Emerging Contaminants Summit

March 6-7, 2018

Westminster, CO
The Westin Westminster

2016 Agenda

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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

Opening Keynote Address
Emerging Contaminants and Uncertainty for Groundwater Cleanup

Stephen TerMaathAir Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC)


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


PFASs - Characterization and Mitigation

Session Overview

Managing Emerging Contaminants in Drinking Water, Wastewater and Stormwater

Session Overview

Session Chairs:
Cornell Long, Air Force Civil Engineer Center
Hilary Thornton, U.S. EPA

Session Chairs:
Jeff Mosher, National Water Research Institute
Rhodes Trussell, Trussell Technologies, Inc. 

9:45 am - 10:10 am

Session Keynote:
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs): From Frequently Asked Questions (Basics) to Closing the Mass Balance and Why it Matters
Jennifer Field, Oregon State University

Session Keynote:
Managing Emerging Contaminants in Drinking Water and Wastewater - A European Perspective
Jörg Drewes, Technical University of Munich

10:10 am - 10:35 am

The Role of Perfluoroalkyl Substances in Understanding Perfluoroalkyl Acid Contamination at Aqueous Film-Forming Foam Impacted Sites
Christopher Higgins, Colorado School of Mines

There is Something in the Water: An Experimental Evaluation of Pharmaceuticals and Endocrine Disrupters using Permanganate and Oxidant Mixtures
Pamela Dugan, Carus Corporation

10:35 am - 11:00 am

Overview of Remediation Technologies Potentially Applicable to Perfluoroalkyl Substances
Gary Hohenstein, 3M

Wastewater Treatment, Reuse, and Recycle at Army Contingency Bases with a Focus on Emerging Contaminants and Micropollutants
Donald Cropek, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

11:00 am - 11:25 am

Remediation of Perfluoralkyl Substances Using OxyZone®, a Multi-Oxidant Blend
Raymond Ball, EnChem Engineering, Inc.

Communication Strategies for Emerging Contaminants
Alice Fulmer, Water Research Foundation

11:25 am - 11:50 am

Chemical Oxidation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in AFFF-Impacted Groundwater
Thomas Bruton, University of California, Berkeley

Risk Management Strategies for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in the Environment
Tamara Sorell, Brown & Caldwell

11:50 am - 12:10 am

Immobilization of PFASs in Soil Using Activated Carbon and Aluminium Hydroxide
Gary Birk, Tersus Environmental

Managing Stormwater Contaminated with Bioaccumulative and Cancer Causing Pollutants
Eric Strecker, Geosyntec Consultants


Session Alternate:
Modeling Uptake of an Emerging Contaminant (tris-2-chloroethyl phosphate) from Water and Wastewater Using Zeolite Beta
Scott Grieco, O'Brien & Gere

12:10 pm – 1:15 pm



1,4-Dioxane: Site Characterization and Remediation

Session Overview

Environmental Occurrence, Fate and Transport of EDCs and PPCPs

Session Overview

Session Chair:
Claudia Walecka-Hutchinson, The Dow Chemical Company

Session Chairs:
Keith Maruya, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Noel Edlin, Bassi Edlin Huie & Blum LLP

1:15 pm - 1:50 pm

Session Keynote:
Remediation Technologies for Treatment of 1,4-Dioxane in Groundwater
William DiGuiseppi, CH2M

Session Keynote:
Recent Findings from USGS's Emerging Contaminants Project
Edward Furlong, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

1:50 pm - 2:15 pm

Implications of Matrix Diffusion on 1,4-Dioxane Persistence at Contaminated Groundwater Sites
David Adamson, GSI Environmental

2013 Flood Waters “Flush” Pharmaceuticals and other Contaminants of Emerging Concern into the South Platte River, Colorado
William Battaglin
, U.S. Geological Survey

2:15 pm - 2:40 pm

High-Resolution 1,4-Dioxane Source Characterization
Joseph Quinnan, ARCADIS

CECs Management Strategies in U.S. Watersheds
Tanja Rauch-Williams, Carollo Engineers

2:40 pm - 3:05 pm

Field Demonstration of Vadose 1,4-Dioxane Remediation by Heated Soil Vapor Extraction
Rob Hinchee, Integrated Science & Technology

Occurrence of Emerging Contaminants in Source and Drinking Water in the State of São Paulo, Brazil
Cassiana Montagner Raimundo, University of Campinas


Session Alternate:
Bench-Scale Assessment of Monitored Natural Attenuation and Biostimulated Treatment Alternatives of 1,4-Dioxane at a Contaminated Site
Mengyan Li, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Session Alternate:
Hormones, Pesticides, and Other Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Water and Sediment from National Parks in Colorado and Utah, 2012-15
William Battaglin
, U.S. Geological Survey

3:05 pm – 3:35 pm

Afternoon Networking Break

1,4-Dioxane: Biological Treatment 

Session Overview

Session Chairs:
Ryan Wymore, CDM Smith
Stephanie Fiorenza, BP America

Emerging Contaminant Risks for the Department of Defense

Session Overview

Session Chairs:
Kevin Finneran, Clemson University
Catherine Vogel, Noblis

3:35 pm - 4:00 pm

Session Keynote:
Case Studies for Phytoremediation of 1,4-Dioxane Contaminated Aquifers

Ron Gestler, Geosyntec Consultants

Session Keynote:
Department of Defense Program to Identify, Assess and Manage Emerging Contaminants Risks
Paul J. Yaroschak, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Installations and Environment

4:00 pm - 4:25 pm

Bioremediation of Comingled 1,4-Dioxane and Chlorinated Solvent Plumes
Bilgen Yuncu, Solutions-IES, Inc.

Precursors for Emerging Contaminants of Concern to the Department of Defense
Anita Meyer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

4:25 pm - 4:50 pm

A Tale of Two Sites: Late Stage Design/Implementation Success Following Emerging Contaminant Discovery
Cathy Rockwell, Woodard & Curran

Ecological Risk Assessment of Aquatic PFAS Exposures at Barksdale Air Force Base
Chris Salice, Towson University

4:50 pm - 5:15 pm

Origin of 1,4-Dioxane in Public Water Supplies and Implications for the Remediation Marketplace
Thomas Mohr, Santa Clara Valley Water District

Risk Mitigation Measures: Replacement of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Containing Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS)
Drew Rak, Noblis


Session Alternate:
The Impact of Hexavalent Chromium on 1,4-Dioxane Biodegradation by Propane Oxidizing Bacteria
Shaily Mahendra, University of California, Los Angeles

Session Alternate:
Combined Remedies for Treating 1,4-Dioxane/VOC Contaminant Mixtures: A Review
Michelle Crimi, Clarkson University

5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Networking Reception