Geosyntec and Crowell & Moring to Present Webinar on PFAS Legal and Financial Risks
Neal Durant, Ph.D. (Washington, D.C.) and Seth Kellogg, P.G. (New Jersey) will present during the webinar entitled "Increasing Public and Regulatory Scrutiny of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)" hosted by Crowell & Moring LLP from 1:00p.m. – 2:30 p.m. on April 4, 2019.
Co-panelists are Jennifer Giblin, Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring and Peter Condron, Partner, Crowell & Moring.
Neal Durant is a Senior Principal based in Washington, D.C. with more than 30 years of experience investigating, remediating, and managing complex contaminated sites. Currently he is serving as a subject matter expert supporting legal sector clients on matters involving quantification of environmental liabilities associated with PFAS and 1,4-dioxane in soil, groundwater, and surface water.
Seth is a Senior Geologist based in New Jersey with more than 25 years of professional experience focused on characterizing and remediating groundwater contamination. She has extensive experience in evaluating and managing PFAS constituents and co-authored the first PFAS best practices guidance (National Ground Water Association 2018). She has worked to educate industry professionals on the unique challenges of characterizing and remediating PFAS and has provided technical advice to congressional and state staff on PFAS policy.
Founded nearly 40 years ago with a commitment to build a different kind of law firm, Crowell & Moring LLP today is an international law firm representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and transactional matters. They are internationally recognized for their representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as consistently maintaining commitment to pro bono service and diversity. With approximately 540 lawyers based in the United States and Europe, the firm helps international corporations and emerging enterprises navigate complex legal challenges and create business solutions across the globe.
Attendance is free and open to the public. To access the webinar please RSVP.
Last month the U.S. EPA hosted simultaneous press conferences in every EPA Region to roll out an Action Plan for addressing growing public concern and potential human health risks posed by polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment and household products. As part of the Action Plan, EPA set a goal of proposing drinking water maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for two PFAS constituents, PFOA and PFOS, by the end of 2019. U.S. EPA's widely publicized announcement signaled that EPA has elevated its priority for addressing the PFAS problem, and highlights the public and political pressure facing EPA to take action. While the federal regulatory process will still require years, EPA announced real-time initiatives to give communities and state regulators more insight into where PFAS may be an issue.
These changes, combined with a growing list of States (e.g., New York State has published notice of intent to establish MCLs for PFOA and PFOS of 10 parts per trillion each, in 2019), indicate that the U.S. is transitioning to a regulatory framework where PFAS will be classified as hazardous constituents that need to be remediated in environmental media (e.g., soil and water supplies).
This webinar will present an overview of current and expected future PFAS regulations and their impact on business operations, including transactional due diligence, permitting, remediation, and risk communication and tort litigation.
About the event: https://www.crowell.com/NewsEvents/Events/Increasing-Public-and-Regulatory-Scrutiny-of-PFAS
RSVP for the free event: https://communications.crowell.com/11/2835/landing-pages/rsvp---blank-form.asp?sid=blankform
Learn more about Neal: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/neal-durant
Learn more about Seth: https://www.linkedin.com/in/seth/strong>-kellogg-pg-8b30ab5/