“The Persistent and Accumulating Legal, Regulatory, and Scientific Problems of PFAS Contamination” will be presented by keynote speaker Robert “Rob” A. Bilott, J.D., at NGWA’s PFAS Management, Mitigation, and Remediation Conference, June 19-20 in Westerville, Ohio.
Bilott, partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, will give an historical overview of PFAS-related litigation history, and related scientific and regulatory developments at the state, national, and international levels.
Bilott brought the first PFAS environmental exposure case in 1999 that resulted in the discovery and public disclosure of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) in drinking water supplies for approximately 70,000 people in West Virginia and Ohio. That discovery spurred national regulatory interest and investigation into PFAS and the filing in 2001 of the nation’s first class action litigation on behalf of individuals exposed to PFOA in their drinking water.
To date, Bilott has helped secure more than $1 billion in benefits for his clients exposed to PFOA in their drinking water. In 2017, he was a recipient of the international Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for his work on PFAS contamination issues.
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