News Recap for 4-9-21
RealClear Science: Scientific Certainty Must Guide Biden Regulations on PFAS — Center for Truth in Science CEO Joseph Annotti analyzes the recent EPA announcement that it will institute regulations on PFAS. He argues that before any action is taken, a thorough review of existing research must be done. Otherwise, hasty regulation could open the doors to a flood of tort litigation.
Lexblog: Johnson & Johnson Appeals Landmark St. Louis Verdict to the U.S. Supreme Court — In March 2021, Johnson & Johnson filed a petition on three issues related to a 2018 verdict for $4.69 billion for 22 plaintiffs. J&J is questioning whether consolidating 22 plaintiffs into a single case violated due process; whether the punitive damages award was unconstitutional in light of the actual compensatory award; and whether the trial court actually had personal jurisdiction in the case.
American Council on Science and Health: Buy $83,000 Worth of Organic Food to Avoid Cancer? A Little Skepticism Could Save You a Bundle — A recent post from Natural News encouraged consumers to spend thousands of extra dollars over the course of a lifetime on organic foods to avoid purported higher cancer risks. According to ACSH, however, this “advice” might be based more on sales hopes than any real science.
Juneau Empire: State Sues DuPont, Other PFAS Manufacturers — The State of Alaska is suing DuPont and other companies who have manufactured PFAS, alleging that these companies failed to warn the state and the general public of their potentially harmful impact. The lawsuit is one of many filed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration against large corporations for business practices that have caused issues in Alaska.
USA Today: Business Group, DNR Agree Not to Release PFAS Tests for Now — Wisconsin environmental regulators have reached an agreement with the state’s largest business group and won’t release results of water sampling for unregulated PFAS chemicals until the courts decide whether state law allows for testing of the manmade compounds. In the meantime, water sampling from industrial and municipal treatment plants for the chemicals will continue.