Read the full article by Debra Kahn, Ry Rivard and Jordan Walman (Politico)

“Chemical companies are in federal court this week for a key test of who will pay to clean up pervasive and persistent PFAS, a class of compounds known as ‘forever chemicals.’

3M Co. and other companies facing thousands of lawsuits from across the country seeking potentially billions of dollars in damages will be arguing they are partially immune from liability for pollution caused by firefighting foam, a major source of PFAS contamination, because the foam was contracted for by the federal government.

The litigation in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina represents an early fight in a larger battle over who will pay to clean up pollution from PFAS — in this case, with a specific focus on contamination brought by firefighting foam laced with the chemicals.” …