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The Emerging Regulatory Risks of PFAS Chemicals


February 27, 2019


Webinar only

Second Meeting (by invitation only) of the Environmental Law Institute’s Corporate In-House Counsel and EHS Officers Council on topics of emerging risks arising out of an era of increasing regulatory uncertainty

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals used for a broad range of purposes that have been manufactured and used in a variety of industries around the globe, including in the United States since the 1940s, though many companies have begun to phase out their production. PFOA and PFOS chemicals are very persistent in the environment and in the human body – meaning they don’t break down and they can accumulate over time. There is increasing regulatory scrutiny on PFAS given growing attention to human health effects. EPA is developing a national strategy, while some states are taking their own regulatory actions. Because of the evolving policy climate and the regulatory risk to companies, the emerging regulatory focus on PFAS is a priority topic for EHS officers to understand, including what measures have been enacted at the state and federal levels and what measures may be forthcoming in the future, especially in regards to packaging, drinking water, firefighting foam, among others; and to share industry experiences.


2:00-3:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks: Scott Fulton, President, Environmental Law Institute

Panel discussion on PFAS policy issues representing the perspectives of business, state regulatory agencies, and NGOs:

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Private discussion among corporate EHS officers and in-house attorneys from across sectors on regulatory risk and responses.


Fact Sheet: PFAS Basics Primer
(prepared by AlterEcho)