John Gardella

SAB PFAS Recommendations Near Completion

SAB PFAS Recommendations Near Completion

Two significant Science Advisory Board (SAB) meetings take place this week, both of which deal with SAB PFAS recommendations for proposed EPA action for the chemical class. On July 18, the SAB met to discuss final recommendations with respect to the EPA's Draft Fifth...

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PFAS TRI Reporting Expanded By EPA

PFAS TRI Reporting Expanded By EPA

Today, the EPA issued a final rule adding five PFAS to the list of PFAS chemicals subject to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) reporting requirements. The total PFAS subject to the TRI now exceeds 170 separate PFAS. TRI reporting is an issue that has recently seen...

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EPA’s PFAS Health Advisories Set This Morning

EPA’s PFAS Health Advisories Set This Morning

In October 2021, the EPA released its PFAS Roadmap, which stated explicit goals and deadlines for over twenty action items specific to PFAS. As part of the Roadmap, the EPA pledged to re-assess the existing Health Advisories (HAs) for PFOA and PFOS, as well as...

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California PFAS Laws Take Aim At Consumer Goods

California PFAS Laws Take Aim At Consumer Goods

The end of May 2022 saw two new significant California PFAS laws make their way through the legislature, taking significant steps forward to becoming laws that are presented to the Governor for signature. Both bills to some degree focus directly on consumer goods....

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ESG Climate Lawsuit Allowed To Proceed In MA

ESG Climate Lawsuit Allowed To Proceed In MA

On May 20, 2022, the Massachusetts Supreme Court upheld a Massachusetts state court decision to allow an ESG climate lawsuit to proceed against ExxonMobile (Exxon) by the Commonwealth's Attorney General. While the issue addressed by the state's Supreme Court was...

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McDonald’s ESG Board Battle Ends…For Now

McDonald’s ESG Board Battle Ends…For Now

Last week, McDonald's scored a victory in a months long battle over the makeup of its Board of Directors that brought McDonald's environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices directly into the spotlight. At issue was McDonald's alleged mistreatment of pigs in...

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SEC Anti-Greenwashing Rules Approved At Hearing

SEC Anti-Greenwashing Rules Approved At Hearing

On the heels of the Securities and Exchange Commission's ESG Task Force settlement order of $1.5 million with BNY Mellon Investment Advisor, Inc., the SEC on May 25, 2022, approved two significant proposals that would increase the disclosure requirements for funds and...

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