PFAS: Developing Regulatory Climate

Venue

This is a virtual event, accessible online and over phone. Access instructions will be provided after registration.

Description

This is a complimentary program sponsored by Pepper Hamilton.

Regulation of PFAS constituents is continuing to increase across the country at both the state and federal levels.  These constituents present unique technical challenges and complex liability issues.  This webinar will address both of these areas with legal and technical presenters.  

Educational Objectives:
• What are the new regulations of PFAS constituents?
• What are the technical challenges and complex liability issues of PFAS constituents?
• What are strategies for managing and complying with the new regulations?

Who would benefit most from attending this program?
Executives, business leaders, and legal professionals working within the environment, health and safety fields.

Presenters

AnnMarie Sanford
  • Senior Attorney
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP

AnnMarie Sanford is a senior attorney in the Environment and Energy Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Detroit office. Ms. Sanford is primarily engaged in environmental regulatory issues and counseling clients regarding compliance with federal and state chemical regulations. She also is a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. She is one of the few attorneys who passed the Green Building Certification Institute’s exam to qualify as a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional.

Ms. Sanford has substantial experience in matters relating to hazardous waste sites listed on the National Priority List, Michigan Part 201 and other state programs.  She also has counselled clients regarding RCRA and chemicals regulations. She has represented clients at Superfund sites throughout the United States. She has specific experience in overseeing due diligence and environmental site assessments in conjunction with real estate and corporate transactions. Ms. Sanford has advised clients in connection with natural resource damage claims by state and federal trustees and the availability of Great Lakes Legacy Act funding for watercourse remediation projects. Ms. Sanford also has counseled clients regarding corporate officer and director liability in the environmental context as well as corporate shareholder liability. She has defended companies in cost recovery actions brought by federal and state governments and has advised clients on appropriate responses to unilateral cleanup orders issued by EPA. Ms. Sanford has represented companies in private cost recovery actions and negotiated numerous agreements with other potentially responsible parties and with EPA. She also has counseled clients regarding compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act, California Proposition 65, and the California Safer Consumer Products regulations. She also advises clients regarding compliance with Conflict Minerals disclosure obligations under Dodd Frank.

Ms. Sanford joined the firm in 1993, after practicing with firms in Grand Rapids and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Before attending law school she earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.

Todd Fracassi
  • Partner
  • Pepper Hamilton LLP

Todd C. Fracassi is a partner and co-chair of the Environment and Energy Practice Group of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Detroit office. He also is co-chair of the firm's Automotive Industry Group and a member of the firm’s Sustainability, CleanTech and Climate Change Team. Mr. Fracassi is engaged primarily in matters of environmental litigation and regulatory affairs, and corporate environmental counseling.

Mr. Fracassi represents clients in a broad range of environmental matters, including environmental enforcement, compliance and permitting, mergers and acquisitions, brownfield redevelopment, remediation obligations under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Part 201 of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (Part 201) and other state remediation statutes and regulations, due diligence and site assessments, regulatory enforcement matters, and handling various environmental matters in real estate transactions. He also has spoken on brownfield development, CERCLA and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) environmental issues arising out of bankruptcy and foreclosure, the use of environmental insurance in transactions, and the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act.

Before joining Pepper, Mr. Fracassi was an associate with an environmental consulting firm, where he advised public and private clients on environmental and land use planning matters. This included extensive impact and mitigation evaluations under the National Environmental Policy Act for municipal, airport authority, and state and federal governmental agency projects, including for State Transportation Departments and the Federal Aviation Administration. Projects included runway extensions, highway and ramp expansion/location/relocation, and bridge replacement.

Mr. Fracassi is a member of the Environmental Law Sections of the Michigan and the American Bar Associations. He serves on ABA’s Smart Growth Committee, the Michigan Manufacturers Association Environmental Policy Committee, and the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals.

John Cuthbertson
  • Central Region PFAS Practice Lead
  • AECOM

John Cuthbertson is AECOM’s Central Region PFAS Practice Lead with over 27 years of environmental consulting experience supporting oil and gas, chemical, and industrial clients.  He is a geologist and resides in AECOM’s Grand Rapids office.  Mr. Cuthbertson currently manages multiple projects involving PFAS constituents and is experienced in analytical testing and methodologies, environmental fate and transport, assessment and investigation, and remedial technologies.

Continuing Education

Credits:
1.0 CLE; General COA
Prerequisite:
A general knowledge of PFAS constituent regulation.
Level:
Intermediate
Production Date:
10/31/2018