July 28, 2020

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Geosyntec Published a 2-Hour Video Workshop on Assessing PFAS Risks

Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California) and Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont) presented "Assessing the Ecological Risks of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at Aqueous Film Forming Foam Sites" at the Emerging Contaminants Summit that was held in March 2020. Geosyntec has now released a video of the 2-hour workshop.

The workshop video is part of a larger U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) project to develop guidance on evaluating PFAS ecological risks, which has been led by Geosyntec experts Dr. Jason Conder and Jennifer Arblaster. The guidance helps the DoD in the investigation and management of hundreds of sites potentially affected by PFAS, and it also helps the research community in highlighting key technical gaps.

Jason Conder, Ph.D., is a Principal Scientist based in Huntington Beach, California. He has more than 15 years of experience in environmental toxicology, ecological and human health risk assessment, bioaccumulation and bioavailability of environmental contaminants, environmental chemistry, environmental monitoring technology, and statistics.

Jennifer Arblaster is a Project Scientist based in Vermont with experience in bioaccumulation modeling, ecological and human health risk assessment, site characterization, and evaluation of environmental quality criteria.

Most environmental conferences and workshops include some information on emerging contaminants, but there is no one event that comprehensively addresses mitigating the presence of these contaminants across all environmental media including surface water, groundwater, drinking water, wastewater, recycled water, soils and sediments. The Emerging Contaminants Summit brought together renowned experts from multiple disciplines to share insights and learn from one another.

The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is the U.S. Department of Defense's environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. EPA, with participation by numerous other federal and non-federal organizations. SERDP invests across a broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development.

Jennifer and Jason will also be presenting an encore of the workshop at a half-day short course on Ecological Risk Assessment of PFAS at Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) sites at the North America Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) meeting on November 15. The course will take a detailed walk-through of our guidance document, as well as a step-by-step demonstration of our recently developed Excel ecorisk modeling tools. The short course will be held online via Zoom; sign up today!

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More Information

Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMbD5MJy4FtnDs0Y2RNRsjurIeolv-Qh9
About the project: https://www.serdp-estcp.org/Program-Areas/Environmental-Restoration/ER18-1614
For consultation regarding PFAS Risks, contact Jason Conder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Learn more about Jason: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/jason-conder
Learn more about Jennifer: https://www.geosyntec.com/people/jennifer-arblaster