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Rula Deeb to Present Key Findings on Contaminants of Emerging Concern and Public Health During Webinar on April 1

An upcoming webinar hosted by the Water Research Foundation (WRF) will examine the issue of emerging contaminants that impact the nation's drinking water and feature insights from a senior practitioner at Geosyntec Consultants.

Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP, a principal civil and environmental engineer for the firm based in California, will be among the presenters for "Broadening the National Dialogue on Contaminants of Emerging Concern and Public Health." The online event begins at noon Eastern on April 1. Attendance is free, but pre-registration is required.

The webcast presents the key outcomes from a two-day workshop held in July 2013 that Dr. Deeb organized and moderated on behalf of WRF. The overall goal of the workshop was to enhance communication and dialogue between public health organizations, researchers, water utilities and others about the potential human health risks of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) in drinking water.

The workshop's discussions focused on defining common understandings associated with CECs and public health and identifying technical uncertainties confounding the development of stronger statements about the public health risks of CECs. Participants also discussed the potential for improved CEC communication strategies in light of common understandings and technical uncertainties.

The WRF is an internationally recognized leader in water research dedicated to advancing the science of water by sponsoring cutting-edge research and promoting collaboration. The foundation's research provides industry insights and practical solutions to the most complex challenges facing the nation's water community today.

Dr. Deeb has led many research and demonstration efforts on emerging contaminants in natural and treatment environments. Her efforts during the past two decades have promoted awareness and improved the understanding of the sources, occurrence, fate and transport, and behavior of several of the most challenging environmental contaminants to date, including perfluorinated compounds, 1,4-dioxane, methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) and other fuel oxygenates, perchlorate, N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs).

For more information, contact Rula Deeb in Oakland at 510-285-2676 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..