P3S21 - How PFAS Will Impact Your Pretreatment Program
Recorded On: 03/10/2021
SWRCB Waste Water CEUs: 0.15
CWEA Contact Hours: 1.5 contact hours towards CWEA's Environmental Compliance Inspector and Laboratory Analyst certifications.
Often called “forever chemicals” because of their extreme persistence, PFAS are ubiquitous in the environment and are poorly removed by traditional drinking water and wastewater treatment trains. This presentation will provide an overview of PFAS and their relevance to the water industry. Topics will include why and how PFAS are used, human exposure pathways and environmental concerns, the regulatory landscape, and possibilities for source control.
Name common consumer products in which PFAS may be used.
Explain the history of how PFAS became an important environmental issue.
Understand possible policy solutions to reduce harm from PFAS.
Southern California Alliance of Publicly Owned Treatment Works
Steve Jepsen is the Executive Director of the Southern California Alliance of Publicly Owned Treatment Works (SCAP). Mr. Jepsen started a career in civil engineering consulting in 1981. Since 2016, Mr. Jepsen has been serving over 80 public agencies in seven counties of southern California as the Executive Director of SCAP. SCAP monitors upcoming regulations with the goal of collaboration with regulators to prevent promulgation of regulations that are impractical for water and wastewater agencies. Once regulations are passed, SCAP assists members with approaches for compliance through education and guidance from seven specialty committees. Mr. Jepsen is a past president of the San Diego Section CWEA.
West Yost Associates
Kathryn Gies is an Engineering Manager at West Yost Assoicates. She has over 20 years experience with planning and permitting wastewater treatment, biosolids, and recycled water projects. Her particular areas of expertise include wastewater treatment facilities planning, treatment process design, biological nutrient removal, biosolids land application, sustainability evaluations, recycled water facilities planning and regulatory compliance studies and permitting. Kathryn is a CWEA Board Member and an active member of the San Francisco Bay Section.
Senior Engineering Geologist
State Water Resources Control Board
Wendy Linck is a Senior Engineering Geologist at the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). Wendy is leading the State Water Board's response to the PFAS effort in the Division of Water Quality. Wendy graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in Geology from Sacramento State University. She is a California registered professional geologist and certified as a Project Manager Professional by the Project Management Institute.
Green Science Policy Institute
Thomas Bruton received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering at UC Berkeley, where his research focused on cleanup of PFAS-contaminated sites. In 2017, Tom joined the Green Science Policy Institute, which works collaboratively with partners in academia, government, business, and the nonprofit sector to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in products. Tom currently leads the Institute’s work on PFAS, which includes researching the presence of PFAS in consumer products and indoor environments, and providing scientific information and recommendations to decision makers in government and business. Prior to graduate school, Tom worked as an environmental consultant in the clean water industry. He is the author of several peer-reviewed scientific papers.
Orange County Sanitation District
Matthew Smith is an Engineer for the Orange County Sanitation District’s (OC San’s) Non-Industrial Source Control (NISC) group. He has a wide range of experience with over 16 years of planning, permitting, engineering, design, and pretreatment knowledge. He is currently responsible for tracking and monitoring constituents of emerging concern (CECs) and oversees the technical evaluation of local limits to eliminate the discharge of pollution into OC San’s infrastructure and treatment systems. Matthew graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He is a registered civil professional engineer in the State of California and certified as a Qualified Stormwater Practitioner and Developer (QSP/QSD).
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