CDM Smith Brings PFAS Expertise to SETAC Australasia
DARWIN, Australia — The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Australasia (SETAC-AU) will gather the world's leading experts in environmental remediation to share best practices and cutting-edge research as part of this year's theme of "building bridges." CDM Smith contamination and toxicology experts Dora Chiang, Teri Myers, and Dan Cooke will present their research and train attendees on topics like PFAS and other urgent contamination concerns.
SETAC-AU is a biennial event featuring research, government and industrial representatives from Australia and New Zealand. This year, organizers chose a theme of "Protecting and improving the environment through collaboration—across disciplines and across borders."
On Wednesday, July 10, CDM Smith environmental toxicology expert Dan Cooke will present "Use of Passive Sampling in Ecological Risk Assessment and Restoration Projects." As part of his session, Dan will discuss several case studies in which passive porewater sampling results have been used to develop remedial strategies acceptable to regulators.
Later that day Teri Myers will deliver a keynote speech called "Pesticide Risk Assessment: Shared Challenges Require Shared Solutions." Teri is a veteran ecologist and senior project manager at CDM Smith, who has led the contract team supporting U.S. EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs' mission for more than 15 years.
To close out the conference, SETAC-AU has invited PFAS-expert Dora Chiang to lead a full-day training workshop. Australia is one of several countries, including the U.S., where PFAS treatment has shifted from initial characterization to active remediation, and Dora will chair a comprehensive training session on proven and sustainable solutions. Topics planned for the event include: source fingerprinting; the importance of geochemical conditions; PFAS destruction technologies; livestock exposure; and human health risks. For full program and registration information, visit the official SETAC-AU website.
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