Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large, diverse, and complex family of manmade fluorinated chemicals that have long been used in the manufacturing of consumer and industrial products, such as fire suppression foams. Found in everything from water to wrappers, awareness and concern surrounding these “forever chemicals” is gaining steam, impacting organizations across a wide range of industries and municipalities.
Harris Beach helps clients assess PFAS risks and address these and other emerging contaminant issues that lead to actions by regulatory agencies, including site investigations, off-site contamination concerns, project delays, future liabilities and potential threats of litigation.
We work with scientific experts to help guide clients through the legal, regulatory and scientific challenges and uncertainties related to PFAS. We help develop effective risk communication and long-term strategies to investigate possible environmental contamination on-site and off-site, analyze past, present, and pending remediation projects and cleanups, and advise our clients regarding possible liabilities, including enforcement and litigation.
Our attorneys provide critically necessary guidance in dealing with PFAS concerns in many industries, such as:
- Real estate development and commercial real estate
- Municipalities and utilities
- Insurance carriers
- FDA-regulated products such as pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements
- Cosmetics and personal care products
- Food and beverage