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With final PFAS rule expected soon, where do utility legal settlements stand?

With final PFAS rule expected soon, where do utility legal settlements stand?

April 8, 2024 at 9:01 am 0 comments

By Ken Sansone & Mike DiGiannantonio As the nation anticipates EPA finalizing its proposed drinking water PFAS limits, the recently announced 3M and DuPont settlements, stemming from the ongoing Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) Multi-District Litigation (MDL) promise access to billions of dollars to cover PFASRead More

Maine sewer district files lawsuit over PFAS-contaminated wastewater

Maine sewer district files lawsuit over PFAS-contaminated wastewater

October 30, 2023 at 7:24 am 0 comments

Maine’s York Sewer District announced last week it has filed a lawsuit against 3M, DuPont and other manufacturers for the presence of PFAS in the district’s wastewater. Representing York Sewer District is SL Environmental Law Group P.C., a New Hampshire-based law firm that focuses exclusivelyRead More

California attorney general leads coalition opposing 3M PFAS settlement

California attorney general leads coalition opposing 3M PFAS settlement

July 31, 2023 at 7:59 am 0 comments

California Attorney General Rob Bonta last week, leading a bipartisan coalition of 22 attorneys general, announced the state’s opposition to a proposed class action settlement that he says fails to adequately hold accountable the 3M Company for contaminating Americans’ drinking water supply. Under the proposed settlement, water providers wouldRead More

Court pauses cybersecurity rule following legal challenge

Court pauses cybersecurity rule following legal challenge

July 13, 2023 at 11:21 am 0 comments

This week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit granted a request from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Cybersecurity Rule from going into effect until a current caseRead More

New Hampshire rebuffs 3M’s attempt to move PFAS case to federal court

New Hampshire rebuffs 3M’s attempt to move PFAS case to federal court

May 1, 2023 at 9:13 am 0 comments

Recently, the State of New Hampshire, represented by Attorney General John Formella and a legal team led by Ken Sansone of SL Environmental Law Group, defeated an effort to move its case against 3M Company, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company, and The Chemours CompanyRead More

In 2016, DC Water issued a unique $25 million Environmental Impact Bond, the proceeds of which went to green infrastructure projects to reduce the flow of stormwater into the Potomac River.

PFAS is Lining Up to be the Most Expensive Environmental Hazard in History

March 15, 2023 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Michael DiGiannantonio The U.S. EPA has released its proposed maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) – two common types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Under the proposed MCLs, drinking water utilities across the country would be forcedRead More

Federal Judge Denies Attempt by 3M to Evade PFAS Accountability

Federal Judge Denies Attempt by 3M to Evade PFAS Accountability

March 8, 2023 at 3:52 pm 0 comments

By Michael DiGiannantonio A federal district judge rejected 3M’s summary judgment arguments that the company should be treated as a government contractor and given immunity from being held liable for damages caused by PFAS produced by the company. The court explained that the Defendants, “asRead More

Recent court rulings favor plaintiffs in PFAS multidistrict litigation

Recent court rulings favor plaintiffs in PFAS multidistrict litigation

November 21, 2022 at 8:47 am 0 comments

By Seth Mansergh & Nancy Mortvedt Manufacturers of aqueous film forming foams (AFFF) have been attempting to reduce their liability from the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in their products for many years. The health effects from PFAS exposure are getting a lotRead More

Ninth Circuit hears oral argument in San Francisco’s post-LTCP permit appeal

Ninth Circuit hears oral argument in San Francisco’s post-LTCP permit appeal

March 31, 2022 at 6:00 am 0 comments

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in March heard oral argument in the San Francisco Public Utility Commission’s challenge to its first National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit issued after completion of its combined sewer overflow (CSO) long term control planRead More

Legal Corner: A Guide to Valuing Water Rights in Colorado

Legal Corner: A Guide to Valuing Water Rights in Colorado

February 18, 2022 at 10:15 am 0 comments

By Susan M. Ryan With population growth, increased environmental concerns, and a greater demand for water for residential, commercial and industrial projects, understanding water rights ownership and regulation is important for anyone evaluating water rights. While water laws vary from state to state, it isRead More