Managing Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Contamination in the Environment Training Course - State College, PA

  • May 09, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Quality Inn, 1274 N. Atherton Street, State College, PA 16803
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  • 2 or more people

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May 9, 2019, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (1 Day)

Quality Inn - Conference Center

1274 N. Atherton Street, State College, PA 16803 [directions]

Overview: This course provides an introduction to managing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination in the environment. PFAS have been in use since the 1940s, resist degradation, and are becoming increasingly regulated. The training begins with a review of PFAS sources, toxicity, and the common forms detected in the environment including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), newer GenX related chemicals including hexafluoropropylene oxide (HFPO) dimer acid, and perfluorobutane sulfonic acid (PFBS). The course then focuses on more advanced topics including PFAS transport and fate, site assessment methods, and effective remediation strategies.

Note: This course is preceded by the Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Remediation Principles and Technologies course May 7 - 8, 2019 at the same location. This class is recommended for those seeking an improved understanding of chlorinated hydrocarbon remediation (e.g., PCE, TCE, 1,1,1-TCA, etc.). You may register for both classes in the series at the same time.

Course Topics

PFAS 101 - The Basics

  • What Are PFAS?

  • Precursors and Degradates

  • Acronyms and Naming Conventions

  • Production History and Usage Trends

  • Replacement Chemistry 

  • Sources and Modes of Release

  • Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF)
  • Detections in the Environment
  • Toxicity and Health Effects

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Physical Properties of PFAS

  • Fluorine Characteristics
  • Carbon-Fluorine Bonds

  • Acidic, Anionic, and Cationic Forms

  • Acid Disassociation Constants

  • Thermal and Chemical Stabilities

  • Solubilities

  • Organic Carbon Partitioning

  • Vapor Pressures

  • Henry's Law Partitioning

  • Octanol-Water Partitioning

  • Bioconcentration Factors

PFAS Transport and Fate in Air, Soil, Surface Water, and Groundwater

  • Partitioning
  • Advection, Dispersion, and Diffusion

  • Deposition

  • Leaching

  • Micelle Formation

  • Abiotic Transformation

  • Biotransformation

  • PFAS Degradates

  • Bioaccumulation

Site Characterization for PFAS

  • Investigation Strategies

  • Source Identification

  • Sampling Approaches and Precautions

  • Selecting PFAS Analytes

  • Analytical Methods

  • Air, Soil, and Water Framework

  • Data Evaluation

  • Qualitative Analysis

  • Exposure Pathways & Risk Assessment

  • Conceptual Site Model Development

Soil Remediation Technologies

  • Excavation and Offsite Destruction

  • Stabilization (Ex Situ Soil Mixing)
  • Ex Situ Thermal Desorption

  • Capping

Water Remediation Technologies

  • Aluminum Hydroxide

  • Granular Activated Carbon and Biochar
  • Modified Clay

  • Anion Exchange Resins

  • Bioremediation

  • Chemical Oxidation

  • Chemical Reduction

  • Sonochemical Treatment

  • Reverse Osmosis

  • Nanofiltration

  • Precipitation/Flocculation


PFAS Regulation and Guidance

Intended Audience: This course is intended for environmental agency staff, consultants, engineers, and site managers seeking an improved understanding of PFAS science, assessment, and remediation.

Education Level: Introductory to advanced. General principles, current research, and advanced topics are presented to ensure all levels benefit from attending.

Course Materials: Course proceedings, worksheets, and reference material.

Credit: 7.5 PDHs or 0.75 CEUs for completing 7.5 hours of instruction.

Registration: $395 (save $50 per person when registering a group of two or more - $345 per person, $295 PA DEP staff). Register online or by calling us at (800) 385-0783.

Accommodations: Quality Inn (workshop location). Click here for a map of nearby hotels.

Parking: Free on-site parking.

About the Instructor: Erick McWayne has twenty-five years of professional experience in environmental quality management and teaching related courses. As a consultant, he managed contaminated surface water, soil, and groundwater projects for the Department of Defense and other clients. He currently provides consulting support to environmental projects and teaches courses in environmental chemistry, hydrogeology, transport and fate, remediation, and water quality management with the University of California Davis and the National Environmental Management Academy.

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