June 19-20, 2019
Location: Westerville, Ohio
This NGWA conference focuses on approaches for the management, mitigation, and remediation of sites contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
PFAS is a unique class of emerging contaminants widespread in groundwater, surface water, sediment, soil, and air. Due to their human health and environmental effects, an increasing number of PFAS are becoming the focus of environmental protection agencies worldwide. The chemistry and environmental behavior of PFAS, as well as regulatory and toxicological evolution, create significant challenges for project planning, risk communication, and programmatic management.
This conference is intended to provide an opportunity to share lessons learned and present state-of-the-practice in scientific and management approaches to addressing this high-profile issue.
Attending this conference also allows you the opportunity to earn 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.
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“The Persistent and Accumulating Legal, Regulatory, and Scientific Problems of PFAS Contamination” will be presented by keynote speaker Robert “Rob” A. Bilott, J.D., partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, where he has practiced for more than 28 years, representing a diverse array of clients from individuals to multinational corporations. The presentation will give an historical overview of PFAS-related litigation history, and related scientific and regulatory developments at the state, national, and international levels.
Bilott brought the very first PFAS environmental exposure case in 1999 that resulted in the discovery and public disclosure of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) in drinking water supplies for approximately 70,000 people in West Virginia and Ohio. That discovery spurred national regulatory interest and investigation into PFAS and the filing in 2001 of the nation’s first class action litigation on behalf of individuals exposed to PFOA in their drinking water.
Appointed by the court as one of the class counsel for the plaintiffs, Bilott helped negotiate and obtain a class settlement in 2004 that secured benefits for the class valued in excess of $300 million, including water filtration systems for impacted private and public water supplies, funding of independent scientific health studies for PFOA, blood testing of 69,000 people, and eventual medical monitoring and confirmation of probable links to human disease that resolved issues of general causation for the class members’ personal injury claims.
As a result of that groundbreaking class settlement and probable link findings on PFOA, more than 3,500 class members were able to pursue individual personal injury claims against DuPont for diseases linked to their PFOA drinking water exposures, all of which were eventually consolidated into multidistrict litigation proceedings in federal court in Ohio. Bilott’s litigation also spurred the first regulatory investigations, assessments, and enforcement actions involving PFAS, leading to the largest civil administrative penalty ever obtained by the Environmental Protection Agency at the time for the withholding of PFAS toxicity and risk information.
To date, Bilott has helped secure more than $1 billion in benefits for his clients exposed to PFOA in their drinking water. In 2017, he was a recipient of the international Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for his work on PFAS contamination issues.
Preconference optional granular activated carbon water treatment plant tour
The City of Westerville’s water treatment plant recently expanded its treatment capabilities to include a secondary filtration process that utilizes granular activated carbon (GAC). All of Westerville’s drinking water is filtered through GAC pressure filters to reduce a number of potential contaminants. Although PFAS are not currently a contaminant of concern in Westerville’s source water, GAC filtration is one of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‘s “best available technologies” to treat drinking water for PFAS contamination. This tour of a working drinking water treatment plant will demonstrate what treatment for PFAS might involve.
This one-hour tour will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18. While there is no charge, slots are limited and you must advise advise us by June 7 if you plan to attend the tour on the registration form. If the tour slots are filled before June 7, we will indicate so on the website. Also note that as the plant is located approximately 1,500 feet from The Point, transportation will not be provided.
- Bill Alley, Ph.D.
- Jeff Hale, PG
- Richard Head, Esq.
- Karen Kinsella, Ph.D.
- David Lipson, Ph.D.
- Steve Silver
- Kevin Svitana, Ph.D.
- Shalene Thomas, PMP
Sponsorship opportunities for this conference, inclusive of a tabletop exhibit and one free registration, are available. For information on becoming a sponsor, please contact the NGWA sales department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees and registration
On/before May 17
- NGWA members — $495
- Government employees (ID required)* — $495
- Nonmembers — $645
- Full-time students (ID required) — $150
Starting May 18
- NGWA members — $595
- Government employees (ID required)* — $595
- Nonmembers — $745
- Full-time students (ID required) — $200
Conference fees include morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, and lunch.
*Please note those registering as government employees must do so by phone, fax, or mail; online registration cannot be accepted.
Team discounts up to 10% available. Click here for more details.
Four ways to register
Venue and accommodations
60 Collegeview Road
Westerville, Ohio 43081
You will need to secure your own overnight accommodations. To access a listing of hotels in the Westerville, Ohio, area, click here to get started.