In a world filled with acronyms, PFAS has started emerging as a topic of conversation, regulation, and litigation. Enforcement actions and lawsuits have so far mostly focused on the companies that have manufactured two of the most widely used, and the most heavily regulated, PFAS compounds – PFOA and PFOS – but the scope of regulation and litigation is expanding further into this large family of compounds.
What are PFAS Chemicals?
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) are a family of over 5,000 man-made fluorinated chemicals some of which have been used since the 1940’s across a variety of industries as part of manufacturing processes, and as components of consumer products.
PFAS are defined by having elemental bonds of fluorine and carbon, rendering them pervasive and persistent. Significantly, this means that PFAS compounds do not break down easily either in the environment or in living organisms.
PFAS chemicals can repel both