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Geosyntec to Headline a PFAS-Focused Seminar/Webinar Through the Environmental Law Institute (ELI)

Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., P.G., LSP (Massachusetts) will moderate a roundtable discussion titled "The Use of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at Industrial and Military Facilities: Technical, Regulatory, and Legal Issues." Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California) will serve as a panelist, providing the consulting/engineering perspective on the issues.

The seminar will be hosted live from noon to 2:00 p.m. EST on September 12, 2018 at the ELI headquarters in Washington, D.C. and will also be broadcast as a webinar.

Peter is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist based in Massachusetts with more than 25 years of experience focused on the investigation and remediation of some of the most challenging sites in the country, including Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)-regulated sites in New England and the Midwest, as well as numerous state-regulated sites.

Rula is a Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer based in California with more than 25 years of experience focused on private practice and academia addressing the cross-media fate and transport of emerging contaminants, and the remediation of complex soil and groundwater sites impacted by non-aqueous phase liquids.

Other panelists include:

  • Adam Baas, Of Counsel, DLA Piper
  • Baskut Tuncak, Special Rapporteur, United Nations Human Rights Council and Senior Researcher Raoul Wallenberg Institute(invited)
  • Virginia Yingling, Hydrogeologist, Environmental Health Division, Minnesota Department of Health (invited)

ELI is an internationally recognized, non-partisan research and education center working to strengthen environmental protection by improving law and governance worldwide.

Seminar Description

The contamination of drinking water by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has garnered much attention in recent years, most recently on July 26 with an incident in Parchment, Michigan where officials told residents to stop drinking the tap water after levels of PFAS reached 26 times higher than a federal health advisory. But what exactly are PFAS and what are the impacts of and rules regarding their use at industrial and military sites?

PFAS include perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and are a class of man-made chemicals that are notoriously challenging to remediate, and PFAS exposures and risks can result in regulatory concerns and active management at contaminated sites and surrounding areas. Join ELI and leading panelists for an in-depth discussion on the sources, overarching chemistry, environmental fate and transport, exposure, toxicology, and occurrence of PFAS with an emphasis on the state of knowledge regarding the characterization, risk management, and remediation of PFAS-impacted sites. Expertly moderated by Dr. Peter Zeeb, Senior Principal, President, and CEO of Geosyntec Consultants, the panel will also provide leading updates on state and federal regulatory issues as well as explore the spectrum of legal challenges associated with the use of PFAS at industrial and military facilities.

More Information

Learn more at: ELI announcement and registration.
Learn more about Geosyntec PFAS Solutions:
For consultation regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, contact Peter Zeeb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rula Deeb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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