August 15, 2019

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Geosyntec Practitioners to Speak at Georgia Environmental Conference

Geosyntec practitioners will moderate and speak on various panels at the Georgia Environmental Conference at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia from August 21-23, 2019.

The annual Georgia Environmental Conference is a large, comprehensive, and diverse educational opportunity and will be attended by more than 700 local, state, and federal government officials; business and industry leaders; attorneys; consultants; engineers; developers; land owners; architects; agribusiness leaders; energy experts; water planning districts; universities; public health officials; solid waste, Enviro-tech, and recycling experts; and others with a strong interest in environmental activities in Georgia and the Southeast region.

Geosyntec Participation

Title: 1.4 Georgia EPD's Land Branch Guidance
Topic Coordinator: Ganesh Krishnan, Geosyntec Consultants
Speakers: Chris Saranko, Geosyntec Consultants; David Hayes and Sarah Visser, Georgia EPD
Time: August 21, 2019 at 1:15-2:30 p.m.
Description: This session will provide information on a number of topics relevant to sites being addressed under Georgia EPD's Land Protection Branch remediation programs. Speakers will provide updates on several technical guidance documents, including soil-to-groundwater migration (leaching) guidance, area averaging guidance, and vapor intrusion guidance. The session will also provide a review of the cooperative guidance development process being carried out by the Vapor Intrusion Technical Advisory Committee.

Title: 2.2 Overview of Analytical, Remediation, and Legal Challenges Related to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
Topic Coordinator: Ganesh Krishnan, Geosyntec Consultants
Moderator: Shanna Thompson, Geosyntec Consultants
Speakers: Rich Murray, Geosyntec Consultants; Tim Fitzpatrick, SGS Axys; and Jonathan Wells, Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP
Time: August 21, 2019 at 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Description: Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a broad class of fluorine-containing synthetic chemicals that are part of a growing list of "emerging contaminants," which have recently received increased regulatory and public attention, including in the southeastern United States. Manufacturers and utilities in northeast Alabama and northwest Georgia, Air Force bases throughout Georgia, and manufacturers and utilities in North Carolina are all faced with a multitude of challenges related to PFAS compounds. This session will present an overview of these challenges, including a presentation about proper sampling techniques and laboratory analytical methods, an overview of applicable remediation/treatment technologies with a focus on water and wastewater treatment, and a discussion about legal challenges related to legislation, regulatory actions, litigation, permitting, and property transactions.

Title: 3.2 Optimizing Remediation: Case Studies in Mitigation Techniques
Speakers: Matthew Jenny, Geosyntec Consultants; Stanford Lummus, S&ME; and Matt Geary, Minerals Technologies
Time: August 21, 2019 at 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Description: Expert panelists will examine innovative vapor mitigation techniques that assisted with the reinvigoration of two cities: Raleigh, NC and Charleston, SC. This before and after look on brownfield redevelopment will discuss the technologies used, the positive effect on the environment, and lastly, how it impacted economic growth, created jobs, and revitalized communities.

Title: 3.7 Clean Air Act: Air Quality Updates and Permitting Challenges
Topic Coordinator: Ganesh Krishnan, Geosyntec Consultants
Moderator: Marty Jones, Geosyntec Consultants
Speakers: Eric Cornwell, Permitting Program Manager for the GEPD Air Protection Branch; Mack McGuffey, Troutman Sanders; and Hari Krishna, McWane, Inc.
Time: August 21, 2019 at 4:30-5:45 p.m.
Description: The speakers will discuss recent rule changes impacting Georgia industry, permit modeling, and current EPA guidance; provide a practical legal review of new air rules and policy decisions; and discuss the challenges in planning for capital projects and evaluation of factors such as baseline actual emissions, projected actual emissions, routine maintenance/repair/replacement, management of change, and new chemical introductions.

Title: 5.3 Georgia's NEW Vapor Intrusion Guidance
Speakers: David Hayes, GA EPD; Jim Fineis, Total Vapor Solutions; Chris Saranko, Geosyntec
Time: August 22, 2019 at 11:00-12:15 p.m.
Description: Georgia EPD is in the process of developing a state-specific Vapor Intrusion Guidance document and has assembled a Technical Advisory Committee to assist in the development of this document. In this session, you will hear from GA EPD and TAC members regarding the contents of the Guidance, the anticipated timeline for issuing the Final Guidance, and the possible implications of the Guidance for site assessment, real estate transactions, and the Brownfield redevelopment process.

Title: 6.1 Creating Multi-Tiered Resilient Communities
Moderator: Nandra Weeks, Geosyntec Consultants
Topic Coordinator: Ganesh Krishnan, Geosyntec Consultants
Speakers: Paul Tschirky, Geosyntec Consultants; Jack Smith, Nelson Mullins; Shana Jones, UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government; and Carl Schneider, Schneider Insurance
Time: August 22, 2019 at 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Description: Changes in climate are having noticeable effects that include increased likelihood of weather-related natural disasters and sea level rise. To improve community resiliency to weather-related natural disasters and sea level rise, it is critical to understand and identify risks to coastal communities, as well as inland communities susceptible to flooding. This session will begin with a discussion of risks, including risks to residential communities, public and private entities, and infrastructure. The panel will elaborate on trends in risk assessment for private and public entities. Legal, planning/policy, engineering, and insurance perspectives will provide a well-rounded dialogue regarding climate change risk and solutions. The panel will assess the degree to which communities are susceptible to climate change risks and what tools are available to enable communities to adapt and respond to extreme events. Answers to several questions will be explored. What solutions are being developed in the private sector and how can the public sector apply those solutions? For what are community resources paying? What resources are readily available? What's the future cost of doing nothing? This session will present a holistic approach to community resiliency—knowing, managing, reducing, mitigating, and transferring risks.

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About the event:
For consultation regarding Geosyntec's participation in and sponsorship of the Georgia Environmental Conference, contact Ganesh Krishnan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.