Beyond PFAS: New Emerging Contaminants and Regulation, Litigation, Recent Science, Risks, and Liabilities

Gen-X, 1,4-dioxane, Perchlorate, Pharmaceuticals, Endocrine Disrupters, Glyphosate

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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This CLE webinar will provide environmental counsel with an overview of the recent science related to the latest emerging contaminants including PFAS, Gen-X, 1,4-dioxane, perchlorate, pharmaceutical products, endocrine disrupters, and glyphosate, discuss recent cases and recently enacted legislation that will impact the regulation and liability of these emerging contaminants, and focus on the rapidly developing regulatory environment and its impact on clients across industries.


While PFAS has made headlines recently, other emerging contaminants such as 1,4-dioxane and others are coming to the fore as state regulators have begun implementing strict new regulations of the chemicals detected in drinking water supplies across the country.

The EPA is actively studying these contaminants and states have issued new health advisories, groundwater cleanup standards, and sampling requirements.

These developments arrive at the same time as a growing trend in toxic tort litigation involving emerging contaminants. Chemical regulation and toxic tort litigation are challenging accepted notions of risk-based science as environmental advocates push for ever stricter regulations of emerging contaminants and plaintiffs have been successful in toxic tort litigation involving PFAS, glyphosate, and other chemicals in consumer products.

Listen as our authoritative panel of environmental law experts discusses the most recent science behind these emerging contaminants in drinking water, analyzes the most notable decided--and ongoing--litigation, explains how states are regulating these chemicals, and provides practical guidance for practitioners to help advise and limit client exposure across industries.



  1. Emerging contaminants overview
    1. PFAS
    2. Gen-X
    3. 1,4-dioxane
    4. Perchlorate
    5. Pharmaceuticals
    6. Endocrine disrupters
    7. Glysophate
  2. The science
    1. Fate and transport
    2. Technical issues
    3. Human health
  3. Sources of contamination and remediation techniques
  4. Current and future litigation
  5. Risk transfer by environmental insurance
  6. Practical guidance
  7. Future Trends


The panel will review these and other essential issues:

  • What is the latest science behind these emerging contaminants?
  • What should companies and counsel do to ensure compliance with differing state standards?
  • What new federal regulations are EPA considering?
  • What types of legal claims are defendants facing from government and private litigation?
  • What steps should environmental counsel take to minimize the litigation and regulatory risk of emerging contaminants?


Hauptmann, Michael
Michael Hauptmann


Mr. Hauptmann has twenty-five years of experience in environmental investigation and remediation for industry, and...  |  Read More

Piccininni, Frank
Frank Piccininni

Partner and Co-Founder
SMPIL Consulting

Mr. Piccininni is a biologist, environmental attorney, and passionate environmentalist who is dedicated to restoring...  |  Read More

Rigano, Nicholas
Nicholas C. Rigano


Throughout his practice, Mr. Rigano has represented key constituents in Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy cases, including...  |  Read More

Valkenburg, Nicholas
Nicholas Valkenburg

Valkenburg Professional Geologist

Mr. Valkenburg is a hydrogeologist with over 40 years experience in the US and several foreign countries. His expertise...  |  Read More

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