PFAS are a group of more than 6,000 manufactured fluorinated chemicals, including PFOS and PFOA used in nonstick, water repellant, and stain-resistant consumer products such as food containers and fabrics, and other industrial products, such as fire-fighting foams. Sometimes called "forever chemicals," PFAS have made their way into the air, soil, and drinking water supplies in thousands of communities nationwide. Potential liability and nationwide cleanup costs of PFAS are estimated in the billions. As such, PFAS are an important risk management consideration in commercial property transactions.
The lack of enforceable nationwide standards and public concern about the health effects of PFAS has prompted some states to promulgate their own regulations and policies. This patchwork of compliance obligations coupled with a lack of scientific consensus about safe exposure limits to these thousands of chemicals makes it difficult to categorize, estimate, and manage PFAS risks.
In this webinar our featured expert panelists will:
• Highlight the differences between PFAS subfamilies and industrial and consumer uses to showcase their wide-ranging applications and examine the perils of overgeneralized statements about these chemicals.
• Discuss the evolution and current state of regulatory frameworks and the role toxicology plays in setting PFAS standards.
• Provide insight on PFAS-related challenges, including the impacts of differing regulatory requirements, identifying appropriate cleanup targets and technologies, and dealing with the possibility of reopeners at closed sites.
• Offer strategies to assist with identifying and allocating potential sources of PFAS and managing related risks as part of environmental due diligence, including a discussion of data-related challenges and tools for detecting PFAS at impacted sites.