The Emerging Environmental Crisis

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    Course Description

    This program was recorded on July 23, 2019

    This CLE course addresses an interesting new area of environmental law: emerging contaminants in our drinking water. The course will primarily discuss the federal environmental statute that seeks to protect our drinking water supplies, the Safe Drinking Water Act. While there are many contaminants that are regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act, there are new contaminants, called “emerging contaminants” that remain unregulated and are impacting the safety and quality of drinking water supplies across the country. This course will explore the complicated process by which a new contaminant becomes a regulated contaminant, as well as, detail the health risks, routes of exposure, litigation history, state regulation, treatment methods and associated costs of two high profile emerging contaminants: 1,4-dioxane and PFOS/PFOA.



    • Alyse M. Delle Fave
      Alyse concentrates her practice in various areas of environmental law. Her experience includes assisting with the representation of clients in matters involving a wide range of environmental issues, including investigation and remediation of historical soil and groundwater contamination, drinking water quality, endangered species protection, permitting, freshwater and tidal wetlands and renewable energy projects. She has worked on a variety of matters involving Federal, State and local environmental agencies and laws including, CERCLA cost recovery actions, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act matters, Clean Water Act matters, NYS and Federal Superfund sites, Brownfield Cleanup Program sites and New York Navigation Law spills. Ms. Delle Fave earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where she served on the Editorial Boards of both the Moot Court Honors Board of Advocates, as Research Editor, and the Environmental Law Society, as Secretary.

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      Nicholas C. Rigano
      Nicholas C. Rigano joined Rigano LLC in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at well-known firms located in Manhattan and Long Island. Nick represents clients in litigation and transactional real property matters involving environmental issues. His practice primarily concentrates on subsurface contamination, solid waste, and wetland issues. He is the incoming Chair of the Environmental Law Committee for the Nassau County Bar Association and is the co-founder of the Environmental Professionals Association, a 100+ member networking group for professionals in the environmental field. He also served on the Environmental Advisory Board for the Village of Garden City. Nick also represents key constituents involved in Chapter 5 bankruptcy litigation and as well as creditors to Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies.

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        • 2 General Credits
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      1. Safe Drinking Water Act
        1. Brief History
        2. Regulated contaminants and MCLS
        3. Unregulated/Emerging Contaminants
      2. Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule
      3. Emerging Contaminants
        1. 1,4-dioxane
        2. Historical and Present Day Uses
        3. EPA Fact Sheet Info / Health Effects / Suggested MCL
        4. State Regulation – various approaches
        5. New York
        6. Other States
        7. Treatment
      4. PFOS/PFOA
        1. Historical and Present Day Uses
        2. EPA Fact Sheet Info / Health Effects / Suggested MCL
        3. State Regulation – various approaches
        4. New York
        5. Other States
        6. Treatment

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