Advances in Remediation Solutions Webinar Series: Making Strides in Management of Emerging Contaminants, Part 2 — Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) (#882)

Presented on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

In this webinar you will learn about the public concerns associated with poly-and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the extent of their potential environmental impacts, and innovative investigation and remediation approaches regarding them.

While some compounds have been known as emerging contaminants for years, PFAS are a more recent addition to the roster, and represent a broad class of more than 6,000 organofluorine compounds that have been used extensively in fire-fighting foams and flame-resistant, water-repellant, and stain-resistant fabrics and coatings.

Although PFAS has become a hot topic in the media as these compounds (e.g., PFOS and PFOA) are detected in public water supplies on a weekly basis, there is a knowledge gap among the stakeholders and regulatory communities.

The take home message is that now is the time to develop your readiness and risk management plan so that you understand the drivers and have time to explore your options proactively, rather than reactively.

Learning objectives

After viewing this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify and investigate the sources of PFAS
  •  Develop a strategy for evaluating PFAS at your site
  •  Develop a plan for risk evaluation and preparedness
  • Discuss the investigative and analytical techniques for PFAS
  • Evaluate remediation options for PFAS.

Richard "Hunter" Anderson, Ph.D.
U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center, San Antonio, TX
Richard “Hunter” Anderson, Ph.D., is an environmental scientist at the U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center in San Antonio, Texas. Following his doctoral work at Ohio State University, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Cincinnati, Ohio, division of the National Center for Environmental Assessment in the Office of Research and Development. Anderson has helped pioneer programmatic surveillance of emerging contaminants and issues, as well as provide technical expertise to the U.S. AF Environmental Restoration Program in the areas of soil science, environmental toxicology, and quantitative data analyses. He also serves as the U.S. AF restoration liaison to the U.S. DOD’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development and Environmental Security Technology Certification Programs.
John Horst, PE
Arcadis, Newtown, PA
John Horst, P.E. is Vice President and a Principal Engineer at ARCADIS based in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Erika Houtz, Ph.D.
Arcadis, San Francisco, CA
Erika Houtz, Ph.D., a project engineer at Arcadis with a focus on emerging contaminants, has seven years of experience analyzing poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), and characterizing their fate in the environment. She developed the total oxidizable precursor (TOP) assay as a way of measuring difficult-to-detect PFAS compounds. Houtz holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joseph Quinnan, PE, PG
Arcadis, Novi, MI
Joseph is a Technical Expert (remediation) in the Environment Division of ARCADIS in the Brighton, MI office.

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