September 3, 2020

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Rula Deeb and Travis Kline to Present PFAS at the American College of Environmental Lawyers 2020 Annual Meeting

Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California) and Travis Kline, MEM, BCES (District of Columbia) will participate in a panel discussion titled "Ubiquity and Uncertainty: Unusual Challenges of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Bring Unorthodox Approaches to Environmental Law" at the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) 2020 Annual Meeting on September 17, 2020. Panelist presentations will be followed by a lively exchange of perspectives to identify viable solutions to challenges posed by the PFAS uncertainties.

Rula will outline PFAS chemistry, history, uses, prevalence and available treatment modalities and Travis will discuss what is and isn't known about the toxicology of PFAS, and how uncertainties play into decisions about risk. Stefanie Lamb, P.G. (New Hampshire) participated in the planning efforts for the panel discussion and in recruiting panelists.

Rula Deeb is a Senior Principal with more than 25 years of experience focused on private practice and academia addressing the cross-media fate and transport of emerging contaminants and the remediation of complex soil and groundwater sites impacted by non-aqueous phase liquids.

Travis Kline is a Senior Principal Toxicologist with more than 25 years of experience focused on human health risk assessment and applied toxicology.

Stephanie Lamb is a Senior Geologist with more than 10 years of experience focused on geology, hydrogeology and geochemistry. She is involved in regulatory compliance, health and safety, lobbying and public policy projects.  

The ACOEL is a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law. Membership is by invitation and members are recognized by their peers as preeminent in their field. ACOEL members are dedicated to: maintaining and improving the ethical practice of environmental law; the administration of justice; and the development of environmental law at both the state and federal level.

Panel Description

There's a lot that we know PFAS: their unctuous chemistry, their nearly universal utility, their unbounded uses (until recently), and their ubiquitous prevalence in the environment and all living creatures, including humans. But there's as much if not more that we don't know about PFAS, especially in terms of their largely unknown and uncertain toxicology, their ability to cause groundwater contamination through atmospheric deposition, and their other behavior in the environment and biological systems. Given their ubiquity and these myriad uncertainties, are scientists, regulators, and private practitioners approaching the challenges in novel or unorthodox ways or with new thinking? What's different this time about how society is coming to grips with this newest "contaminant of emerging concern"? Or is this just the usual approach with different chemical names? What will it take to provide the certainty necessary to enable more traditional problem-solving approaches and regulatory and statutory approaches to be deployed? What can PFAS teach us about how society should deal with substances that are showing up everywhere in everything, but about whose long-term health effects we have very little information? And how will this all end – in endless unnecessary costs and expenses, in an ugly and unsolvable mess, or in a unified regulatory approach across the 50 states and EPA?

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