March 02, 2020

PFAS: The newest chemical du jour

Steven M. Siros

For those of us who remember the movie A Civil Action, John Travolta’s portrayal of plaintiff’s counsel Jan Schlictmann introduced the public to the potential health risks posed by trichloroethylene. Similarly, Julia Roberts’s portrayal of Erin Brockovich in the movie of the same name does the same for hexavalent chromium. The recently released Dark Waters seeks to do what these earlier movies did for a class of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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