by Karen Kidd
TRENTON, N.J. (Legal Newsline) – New Jersey is ahead of the rest of the country in using private lawyers to sue manufacturing companies over chemicals known as PFAS, whose toxicity levels are still being determined by federal regulators while lawsuits stack up.
In March, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection filed four lawsuits, hiring the firm Kelley Drye & Warren to pursue the cases on contingency fees. The state has already enacted its own PFAS standards while the federal government contemplates doing the same, according to Robert P. Frank, a partner in Holland & Knight’s Philadelphia office…
“My general feeling is this whole PFAS scare is way overblown,” Steve Milloy, a biostatistician who served on President Trump’s transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency and has made a career of resisting what he feels is “junk science,” previously told Legal Newsline.
“It’s all basically running on the notion that detection is toxicity and if you can find it someplace and find people who were exposed to it, that’s bad.”