[POSTPONED] PFAS Workshop in Boise
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PFAS: Understanding the Scope and Scale of the Emerging Challenge
The Grove Hotel, Boise, Idaho
Originally scheduled for March 19, 2020 – New Date TDB
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join NEBC in Boise for an in-depth look at PFAS. Hear from environmental professionals, Idaho DEQ and legal experts as they examine the science of PFAS, the evolving legal and policy landscapes, remediation technologies and more.
7:30 – 8:30 am
Registration / Networking / Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 am
– Gregg Mindt, NEBC
– John McCorkle, SLR Consulting
8:45 – 9:15 am
The Science of PFAS
– Brent Brelje, SLR Consulting
Mr. Brelje will review the current state of the science for understanding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS); what they are, why they are a problem, and what makes this problem particularly unique and challenging. The presentation will include a brief background of the history of PFAS, a discussion of the toxicology of these chemicals, their physical properties and fate-and-transport in the environment, and site characterization approaches and challenges.
9:15 – 9:45 am
PFAS: Laws & Litigation
– Kevin Murray, Holland & Hart
Operating in a legal arena with fluid or non-existent endpoints can be challenging. PFAS laws and regulations are fluid and developing, risk management decisions related to liability mitigation, site acquisition, legacy site management and even closed sites raises issues regarding enforcement and litigation. This presentation will highlight these issues and offer a look through a foggy crystal ball.
9:45 – 10:15 am
PFAS Remediation Alternatives
– Chris Poulsen , Farallon Consulting
Remediation of what the New York Times and Washington Post have called “forever chemicals” is challenging. This presentation will review both established and emerging technologies used to address PFAS in soil and groundwater.
10:15 – 10:30 am
10:30 – 11:00 am
The Regulatory Landscape
– Mike Murray, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Dr. Murray will discuss the current regulatory landscape at the Federal, state, and municipal levels for addressing PFAS in the environment. He will explain USEPA’s 2019 PFAS Action Plan that addresses drinking water, cleanup, monitoring, research, enforcement, and risk communication. Next, he will describe how many states and local entities are not waiting on the USEPA and have initiated their own action plans, health advisories, emergency restrictions, and regulations. Finally, he will discuss how this patch work of state and local actions is complicating PFAS mitigation efforts and what the future may hold for a more unified approach.
11:00 – 11:30 am
What’s Happening in Idaho: Agency Perspectives
– Michael McCurdy, Idaho DEQ
– Christina Boulay, Idaho DEQ Air Quality Division
– Jerri Henry, Idaho DEQ Drinking Water Protection and Finance Division
– Mary Anne Nelson, Idaho DEQ Surface and Wastewater Division
– Dana Swift, Idaho DEQ Waste Management and Remediation Division
– Megan Larson, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Public Health
– Haley Falconer, City of Boise
While many of the big PFAS headlines are focused on issues in other states, it is both a national and local issue as PFAS chemicals are so common and problematic. The state of Idaho and municipalities like the city of Boise are keenly aware of these issues. This panel will discuss a variety of perspectives from several divisions of Idaho DEQ, as well as the Department of Health and Welfare, and the City of Boise, followed by a focused question-and-answer period.
11:30 – 11:45 am
Q&A with Idaho Agencies
11:45 – 12:00 pm
Q&A with all Speakers
NEBC Members: $75
Government / Non-Profit: $55
About the Speakers:
Brent Brelje, Principal Engineer
Brent Brelje has spent much of his 30-year career focused on the technical aspects of remediation engineering, wastewater treatment, and process engineering throughout the United States. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Brelje provides his engineering expertise for clients ranging from government to industrial, including many large-scale groundwater and wastewater treatment systems in a diverse array of settings. His grasp of the scientific principals behind the contaminants and other technical challenges that his clients face enable to him to provide practical, cost-effective engineering solutions for his clients.
Chris Poulson, Professional Engineer
Farallon Consulting, L.L.C.
Chris has over 26 years of successful project, program, and business management experience, including client, employee, and operational leadership responsibilities. His technical expertise includes managing large and/or complex multi-discipline projects involving soil, groundwater, and sediment remediation design; construction management and observation; and stormwater management and design.
John McCorkle, Principal
For almost 20 years, John McCorkle has served as a trusted advisor to a wide range of industrial, commercial, private and government clients with contaminated land, water, and sediment challenges. He’s managed over 100 site characterization and cleanup projects dealing with a variety of contaminants, including petroleum, chlorinated solvents, pesticides, PCBs, metals, and a number of emerging contamination issues. Mr. McCorkle provides expert-level services in support of mediation, litigation, and transactional due diligence. Prior to joining the private sector and SLR, he worked for U.S. EPA, and has maintained strong ties to both the regulated and regulatory communities, using an approach of collaborative advocacy to engage stakeholders and progress projects.
Mike Murray, Manager
Mike Murray serves as Environmental and Resource Management Section Manager for HDR Engineering, Inc. in Idaho. Dr. Murray has 22 years of experience in environmental studies, hard rock and coal mine site closures and reclamation, soil and groundwater investigations and remediation, wastewater land application, statistical analysis and design, project management, and teaching. Dr. Murray’s responsibilities have included technical lead, project planning, field supervision, schedule and cost control, public relations, and expert witness support.
Kevin Murray, Partner
Holland & Hart
Kevin Murray assists clients with issues involving hazardous substances, remediation, contaminated property, and repurposing land development. His work includes all facets of remediation, compliance, permitting, mergers and acquisitions, land development, and property reuse. Kevin has significant experience with CERCLA, RCRA, state hazardous waste laws, and related programs. He advises clients on a broad range of matters concerning the acquisition, remediation, and redevelopment of contaminated property. He has significant, unique, experience addressing strategies for managing PFOA and PFAS especially in airport scenarios.