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The PFAS Emergence: Is it Summer Yet? A mid-2022 Update on PFAS Policy, Risk, and Treatment.

  • 2 Aug 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Virtual

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PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) are a family of man-made chemicals consisting of thousands of distinct chemical structures that have been manufactured and used in a wide variety of industrial processes and consumer products for the past 80 years. Their extensive use as a key manufacturing component is due to their desirable contribution(s) to the physical properties of these products, but after nearly a century of use has resulted in a ubiquitous presence in both urban/industrial and undeveloped/natural environments. Over the past decade or more, concern pertaining to PFAS’ potential adverse health and environmental effects has been steadily increasing. PFAS resistance to natural degradation processes, our incomplete understanding of their toxic effect on human health and the environment, and the limited number of cost-effective alternatives to remove them from contact with potential human and ecological receptors, has understandably generated a flurry of scientific research and development of engineering and social solutions to mitigate these growing concerns.

The scale and complexity of challenges associated with PFAS are such that a diverse range of environmental professionals will be faced with addressing PFAS-related issues over the coming decade. As with other emerging contaminants, the initial focus has been on establishing how to find and measure PFAS presence in sediment, soil, drinking water, groundwater, surface water, wastewater/biosolids, landfill leachate, and other media of concern. There are new Federal and State regulations underway, concerns about how to best address emerging contaminants in consideration of Environmental Justice policies, and uncertainties in the impact to and potential role that natural resources will play in managing PFAS risk. This results in the need for environmental attorneys, planners & economists, natural resource specialists, toxicologists, site investigation and cleanup professionals, and other environmental professionals to work together to develop a better understanding of PFAS characteristics and risk management policies and technologies.

In this webinar our panelists will focus on what we know about:

  • The development of Federal and State regulatory actions
  • Assessing and managing risk
  • The challenges of and alternatives for the removal and destruction of PFAS constituents in environmental media.

After many years of study, there remains much to learn about PFAS and other emerging contaminants. Have we reached Summer in terms of growth in our understanding, or are we in a perpetual Spring of policy and knowledge germination? Please join and plan to contribute to our discussion as we consider the likely sunny and stormy PFAS future faced by environmental professionals.

Speakers:

Dennis Peters 

Registered Environmental Manager REM

Haley & Aldrich

Ned Witte 

Attorney

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Jay Peters

Risk Assessment Practice Leader

Haley & Aldrich

Scott Grieco, PhD, PE

Global Technology Leader 

Jacobs 

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