Understand the evolving PFAS policy, legal and remediation landscape and key drivers shaping the latest developments.
Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, are emerging as one of the nation's most significant environmental problems. The PFAS group of chemicals, which are highly mobile, persistent, and potentially toxic, are ubiquitous in the environment. They are estimated to be present in more than half of the drinking water in the United States and in hundreds of products, from clothing to food packaging to building materials. While limiting exposure to PFAS has become a priority for policy makers at both the federal and state levels, states are the most aggressive actors. Many states have enacted or proposed legislation to address PFAS contamination and have promulgated or proposed rules to regulate PFAS. Private litigants are active, especially the private well owners and public water supply systems who face mounting costs to treat PFAS or find new supplies of clean drinking water. This activity occurs against a backdrop of scientific uncertainty, which impacts the policy, legal and remediation remedies available to address PFAS management challenges. This topic will help attorneys, environmental professionals and policy officials understand the evolving PFAS policy, legal and remediation landscape and key drivers shaping the latest developments. This information will help inform your organization's strategies for how to address multifaceted PFAS management challenges.
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The PFAS Policy Landscape
- Federal Regulatory and Legislative Policy Overview
- Key Considerations for Federal Policy
- The Growing State Regulatory and Legislative Policy Patchwork
- Key Considerations for State Policy
- Takeaways and Future Policy Considerations
A Primer on PFAS Regulation and Litigation
- Overview of Relevant Federal Statutory Authorities for Current PFAS Regulations
- Survey of State Regulatory Standards
- State Enforcement and Federal Preemption Test Cases
- Overview of Possible Litigation Claims
- Common Law Causes of Action and Case Examples
PFAS Environmental Science and Remediation
- What Are Per- and Polyfluoroakyl Substances
- Review of the PFAS Chemical Family
- Development, History, and Use
- Timeline of PFAS Development and Expanding Uses
- Modern Uses and Potential Points of Release Into the Environment
- Regulatory Overview
- Characterization and Remediation
- Potency of PartPerTrillion Chemicals
- Relevant Chemical Properties
- Characterization Approach for Potential Sites
- Available Remedial Technologies
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Farallon Consulting, L.L.C.
- Senior Hydrogeologist at Farallon Consulting, based in Seattle Washington
- Practice emphasizes contaminated site remediation, evaluation of fate and transport, and litigation support
- Previous publications include articles in The Water Report and Geology
- Licensed in Washington and California
- M.S. degree in geology, University of Washington
- Can be contacted at [email protected]
RSS Group Team
- Owner/Principal at Regulatory Strategies and Solutions Group
- Practice emphasizes all aspects of regulatory policy and advocacy
- Conducts regular seminars and workshops on regulatory reform, energy and environmental policy, trade and investment facilitation capacity building
- Author of several publications related to the areas of PFAS policy and law, energy and natural resources policy
- Member American Society of Testing and Materials, Registered Federal Lobbyist
- M.A. degree in law and diplomacy, The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University
- Can be contacted at [email protected] or 202-590-7469
Marten Law LLP
- Her practice focuses on litigating environmental and natural resource cases, advising clients on emerging contaminants, and representing manufacturers, developers, and contractors dealing with environmental concerns
- She represents public and private clients in administrative and judicial cases arising under the Clean Water Act, CERCLA, MTCA, RCRA, FIFRA, and other federal and state environmental laws and regularly helps her clients navigate complex legal issues such as drinking water contamination, environmental cleanup, hazardous waste regulations, product safety and stewardship, stormwater management, land use and zoning issues, and renewable energy development
- Sarah worked as a law clerk for the U.S. EPA, Earthjustice, National Wildlife Federation, Graham Sustainability Institute, and the cities of Flint and Detroit
- Prior to law school, Sarah wrote and managed a watershed-based plan as part of a multi-year, multimillion-dollar federal grant, ensuring the project's regulatory compliance with federal and state agencies
- J.D. degree, University of Michigan Law School; M.S. degree in natural resources and environment, specializing in environmental policy and planning, University of Michigan; B.S. degree in natural resource conservation and management, summa cum laude, University of Kentucky
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