Sheryl Barr

January 17, 2020

Insurance Coverage May Pay for PFAS Related Environmental Investigations

Source:, January 17, 2020
By: Albert M. Cohen, Loeb & Loeb LLP

Over the past few years, PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have come under increased scrutiny by a variety of regulatory agencies.

In March 2019, the California State Water Board (Water Board) initiated a statewide effort to assess the scope of contamination by PFAS in water systems and groundwater. It issued nearly 14,000 investigatory orders to various entities, including public water systems within two miles of airports and one mile of landfills. The Water Board also issued orders to hundreds of chrome-plating operations throughout the state, requiring them to conduct investigations to determine the presence of PFAS. Read more.

January 17, 2020

State of Michigan sues 17 companies over PFAS contamination

Source: Detroit Free Press, January 15, 2020
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The state of Michigan filed suit Tuesday against 3M, DuPont and 15 other companies on accusations of contaminating the state with dangerous PFAS chemicals — known as “forever chemicals” because they are so slow to break down in the environment.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the suit, filed in Washtenaw County Circuit Court. Read more.

January 17, 2020

Environmental issues top worries for those heading to Davos

Source: Associated Press, January 15, 2020
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Environmental issues make up the top five risks to the global economy for the coming decade, organizers of next week’s World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos said Wednesday.

Citing a survey of hundreds of key decision-makers, the WEF pointed to potentially catastrophic trends like global warming and the extinction of animal species underscoring how the environment has surged up the international policy-making agenda ahead of risks like cyberattacks, recession and nuclear proliferation. Read more.

January 17, 2020

Bed bugs ruined anniversary Princess cruise, ‘Marriage Story’ actress claims in suit

Source: South Florida Sun Sentinal, January 16, 2020
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An actress in the popular Netflix movie “Marriage Story” claims she had to be hospitalized after suffering severe bed bug bites on a Princess Cruises voyage over Thanksgiving weekend in 2018.

Connie Flores, who had a small role in the movie that stars Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson, filed a lawsuit against the cruise line, owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp., in federal court in Los Angeles. Read more.

January 17, 2020

‘We failed’: Seattle Children’s CEO admits 6 deaths, more illnesses due to mold in ORs

Source:, November 18, 2019
By: Daniel Gilbert and Ryan Blethen

Seattle Children’s chief executive disclosed Monday that 14 patients have been sickened by Aspergillus mold since 2001 — six of whom died — blaming his hospital for failing to recognize a connection between the infections and the air-handling units serving its operating rooms.

Dr. Jeff Sperring, Children’s chief executive, said the hospital had believed earlier infections were isolated events but that recent cases prompted staff to take another look. “Looking back, we should have made the connection sooner,” he said at news conference. “Simply put, we failed.” Read more.

January 17, 2020

Decontaminating Pesticide-Polluted Water Using Engineered Nanomaterial And Sunlight

Source:, January 15, 2020

Atrazine is one of the most widely used pesticides in North America. Researchers at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) have developed a new method to degrade it that combines a new nanostructured material and sunlight.

Atrazine is found throughout the environment, even in the drinking water of millions of people across the country. Conventional water treatments are not effective in degrading this pesticide. Newer processes are more effective, but use chemicals that can leave toxic by-products in the environment. Read more.

January 15, 2020

PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ found in foam in two east metro creeks

Source:, January 14, 2020
by: Jennifer Bjorhus

State pollution regulators have found high levels of the toxic compounds called PFAS in two east metro creeks, prompting them to alert neighbors and question the effectiveness of a long-running effort to control the spread of the “forever chemicals.”

In addition, they have notified 3M Co., the chemicals’ original manufacturer, that it needs to submit an improved abatement strategy within 45 days. Read more.

January 15, 2020

At least 60 people treated after plane dumps jet fuel near several schools in LA area

Source:, January 14, 2020
By: Kelli Johnson and Shelly Insheiwat

Jet fuel dumped from a Delta airliner preparing to make an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport fell over a wide swath of the area, sending hazardous-materials teams to multiple schools, but only minor injuries were reported and nobody was hospitalized, authorities said.

Officials confirmed at least 60 people have been treated including elementary school students after a plane dumped fuel on the school’s playground near Cudahy and South Los Angeles schools on Tuesday. Read more.

January 14, 2020

3M will drill, test for PFAS contamination at Alabama school site

Source:, January 13, 2020
By: Dee DePass

3M Co. said Monday that it will begin drilling and collecting deep-soil samples in Alabama next week as it searches for PFAS chemicals it dumped decades ago at a former landfill site that later became a middle school.

The soil and groundwater tests at the now shut Brookhaven Middle School property in Decatur, Ala., will begin Jan. 20, according to 3M, which manufactures PFAS chemicals and other products at a Decatur factory. Read more.

January 13, 2020

PFAS Contamination Wider Than Thought In Marinette Well Water

Source:, January 10 2020
By: Susan Bence

Residents in Marinette, Wis., and neighboring Peshtigo have been calling for action on PFAS chemicals for years. On Friday, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced that a well outside that area has been contaminated.

PFAS is short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a group of thousands of synthetic chemicals that don’t break down in the environment and bio-accumulate. That means they become concentrated inside the bodies of living things, like humans. Read more.