Because of this, the United States began phasing out the production of many of the highly studied “long-chain” PFAS chemicals in the early 2000s.
However, there are still many “replacement” and “next-generation” PFAS chemicals that are currently in production and use.
One consequence of the fact that PFAS substances take such a long time to break down is that many of the chemicals can be found in the blood serum of animals and human beings all around the world.
Levels of PFAS can also be detected in many food products and in various aspects of the environment, such as water, soil, and even air across the globe.
The fact that PFAS chemicals are in so many consumer, commercial, and industrial products makes it difficult for scientists to study what the potential negative effects of these substances are on human health and on the environment.
Is Anything Being Done to Address the Problems with PFAS?
The researchers at the EPA, CDC, and other groups are engaged in ongoing work to learn more about both the dangers of PFAS chemicals and how to address the problems they already know about.
This includes trying new means of detecting and measuring the substances in the environment, discovering how to remove PFAS from drinking water, and determining effective ways of managing and disposing of the chemicals.
While federal action has been relatively modest thus far, several states have enacted their own regulations to mitigate the increasing levels of PFAS in the environment.
States such as Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont have established legislation that restricts or prohibits the use of PFAS chemicals in consumer products, firefighting foam, and food packaging.
The concerns surrounding these “forever chemicals” have also prompted serious litigation against PFAS manufacturers such as DuPont and 3M, as well as downstream industrial companies that use the substances in their products or in their manufacturing processes.
Ongoing multidistrict litigation in South Carolina federal court, for example, involves roughly 500 lawsuits on the basis of personal injury, property damage, and environmental contamination allegedly caused by PFAS-containing aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) that are used to fight fires.
According to The National Law Review, there appears to be a major emerging trend toward growth in PFAS consumer product litigation.
This has been spurred by a number of large settlements in recent years, as well as by numerous advances in the way that epidemiologists, toxicologists, and environmental scientists understand the effects of these chemicals on the health of people and the planet.
TruLaw and its seasoned lawyers are working hard to defend those who have been injured due to PFAS and AFFFs.
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