Workshop A – Environmental Law Fundamentals: An Essential Primer on the Cornerstone Laws Impacting the Regulation of PFAS in the United States (CERCLA, TSCA, RCRA and Beyond)

May 29, 2024 9:00am – 12:30 PM

Philip Comella
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Alexandra Hamilton
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

This primer will provide attendees with an essential working knowledge of the fundamental environmental laws which provide the framework for newly emerging PFAS regulations in the U.S.

Our workshop leaders will set the stage for the main conference by helping you to comprehend the foundational policies underpinning the impending governance of PFAS chemicals in the United States. Topics to be covered will include:

  • An overview of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)
    • Analyzing the legal framework and key statutory provisions
    • Assessing significant legal, legislative and regulatory developments since the Act’s inception
    • Exploring priorities set forth by the Biden Harris Administration with regard to CERCLA
    • What types of action can the federal government take under CERCLA to address the release of contaminants or the threatened release of contaminants?
    • What authority does CERCLA provide to the EPA in terms of holding Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) liable for environmental contamination?
    • Examining important State Superfund Law considerations
  • Understanding the fundamentals of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
    • Analyzing the implications of including a substance on the RCRA list of hazardous constituents
  • A comprehensive analysis of the Toxic Substances Control Act
    • Understanding the full scope of authorities that the TSCA provides to the EPA with regard to the governing of chemical substances in the U.S.
    • Examining the 2016 amendments to the Act
    • Examining significant compliance and enforcement developments under the Act
    • Understanding the function of the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory, and the implications of a chemical being listed on the Inventory