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

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

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Conducted on Tuesday, September 21, 2021

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This CLE course will provide environmental counsel with an overview of the recent science related to PFAS with comparisons to other emerging contaminants, 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.


PFAS continue to make headlines leading the emerging contaminant discussion as state and federal 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 including new data collection requirements and proposals, and states have issued new health advisories, MCLs, 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.

Environmental advocates push for ever stricter regulations of emerging contaminants, and plaintiffs have been pursuing expansive 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 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. The science
  3. Sampling and analytical methods
  4. Sources of contamination, fate and transport, and remediation techniques
  5. Identifying responsible parties
  6. Regulatory updates
  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 are the new federal regulations the EPA is 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?


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

Wood, Eric S.
Eric S. Wood, PHg, PG, LSP

Ramboll Group

Mr. Wood has more than 30 years of experience developing strategic solutions for clients that integrate with their...  |  Read More

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