SL Environmental Law Group PC
Richard Head is Of Counsel at SL Environmental Law Group, before that he was Associate Attorney General for the New Hampshire Justice Department, arguing cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and testifying before the New Hampshire Legislature. Richard served as a senior member of the record-setting New Hampshire MTBE litigation legal team. Richard earned his B.A. from Clark University and J.D. and M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University. Richard is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Cost Recovery Options for Emerging Contaminants- Shifting Treatment Costs from Ratepayers to Polluters
PFOA and PFOS are fluorinated organic chemicals, part of a larger group of chemicals referred to as perfluoroalkly substances (PFASs), that have been detected in systems across the United States under UCMR3, has been recently found on military bases. The 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, as well as manufacturing facilities. In response to the discovery of this recent contamination and the public outcry over health effects associated with PFASs, the EPA has lowered its Health Guidelines for PFAS. 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