EBC 5th Annual PFAS Seminar


Date: February 6, 2024


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Sheraton Framingham Hotel

1657 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701

A map and link to directions is at the bottom of this page.

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EBC Fifth Annual PFAS Seminar

EBC’s 5th Annual PFAS Seminar provides the opportunity to gather in person for a day-long dive into the science and policy-making that are developing at a breakneck pace around PFAS. PFAS (commonly dubbed as “forever chemicals”) and their management are now influencing CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, NPDES… the list goes on. Seminar speakers will address a wide range of topics that are top-of-mind for anyone in the environmental industry: biosolids management, PFAS impacts on residential septic systems and drinking water wells, toxicology, and each New England state’s response.

Keynote Speaker: Michael Dourson, TERA

This year’s seminar will include a keynote presentation from Dr. Michael Dourson, PhD, DABT, FATS, FSRA, President & Director of Science, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA).

From Dr. Dourson:

Whither the Safe Dose of PFOA?

Safe doses for perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) among international governments are widely disparate, varying by over 100,000 fold. One might think that this is because these various evaluations were done at different times and with very different databases. Alas, neither is the case. Various evaluations are more or less contemporary and depend on generally the same underlying toxicity and epidemiology data. So what is the cause of these vast differences?   Is it due to the complexity of data, yes in part. Is it due to the varying scientific expertise of the developing bodies, yes in part. Is it due to the expertise of the scientific reviewing bodies, again, yes in part.  What about the background politics in the various countries?  Unfortunately, this also plays a part.  This presentation will discuss the background of the US EPA evaluation for PFAS chemicals and in particular for PFOA. It will be shown that EPA is extraordinarily conservative, having safe doses that are more than 100,000 fold lower than the Australians and New Zealanders.  Every other expert government body is higher than EPA, many of them much higher.  Pending legislation is under review at the US Office of Management and Budget—the health of the US population, trade with other nations, and impoverishment of the US economy lie in the balance.

Attend this annual seminar to hear and ask questions to Dr. Dourson.

Join this annual event not just to hear from the excellent speaker lineup but to network with peers in the industry.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (5.0 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the program.

Additional information can be found under the tabs above.
Seminar Agenda:

Federal Regulatory Highlights: TSCA, TRI, NPDES, CERCLA, MCL, RCRA

  • Elizabeth Denly, ASQ CMQ/OE, Vice President, PFAS Initiative Leader & Chemistry Director, TRC
  • Jonathan Kitchen, Principal, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Steven LaRosa, Technical Lead, Weston & Sampson
  • Mina Makarious, Partner, Anderson Kreiger
  • Jaana Pietari, PhD, MBA, P.E., Senior Managing Consultant, Ramboll
  • Tamara Sorell, PhD, BCES, National Practice Lead for Site Investigation Remediation, Brown & Caldwell

Preliminary Results from a Leaching to Groundwater Study at Land Application Sites and the Status of Biosolids in Maine

  • Louise Roy, Environmental Hydrogeology Specialist, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Consumer Products, Septic Systems, and Their Potential Connection to PFAS Contamination

  • James W. Rice, PhD, Senior Environmental Scientist, Gradient

Lunch Break

Keynote Presentation

  • Dr. Michael Dourson, PhD, DABT, FATS, FSRA, President and Director of Science, Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA)

Limitations and Challenges with PFAS Waste Management

  • Phil Goddard, S.C., Manager of Facility Compliance and Technology Development, Town of Bourne, ISWM Department

State Panel Discussion

  • John Beling, Deputy Commissioner, Policy & Planning, Department of Environmental Protection, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Tracy Kelly, Public Service Coordinator, PFAS and Emerging Contaminants, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • Meghan Lally, PFAS Lead / Environmental Analyst III, Bureau of Water Protection & Land Resource / Remediation Division, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
  • Nick Noons, P.E., Environmental Engineer IV, Office of Land Revitalization & Sustainable Materials Management, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
  • Jonathan Petali, Ph.D., DABT,Toxicologist, Environmental Health Program, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  • Patricia Coppolino, Senior Environmental Program Manager, Waste Management and Prevention Division, Sites Management Section, Department of Environmental Conservation, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources


Summit Schedule:
  • 9:00 a.m. – Registration & Networking
  • 9:30 a.m. – Program Begins
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch – generously sponsored by Weston & Sampson
  • 1:00 p.m. – Program Resumes
  • 3:30 p.m. – Program Adjourns
Summit Co-Chairs:
  • Elizabeth Denly, ASQ CMQ/OE, Vice President, PFAS Initiative Leader & Chemistry Director, TRC
  • Steven LaRosa, Technical Lead, Weston & Sampson
Seminar Planning Team:
  • Susan Bator, LSP, Principal Environmental Scientist, GeoEngineers USA, PC
  • Matt Dunn, Scientist II / Contaminants Modeler, RPS – A Tetra Tech Company
  • Jeffrey Hershberger, PG, Senior Hydrogeologist, TRC
  • Jaana Pietari, PhD, MBA, P.E., Senior Managing Consultant, Ramboll
  • Olivia Paradis, PhD, Senior Scientist, Exponent
  • Frank Ricciardi, P.E., LSP, CEO, Weston & Sampson
  • Hilary Robinson, M.S., P.E., Senior Environmental Engineer, Gradient
  • All attendees must submit the required health questionnaire while registering for this event.
  • Attendees are encouraged to take an at-home test prior to attending any EBC in-person program.
  • While encouraged, masking is not required.
  • Please do not attend this program if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: a cough, shortness of breath, troubled breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste, or loss of smell.
  • Please do not attend this event if you are testing positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about attending this program, please reach out to EBC staff by calling the office (617-505-1818) or via email ([email protected]).

The available PowerPoint presentations from the EBC 5th Annual PFAS Seminar can be found below.

Presentations – EBC Fifth Annual PFAS Seminar

EBC does not guarantee that each speaker PowerPoint will be posted.

Please note that this program was not recorded. Program recording of any kind is not permitted.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

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