), asserting that state law doesn’t allow the agency to carry out a program to sample wastewater at industrial and municipal sites for PFAS. This is the second lawsuit WMC has filed against DNR over PFAS regulations.
Best’s Review: On High Alert: Rising Risks of PFAS Claims and Litigation Capture New Attention — Insurers are developing PFAS-specific policy exclusions for losses stemming from drinking water contamination, environmental remediation, and products liability and bodily injury claims. Industry experts believe the products liability and personal injury cases are only beginning, and costly payouts may become the next asbestos litigation threat for carriers.
JD Supra: California Selects Several PFAS Substances for Scientific Review and Possible Prop 65 Listing — The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has selected several PFAS for review and possible listing under California’s Proposition 65. One of the selected compounds, PFOS, will undergo review by the Carcinogen Identification Committee which will make a determination as to whether PFOS has been clearly shown to cause cancer.