Jane Luxton Quoted in Inside EPA Article on PFAS Liability

Washington, D.C. (June 12, 2019) – Washington, D.C. Partner and co-chair of Lewis Brisbois’ Environmental and Administrative Law Practice Jane C. Luxton was recently quoted in an article from The article, titled “As Congress Eyes AFFF Ban For DOD, Industry Concern Grows Over PFAS Liability,” discusses the possibility of a Congressional bar on the Defense Department (DOD) from procuring firefighting foam (AFFF) containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) because of contamination concerns, and what this could mean for industries that manufacture and use these substances.

Ms. Luxton, who recently testified before a Congressional committee concerning PFAS regulations, told “I think there’s a quiet degree of concern” in regards to how much and what kinds of PFAS might currently be at sites where cleanup is in progress, or sites that have already been closed. She explained that many of these sites, which include large mining or manufacturing facilities, such as refineries, face fire risks and have similar firefighting capabilities as DOD, so this proposed ban would most certainly impact how those sites operate.

For more information on this topic, read our legal alerts “Perfluorinated Chemicals: A Rapidly Evolving Regulatory and Legal Risk Issue for Businesses” (May 6) and “Aggressive Interest in Federal PFAS Regulations Continues to Mount” (May 23), authored by Ms. Luxton and her D.C. colleagues.

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