Emerging Contaminants Summit

March 6-7, 2018

Westminster, CO
The Westin Westminster

2018 Agenda

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

7:00 am – 8:00 am

Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 8:10 am

Opening Remarks
Rula Deeb, Geosyntec Consultants
Sarah Harding, BNP Media
David Sedlak, University of California, Berkeley

8:10 am – 8:55 am

Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, University of California, Berkeley

8:55 am – 9:15 am

Student Flash Presentations
Tasha Kamegai-Karadi, Geosyntec Consultants

9:15 am – 9:45 am

Morning Networking Break / Exhibit Hall Opens

PFAS State of Knowledge

Managing Emerging Contaminants in Drinking Water, Wastewater and Stormwater

Session Chairs:
James L'Esperance, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Cornell Long, Air Force Civil Engineer Center 

Session Chairs:
Alice Fulmer, The Water Research Foundation

9:45 am - 10:20 am

Session Keynote

Session Keynote
Oxidative Processes for Water Treatment: Options and Limitations
Urs Von Gunten, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

10:20 am - 10:45 am

Fact or Folklore? Sampling and Field Materials as Sources of PFAS Data Artifacts
Jennifer Field, Oregon State University

Platform Presentation

10:45 am - 11:10 am

Platform Presentation

Platform Presentation

11:10 am - 11:35 am

In Situ Treatment of PFAS-Contaminated Groundwater Using Sequestration Methods
Kurt D. PennellBrown University

Platform Presentation

11:35 am - 12:00 am

Addressing PFAS Leaching Concern Related to Recycled Biosolids & Other Residuals
Ned Beecher, NEBRA

Platform Presentation

12:00 pm - 12:05 pm

1. Remediation of Poly- and Perfluoro Alkyl Substances: New Remediation Technologies for Emerging Challenges
Erika Houtz, ARCADIS

2. PFAS Removal from Groundwater using Single-Use Ion Exchange Resin
Mario DiPasquale, JDS-Hydro Consultants, Inc.

3. Repurpose and Optimization of an Existing Groundwater Pump and Treat System for Removal of Perflouroalkyl Substances
Benjamin Porter, CB&I Federal Services

1. Nanoscopic Photocatalysts for the Treatment of Organic Water Pollutants
Donald Cropek, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers



12:05 pm – 1:20 pm


12:45 pm – 1:15 pm

Student Mentoring

1,4-Dioxane: Site Characterization and Remediation

Environmental Occurrence, Fate and Transport of EDCs and PPCPs

Session Chair
Mark Kluger, TRS Group

Session Chairs

1:20 pm - 1:55 pm

Session Keynote
1,4 Dioxane Remediation - Where We Are, Where We're Going and What We Need
Erin Mack, DuPont Corporate Remediation Group

Session Keynote

1:55 pm - 2:20 pm

Breakthroughs and Lessons Learned from Treating 1,4-Dioxane in a Complex Landfill Leachate Stream
Brian Petty, Geosyntec Consultants 

Platform Presentation

2:20 pm - 2:45 pm

Optimized Treatment of 1,4-Dioxane in Extracted Groundwater and Reinjection for Aquifer Replenishment
Steven Woodard, ECT

Biological Treatment of PPCPs
Susan De Long, Colorado State University

2:45 pm - 3:10 pm

1,4-Dioxane and 1,3-Dioxolane: Presence and Mobility of Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Groundwater at 1,1,1-Trichloroethane Polluted Sites in Flanders, Belgium
Roeland Van Muylder, Witteveen+Bos Belgium

Hospital Wastewater: A Relevant Source of Constituents of Emerging Concern to the Water Cycle?
Ruth Marfil-Vega, American Waters

3:10 pm - 3:15 pm

1. Treatment of 1,4-Dioxane Comingled with TCA and DCA Using Both Oxidative and Reductive Pathways
Brant Smith, PeroxyChem

2. Drinking Water Combined Treatability Study for TCE, Dioxane and PFAS Compounds
Stewart Abrams, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services, Inc.

3. Applying In-situ Thermal Remediation to Remove 1,4-Dioxane in Low Permeability Matrices
Mark Kluger, TRS Group

1. There is Too Much in the Water: VOCs, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, Polar Solvents and Many Unknowns
Bernd Eccarius, ERM

2. Zinc Oxide as a Promising Photocatalyst for Emerging Contaminants Removal
Kung-Hui Chu, Texas A&M University


3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Afternoon Networking Break

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm


Best Practices - Analytical Issues

Session Chairs:


1,4-Dioxane: Biological Treatment 

Sponsored by: ARCADIS

Session Chair
Laurie LaPat-Polasko, Matrix New World Engineering

USGS Topics on Emerging Contaminants

Session Chairs
David Gent, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

3:45 pm - 4:20 pm

Session Keynote
1,4-Dioxane Bioremediation: Lessons Learned in the Laboratory
Jeff Roberts, SiREM

Session Keynote
Mixed Contaminant Exposure and Predicted Effects in Wadeable Streams of the Southeastern United States

Paul Bradley, U.S. Geological Survey

4:20 pm - 4:45 pm

Comparison of Bench-Scale Environmental Molecular Diagnostics to Pilot-Scale Data during Bioremediation of 1,4-Dioxane
Monica Heintz, Arcadis

How Do Numbers, Concentrations, and Loads of Bioactive Chemicals in the Illinois Waterway Differ Upstream and Downstream From the Bigheaded Carp Population Migration Front
William Battaglin, U.S. Geological Survey

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm


Novel Method to Regenerate PFAS Contaminated Granular Activated Carbon

4:45 pm - 5:10 pm

Coupling Electrochemical with Biological Oxidation of 1,4-Dioxane: Impacts on Degradation Rates, Co-Contaminant Removal, and Disinfection By-Product Formation
Nasim Pica, Colorado State University

Trends of Known and New Contaminants of Emerging Concern Measured in a Wastewater-Influenced Stream Using Passive Samplers
Ed Furlong, U.S. Geological Survey

5:10 pm - 5:15 pm

1. Bioremediation of 1,4-Dioxane in Groundwater Using Immobilized, Thermophilic Bacteria
Raymond Sambrotto, Columbia University

2. 1,4-Dioxane Degradation in an Aerobic, Fixed-Film Bioreactor with Toluene, Other Volatile Organics and Phenolics in the Influent
Paul Hare, O'Brien & Gere


1. PFAS: The European Perspective
William Foreman, U.S. Geological Survey




5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Networking Reception