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PFAS: State Regulation, Private Litigation, Updated Scientific Analysis, Risks and Liabilities

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

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Conducted on Wednesday, August 17, 2022

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This CLE course will provide environmental counsel with an overview of the recent science, regulatory developments, and practical guidance assessing risks and liabilities related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Discussion will include recent precedent-setting cases and developing legislation and regulations that will impact PFAS investigations, remediation, and potential liability.


PFAS continue to make headlines as numerous states are implementing strict new regulations of the chemicals and USEPA has begun implementing various regulatory processes including working towards draft maximum contaminant levels (MCLs). PFAS include a class of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals used for decades in firefighting foams, food packaging, stain- and water-repellent fabrics, dental floss, nonstick cookware, and many other consumer and industrial products, and are widely being found throughout the environment.

EPA recently released a Roadmap in October 2021 for implementing its PFAS Action Plan, and recently issued new health advisories for drinking water, decreasing the levels for PFOA and PFOS by several orders of magnitude – well below levels that labs are capable of detecting. EPA also established health advisories for PFBS and GenX, which are short-chain compounds still widely in use. Hazardous substance designations, primary drinking water standards, surface water standards, wastewater discharge limits, and other regulations are likely in the near future, which will likely require national investigations and treatment/remediation for PFAS, and possibly disrupt PFAS regulatory programs already initiated by some states. Accompanying these regulatory initiatives are recognized needs and provision for funding to pay for the billions of dollars of treatment infrastructure and costs that will be necessary to address PFAS. In addition, federal and state regulators are moving aggressively to ban PFAS in consumer products, including food packaging.

Listen as our authoritative panel of environmental law experts discusses the most recent federal and state regulation of PFAS and provides practical guidance for practitioners to help advise and limit client exposure across industries.



  1. PFAS overview
  2. Recent science
  3. Litigation
  4. State regulation of PFAS
  5. Practical guidance: assessing risks and liabilities
  6. Future trends


The panel will review these and other essential issues:

  • What is the latest science regarding PFAS?
  • What should companies and counsel do to ensure compliance with differing state standards for PFAS?
  • What new federal regulation of PFAS is EPA considering?
  • What types of legal claims are PFAS defendants facing from government and private litigation?
  • What steps should environmental counsel take to minimize the litigation and regulatory risks of PFAS?


Abell, Russell
Russ Abell, PG, LSP

Vice President
Sanborn Head & Assoc.

Mr. Abell has over 20 years of experience nationally focusing on hydrogeology and fate and transport analysis. His...  |  Read More

Thurlow, Matthew
Matt Thurlow

Partner, Co-Chair Environmental Team
Baker & Hostetler

Mr. Thurlow is an environmental litigator with significant experience in environmental matters brought under the Clean...  |  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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