On February 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its long-awaited Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan with a focus on the potential impacts of PFAS compounds in the environment. The EPA's Action Plan presents a framework for future federal regulatory initiatives, but many states in the Northeast have already taken steps to regulate these substances.
PFAS are a family of chemicals. Their widespread product applications range from nonstick cookware and electronics to medical garments and firefighting foam. These chemicals are persistent in the environment. They don't break down easily, and they can accumulate over time. PFAS compounds may be present at sites throughout the country and can present remediation challenges.
The EPA's PFAS Action Plan describes long- and short-term actions that include the following:
In the absence of enforceable federal standards, many states, particularly in the Northeast, have proposed or developed their own regulatory guidance or standards relating to PFAS in drinking water and groundwater. These efforts have varied by state and reflect a range of approaches to regulating PFAS, including:
The EPA's PFAS Action Plan is the latest regulatory development as federal and state agencies continue to assess potential health risks from PFAS. These efforts will impact the regulated community, including, for example, in connection with remediation efforts and due diligence for various property and corporate transactions.Should you have any questions regarding the above, please feel free to contact any of the attorneys listed in the sidebar.
On January 17, Craig Gianetti and Justin Hannan will be speaking on a panel, "Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Opportunity Zones: Synergies and Conflicts," at the 2020 Economic Leadership Forum, produced by the New Jersey Bankers Association.
On December 11, Craig Gianetti will be speaking at "The Land Use Institute: Mt. Laurel and Other Hot Topics," a program presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Land Use Section and the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planners Association.
On October 25, Christopher Stracco and Katharine Coffey co-presented a webinar for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), entitled "The Legal Aspects of Electronic Billboards and Signs."
Katharine Coffey and Peter Wolfson are serving as the organizers of Redevelopment Planning Law, a two-day course presented by the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority Redevelopment Training Institute (NJRA-RTI) that will be held on October 23 and 24 at Kean University in Union, NJ.
Day Pitney Alert
Craig Gianetti is featured in a Market Forecast special section in the January 2020 issue of Real Estate New Jersey.
Day Pitney LLP announced today that April F. Condon has joined the firm as a partner in the Real Estate and Environmental group in its Stamford office. She joins from Robinson & Cole LLP.
Day Pitney Press Release
Firm Ranked Tier 1 Nationally for Energy Law and Trusts and Estates Law
Day Pitney Press Release
Craig Gianetti, a partner in Day Pitney's Real Estate & Land Use group, has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Land Use Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJBSA).