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

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Date: May 26-27, 2021
Location: Virtual event
Education level: Introductory to advanced

Overview:

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.

The call for abstracts for this conference closed March 3, 2021. Submissions are currently under review and, upon completion of that process, the link to the conference program will be posted here.

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.

Keynote speaker

Rula A. DeebRula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, senior principal with Geosyntec Consultants, will present the keynote address.

Deeb has more than 25 years of experience focused on private practice and academia addressing the cross-media fate and transport of contaminants and the remediation of complex soil and groundwater sites impacted by non-aqueous phase liquids. Her work has promoted awareness and improved the understanding of the sources, occurrence, fate and transport, and behavior of several challenging environmental contaminants, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), 1,4-dioxane, methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE), perchlorate, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs).

Focusing on emerging contaminants, Deeb has led strategic planning, business development, and project execution for a variety of industrial, municipal, and federal clients. She is an internationally recognized PFAS expert and is well regarded within the environmental community for her leadership in technical innovation through applied research and project delivery, technology transfer and outreach programs, and professional activities. She is the cochair of two national conferences, the Remediation Technology Summit and the Emerging Contaminants Summit. She recently served as a member of the planning committee for a 2019 National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine workshop entitled “Identifying Opportunities to Understand, Control, and Prevent Exposure to PFAS.”

Following teaching assignments at Berkeley and Stanford, Deeb was selected as a National Science Foundation Engineering Education Scholar for Excellence in Engineering Education. She is heavily engaged in the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering program, which brings together emerging engineering leaders from industry, academia, and government to discuss pioneering technical work and leading-edge research in various engineering fields and industry sectors. She recently served as a member of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board Environmental Engineering Committee (2016-2019). In 2010, she earned an Industry Recognition Award for her outstanding contribution as a member of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council’s Remediation Risk Management team. She was the recipient of the 2008 Berkeley Engineering Innovation Young Outstanding Leader Award and the 2019 Association for Women Geoscientists President’s Award. Most recently, she was inducted into Berkeley’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

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Program
The call for abstracts for this conference closed March 3, 2021. Submissions are currently under review and, upon completion of that process, the link to the conference program will be posted here.
Sponsorship opportunities

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

Fees

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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