How Much Risk Is Too Much Risk When It Comes To PFAS?

Identifying per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) as a major environmental issue is no longer open for discussion. It is one of the nation’s biggest environmental problems. We know that both nationally and locally, the Environmental Protection Agency and the states are struggling to determine how to address this problem. Given…

EPA Promulgates Regulations Concerning PFAS Chemicals Drinking Water

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the Biden Administration announced the first federal regulations regarding the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (“PFAS”) in drinking water. Known as “forever chemicals” because of their resistance to breaking down in the environment, PFAS present significant health risks. While PFAS are found in…

The Problem with PFAS

One major environmental issue plaguing the country right now is the ubiquitous presence of PFAS. PFAS stands for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, and they are synthetic chemicals that have been used in firefighting foam as well as in a litany of consumer products including cookware, paints, electronics, sealants, and lubricants,…

Using Environmental Experts in Commercial Negotiations

Too often we only think of employing environmental experts in an adversarial context. In truth, battles between experts rarely assist in advancing negotiations and often become the issue that unnecessarily kills deals. We suggest a change in strategy. Utilize your experts earlier in the negotiating process, before the process becomes…

How Landlords Can Protect Health & Avoid Liability During Covid-19

States have needed to continuously update their coronavirus response protocols as infection rates rise and as the world learns more about the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provides guidance that states, business owners, and landlords should follow. Landlords and businesses are expected to…

The End of The Transfer Act

The Connecticut legislature overwhelmingly voted to sunset the Connecticut Transfer Act, the law which has regulated contaminated properties in the state for the last 35 years. Instead, Connecticut will shift to a release-based remediation program where “any person who creates or maintains a release to the land and waters .…

New Transfer Act Changes Reflect A Friendlier Business Environment

Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Last month Governor Lamont signed Public Act No. 19-75, a new law that amended several provisions in the Transfer Act. These amendments are favorable to the regulated community and are designed to narrow the scope of real properties and businesses that…

Practicing Law In The Age Of E-Commerce:  Navigating A Dispute With eBay

Even though I am technically considered a millennial, I distinctly remember a time when technology was not an integral part of my life. Today, it would be foolish to fail to recognize its significance in my daily life and prevalence in the practice of law on many different levels. One…

Change the Transfer Act to Save It

I have always loved Yogi Berra. He was a Hall of Fame player and a Hall of Fame creator of peculiar expressions. My favorite Yogiism is “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Although not a Yogiism, I am also fond of the expression, “Don’t throw…

Practical Environmental Due Diligence Tips for Transfer Act Site Sellers

Over 30 years ago, when my oldest son Eric was about 7 years old, he wrote a story entitled, “What I Want to Be.” It started with a singular line. “When I grow up I want to be an environmental layer.” Yup. He wanted to be a “layer” just like…