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All About PFAS: Emerging Contaminants That Are Everywhere


Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)—a family of synthetic compounds containing nearly 5,000 chemicals formed from carbon chains with fluorine atoms attached—are in the news across the United States, and they have become a growing topic of discussion among environmental practitioners.

PFAS are used in a wide variety of industrial and commercial products. They are persistent in the environment and resistant to typical environmental degradation processes. As a result, they are widely distributed and found in soil, sediments, groundwater, air, and tissue. Some can even bioaccumulate in the human body, and there is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse health outcomes.

Therefore, PFAS sampling from landfills, water and wastewater treatment plants, military bases, airports, and manufacturing facilities is already underway. Collecting PFAS samples is a delicate process, as potential sources of PFAS are nearly everywhere—in waterproof clothing, shoes, tubing, glows, insect repellent, sunblock, and even field notebooks.

Join Forester University for this live, educational webinar as speaker Dr. Viraj deSilva, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE, teaches you all you need to know to protect yourself and your community from PFAS—from generation, formation, and environmental release to sampling and analysis. He will provide an in-depth overview of the treatment of PFAS in sources that do not currently have maximum containment levels, such as landfill leachate, wastewater, surface water, and groundwater.

This course will cover a myriad of topics related to PFAS, including nomenclature, chemistry, sources, exposure, and future concerns as well as discuss the current regulatory status of these harmful contaminants.

Learning Objectives 
Attendees can expect the discussion and education of the following learning objectives:

  • Identify sources of PFAS contamination and associated health concerns
  • Learn the chemical properties of PFAS compounds and why they are hard to degrade
  • Take an inventory of detected PFAS compounds in landfill leachate, wastewater, and drinking water
  • Discover methods used to analyze PFAS samples
  • Discuss the current regulatory status of PFAS chemicals
  • Explore the treatment methods of PFAS compounds and managing waste streams from these treatment processes
  • Compare PFAS concentrated residual management options and associated issues

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* Presentations are scheduled for approximately 1 hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentation may exceed scheduled time.
* Each state and certification agency has different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you access to the presentation(s) for 6 months from the order date.

On-Demand Webcast
Session: 1 H 30 M
Lectures: 1
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEU

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