PFAS have been discovered in dozens of drinking waters supplies throughout the country. In response to the growing awareness of this contamination and the public outcry over health effects associated with PFAS, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) issued a long-term health advisory guideline for PFOA and PFOS, and the State of New York recently proposed the lowest MCL in the nation for PFOA and PFOS. The contamination of public drinking water supplies with PFAS has resulted in legal actions against the manufacturers and/or users of PFAS to recover the costs of clean-up and/or treatment. Many of the cases that involve PFAS contamination attributable to certain fire-fighting foams (known as AFFF) have recently been consolidated in a centralized (multidistrict litigation) proceeding in a federal court in South Carolina. This webinar will discuss the extent of PFAS contamination nationwide and in New York; the evolving regulatory landscape in New York; scientific issues relating to treatment and treatment options; cost-recovery/affirmative litigation options for municipalities whose drinking water supplies are contaminated with PFAS; and how New York’s proposed MCL may impact new cases.
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