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EBC New Hampshire Emerging Contaminants Program: The Future of PFAS Regulation and Cleanup in New Hampshire

June 25, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Sheehan Phinney
1000 Elm Street
17th Floor, Manchester

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Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that have been used for decades to manufacture household and commercial products that resist heat, oil, stains, and water. Though certain PFAS are being phased out of use, they can still be found in consumer products (non-stick cookware, stain resistant furniture/carpets, waterproof clothing, microwave popcorn bags, etc.), and are widespread in the environment. In general, PFAS do not break down, move easily in the environment through both water and the atmosphere, and are found in soil, sediment, and water samples far away from where they were made or used. All of us are exposed to PFAS through our diets, but the presence of these compounds in drinking water elevates exposure. PFAS persist and bioaccumulate in human blood and may cause a variety of adverse health effects. In New Hampshire, several highly publicized PFAS-contaminated sites, including the Pease Tradeport in Portsmouth, the Saint Gobain plant in Merrimack, and the Coakley Landfill Superfund Site in North Hampton, have raised public concern over the presence of these chemicals in drinking water supplies and the environment more broadly.

The USEPA has developed a provisional health advisory level for combined perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) in drinking water of 70 parts per trillion (ppt), and in 2016 NHDES adopted this same value as the Ambient Groundwater Quality Standard (AGQS) for PFOA and PFOS. Pursuant to New Hampshire Chapter Laws 345 and 368 of 2018 (i.e. SB 309), on December 31, 2018, NHDES initiated rulemaking to establish drinking water Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) and AGQS for four PFAS, including: PFOA, PFOS, perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), and perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS). NHDES is also required to develop a plan for establishing surface water quality standards for these four PFAS by January 1, 2020.

This program will highlight the current state of the regulation, investigation, and remediation of PFAS in the environment in New Hampshire. We will also look forward to future anticipated regulatory developments, such as the establishment of surface water standards for PFAS in New Hampshire, and the broader implications that PFAS regulatory standards may have for the management of solid waste and landfill leachate, wastewater treatment plants, and biosolids.

Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Program Co-Chairs:

  • Tom Burack, Esq., Shareholder, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA
  • Charles Crocetti, PhD., P.G., Senior Vice President, Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc.
  • James Ricker, P.G.,Vice President, Manager – VT, NH, ME Environmental, Wilcox & Barton, Inc.


  • LeaAnne Atwell, P.G., Emerging Contaminants Coordinator, Waste Management Division, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  • Tom Burack, Esq., Shareholder, Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, PA
  • Clark Freise, Assistant Commissioner, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
  • Michael Marley, Principal & Founder, XDD, LLC
  • Scott Miller, Regional General Manager, Clean Earth, Inc.
  • Harrison Roakes, P.E., Project Manager, Sanborn Head & Associates, Inc.
  • Additional speakers to be announced shortly.
  • Michael Wimsatt, Director, Waste Management Division, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Following the Speaker Presentations will be a Panel Discussion.

Program Details

Registration, Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Individual Registration

If registration occurs ——–> Through June 21 After June 21
EBC Member: $80 $100
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
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 21 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, June 24. Walk-in registration is accepted at the door.


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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