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Scientific Study Links Tire Preservative Chemical 6PPD to Fish Deaths

Yesterday, Science published a peer-reviewed scientific study linking 6PPD, a common rubber antioxidant chemical found in tire preservatives, to coho salmon mortality in the Pacific Northwest. The New York TimesSeattle Times, and other media outlets covered the study. 

The authors of the study published in Science concluded that the 6PPD from the tires reacts to form 6PPD-quinone, which is toxic to salmon. Although most commonly used to increase the life of tires, 6PPD is also found in other rubber consumer products, such as the seals of pressure cookers and crumb rubber used at playgrounds and soccer fields. 

Given the significant media attention and the chemical’s ubiquity, we anticipate that state and federal regulators will face pressure to identify regulatory options to evaluate the risks associated with 6PPD’s use in products that involve environmental releases. We also expect attention on manufacturer sourcing and substitution strategies. And, as in other instances where a chemical is newly identified with natural resources damages, there may also be private litigation brought against product manufacturers.

Separately, the study may increase recent attention to the environmental effects of additives in plastics and other polymers that may be released from marine plastic litter in connection with use or disposal of polymer products.

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Loren R. Dunn Environmental Litigation & Regulation Attorney Beveridge & Diamond Seattle, WA

Loren represents regional and national companies at locations throughout the country in environmental regulation and litigation issues.

Loren’s environmental projects have involved hazardous waste and large multi-party toxics cleanup sites, including marine and freshwater sediment sites, landfills, and natural resource damages claims. He has also conducted extensive work obtaining permits for key facility operations. He has particularly deep knowledge of the following industries: manufactured gas facilities, regulated utilities, smelters and metals refineries, pesticide sites, and...

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Russ helps global companies navigate international environmental regulatory regimes and develop product compliance and market-access strategies.

He served for over ten years as an international lawyer at the United States Department of State, representing the U.S. Government in designing, negotiating, or implementing most of the major multilateral environmental and oceans agreements. His experience and representative matters include: 

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Nicole B. Weinstein helps clients minimize and eliminate liability for contaminated sites in litigation, and to recover insurance proceeds across industries.

Nicole's practice focuses on insurance recovery and environmental litigation. She excels at identifying avenues of defense and coverage, and in distilling complicated issues into understandable terms.

Nicole has been interested in environmental matters for as long as she can remember, and has always enjoyed thinking through complex challenges. She planned to become an environmental lawyer as a student, and after...

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Graham Zorn focuses his practice on environmental, toxic tort, and products liability litigation.

His representative experience includes extensive work on a series of complex products liability and toxic tort cases related to alleged groundwater, and litigation over lead in drinking water. He has represented individual businesses, trade associations, and municipalities in litigation, as well as in compliance, enforcement, and counseling matters involving the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, CERCLA and other state and federal environmental statutes. He also counsels domestic and...