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EBC Emerging Contaminants Seminar: The Life Cycle of PFAS

February 25, 2020 @ 7:15 am – 4:30 pm
Sheraton Hotel
1657 Worcester Road

This EBC Emerging Contaminants Seminar will follow the life cycle of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from manufacturing to environmental deposition and ensuing human exposure. Seminar speakers will review the various industries and products that contain these compounds and discuss the primary mechanisms for their release to the environment including several case studies from active sites in New England.

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The seminar will evaluate the fate and transport of these compounds in the environment and summarize primary routes of exposure to humans. Speakers will then explore how PFAS are recycled in the environment through contaminated properties, contaminated drinking water, landfills, wastewater effluent/biosolids, and stormwater. The seminar will also include a presentation on PFAS remediation and treatment covering industrial and municipal wastewater processes, environmental remediation of soil and groundwater, and product substitution/elimination. MassDEP will provide an update on PFAS regulations in Massachusetts and their potential effect on industry. At the conclusion of the technical session, a panel discussion featuring the day’s presenters will occur to allow for audience questions and a deeper dive into the issues discussed.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (6.0 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate. Note that these certificates are considered proof of attendance but are not certified by any outside organizations.

EBC has submitted this seminar for consideration by the Massachusetts LSP Board at their March 10, 2020 meeting for technical credit. Credits, if approved, will be retroactively applied.

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Program Agenda


Keynote Presentation by Robert Bilott

  • Prominent Environmental Attorney
  • Author of the Critically Acclaimed Book, Exposure
  • Inspiration Behind the Film Dark Waters


Seminar Co-Chairs:

  • Elizabeth Denly, Program Director, PFAS Group, TRC
  • Frank Ricciardi, Vice President, Weston & Sampson

Speaker Agenda:

PFAS in Massachusetts

  • Paul Locke, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Identifying and Addressing Industrial Sources and Occurrence of PFAS in New Hampshire’s Environment and Drinking Water

  • Brandon Kernen, Hydrology and Conservation Section, Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Fate and Transport and Recycling of PFAS in the Environment

  • Steven LaRosa, Senior Project Manager, Weston & Sampson

PFAS Cycling Between Landfills and WWTPs?

  • Steve Zemba, Project Director, Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.

Biosolids and Agricultural Land

  • Eamon Twohig, Program Manager, Residuals Management and Emerging Contaminants, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Utilizing Current Tools for Treating Proprietary Chemistry

  • AnnieLu Dewitt, Business Development Manager, Remediation Services, Clean Harbors

Remediation of PFAS: An Overview of Current Options

  • Paul Dombrowski, P.E., Senior Remediation Engineer, ISOTEC Remediation Technologies

Lunch Break

PFAS Sampling: Results of a Cross Contamination Study

  • Jim Occhialini, Vice President, Alpha Analytical

PFAS Forensics and Source Identification

  • Elizabeth Denly, Program Director, PFAS Group, TRC

Panel Discussion with Audience Q&A

Final Agenda – Emerging Contaminants Seminar – The Life Cycles of PFAS

Program Details

Registration, Continental Breakfast: 7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
*Lunch is provided. Please notify EBC of any dietary restrictions during registration.
Location: Google Map Location

Individual Registration

EBC Member: $250
Non-Member: $300
Government/Non-Profit: $50

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

Fine Print
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18  for a refund. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this program will close at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24. Walk-in registration is accepted at the door.


Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $50
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: $50
For attendees currently seeking employment, not for those currently self-employed.