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PFAS – The “Forever Chemical” A Regulatory and Liability Update for California

Please join Meyers Nave Principal Greg Newmark for an update on the regulatory and liability landscape relating to PFAS on October 20 at the Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, which is recognized as the largest gathering in California of leaders in environmental, land use and natural resources law.

What Are PFAS and Why Do They Matter?
PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the world since the 1940s. PFAS are found in many consumer products that are used daily such as cookware, pizza boxes, and water and stain repellants for clothing. PFAS are also found in the environment, including drinking water, groundwater and soil, and they are persistent in the human body – meaning they do not break down and can accumulate and stay for long periods of time. 99% of Americans exhibit some level of PFAS and the EPA warns that PFAS could cause health issues, including high cholesterol, liver problems and cancer.

What Will Greg's Conference Presentation Cover?
Greg’s presentation convers the following topics:

  • Sources, uses and the ubiquitous presence of PFAS
  • PFAS toxic tort litigation and state settlements
  • Compliance with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Strategies to address regulatory actions in California
  • Recent Congressional activities (NDAA, CERCLA)
  • Manufacturers’ and purchasers’ voluntary phase-out programs
  • Non-liability of public utilities
  • Source determination and clean up
  • Next on the horizon: bio-solids and crops

Conference Registration
Date: October 17-20, 2019
Location: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Register: Please click here to register on the California Lawyers Association website. Please click here for the conference agenda.