Clark Hill Attorney William J. Walsh Published in Rubber and Plastics News, “Manufacturers using perfluorinated chemicals should follow new regulations” March 12, 2018.

Apr 4, 2018

Washington D.C. - Clark Hill attorney, William J. Walsh, was published in Rubber and Plastic News, “Manufacturers using perfluorinated chemicals should follow new regulations" on March 12th, 2018. 

Walsh states, “Perfluorinated chemicals, which include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), have been widely used in manufacturing since at least the late 1940s. For many decades, regulators did not consider these chemicals to be of regulatory concern.

However, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, PFOA and PFOS were identified as "emerging chemicals" of potential regulatory concern due to findings of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in the environment and human blood and a shift in regulatory science policies.”

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William J. Walsh is an attorney in Clark Hill’s Washington, D.C. office within the firm’s Environment, Energy & Natural Resources practice.   He principally focuses his practice in the areas of government policy advocacy, regulatory compliance and counseling and environmental litigation.  Bill advises companies and industry trade associations on compliance with wide range of environmental laws (including the Toxic Substance Control Act, the Federal Insecticide Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the California Safe Drinking Water and Enforcement Act (commonly referred to as Proposition 65), and the California Safer Consumer Product (SCP) regulations, among other statutes and regulations).  Bill assists clients in identifying and mitigating business risks associated with increasingly complex product safety and chemical ingredient regulations developed pursuant to these environmental statutes and various product safety statutes (e.g., the Consumer Product Safety Act, the National Highway Safety Act). He also defends regulatory enforcement actions and personal injury/property damage liability litigation. He advocates changes to environmental regulations and policies and provides counsel on a broad range of environmental issues involving innovative scientific, regulatory, legal and policy questions