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Dear Paul

Concern is growing over the high health, environmental, and financial costs of having used products containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Join us for a free technical seminar, with industry experts Dr Paul Nathanail and Dr Peter Nadebaum, on how to learn from GHD’s extensive international experience in identifying, assessing and addressing PFAS contamination challenges, and to understand how to respond to the issues arising in the UK.

What are PFAS and why should you attend?
PFAS are associated with many industries, including metal plating, aviation hydraulics, textiles, packaging, and effluent treatment. One of the most common releases of PFAS is in aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) used for fire suppression purposes, with PFAS contaminated sites often being associated with firefighting training activities.

PFAS have been found globally in water, soil, sediment and air and can pose a significant risk due to their persistence, bioaccumulation and toxicity. The potential for off-site impacts to occur at concentrations exceeding the very low published human health and ecological screening criteria is now being realised. This is driving legal class actions internationally and causing considerable regulatory concern.

Dr Peter Nadebaum will present key findings and outcomes from a wide array of Australian PFAS investigation, risk assessment, remediation and expert witness report preparation projects that he has worked on. There will also be an opportunity for discussion between participants and our speakers on PFAS contamination issues your organisations are likely to face and practical options for management of associated risks.

It's time to develop a PFAS management strategy – do you have one?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
9am to 1pm
One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA
Who is it for:
Industries that use aqueous film forming foam (AFFF)
Regulators and Local Authorities
Sewage treatment companies
Firefighting training facilities
Landfill operators
Brownfield site developers
Aviation manufacturers
Metal manufacturers
Networking lunch available for all attendees
Please RSVP by clicking the accept or decline button below by Friday 23 June, 2017


Dr Peter Nadebaum, GHD
Dr Peter Nadebaum is at the leading edge in Australia and internationally in both the development and staying abreast of approaches and technologies for assessing and managing PFAS contamination. He is currently working with the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination and Remediation (CRC CARE), developing national guidance on the assessment and management of PFAS in Australia. He is also involved with major PFAS contaminated sites, evaluating impacts on drinking water, human health and ecological systems. Peter has been an accredited environmental auditor in Australia for some 25 years, and was the founder and inaugural President of the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA), and a founding member of CRC CARE.

Dr Paul Nathanail
Dr Paul Nathanail brings a broad and rare, if not unique, skills and knowledge base to his work in contaminated land related consultancy, research, education and training. He is an active member of the wider community both in the UK as well as elsewhere in Europe and the rest of the world.
He brings a meticulous, thorough and unbiased approach to his work as an expert witness that has been much welcomed in the many cases he has been involved in. He was also lead author of the recent CIRIA guidance on asbestos in soils and made ground; the only contemporary UK guidance on this issue for 25 years. LQM are currently developing generic assessment criteria for PFOS and PFOA. Paul has demystified the concept of emerging contaminants, including AFFFs. He will show how the long established UK approach to soil and groundwater contaminants ‎can be applied to these substances too.

If you require further information, please contact Sarah Moulds on Sarah.Moulds@ghd.com or by calling +44 115 965 6700.