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RMAEP presents a webinar titled Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Legal and Regulatory Overview

This presentation will be delivered virtually using the ZOOM conference platform. Instructions and links for attending the presentation will be sent directly to the registrants’ email the night before the presentation, following the closure of the registration period.


Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Legal & Regulatory Overview

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of an estimated 5,000 man-made fluorinated organic chemicals manufactured since the 1940s and are present in many consumer products including food packaging, textiles and carpeting, and personal care products; a major source of PFAS in the environment is Class B fire-fighting foams (AFFF). An estimated 16 million Americans have been exposed to some concentration of PFAS compounds in their drinking water and 99% of adult Americans’ have detectable PFAS in our blood. Consumed at part-per-trillion concentrations, PFAS accumulate in the body for years and have been linked to multiple health effects including cancer, immune system suppression, reproductive and developmental toxicity, and pre-eclampsia. Referred to as “forever chemicals,” PFAS are persistent in the environment, highly mobile in groundwater, difficult to treat, and complicated to sample.

Legislation is beginning to address the use of PFAS-containing substances and bills to regulate specific PFAS compounds individually, or the entire class of chemicals have been introduced in Congress. Regulation of these compounds in drinking water and the environment has lagged at the federal level and states are establishing a patchwork of regulatory and health-advisory limits. Three class action settlements have totaled over $1.5 billion and a variety of lawsuits, including multi-district litigation combining 500 cases, are in the courts. There is speculation that corporate and government liability for environmental damage due to PFAS may rival that of all other contaminants’ liabilities combined. The US EPA is developing an MCL for two PFAS compounds in drinking water and CDPHE has just released a Narrative Policy for multiple PFAS compounds.

Presenter Bio:

Andy Horn, PG, has been an environmental and water resource consultant for almost 30 years. He has performed hydrogeologic investigations on contaminated soil and groundwater sites and facilities including US EPA Superfund, manufacturing, fueling & maintenance, chemical storage & distribution, and also for basic scientific research. Andy has also worked on basin-wide groundwater supply studies, water supply project litigation support, and high water table assessments in Colorado. Andy’s areas of expertise include defensible data collection program design and management, data analysis and synthesis, and investigation results reporting and presentation. He has been involved with the National Groundwater Association PFAS guidance document development since 2016 and has supported PFAS investigations in Colorado. Andy earned his Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Alabama and his Master of Science degree from The University of Colorado.

When: Thursday, August 20, 2020 – 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Tickets:
$0.00 RMAEP Member Ticket

$15.00 Non-Member Ticket

$5.00 Student Non-Member Ticket

Where:

ZOOM Video Conference – Instructions and links for attending the presentation will be sent directly to the registrants’ email the night before the presentation, following the closure of the registration period.

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