PFAS in Groundwater Workshop: The Professional’s Challenge (#138)

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Date: June 18, 2019
Location: Westerville, Ohio
CEUs: 0.683


Designed to be highly participative, this NGWA workshop will address and sharpen the thought processes of practitioners regarding how to apply scientific and legal considerations to sites contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a unique class of emerging contaminants widespread in groundwater and surface water, which, due to their toxicological characteristics, are increasingly the focus of environmental protection agencies worldwide.

PFAS include several thousand individual chemical compounds, each with at least one carbon-fluorine (C-F) bond and most of which are soluble in groundwater. The C-F bond is one of the strongest chemical bonds in nature. While useful in a wide variety of applications, the unique C-F chemistry of PFAS also creates significant challenges in water treatment and remediation. The fate, transport, and chemical transformations of most PFAS in the environment are still unknown and are areas of active scientific research.

This one-day workshop will include an opening presentation followed by group work sessions and discussions designed to improve analytical and problem-solving skills.

Those who complete the workshop will receive the PFAS Site Assessment and Remediation Certificate, which:

  • Demonstrates the ability to analyze a site for the potential presence of PFAS
  • Demonstrates an awareness of current PFAS information in the scientific and regulatory arena
  • Identifies data gaps in site assessments needed to recommend mitigation options such as containment or remediation
  • Devises a remediation plan including, but not limited to, treatment technologies, communicating risk, and quantifying cost benefit in the context of regulation.


8:00 a.m. Registration

8:30 a.m. PFAS and groundwater: Real and perceived risk — Karen Kinsella, Ph.D., GZA

9:30 a.m. Workshop format and case study one introduction and overview

9:35 a.m. Case study one work session

10:00 a.m. Break

10:25 a.m. Group reports

10:50 a.m. Case study two introduction and overview

10:55 a.m. Case study two work session

11:25 a.m. Group reports

11:55 a.m. Lunch (provided)

12:50 p.m. Discussion topic: Crafting treatment plans in the absence of uniform MCLs

1:30 p.m. Case study three introduction and overview

1:35 p.m. Case study three work session

2:00 p.m. Group reports

2:25 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Discussion topic: Communicating risk — stakeholders, clients, and government regulators

3:40 p.m. Wrap up and transit to water treatment plant

4:00 p.m. Westerville water treatment plant tour — Richard Lorenz

5:00 p.m. Workshop adjourns


On/before May 17

  • NGWA members — $295
  • Nonmembers — $445

Starting May 18

  • NGWA members — $395
  • Nonmembers — $545

Team discounts up to 10% available. Click for more details.

Full-time students can save 10% by using code STU-138Jun19.

In order to receive this discount, you need to register by phone, or enter the code on the print form and return it to us by fax or mail.

Venue and accommodations


The Point
60 Collegeview Road
Westerville, Ohio 43081


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