PFAS: From Common Use to Concern (ELI Master Class)

May 5, 2020 12:00 pm — 5:00 pm
Webinar only

An ELI Master Class co-sponsored by AECOM

PFAS, the commonly used umbrella term for the chemical compounds per- and polyfluoroalkyls (including PFOA, PFOS, and replacements such as GenX) has taken a central role in the focus of environmental health and safety in recent times. Yet, most people in the United States have been exposed to the chemical compounds through their widespread commercial use since the 1940s. PFAS are found in numerous common products, including cleaning products, nonstick products, stain and water repellent fabrics, and fire-fighting foams, among others.

As the public has gained a better understanding of the threat of PFAS, especially how PFAS can bioaccumulate and is unable to naturally break down in the environment, it has captured national attention. Consequently, an influx of court cases focused on PFAS and the ramifications of its use have sprung up throughout the United States, raising a number of issues and challenges.

This event was an in-depth exploration of the multi-faceted opportunities and obstacles for stakeholders litigating and regulating PFAS in two of the most prominent points of transmission: water and packaging.

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Panel 1: PFAS 101 & Updates will provide a background on PFAS as well as explore recent developments in a variety of states’ efforts to address these chemicals. Leading experts will compare and contrast regulatory and litigation efforts at the state level, the implications for manufacturers, and provide a range of examples.

  • Rosa Gwinn, PhD PG, DCSA Americas PFAS Initiative Lead, AECOM, Moderator
  • Janet Coit, Director, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
  • Beth Hummer, Counsel, Hanson Bridgett LLP
  • Avinash Kar, Director of State Health Policy, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program and Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Lydia Dorrance, PhD, Senior Scientist, Geosyntec Consultants

1:30 - 1:45 PM


1:45 - 3:15 PM

Panel 2: PFAS in Water will dive into the environmental and human health impacts of PFAS contaminated waters. Leading experts will tackle the best approaches to regulate, establish, and enforce cleanups and safe drinking water standards.  Additionally, experts will explore the federal and regional regulatory initiatives to address PFAS present in water, the risk management of PFAS-impacted sites, and top medical monitoring approaches for communities and individuals exposed to PFAS.

3:15 - 3:30 PM


3:30 - 5:00 PM

Panel 3: PFAS in Packaging will explore the prevalence of PFAS in packaging products, related health impacts, current and pending regulations, and more. Leading experts will tackle how companies can best ensure safe use, compliance, and reduce environmental liability for their products with respect to PFAS.


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Webinar CLE Attendees (you must have selected CLE info when you registered):

  • When watching the webinar you will need to have the webinar at the forefront of your computer screen as GoTo webinar software will be tracking attentiveness and creating an attentiveness report.
  • You will need to be watching the webinar for a majority of the time to receive CLE Credit.
  • We will email you the CLE information and certification within one week of the event.