Gotanda and Moshang of Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox to Present at Hawaii State Bar Association 2020 Convention

September 15, 2020

Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox partners Brenda H. Gotanda and Nicole R. Moshang will serve as panelists at the 2020 Hawaii State Bar Association Annual Bar Convention as part of the Environment, Energy & Resources Section Seminar.  The programming will take place virtually on October 16, 2020 from 9 am to 4:30 pm HST.   For more details and to register, visit

Moshang will present on “The PFAS Contaminant Conundrum—What You Need to Know” in the morning session.  The panel discussion will focus on the emerging family of contaminants and the associated legal and technical issues. Topics will include EPA’s PFAS Action Plan, federal and state regulatory trends, remediation, risk management and litigation.

Gotanda will present on “Indirect Discharges and Clean Water Act Permits—the Supreme Court’s New Functional Equivalent Standard” in the afternoon session.  The panel discussion will focus on the federal Clean Water Act’s NPDES permitting framework and provide an analysis of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund, which created a new standard for evaluating whether a permit is required when pollutants are discharged from a point source to groundwater and conveyed indirectly to navigable waters. The panel will address key aspects of the statutory text and the Supreme Court’s decision, including its new “functional equivalent” standard, and explore the potential implications of the decision on current and future permitting, enforcement, and litigation.

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