George H. Buermann and Todd M. Thacker, partners in Goldberg Segalla’s Environmental Law practice, recently discussed with 3eco.com the enactment of laws in Maine mandating manufacturers to disclose the use of products sold within the state containing PFAS.
“It’s not just about reporting any substance that has PFAS… it’s about the complexity of the supply chain,” George said. “A vehicle, an aircraft, has hundreds if not thousands of parts. Manufacturers are required to figure out – in their entire supply chain – where PFAS might be found.”
“It’s easy for legislators to say, ‘This needs to happen,’” Todd added. “It’s more difficult for companies, who are boots on the ground, to put it into practice.”
Minnesota has also taken similar steps by passing a law prohibiting the use of PFAS in the future, and both George and Todd anticipate further PFAS regulations on the horizon.
“The EPA and U.S. attorney generals are ready to start enforcing PFAS laws as soon as they take effect, and when Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act joins the mix, the potential liability, fines, and lawsuits that could result from violations are no joke,” George cautioned.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: “Rough Sailing in Maine for PFAS Regulations Makes Waves Across the Country,” 3E, November 16, 2023
MORE ABOUT GOLDBERG SEGALLA’S George H. Buermann:
George H. Buermann, vice chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Environmental Law practice, advises clients on complex environmental regulatory and compliance matters and litigates environmental and toxic tort disputes across the country. George offers clients in-depth knowledge of the state and federal regulations governing such disputes, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and others.
MORE ABOUT GOLDBERG SEGALLA’S Todd M. Thacker:
Todd M. Thacker is an experienced litigator who represents clients in toxic tort, asbestos litigation, insurance coverage, and business and commercial matters. The California State Bar has certified him as an appellate specialist. Todd has directed and drafted numerous appeals and writs in California, both as an appellate and a respondent. He has appeared before the First, Second, Fourth, and Fifth District Courts of Appeal in California and federally before the Ninth Circuit. Todd also devotes a portion of his time to dispositive and other complex motion practice. He has litigated corporate, insurance coverage, and contract disputes, working with public and private companies, partnerships, corporations, and individuals. His courtroom experience also includes leading the defense for clients involved in federal multi-district legislation.