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PFAS 2024 Update: Regulatory and Scientific Developments, Increasing Litigation, Insurance Issues

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

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Conducted on Tuesday, July 16, 2024

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This CLE course will provide environmental counsel with an overview of the recent regulatory developments and science related to PFAS and discuss how these changes are impacting the regulated community. The panel will also highlight recent cases and recently adopted regulation that will impact the regulation and liability of these emerging contaminants.


PFAS continues to make headlines leading the emerging contaminant discussion as state and federal regulators have begun implementing strict new regulations related to PFAS. The EPA is actively studying these contaminants and proposing and finalizing regulations related to PFAS, including an expansive PFAS reporting rule under the Toxic Substances Control Act that requires manufacturers of PFAS and PFAS-containing products to report information on PFAS dating back to 2011. States have also become actively involved in regulating PFAS, issuing new health advisories, MCLs, and notification and cleanup standards in various environmental media.

These developments arrive with a growing trend in toxic tort litigation involving emerging contaminants. Chemical regulation and toxic tort litigation are challenging accepted notions of risk-based science. Environmental advocates push for ever stricter regulations of emerging contaminants, and plaintiffs have been pursuing extensive toxic tort litigation.

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



  1. Emerging contaminants overview
  2. Regulatory updates
  3. The science
  4. Sampling and analytical methods
  5. Sources of contamination, fate, transport, and remediation techniques
  6. Identifying responsible parties
  7. Current and future litigation
  8. Risk transfer, including environmental insurance
  9. Practical guidance
  10. Future trends: technical, regulatory, and legal


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 is the status of EPA PFAS regulation?
  • What types of legal claims are defendants facing from government and private litigation?
  • What steps should environmental counsel and clients take to minimize the litigation and regulatory risk of emerging contaminants?


Claffey, Jim
Jim Claffey, PhD, PE


Mr. Claffey provides leadership in program management, site investigation and remediation technology, and technical...  |  Read More

Denton, Charles
Charles M. Denton

Barnes & Thornburg

Mr. Denton represents an array of clients in environmental and toxic tort litigation, enforcement defense, regulatory...  |  Read More

Phillips, Dianne
Dianne R. Phillips

Holland & Knight

Ms. Phillips concentrates her practice in litigation, regulatory, energy and environmental law. Her environmental...  |  Read More

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