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DoD environmental research program announces funding for PFAS remediation

Oct 31, 2018, 12:23 PM by Pat Levak
Proposals are due January 8, 2019 and should be submitted online.

The U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) environmental research program is seeking proposals to study per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in water and soil.

PFAS areas of need include:

  • Biodegradation in firefighting foams
  • Development of passive sampling methodologies
  • Development of analytical sampling methods
  • Quantitative groundwater plume characterization
  • Forensic methods for source tracking and allocation.

Researchers from universities, the federal government, and private industry are encouraged to apply. A webinar will be given for interested applicants on November 13, 2018. Registration for the webinar is available by clicking clicking here.

Proposals are due January 8, 2019 and should be submitted online.

NGWA guidance document

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NGWA published Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice, a guidance document on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Created by 36 NGWA volunteers who spent 1100 hours on it over 12 months, it is a comprehensive eight-part piece exploring the potentially hazardous, and widely discussed, compounds in groundwater and soil. NGWA published the document to identify the known science and knowledge related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) compounds. It summarizes the fate, transport, remediation, and treatment of PFAS, as well as current technologies, methods, and field procedures.

NGWA PFAS event

PFAS in Groundwater Workshop: The Professional’s Challenge
December 5, 2019

NGWA PFAS expert

seth-kelloggSeth Kellogg, PG, a senior geologist at Geosyntec Consultants,​ was elected to the board of the Scientist and Engineers Section of NGWA in 2016. She has 25 years of experience in evaluating complex contaminant hydrogeology and groundwater/surface water interactions, including large groundwater and sediment sites in New York and New Jersey. As PFAS have emerged as environmental concerns, Kellogg has been working with NGWA to advance the industry’s understanding and implementation of best practices. She has presented and published on the technical and regulatory challenges of PFAS contamination, including coauthoring NGWA’s Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice (NGWA Press 2017). In May 2018, Kellogg was recommended by members of the NGWA Board of Directors to represent the Association at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Leadership Summit on PFAS. Kellogg’s leadership on PFAS has also included several presentations educating industry professionals on the fragmented PFAS regulatory framework, PFAS characterization challenges, and the complexities of PFAS fate and transport. She also served as a program adviser and facilitator for NGWA’s PFAS in Groundwater Workshop that was held in August 2018.