Bill Jackson Quoted by Law360 on Landmark PFAS Drinking Water Rule

On April 10, 2024, the United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a first of its kind federal drinking water standard limiting certain Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), commonly known as forever chemicals.”

Environmental co-chair Bill Jackson was quoted by Law360 discussing potential legal battles that may arise as a result of the rulemaking. As Law360 notes, Kelley Drye’s environmental practice is deeply involved in PFAS litigation across the country, including a multidistrict litigation related to aqueous film-forming foam.

Bill notes that the EPA took an interesting approach,” while acknowledging a blank spot in the rule.

Private water wells are a significant issue because they’re not covered by the rule,” Bill said. And that’s where a lot of the states have brought claims that seek to have defendants pay for the treatment of private wells. Tens of millions of Americans drink water from their own water wells, especially in rural communities, and those are not covered by this rule.”

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