Fate of PFAS: From Groundwater to Tap Water Conference (#5010)

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Date: August 5-6, 2020
Location: Durham, New Hampshire


This NGWA conference focuses on the fate and transport of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from contaminated sites through groundwater, surface water, and other environmental media to drinking water systems.

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 will address hydrologic and environmental issues, as well as provide updates on regulations and toxicological studies and their effect on groundwater clean-up standards.

Conference panelists will include regulators, toxicologists, and water-supply managers. The 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.

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Who should attend?

  • Groundwater scientists and engineers
  • Public health officials
  • Remediation site managers
  • Laboratory analysts
  • Environmental engineers
  • Manufacturing industry professionals
  • Federal, state, and local regulators
  • Environmental policymakers
  • Firefighting and defense industry professionals.

Keynote speaker

Christopher RehChristopher Reh, Ph.D., associate director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, will present the keynote address.

Reh provides strategic direction and operational oversight for ATSDR in protecting communities from harmful health effects related to environmental exposures to natural and manmade substances. In this capacity, he and the ATSDR team collaborate with federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local partners to address environmental health concerns in communities and across the nation.

For more than 25 years, Reh has been a leader in the areas of environmental and occupational health. He began his career at the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as an industrial hygienist. During this time, his research focused on isocyanates, mercury, halogenated solvents, magnetic fields, and exposures during forest fire fighting.

He also has private sector experience serving as an environmental health, workplace safety, and sustainability executive with Fortune 100 companies. During this period, Reh was responsible for the strategic global leadership and governance for all aspects of workplace safety and health, water stewardship, energy efficiency and renewable energy, sustainable packaging and recycling, business continuity planning, and risk management. He has also served as the chairman and a member of the board of health for the City of Westborough, Massachusetts, where he was dedicated to improving the level of public health for this community. He has more than 30 peer-reviewed publications and technical reports to his name.

Reh received his B.S. in administrative management from Clemson University, his M.S. in environmental health from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and his Ph.D. in environmental health engineering from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Program advisers

  • William Alley, Ph.D.
  • Jeff Biggs
  • Jeffrey Hale, PG
  • Richard Head, J.D.
  • Karen Kinsella, Ph.D.
  • David Lipson, Ph.D., PG
  • Steve Sliver
  • Kevin Svitana, Ph.D.
  • Shalene Thomas, PMP

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Sponsorship opportunities

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 sales@ngwa.org.

Fees and registration


On/before July 3

  • NGWA member — $495
  • Government employee (ID required)* — $495
  • Nonmember — $645
  • Full-time student (ID required) — $150

Starting July 4

  • NGWA member — $595
  • Government employee (ID required)* — $595
  • Nonmember — $745
  • Full-time student (ID required) — $200

Continental breakfasts and beverage breaks will be provided daily. A buffet lunch will be served the first day.

*Please note those registering as a government employee must do so by phone, fax, or mail; online registration cannot be accepted.

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

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Venue and accommodations


University of New Hampshire Conference Center
20 Ballard Street
Durham, New Hampshire 03824


You will need to secure your own overnight accommodations; please check your favorite travel site(s) to obtain area listings.