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Members of Congress launch PFAS task force

Jan 24, 2019, 07:02 AM by Pat Levak
The group will work to bring PFAS cleanup to the forefront of congressional agenda.

Fourteen members of the U.S. House of Representatives announced on January 23 the creation of a bipartisan congressional PFAS task force, the purpose of which will be to highlight challenges resulting from PFAS contamination and increase attention on addressing these challenges.

The task force will work to bring PFAS cleanup to the forefront of the congressional agenda by holding informational events to educate members of Congress and their staff, crafting legislation, meeting with committees and congressional leadership, and fighting for more robust funding through federal appropriations.

Members of the task force include representatives:

  • Jack Bergman (R-Michigan)
  • Brendan Boyle (D-Pennsylvania)
  • Madeleine Dean (D-Pennsylvania)
  • Antonio Delgado (D-New York)
  • Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan)
  • Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania)
  • Dan Kildee (D-Michigan)
  • Brenda Lawrence (D-Michigan)
  • Andy Levin (D-Michigan)
  • Ben Ray Lujan (D-New Mexico)
  • Elissa Slotkin (D-Michigan)
  • Haley Stevens (D-Michigan)
  • Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan)
  • Fred Upton (R-Michigan).

PFAS will be a focus of this year’s 2019 NGWA Groundwater Fly-In, and NGWA plans to help raise awareness and increase membership of the task force at the event. If you haven’t registered for this year’s Fly-in, visit NGWA.org/Fly-In to learn more.

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). The guidance document, created by 36 NGWA volunteers who spent 1100 hours on it over 12 months, 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 Events

PFAS in Groundwater Workshop: The Professional’s Challenge
June 18, 2019

The PFAS Management, Mitigation, and Remediation Conference
June 19-20, 2019

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

 

NGWA PFAS Experts

seth-kelloggSeth Kellogg, PG, a senior geologist at Geosyntec Consultants,​ was elected to the board of the Scientist and Engineers Section of National Ground Water Association (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 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have emerged as environmental concerns, she 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 co-authoring NGWA’s “Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice” (NGWA 2018). In May 2018, Ms. Kellogg was recommended by members of the NGWA Board of Directors and to represent NGWA at the United State Environmental Protection Agency National Leadership Summit on PFAS.  Ms. 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 is currently serving as a program advisor and facilitator for NGWA’s PFAS in Groundwater Workshop (August 2018).


lauren-schapkerLauren Schapker, NGWA Government Affairs Director manages the Association’s government affairs program focusing on legislative and regulatory impacts around a number of key issues, including PFAS and other emerging contaminants, infrastructure, natural resources, and energy. In addition to policy, Lauren also oversees the sweeping grassroots and political engagement efforts of NGWA. Prior to joining NGWA, she served as director of government and political affairs for the Portland Cement Association, where she focused on energy and infrastructure issues.  Schapker also spent several years at Xenophon Strategies, a boutique public affairs firm, where she focused on representing local governments and municipalities with transportation and infrastructure needs.​​