Protecting Public Health and Affordability: Fighting Emerging Contaminants Without Breaking the Bank

In March, NYCOM conducted its first webinar series to celebrate World Water Month. This series was dedicated to the preservation and sustainability of clean water and municipal water systems. In this encore webinar, the SL Environmental Law Group will provide an overview of the evolving environmental regulations that are reshaping the landscape for water system management and the significant changes targeting PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).  This webinar is FREE to NYCOM members.


The high cost of managing emerging contaminants and rapidly evolving regulations has deeply affected municipalities nationwide. Cities, villages, and other municipalities throughout New York State have had to quickly find new funding sources to pay for increased water quality monitoring and even new treatment plants to remove contaminants such as PFAS and 1,4-dioxane. Without adequate funding, the financial burden of compliance with new regulations will fall upon municipalities and their residents.

Legal funding strategies can help protect cities and villages and shift costs to the manufacturers responsible for pollution. Using the lessons learned from the ongoing PFAS multi-district litigation and settlements for water systems, local governments can maintain water affordability while building public trust and a more financially resilient future.

This virtual session will explore:

  • The latest New York and national regulations for contaminants such as PFAS and 1,4-dioxane and how they may affect municipalities.
  • How legal action can help fill budget gaps while defending the rights of utilities and their ratepayers.
  • The current PFAS litigation efforts and cost recovery options for municipalities affected by contamination in their drinking water, wastewater, and airports.

Presenter: Ken Sansone, Senior Partner, SL Environmental Law Group