Analyzing the EPA’s Proposal to List PFAS Chemicals as Hazardous Substances

January 30, 2023 12:00 pm — 1:30 pm
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Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule designating perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as “hazardous substances” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).  PFOA and PFOS are two common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), often referred to as “forever chemicals” due to increasing evidence showing that they can build up and remain in human bodies for substantial periods of time after exposure. This designation will allow the federal government to regulate, monitor, and respond to the chemicals, as well as potentially require parties to report releases of the chemicals and, in some cases, mandate cleanups.

This webinar will discuss what this designation will mean for products regulation and for Superfund sites. How will this affect existing Superfund sites? Which businesses will be most impacted, and what might those impacts be? Can we expect other PFAS chemicals to be designated as hazardous substances? Join our experts to discuss these questions and so much more.

Leland P. Frost, Senior Associate, Alston & Bird LLP, Moderator
Lynn L. Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell PC
Rashmi Joglekar, PhD, Staff Scientist, Earthjustice 
J. Simone Jones, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP 

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