November 21, 2019

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Herwig Goldemund Presented on PFAS Panel at Georgia Environmental Law Section Annual Summer Seminar

Herwig Goldemund, Ph.D. (Georgia) presented on the panel "PFAS FUSS: When (Not If) You Find PFAS at Your Property, What Should You Do? An Overview of Current Regulatory Efforts to Address PFAS Chemicals" at the Georgia Environmental Law Section Annual Summer Seminar at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia on July 12-13, 2019.

Herwig's co-presenters were Charles M. Denton, II, Barnes & Thornburg; Mark Benotti, Ph.D., NewFields; and Aaryn Jones, EPA Region 4.

Herwig has more than 19 years of academic and professional experience as an Environmental Scientist and Project Manager. He is focused on soil and groundwater geochemistry, site assessment, and remediation under  the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and state-led regulatory programs, with emphasis on issues related to contaminant fate and transport (specializing in trace elements and inorganics), contaminant sequestration, bioavailability and uptake, and the use of passive remediation technologies such as phytotechnologies, constructed wetlands, and natural attenuation.

The two-day seminar offered Georgia lawyers with the opportunity to network with their peers while gaining important practice and environmental case law updates and hearing from environmental law's most renowned attorneys on topics including the Georgia and federal waste law update, the Georgia environmental case law update, Clean Water Act "Waters of the United States" rulemaking, special issues in environmental law (e.g., coastal environmental issues, impacts of the water wars on Georgia's agriculture industry, etc.), and the EPA update on changes to the region.

The Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia provides its members with an opportunity to get to know other lawyers—from industry, federal and state government, public interest organizations, and private law firms—who practice environmental law on a day-to-day basis. Membership in the Section also enables members to stay informed on current environmental subjects, including legislative and regulatory developments, through its newsletter. The Section also sponsors semi-annual seminars with CLE credit as well as field trips and social events.


"PFAS FUSS: When (Not If) You Find PFAS at Your Property, What Should You Do? An Overview of Current Regulatory Efforts to Address PFAS Chemicals" focused on how 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 U.S. Manufacturers and utilities in northeast Alabama, northwest Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina; military installations throughout the Southeast; and the local communities in these areas are all faced with challenges related to PFAS compounds. The panel will presented a brief introduction to PFAS issues and mainly focused on the treatment challenges for removing these compounds from wastewater, impacted groundwater, and drinking water.

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