August 2022 PFAS Legislative Developments

August Legislation Tracking (Aug 1, 2022 – Aug 31, 2022)

Current Trends in Legislation – August 2022

PFAS Testing in Consumer Products

  • Federal Level
  • Key point addressed: Establish research program for feminine products .

Clean Air Efforts

  • States involved: CA
  • Key point addressed: Provide research to assist with avoiding air pollution that may be harmful to children.

Surface Water Disclosure

  • States Involved: NY
  • Key point addressed: Requires publicly owned treatment works and people who discharge industrial waste to such treatment works to disclose the measurement PFAs

New Bills This Period

PFAS Legislation

Federal

  • One Federal bill introduced in August mentioning PFAS
      • H.R. 8724

    State

    • Two State bills introduced in August mentioning PFAS
      • CA – 1
      • NY – 1

Signed into Law

State & Federal
There were no bill related to PFAs passed in the month of August.

Highlighted Bills – PFAS Legislation

Federal
Federal Legislature Bill: HR 8724
    • Bill Name: Robin Danielson Menstrual Product and Intimate Care Product Safety Act of 2022. 
  • Sponsors: Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D) (NY)/li>
  • Introduced: 8/16/2022
  • Status: (8/16/2022) Referred to House Committee on Energy and Commerce
  • Summary: An act to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program of research regarding the risks posed by the presence of PFAS, dioxins, phthalates, pesticides, chemical fragrances, and other components of menstrual products and intimate care products.
State
State Bill: S 9525 (NY)
  • Bill Name: Enacts the “PFAS surface water discharge disclosure act” 
  • Sponsors: Sen. Rachel May
  • Introduced: 8/5/2022
  • Status: (8/5/2022) Referred to Rules
  • Summary: Enacts the “PFAS surface water discharge disclosure act”; requires publicly owned treatment works and people who discharge industrial waste to such treatment works to disclose the measurement of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals found in any discharge into the state waterways.
State Bill: HR 123 (CA)
  • Bill Name: Relative to Children’s Environmental Health Month. 
  • Sponsors: Rep. Reyes
  • Introduced: 8/2/2022
  • Status: (8/18/2022) Read and adopted (73 Ayes. 0 Noes)
  • Summary: Children’s Environmental Health Month established to encourage individuals and organizations to raise awareness and understanding of children’s environmental health issues, seek improved environmental health policies and protections for children, and perform acts of sustainability or environmental health wellness. Portion of the awareness should address childrens exposure to PFAs.

Updates on Previously Highlighted Bills

Federal
Federal Bill: S 4348
  • Bill: Preventing PFAS Runoff at Airports Act
  • Sponsors:Sen. Garry Peters (MI)
  • Introduced: 2/16/2022
  • Status: (8/2/22) Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Cantwell with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 117-138. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 462.
  • Summary A bill to temporarily increase the cost share authority for aqueous film forming foam input-based testing equipment, and for other purposes.
State

John Gardella

Shareholder

PFAS, Environmental, Litigation

John Gardella and his team were recognized by National Law Review as the only Thought Leader in the nation in 2020 on the subject of PFAS. Attorney Gardella regularly consults with corporate, insurance, and financial world clients to assess risks in a multitude of transaction types. While he has specialized his practice for the past five years on the subject of PFAS, he has fifteen years of litigation and environmental practice that shapes the expertise that he offers to his clients to predict future risks. His opinions are sought out by media, such as Bloomberg, AM Best, and numerous industry-specific publications.

Amaran Toppa

Director of Client Relations & Development

Amaran Toppa joined CMBG3 Law in 2017 after almost three years in the investment management industry. In addition to her time in the financial sector, Mrs. Toppa has over 15 years of experience working with law firms who have litigated and consulted on ESG, Environmental, Insurance, Toxic Tort, Criminal and Civil matters. As a member of the CMBG3’s Government Affairs team, Mrs. Toppa analyzes and provides guidance on important policy and regulatory issues to the firm’s practice groups. She also assists with strategizing policy responses and develops relationships with key federal and state legislators and agency members to lobby on issues important to the firm’s clients.

Tori Paiva

Legislative Analyst

Tori Paiva is a Legislative Analyst at CMBG3 Law specializing in ESG, PFAS, Environmental and Tort issues. Ms. Paiva has extensive knowledge and expertise pertaining to federal regulators bodies including OSHA, EPA, DEP, and the FDA. With her expertise on both federal and local regulations, she has helped with the national defense strategies for her clients and continues to inform our attorneys on pertinent issues developing in the regulatory realm. As a member of the Government Affairs team, she is responsible for monitoring and reporting on legislative priorities, and regularly attends congressional hearings. As a registered lobbyist, Ms. Paiva also meets with Federal and State stakeholders to advance priorities important to firm clients.

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