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

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

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Conducted on Tuesday, April 12, 2022

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This CLE course will prepare environmental counsel for the growing number 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 potential for dispersing widely.


Numerous consumer products such as cookware, 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 name "forever chemicals" by environmental groups. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and state-level agencies target these chemicals, citing their pervasive use, potential for dispersing widely, and studies concerning the potential health effects.

With the rollout of the U.S. EPA's Strategic Roadmap, issued in October of last year, the agency is undertaking nationwide efforts to restrict PFAS chemicals from being released into the environment and accelerate the cleanup of past PFAS contamination with new regulations proposed under the Safe Drinking Water Act, CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA and more. While the U.S. EPA continues to make progress at the national level, many state programs have moved to promulgate varying standards, leaving a patchwork of local regulations for the industry to navigate. Investigations and legal actions are underway across the country, ranging from New England through the South, the Midwest, California, and Alaska.

Listen as our panel of experienced attorneys and professionals offers guidance on responding when a governing authority issues an order to investigate potential PFAS contamination. The panel will address the growing scope of government enforcement authority, the implications of receiving an order, sampling issues, validity/reliability of analytical methods, monitoring, the availability of reliable fingerprinting and source tracing techniques, and the current trends in the courtroom.



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


Legal practitioners will come away with a thorough understanding of the current state of the law and enforcement authority of federal and state regulators, a firm grounding in the science that is driving the regulations and investigation requirements, and potential response strategies for responding to orders to investigate.


Brown, Lindsay
Lindsay A. Brown

Duane Morris

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