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EBC Annual Emerging Contaminants Seminar: PFAS – The Forever Chemical – Morning Session

February 9, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm


PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) are a diverse group of man-made chemicals that are resistant to heat, water, and oil. Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are the most commonly detected PFAS in humans, biota, and other environmental media, and are also the most commonly regulated PFAS.

An increasing number of studies performed globally indicate that PFAS are ubiquitous. Their persistence and ability to transport are of growing concern, as resistance to natural attenuation processes in groundwater results in long-distance migration in plumes, potentially affecting drinking water supplies. Health effects and toxicity are still not fully understood. The demand for PFAS testing and analysis has increased, and because of their ubiquitous nature, PFAS present both a sampling challenge and an important consideration in source attribution by regulators.

The First Annual EBC PFAS Seminar, completed in February of 2020, focused on the life cycle of PFAS, specifically on fate & transport in the environment, how PFAS ends up in landfills, wastewater treatment plants, biosolids, and our drinking water. We looked at some recent information on PFAS sampling concerns and how forensics techniques can be used for source identification.

Session Information

This year’s Seminar will be divided into a morning and an afternoon session. Register for one session and receive a 15% discount code to use for the other session!

In the morning, the program will focus on source identification for PFAS, including a comprehensive look at the history and different uses of PFAS and some new PFAS forensics tools.  There will also be an update on aqueous film forming foams (AFFF), with some information on the latest fluorine-free foams.  Finally, the issues associated with PFAS during due diligence and Phase 1 site assessments will be discussed.


The afternoon session of the Seminar will provide an update on PFAS toxicity and an overview of PFAS regulations throughout the United States. We will conclude with a dynamic panel of state regulators to provide updates on PFAS in their states and answer questions from the audience.


General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for both of these webinars (3.0 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

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Morning Session Agenda Details

Seminar Co-Chairs

  • Elizabeth Denly, Vice Chair, EBC TSCA and Emerging Contaminants Committee; Program Director, PFAS Group, TRC
  • Steven LaRosa, Leadership Team, EBC TSCA and Emerging Contaminants Committee; Technical Lead, Weston & Sampson
  • Frank Ricciardi, P.E., LSP, Chair, EBC TSCA and Emerging Contaminants Committee; Vice President, Weston & Sampson

Speaker Agenda

Historical Use of PFAS

  • Linda Gaines, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, Environmental Health Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

PFAS Forensics

  • Mark Benotti, Ph.D., Senior Environmental Chemist, NewFields

Use and Disposal Challenges – Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF)

  • Richard Spiese, Environmental Scientist, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

 PFAS and Due Diligence

  • Andrew Davis, Ph.D., Esq., Partner, Shipman & Goodwin, LLP

Moderated Discussion

Moderators: Elizabeth Denly & Steve LaRosa

Panel Members:

  • Mark Benotti, NewFields
  • Andrew Davis, Shipman & Goodwin, LLP
  • Linda Gaines, U.S. EPA
  • Richard Spiese, VTDEC

Adjourn – Lunch Break

Registration Details

Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

To register for the afternoon session click here. Register for one session and receive a 15% discount code to use for the other session! Code included in your registration confirmation email.

Individual Registration

If registration occurs  ——–> Through February 5 After February 5
EBC Member: $70 $90
Non-Member: $100 $120
Government/Non-Profit: $25 $25

Group Registration
For EBC Members only – register five attendees for the price of four!
Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.

Fine Print
Please note that refunds are not available after February 5, 2021. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this webinar will close at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9.

Click for Sponsorship Details

Increases the presence and visibility of your company and identify your company as a leader in the industry through sponsorship of this event. Sponsorship benefits cover both the morning and afternoon sessions.

All sponsorship levels include the following basic benefits:

  • Your company’s logo with link included on the program’s online listing
  • Your company name and link on program thank-you email
  • Your company’s logo included on the program agenda
  • Your company’s logo included in the program PowerPoint
  • Callout from EBC leadership during the opening of the program

$2,000 – Platinum Sponsorship benefits include:

  • The basic benefits listed at the top of this page.
  • Four complimentary registrations for both the morning and afternoon sessions
  • The first sponsor to sign up for a Platinum Sponsorship receives the opportunity to make opening remarks (2 minutes) at the beginning of program

$1,000 – Gold Sponsorship benefits include:

  • The basic benefits listed at the top of this page.
  • Two complimentary registrations for both the morning and afternoon sessions

$500 – Silver Sponsorship benefits include:

  • The basic benefits listed at the top of this page.
  • One complimentary registration for both the morning and afternoon sessions

$250 – Bronze Sponsorship benefits include:

  • The basic benefits listed at the top of this page.
  • Please note that Bronze Level sponsorship DOES NOT INCLUDE any complimentary registrations.

Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $25
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: $25
For attendees currently seeking employment, not for those currently self-employed.

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