September 12, 2018

ELI Member Seminar

The contamination of drinking water by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has garnered much attention in recent years, most recently on July 26 with an incident in Parchment, Michigan where officials told residents to stop drinking the tap water after levels of PFAS reached 26 times higher than a federal health advisory. But what exactly are PFAS and what are the impacts of and rules regarding their use at industrial and military sites?

PFAS include perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and are a class of man-made chemicals that are notoriously challenging to remediate, and PFAS exposures and risks can result in regulatory concerns and active management at contaminated sites and surrounding areas. Join ELI and leading panelists for an in-depth discussion on the sources, overarching chemistry, environmental fate and transport, exposure, toxicology, and occurrence of PFAS with an emphasis on the state of knowledge regarding the characterization, risk management, and remediation of PFAS-impacted sites. Expertly moderated by Dr. Peter Zeeb, Senior Principal, President, and CEO of Geosyntec Consultants, the panel provided leading updates on state and federal regulatory issues and explored the spectrum of legal challenges associated with the use of PFAS at industrial and military facilities.

Opening Remarks:
Scott Fulton, President, Environmental Law Institute

Panelists:
Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., Senior Principal, President, and CEO, Geosyntec Consultants, Moderator
Adam Baas, Of Counsel, DLA Piper
Eric Burneson, Director, Standards and Risk Management Division, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, EPA
Rula Deeb, Ph.D., Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants
Virginia Yingling, Hydrogeologist, Environmental Health Division, Minnesota Department of Health

Materials:
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