Vapor Intrusion: An Old Problem Made New

(A Steptoe-sponsored event)
October 23, 2014

Click here to access the recording from this webinar.

“Vapor intrusion” is the process whereby volatile chemicals present in groundwater or soil underneath a building may migrate up into the structure and potentially expose occupants to the subsurface contamination.  Many parties - including regulatory agencies, potentially responsible parties, developers, and the media - view vapor intrusion as a serious problem in need of immediate attention.  New regulatory policies regarding vapor intrusion are likely to complicate many real estate transactions, lead to the reopening of contaminated sites that have previously received regulatory closure, and result in a new wave of regulatory, clean-up, and tort litigation.

Please join Steptoe, as well as Robert Ettinger, one of the country’s leading scientists on the subject of vapor intrusion, on Thursday, October 23 for a complimentary webinar discussing many aspects of the new policies regulating this old problem.  The webinar will include a discussion of Mr. Ettinger’s modeling and testimony on site specific benzene vapor intrusion risk, which supported a defense verdict secured by Steptoe in a California Superior Court jury trial.

Featured panelists include:

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT

Topics for discussion will include:

  • What is the science behind vapor intrusion, and what is the potential scope of the problem?
  • Recent regulatory developments regarding the vapor intrusion pathway
  • What the new regulatory focus will mean for real estate transactions, site clean-ups, and lawsuits
  • What are the best strategies for defending against vapor intrusion tort claims?


CLE credit is pending in AZ, CA, NY, and VA.