Problematic Groundwater Contaminants: More Than PFAS Forum (#5013)

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Date: May 26, 2021
Location: Virtual event
Education level: Introductory to advanced


While PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) raise concerns and present challenges, many of the difficult issues associated with groundwater assessment and remediation are related to PFAS’ predecessors.

These include contaminants such as 1,4-dioxane, 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP), arsenic, manganese, biologicals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and their degradates, PCE (perchloroethylene), TCE (trichloroethylene), and vinyl chloride to name a few.

What situations are groundwater and laboratory professionals, and regulators experiencing regarding these and other contaminants, including issues related to detection, assessment, remediation, or unintended consequences?

Our objective is to share current relevant studies, outcomes, and applications during this conference.

A call for abstracts is in effect, with submissions due by March 3, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Please click on the “Call for abstracts” tab below for more information and to make a submission.

Items to note

NGWA plans to conduct two separate virtual events on this topic in a one- or two-day format depending on the volume of accepted abstracts and how to best structure the event within “normal” workday schedules.

Each accepted presenter will be allocated a total of 25 minutes. Abstractors may address only one or more than one aspect of a single unregulated contaminant. At least one panel discussion will be included on any conference day.

Who should attend?

  • Groundwater scientists and engineers
  • Toxicologists
  • Public health officials
  • State, federal, and local regulatory officials
  • Water laboratory personnel
  • Groundwater professionals
  • Chemists
  • Microbiologists
  • Environmental attorneys.

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Call for abstracts

The event will focus on, and solicits abstracts that address, one or more of the following aspects with respect to problematic groundwater contaminants:

  • Existing or currently unregulated contaminants that are difficult to assess or remediate
  • Contaminants that are a byproduct of remediation techniques
  • Unintended consequences of remediation approaches
  • Superfund closure with respect to site risk and contaminants of concern (COC).

The abstract submission deadline is March 3, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. PT.

To submit an abstract, please visit

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On/before May 7

  • NGWA member — $195
  • Government employee (ID required)* — $195
  • Nonmember — $345
  • Full-time student (ID required) — $100

Starting May 8

  • NGWA member — $245
  • Government employee (ID required)* — $245
  • Nonmember — $395
  • Full-time student (ID required) — $150

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

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