Experts Advance Detection, Destruction at "Science of PFAS" Conference
UPDATE: NEWMOA has postponed this event due to travel restrictions put in place because of the COVID-19 virus. This page will be updated as soon as a new date is announced.
Against the backdrop of growing legislative momentum and paradigm-shifting laboratory discoveries, the world's leading experts on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) will gather to discuss treatment strategies for this group of emerging contaminants. The Science of PFAS: Public Health & the Environment, organized by the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA), is an invitation to scientists, policymakers, industry leaders and public health advocates to convene and respond to issues like toxicology, fate and transport, sampling, treatment and destruction. So far, scheduled attendees include local, state and government officials, academic researchers, technology companies, non-governmental organizations, environmental remediation firms and other industry stakeholders. Among the esteemed presenters will be CDM Smith's own PFAS experts, highlighted below.
Tuesday, March 31
Evaluation & Design of Ion Exchange for Optimal PFAS
This presentation will summarize how the Town of Ayer worked diligently to address PFAS contamination in its groundwater sources and find the appropriate treatment solution. The presenters will review steps from discovery of PFAS, bench-scale tests and design and construction of an anion exchange treatment facility. Presented by Mark Wetzel, superintendent of Public Works for the town of Ayer, MA, and Ji Im, environmental engineer at CDM Smith.
Wednesday, April 1
ITRC Risk Communication Toolkit: A PFAS Focus
Risk communication is a process to aid practitioners in engaging and informing multi-stakeholder groups. This presentation on the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council risk communication toolkit will focus on PFAS outreach challenges and solutions. Presented by Deborah Szaro, Deputy Regional Administrator for EPA Region 1, and Melissa Harclerode, environmental sustainability scientist at CDM Smith.
Design & Operational Insights into Activated Carbon for PFAS Removal in Drinking Water Treatment
This case study will share how a water utility responded to the discovery of PFAS, including predesign studies, full-scale design, permitting, construction and operation. Presented by Alan LeBlanc, senior environmental engineer at CDM Smith.
Removal & Destruction of PFAS in Water
The presentation will showcase recent advances in our understanding of destructive PFAS treatment using electrochemical oxidation, including the factors that influence the success of electrochemical treatment. Presented by Charles Schaefer, Principal Environmental Scientist and leader of the Bellevue Research and Testing Laboratory for CDM Smith.
Linear vs. Branched PFAS Isomers as Preliminary Identification of PFAS Fate & Transport Processes
Assessing PFAS fate and transport is challenging because of the complexity of PFAS chemistry and PFAS sources. This presentation includes case studies using PFAS isomer ratios to provide one line of evidence on PFAS sources and transport. Other PFAS assessment tools were also used to enhance understanding of fate and transport. Presented by Dora Chiang, PFAS strategy leader at CDM Smith.
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