Evolving Regulatory Requirements, Health Effects & Cost-Recovery/Affirmative Litigation Options for PFAS

Monday, December 4, 2017: 1:30 p.m.
102 A (Music City Center)
Richard Head , SL Environmental Law Group PC, San Francisco, CA

PFOA and PFOS are fluorinated organic chemicals, part of a larger group of chemicals referred to as perfluoroalkly substances (PFASs), that have been discovered in dozens of drinking waters supplies throughout the country resulting in EPA or state mandated multi-million dollar clean up projects. There source of PFAS contamination in drinking water is typically the result of direct releases from manufacturing facilities into the ground or air or firefighting foams containing PFASs that were used at Air Force bases, airports and firefighting training facilities. In response to the discovery of this recent contamination and the public outcry over health effects associated with PFASs, EPA lowered its Health Guidelines for PFAS and states are also beginning to implement their own regulatory response to this growing problem. This presentation will discuss the extent of the problem, legal and scientific issues relating to remediating drinking water supplies contaminated with PFASs, health effects from PFAS exposure and cost-recovery/affirmative litigation options for municipalities whose drinking water supplies are contaminated with PFASs.

Richard Head, SL Environmental Law Group PC, San Francisco, CA
Richard Head is a partner at Sher Leff. He focuses his practice on complex environmental contamination litigation. Before joining Sher Leff, he was Associate Attorney General for the New Hampshire Justice Department. Over the course of his 14 year career at the Department of Justice, he argued more than 15 cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and frequently testified before the New Hampshire Legislature on a wide range of issues on behalf of the Attorney General. Head also held multiple senior leadership roles throughout his tenure with the Department of Justice. As Associate Attorney General, he was the Director of the Division of Legal Counsel and oversaw the management of the Civil and Transportation Bureaus and the Charitable Trust Unit. As a Senior Assistant Attorney General, he served as the Bureau Chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau and the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau. Prior to working for the New Hampshire Justice Department, Head worked in the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services after spending 10 years in private practice as a litigator. He earned his B.A. from Clark University and his J.D. and M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University. During law school, he was an editor of the Indiana Law Journal.

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