Dark Waters lawyer to speak at ENDS Report PFAS webinar

The US environmental attorney whose work has helped uncover the global health effects of forever chemicals PFAS will take part in an ENDS Report webinar next week on the increasing focus on the environmental impacts of PFAS in the UK, and its policy implications.

Robert Bilott, attorney at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, will be joined at the webinar on Monday 27 February by Chem Trust chemicals campaigner Julie Schneider, and Crispin Halsall, professor of environmental organic chemistry at Lancaster University, with more panellists to be confirmed.

Bilott’s battle to get justice for those harmed by ‘forever chemical’ PFOA led to multi-million dollar legal payouts, Hollywood movie Dark Waters, and the shocking revelation that every American has the substance in their blood.

The webinar, organised by ENDS Report, comes at a time when the UK begins to prepare restrictions on PFAS. The Health and Safety Executive and the Environment Agency are aiming to publish a regulatory management options analysis (RMOA) for PFAS by the end of the spring. The RMOA will analyse the risks posed by PFAS, and inform future policy.

Earlier this month, a group of EU member states submitted a proposal to the bloc’s chemicals agency to pose a blanket ban on PFAS across the bloc, raising the prospect of significant divergence between Europe and the UK.

Join the webinar, live at 3.30pm on Monday 27 February, to hear the speakers discuss the story so far, the threat this toxic timebomb poses for the UK, and what environmental professionals can expect to come, including...

* how the net is tightening on PFAS around the globe

* what we know about the extent of PFAS contamination in the UK and the threat that it poses to humans and the environment

* the future of PFAS regulation in the UK, the progress of UK policymakers’ work to assess PFAS regulation and the likely regulatory outcomes

* the potential liabilities that investors, landowners, developers and other businesses may face as a result of tighter PFAS controls in the UK


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