Environmental Law

Envt'l Law News Spring 2020, Vol. 29, No. 1

FOREVER CHEMICALS: AN INTRODUCTION TO STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ACTIVITY REGARDING PFAS AND PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIERS

by Kaitlin S. Harr*

What do Hollywood actors Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway, the United States Congress, the California State Water Resources Control Board, and your favorite take-out restaurant all have in common? Two words: "forever chemicals." California is one of several states in the country that have started to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, in drinking water and consumer products.

This article provides a brief introduction to PFAS and an overview of legislative and regulatory steps that have been taken to address them, both in California and at the federal level.

I. INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND

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