A Deep Dive Into PFAS: The Forever Chemicals That Could Impact Your Business

6.24.24 - 6.25.24
Venue: Century City / Walnut Creek

Join us for a timely and enlightening half-day seminar designed to bring property owners, brownfield developers, land planners, and environmental attorneys up to speed with the latest regulatory updates and practical strategies concerning Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). This event is co-organized by Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP (CCN) and Haley & Aldrich (H&A), who will have leading environmental attorneys and consultants presenting a comprehensive agenda.


In April 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published two highly anticipated rules and released significant guidance regarding the regulation of PFAS.  Significantly, on April 10, 2024, the EPA finalized the National Primary Drinking Water Regulation for six PFAS compounds, establishing enforceable Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) which are often used as groundwater cleanup goals. On April 19, 2024, the EPA officially listed two PFAS compounds as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, also known as CERCLA or “Superfund.”. These measures reflect a substantial advancement in regulating PFAS and, as a result, property owners, managers, developers and others are now potentially responsible for investigating and remediating PFAS contamination.

Seminar Highlights: 

  • PFAS Regulatory Updates: The latest developments in PFAS regulations. Understand how these changes could impact your projects and how to navigate the evolving legal landscape.

  • Environmental Due Diligence: Learn how PFAS regulations are influencing environmental due diligence. Gain insights into effective strategies for managing risks and ensuring compliance in your real estate transactions.

  • PFAS Forensic Analysis: Delve into the science of PFAS forensics and its impact on cost recovery. Discover cutting-edge techniques for identifying PFAS sources, understanding their behavior in the environment, and assessing related liabilities.

  • Treatment and Remediation: Explore innovative solutions for PFAS treatment and remediation. Discuss practical approaches and technologies that can help mitigate environmental impacts and costs while complying with regulatory requirements

Who Should Attend:

This seminar is specifically designed for real estate developers, brownfield developers, land planners, environmental attorneys, and in-house counsel looking to enhance their understanding and management of PFAS-related challenges.

Preliminary Seminar Agenda and Topics:

  • Session 1: Introduction and PFAS Regulatory Overview
    • What are PFAS and what is unique about these chemicals? How do they compare to legacy contaminants?
    • What are EPA’s recent regulatory actions and what are their implications?
    • What indications do we have from Cal-EPA in terms of how it will be regulating PFAS?
  • Section 2: PFAS & Impact on Environmental Due Diligence
    • How to deal with PFAS as part of property transactions and environmental due diligence, both from a legal and technical perspective?
    • When should sampling be for PFAS be performed? What challenges are associated with sampling?
    • How PFAS impacts remedial cost estimates?
    • How are health and environmental risks evaluated?
  • Section 3: Treatment and Remediation of PFAS-Impacted Media
    • What existing and emerging treatment/remediation technologies are currently available? What technologies are currently being developed?
    • How do PFAS remediation technologies factor into compliance with the National Contingency Plan and cost recovery?
    • How are PFAS health risks mitigated?
    • How do PFAS impact the cost and timing of redevelopment?
  • Section 4: Forensic Tools for Source Differentiation and Cost Recovery/Risk Mitigation
    • How to evaluate background levels of PFAS in environmental media?
    • Using PFAS forensic analytical tools to determine who is responsible for PFAS contamination.
    • What cost recovery tools are available to defray/deflect PFAS-related costs
    • Effects on the environmental insurance market


Cox, Castle & Nicholson, a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider, certifies that this activity qualifies for up to 2 hours of General (participatory) MCLE credit for in-person attendees. Certificates will be provided by email within 7 business days of the event.

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