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The Use of PFAS at Industrial and Military Facilities: Technical, Regulatory, and Legal Issues

February 2019

Citation: ELR 10109

Author: Scott Fulton, Peter Zeeb, Adam Baas, Eric Burneson, Rula Deeb, and Virginia Yingling

Contamination of drinking water by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has garnered much attention in recent years. PFAS include perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and PFAS exposures and risks can result in regulatory concerns and active management at contaminated sites and surrounding areas. On September 12, 2018, ELI hosted leading experts for an in-depth discussion on the sources, overarching chemistry, environmental fate and transport, exposure, toxicology, and occurrence of PFAS, with emphasis on the state of knowledge regarding the characterization, risk management, and remediation of PFAS-impacted sites. The panel provided updates on state and federal regulatory issues, and explored the spectrum of legal challenges associated with the use of PFAS at industrial and military facilities. This Article present a transcript of the discussion, which has been edited for style, clarity, and space considerations.

Scott Fulton is President of the Environmental Law Institute. Peter Zeeb, Ph.D. (moderator) is Senior Principal, President, and CEO at Geosyntec Consultants. Adam Baas is of Counsel at DLA Piper. Eric Burneson is director of the Standards and Risk Management Division in the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Rula Deeb, Ph.D. is a Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer at Geosyntec Consultants. Virginia Yingling is a Senior Hydrogeologist in the Environmental Health Division at Minnesota Department of Health.

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