Thursday, June 4, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET
Communities, Cities, and Companies Combating Contaminants When the Science is New
The emergence of the latest environmental acronym, PFAS/PFOSs, has more than made the environmental law news circuit in recent years, but what about the next “PFAS”? Through a case study where a community confronts a contaminant—ethylene oxide—in their backyards, this panel will consider legal strategies to address contaminants when the science regarding their potential environmental and human health risks is new. Panelists will discuss how attendees can take quick and effective action when a client is accused of emitting or otherwise disposing of a new potential contaminant of concern. Attendees will also learn how cities, states, and federal regulators are working to address the challenges they face when new science points to a new potential contaminant of concern right in their backyards.
Renee Cipriano, Thompson Coburn, LLP, St. Louis, MO
Byron Taylor, Sidley & Austin LLP, Chicago, IL
Alan Walts, Director, Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5, Chicago, IL
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM ET
Risk Assessment for Emerging Contaminants: Selecting Standards, Experts, and Data Quality Issues
Ten to the what power? How do you evaluate the risks from emerging contaminants or help your client address or rebut anomalous data? Risk assessment techniques and standards enable us to characterize the nature and magnitude of potential health risks to humans and ecological receptors from chemical contamination and other stressors that may be present in the environment. Lawyers need to understand both human health risk assessment and the separate process of ecological risk assessment to better evaluate new contaminants and determine how they are (or might be) regulated. The panel will review what a good risk assessment needs to include, explain the technical jargon, and provide tips on how to select the right consultants or experts to analyze, perform, or critique risk assessments. Attendees will learn best practices for the environmental lawyer in situations where the assessment of human health and ecological risks is a central concern and necessary to protect or defend a client.
Mark Anstoetter, Shook, Hardy, & Bacon, Kansas City, MI
Allison Stock, Toxicologist; Vice President, J.S. Held, New Orleans, LA
Christopher Weis, Toxicology Liaison, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD
Jillian Kirn, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Philadelphia, PA