EPA’s 2019 PFAS Action Plan refers to a number of statutes, including the CWA, SDWA, TSCA, CERCLA, RCRA, and CAA, that may ultimately play a role in managing PFAS in the environment. PFAS-focused legislation, regulation, and policies are being debated at the state and federal level. Legal cases ranging from site-specific suits to multidistrict litigation are ongoing. The potential effect of evolving regulations is creating uncertainty for the Department of Defense, drinking water purveyors, wastewater treatment facilities, waste handlers, product manufacturers, firefighting districts, airport managers, municipalities, CERCLA responsible parties, and others throughout the economy. Panelists will provide updates on important PFAS legislation and litigation, practical implications resulting from current regulation, as well as their perspective on what to expect in the near future. Attendees will gain knowledge to help them counsel clients as they navigate the rapidly changing PFAS landscape.
Edward Witte, Godfrey & Kahn, Milwaukee, WI
Ned Witte is a shareholder in the Environmental Strategies Practice Group. Ned has particular experience in counseling clients and writing and presenting at seminars concerning the emerging contaminants Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS (including PFOA and PFOS.) Ned and Godfrey & Kahn represent clients with interests in several of the non-airport/military base PFAS sites in Wisconsin (as identified on Wisconsin’s BRRTS database.) Ned serves as Co-Chair of Citizens and Public Interest Committee for the State of Wisconsin PFAS Action Council (WisPAC), developing the 2020 Wisconsin PFAS Action Plan and as a member of the ASTM Collaboration Area AC417 – PFAS Real Estate, Legal, Due Diligence Focus Group supporting the Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment and Risk Management.