Insurance Archaeology

PFAS Cleanup

The same historical insurance policies that fund the cleanup of gas stations and dry cleaners will also fund forever chemical cleanups.

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PFAS Cleanup

PFAS, commonly known as ‘Forever Chemicals’ due to their persistent nature, were first created in the 1930s and widely used across various industries, infiltrating many aspects of daily life, from consumer products to industrial applications. Evidence of PFAS entering the bloodstream emerged as early as the 1970s, with public exposure detected in the 1990s. While some chemical companies have phased out PFAS since the 2000s, effectively removing or destroying these chemicals remains a daunting challenge. 

As the EPA and state agencies continue to classify PFAS as hazardous, historical insurance policies have become vital in funding investigations and remediation efforts. This underscores the critical role of Restorical Research in addressing the widespread issue of PFAS contamination.

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The Process

What PFAS Coverage Involves

Restorical Research leads the charge in tackling PFAS-related challenges, offering specialized services to aid clients in recovering costs, including:
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Insurance Policy Discovery: We locate historical insurance policies that potentially cover PFAS investigation and cleanup costs.


Coverage Analysis: We assess the details of discovered policies to determine applicable coverage for addressing PFAS.


Strategy and Recommendations: We offer our expertise to help shape the pursuit of coverage for PFAS without litigation. We work closely with your legal counsel and leverage our proprietary database of past claims to guide the process.


Claim Management: Once coverage has been obtained, we work with our clients consultant and vendors as well as legal counsel to make sure work is moving forward and invoices are being paid, like clockwork.


Forensic Accounting: Our in-house accounting team takes care of all the tracking of invoices and payments while keeping the carriers accountable. Our team is your team, helping your bookkeeper, CFO or 3rd party accountants updated in real time.

PFAS Cleanup

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Historical City Landfill

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Frequently Asked Questions

PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a group of synthetic chemicals widely used in various consumer products and industrial processes, known for their durability and resistance to degradation.

Due to their persistence in the environment and potential health risks, PFAS contamination has become a major environmental concern, leading to legal and regulatory actions.

Historical insurance policies may cover environmental liabilities, including PFAS cleanup costs, making insurance archaeology a crucial tool for any public or private entity facing these costly liabilities.

Our suite of specialized services from identifying historical insurance policies to assisting our clients and their legal counsel in obtaining coverage all come to play an important role for our clients facing costly PFAS cleanups. Doing this work without litigation means that instead of arguing and delay, your investigation and remediation is being funded.


Years in Business

Allows us to be the leading insurance archaeology and claims management firm in the country


Million Recovered

We uncover hidden assets for our clients, and we excel at obtaining coverage for their environmental liabilities


Policyholder Clients Served

We only work for policyholders and property owners and do not offer our services to insurance companies


Historical Policy Database

Restorical has been collecting, analyzing, and cataloging historical insurance policies spanning the 1950s-1990s.

Our proprietary database with carrier-specific detail is leveraged for our clients on a daily basis

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Insurance Policies

For over the past 20+ years, Restorical has meticulously audited the insurance industry, including each individual insurance carrier, leveraging this real-world experience and our proprietary database to the advantage of our policyholder clients.