Inside EPA - 09/06/2019

Industry Battle Brews Over Calls For Narrow PFAS Liability Waivers

September 3, 2019
Chemical manufacturers and other industrial waste generators are signaling they plan to fight efforts by water utilities, airport operators and other groups that are seeking narrow, sector-specific waivers from cleanup liability should policymakers list per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law. “3M is not aware of a compelling reason to create exemptions from [Superfund’s] existing liability provisions,” says a spokeswoman for the Minnesota-based chemical giant, which was an early manufacturer of the chemicals. While industry...

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