Technical, Regulatory and Legal Issues Associated with the Use of Per - and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

Please join Rula Deeb, PhD, BCEEM, PMP and Jennifer Wilke, PhD, PE for a PFAS workshop presented and hosted by Geosyntec Consultants: Monday, March 25, 2019

What: Technical, Regulatory and Legal Issues Associated with the Use of Per - and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
When: Monday, March 25, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM CDT
Where: 134 North LaSalle Street, 7th Floor Conference Room, Chicago, IL 60602 Map:
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Technical, Regulatory and Legal Issues Associated with the Use of Per - and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

Presenters: Dr. Rula Deeb, PhD, BCEEM, PMP and Dr. Jennifer Wilke, PhD, PE

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), are a class of man-made chemicals. They are not naturally found in the environment. Due to the strength of their carbon-fluorine bonds, PFAS are persistent in the environment and difficult to remediate. PFAS exposures and risks can result in regulatory concerns and active management at contaminated sites and in surrounding areas.

Rula and Jennifer will provide a detailed overview of the sources, chemistry, environmental fate and transport, exposure, toxicology, and occurrence of PFAS with an emphasis on the state of knowledge regarding the characterization and remediation of PFAS-impacted sites, as well as risk management approaches. The discussion will include recent updates on state and federal regulatory issues and an outline of the spectrum of legal challenges associated with the historical use of PFAS at industrial and military facilities.

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About Our Presenters

Dr. Rula Deeb is a Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer with more than 20 years of experience in consulting with a focus on emerging contaminants (including PFAS, 1,4-dioxane, MTBE and other fuel oxygenates, perchlorate, NDMA and others). She has promoted awareness and improved the understanding of the sources, occurrence, fate and transport, and behavior of the compounds in natural and treatment environments.

Dr. Deeb's PFAS experience spans over a decade. In 2012, she conducted PFAS site characterization activities at Cape Canaveral and Barksdale Air Force Stations. The results of her work were used to better understand the fate and transport of PFAS in different environments and to inform a management approach for PFAS at Air Force sites nationwide. She is currently overseeing a PFAS-focused limited Remedial Investigation (RI) at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base in New York, as well as a first-to-field demonstration funded by DoD's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) to enhance PFAS degradation and mass removal using thermally-enhanced persulfate oxidation followed by pump-and-treat at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

In addition to leading PFAS projects all over the United States for a broad range of clients, Dr. Deeb has joined forces with multiple universities to develop new technologies for sampling and treating PFAS in a variety of environmental media.

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Dr. Jennifer Wilkie is a Principal Chemical and Environmental Engineer based in Chicago with more than 20 years of experience in environmental research and consulting focused on providing multidisciplinary services and support to clients. Her practice spans a wide range of disciplines including site characterization and remediation; sediment management; environmental chemistry and forensics; and litigation support. As a researcher and consultant, Dr. Wilkie has worked at sites contaminated by persistent organic and emerging chemicals. Her experience includes all project phases from remedial investigations and feasibility studies to long-term operations and monitoring.

Dr. Wilkie has supported industrial, federal, and private party clients at sites ranging in size from small commercial facilities to large Superfund sites, helping her clients effectively navigate the regulatory frameworks of CERCLA, RCRA, and state cleanup programs. She regularly assists clients and their legal counsel in developing strategies for dealing with environmental litigation matters and participates in negotiations with state and federal agencies.

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