1-Hour Program

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Overview

A class of chemicals known as PFAS -- human-made, long-lasting, toxic, and often bioaccumulative chemicals -- are pervasive in the environment and present in the bodies of virtually every person in the U.S.  People are exposed to PFAS through various sources, including the products we use, the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink, and PFAS from those various sources accumulate in our bodies.  This has resulted in litigation and increasing calls for regulatory and legislative action.  Other “emerging contaminants” – unregulated pollutants that are detected in water bodies – are also generating attention from regulators and impacted communities.

Our speakers will discuss:

  • How did environmental laws fail to protect public health and the environment from widespread PFAS contamination, and what lessons does this hold for the future (8 minutes)
  • Litigation that has driven and continues to shape the debate over emerging contaminations, including PFAS (7 minutes)
  • State legislative and regulatory proposals to address PFAS and other emerging contaminants (20 minutes)
  • Federal legislative and regulatory proposals to address PFAS and other emerging contaminants (25 minutes)

 

Speakers:

  • Eve C. Gartner, Managing Attorney, Earthjustice
  • Duke K. McCall, III, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP

 

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