The PFAS Tsunami
A Regulatory, Legislative, and Legal Dive into the Current Wave of Issues Facing the Clean Water Community
With close to 20 bills introduced into the 116th Congress and the evolving media mania, it’s hard to escape hearing about PFAS. Chemical shorthand for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFAS comprises of more than 3,000 known varieties which have been produced since the 1940s. These engineered chemicals are found in certain fire-fighting foams used to suppress high-intensity fuel fires, but because they are enormously effective at resisting heat, water, and oil are also found in everyday consumer products including fast food containers, nonstick cookware, stain resistant coatings, water resistant clothing and personal care products.
Recently, these chemicals have been detected in elevated concentrations in groundwater in certain parts of the country, especially near airports and military bases as well as near industrial manufacturing sites. Although PFAS is found at extremely small concentrations (parts per trillion), these emerging contaminants are creating the perfect storm of environmental law issues. As the wave of PFAS concerns spread across the U.S., there could be far reaching implications for the public clean water community who are tasked with treating and managing billions of gallons of wastewater each day.
Join NACWA on June 11, 2019 for our next Hot Topics Webinar specifically focused on PFAS and learn about the state of the science, the flurry of federal legislation introduced to date, and how federal and state regulatory authorities are ramping up their efforts to address existing and future PFAS contamination. In addition, gain insight into the legal considerations surrounding PFAS and how to effectively communicate this emerging and very sensitive issue to the general public.