PFAS: Responding to Orders to Investigate and Increasing State and Federal Scrutiny

A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, April 2, 2021

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This CLE webinar will prepare environmental counsel for the impending wave of perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) related investigative orders by state and federal regulators. The EPA and state level agencies target these chemicals, citing their pervasive use and their potential for dispersing widely.


Numerous consumer products such as carpets, fast food packaging, textiles, and firefighting foam use PFAS, a broad class of over 4,000 chemicals. Because of their relative persistence in the environment, they have been given the names “forever chemicals” by environmental groups. The EPA and state level agencies target these chemicals, citing their pervasive use and their potential for dispersing widely.

The Biden administration has indicated that regulation of PFAS will be a priority, signaling potential regulation of PFAS under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Toxic Substances Control Act. Additionally, various state programs continue to investigate PFAS and promulgate varying standards, leaving a patchwork of local regulation for the industry to navigate. For example, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has sent hundreds of investigative orders to various PFAS chemicals in soil and groundwater. Investigations are underway across the country, in regions ranging from New England through the South, the Midwest, and Alaska.

Listen as our panel of experienced attorneys offers guidance on how to respond when a governing authority issues an order to investigate potential PFAS contamination. The panel will address sampling issues, monitoring, obtaining insurance coverage, and the implications of receiving an order.



  1. Federal regulatory efforts and growth
  2. State regulatory efforts and growth
  3. Nature of investigative inquiries
  4. Response to investigation


The panel will review these and other essential matters for targeted businesses:

  • What is the scope of governmental interest in PFAS issues?
  • What current actions are governments taking, and what is on the horizon?
  • What are response strategies and requirements to investigative notices and orders?


Brown, Lindsay
Lindsay A. Brown

Special Counsel
Duane Morris

Ms. Brown's practice is blend of environmental law and commercial litigation, giving her a wide range of experience...  |  Read More

Cohen, Albert
Albert M. Cohen

Loeb & Loeb

Mr. Cohen's practice includes complex environmental cases and transactions involving soil and groundwater...  |  Read More

Zemba, Stephen
Stephen (Steve) Zemba, Ph.D., P.E.

Project Director
Sanborn Head & Associates

Dr. Zemba has over three decades of experience nationally as an environmental consulting specialist in the area of...  |  Read More

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