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

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Date: August 5-19, 2020
Location: Virtual online event August 5, 12, and 19, 2020

Overview:

As of June 26, 2020, the University of New Hampshire has advised us current state requirements will make an in-person event untenable, so we're taking this conference virtual. Please bear with us as we make programming adjustments, which will be posted here as soon as the details are available.

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.

Click here to view the conference program. Please note that this currently posted schedule is in the process of being revised to accommodate the just-announced change to a virtual format now taking place over a period of three consecutive Wednesdays — August 5, 12, and 19. The revised schedule will be posted here as soon as it's available.

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

Media partners

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Program

Click here to view the conference program. Please note that this currently posted schedule is in the process of being revised to accommodate the just-announced change to a virtual format now taking place over a period of three consecutive Wednesdays — August 5, 12, and 19. The revised schedule will be posted here as soon as it's available.

Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for this conference are available. For information, please contact the NGWA sales department at sales@ngwa.org.

Fees

On/before July 17

  • NGWA member — $195
  • Government employee (ID required)* — $195
  • Nonmember — $345
  • Full-time student (ID required) — $75

Starting July 18

  • NGWA member — $295
  • Government employee (ID required)* — $295
  • Nonmember — $445
  • Full-time student (ID required) — $175

NOTE: Those who register prior to August 5 will receive access to the three scheduled virtual conference sessions (August 5, 12, and 19) in addition to recordings of the presentations NGWA has permission to share.

Individuals who register after August 5 will receive access to the next scheduled virtual conference session(s) in addition to recordings of the previous presentation(s) NGWA has permission to share.

A registrant who is unable to attend the session(s) for which they registered may designate a one-time transfer to another individual prior to the first session for which they are registered. There can be no switching back and forth after that one transfer prior to the start of the first session for which they are registered.

Only registered attendees will be eligible to earn continuing education credit for the applicable scheduled session(s) they attend.

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