September 11, 2019

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Geosyntec Contributes to the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' 27th Fall Conference

Geosyntec will have a significant presence at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' (SEER) 27th Fall Conference at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts on September 11-14, 2019.

Geosyntec is one of ABA SEER's annual sponsors, and Jessica Yeager, P.E., LSP, a Senior Engineer at Geosyntec's Boston office, is a member of the Local Advisory Committee for planning the Fall Conference. Additionally, Travis Kline, MEM (Washington, D.C.) will present "PFAS – Beyond Impacts to WATER" at the conference at 1:45 p.m. on September 12.

Additional Geosyntec staff in attendance includes Nandra Weeks, P.E. (Florida); Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., P.G., LSP (Massachusetts); Jennifer Wilkie, Ph.D., P.E. (Illinois); Sean Ragain, R.G. (Oregon), and Rachel Hill, P.E. (San Diego). They will participate in the various networking and educational opportunities at the conference as well as host their own networking event on the first evening of the event.

The ABA SEER 27th Fall Conference will provide two days of continuing legal education programming and networking events. The more than 400 attendees will learn about a broad variety of environmental issues.

ABA SEER is the forum for environmental, energy, and resources lawyers: a meeting place where practitioners can find the most current and sophisticated analyses of the complicated issues facing their practice.

Conference Participation

PFAS – Beyond Impacts to Water
Speaker: Travis Kline, MEM
Time: 1:45-2:15 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2019
To date, the vast majority of efforts to characterize PFAS exposure have focused on drinking water ingestion. Methods are in development to help characterize the nature and extent of exposures via additional pathways (e.g., inhalation of ambient air, recreational exposures related to surface water contact and ingestion of recreationally caught fish, and ingestion of home-grown fruits and vegetables). As analytical methods develop, the limiting factors to inform effective characterization of current and potential future conditions become the lack of understanding regarding the driving pathways of concern and their significance based on the absence of applicable toxicity criteria. This presentation will characterize the relative expected ranking of PFAS concern, based on complete exposure pathway, the options for development of provisional toxicity factors, and methods to focus investigation needs, reduce project expenditures, and inform defensible site and risk management.

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