EBC Rhode Island Emerging Contaminants Program: Understanding the Science and Toxicity of PFAS – A Deeper Dive


Date: October 22, 2019


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


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This EBC Rhode Island Emerging Contaminants Program will provide an update on the status of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). Previous EBC programs discussing PFAS have focused on providing a general overview of these chemicals, including naming conventions, sources and potentially-affected sites, sampling concerns, unique chemistry, fate & transport, and general toxicity information. This program is designed to go to the next level with an assumption that the PFAS basics are already understood. There will be a brief 15-minute introduction to review some of the basics but the focus of the program will be on the latest analytical methods, fate and transport in the environment, risk assessment, toxicity and health effects, and PFAS sampling case studies.

There is much concern regarding environmental exposures to PFAS, and several agencies have recently derived acceptable daily exposures and drinking water guidelines. We will discuss the US EPA and ATSDR guideline derivations for PFOA and PFOS, including the underlying critical studies and effects, dose-effect curves, differences in half-lives among species, and calculation of human equivalent doses. The program will also discuss the risk assessment process and the varying guidelines among the states of the Northeast.

There will also be a review of the occurrence of PFAS in biosolids and will conclude with a presentation from Nick Noons of RIDEM on PFAS sites in RI and state PFAS initiatives.

A robust panel discussion with the audience will conclude the program.

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.

Final Agenda – EBC Rhode Island Emerging Contaminants Program Understanding the Science and Toxicity of PFAS – A Deeper Dive


Program Co-Chairs:

  • Steven LaRosa, Senior Project Manager, Weston & Sampson
  • Robert L. May, Jr., Sr. Vice President / Business Line Leader, Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.

Speaker Agenda:

Considerations for Analysis of PFAS in Non-drinking Water Samples

  • David R. Blye, CEAC, Principal Chemist, Environmental Standards, Inc.

PFOA and PFOS:  Explaining the EPA and ATSDR Drinking Water Guidance and Concerns for Exposure

  • Laura Kerper, Senior Toxicologist, Gradient Corp.
  • Julie C. Lemay, MPH, Senior Environmental Health Scientist, Gradient Corp.

PFAS Concerns for Environmental Consultants and Their Clients

  • Robert Bowden, Jr., LEP, Associate, Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.

PFAS Implications in Waste Water and Bio-Solids

  • Ned Beecher, Executive Director, North East Biosolids & Residuals Association

RIDEM PFAS Initiatives and Case Studies

  • Nick Noons, Sanitary Engineer, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

Attendee List

Eric Axelrod, Woodard & Curran, Project Manager
Jim Belcastro, US Ecology, Business Manager
Beth Cabral, Kenyon Industries, Inc, EHS Coordinator
Christian Capizzo, Partridge Snow & Hahn, Counsel
Brian Card, RIRRC, Director of Engineering
James Crowley, Conservation Law Foundation, Staff Attorney
Felix Fontanez, New England Disposal Technologies, Inc., Sales Representative
Jim Georgantas, Con-Test Analytical, Account Manager
Meg Kerr, Audubon Society of RI, Director of Policy
Laura Krause, BETA Group, Inc.
Sarah Leidinger, Golder Associates Inc., GIS Mapping Technician
Inga Lermontov-Hoit RIRRC Senior Project Engineer
Lisa McIntosh Woodard & Curran Senior Technical Manager
Eliza Moore Narragansett Bay Commission Senior Environmental Scientist
Amy Moses Conservation Law Foundation Director and Vice President, Rhode Island
Ron Myrick Tetra Tech Director
Ernie Panciera Rhodee Island Dept. of Environmental Management Supervising Environmental Scientist
Jill Parrett FM Global Environmental Health and Safety Coordinator
Muriel Robinette GZA GeoEnviromental, Inc Senior Consultant
Sarah Rocklin Weston & Sampson Senior Project Environmental Scientist
Jeanne Rotatori Environmental Resource Associates Environmental engineer
Craig Roy Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Principal Environmental Scientist
Richard Sullivan Gordon R. Archibald, Inc Senior Environmental Engineer
Courtney Toscano CDM Smith Inc. Project Manager/Geologist

The available presentations from the EBC Rhode Island Emerging Contaminants Program Understanding the Science and Toxicity of PFAS – A Deeper Dive completed on October 22, 2019, can be viewed below.

Final Presentations – EBC Rhode Island Emerging Contaminants Program Understanding the Science and Toxicity of PFAS – A Deeper Dive

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