What You Should Know About Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) for Environmental Claims
Lydia R. Dorrance, Ph.D. and Adam Love, Ph.D.
Roux’s Lydia Dorrance, Ph.D., Senior Scientist and Adam Love, Ph.D., Vice President coauthored an article published in the Environmental Claims Journal regarding the latest developments on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are a broad class of surfactant-like chemicals that are characterized by their many carbon-fluorine bonds.
Since the 1950s, PFAS have been widely used in numerous and varied products with industrial and commercial applications. However, concerns regarding potentially adverse human health and ecological impacts from exposure to PFAS chemicals have resulted in increased regulatory attention and lawsuits alleging bodily injury and/or property damage.
This article outlines what you should know about PFAS for environmental claims, including PFAS characteristics and uses, sampling and analysis, forensics, and more. Please click on the button below to request a complimentary copy.
Tuesday, December 5 – Thursday, December 7 The Brownfields 2017 Conference is a dynamic educational program of speakers, discussions, mobile workshops, films, and other learning formats that are calibrated to provide attendees with case study examples, program updates, and useful strategies for meeting brownfield challenges head-on. The conference features dozens of educational sessions, mobile workshops, and exceptional training for both beginners and professionals.
On Wednesday, December 6th, Roux’s Amanda Ludlow, Principal Scientist, will present “Beyond Compliance: Innovation in Sustainable Remediation” as part of the conference’s track on Liability & Enforcement and Cleanup and Remediation Approaches. “Beyond Compliance” remediation goes beyond accepted best practices. This panel will cover best practices from states, municipalities and consultants, and include spotlights on programs like the NYC Clean Soil Bank and California’s Green Remediation program. For more information and registration, please click here.
Members of Roux’s Oak Brook, Illinois office took part in an office volunteer workday at a local wildlife center and forest preserve. Native seed collection and invasive species removal were conducted along trails at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center, a wildlife rehabilitation center near the Roux Oak Brook office. The Center is home to a butterfly garden along with many nature trails and outdoor exhibits. In addition, the Wildlife Center helps to rehabilitate and release (when possible) injured or abandoned wildlife. Many of our Illinois employees utilize the local forest preserves for recreation.
The native species seed collection included wild bergamot, wingstem, sweet black-eyed susan, and giant hyssop. The collected seeds will be used at other DuPage County Forest Preserve (owner of the Wildlife Center) locations to establish and expand the native species populations in more local areas. In the first two photos, our team is collecting the native seed species in buckets, as the Forest Preserve prefers to keep the various seed species separate.
The Roux volunteers also performed brush cutting of invasive species within the area (third photo). “The invasive species removal we conducted was for honeysuckle,” said Sarah Bassett, Project Engineer. “We used large garden shears and gloves, and made sure to do our safe performance self-assessments.” Sarah was accompanied by other Roux workday participants, Danielle Petkunas, Sandra Walker, and Christine Pietrzyk.
In the past, Roux has donated to the Wildlife Center through their “Adopt an Animal” program. We have adopted three-legged foxes and a woodchuck, and this year we will be adopting a vision-impaired Barred Owl. Keep an eye out for more on the latest workdays, animal adoptions, and conservation efforts from our Oak Brook office.
Wednesday, November 15 – Friday, November 17 Perrin Conferences sets the standard in the professional education industry as the place to learn, network, and conduct business. Perrin’s National Construction Defect (CD) Conference will open with a Networking Cocktail Reception on the evening of Wednesday, November 15th. The conference will be a full day on Thursday, November 16th and a half day on Friday, November 17th.
On Thursday, Roux’s Marc Scarcella, Principal and ECA Practice Leader, will be speaking as part of the conference’s panel on “East Coast Versus West Coast Jurisdictional Update in CD Law,” including discussion of the following topics:
- National Trends in Construction Defect Claims
- Catastrophic Storms and the Impact on Construction Defect Claims
- Anti-Indemnity Statutes
- Co-Carrier Contribution
- Chapter 558 versus SB800
- Criminal Culpability in CD Claims
To learn more, download the conference brochure or register here.
Renewable Energy Production on Contaminated Properties
Monday, November 20th • 2:00pm (EST) • Meredith Harris, P.E.
Owners of contaminated properties are looking for ways to offset costs associated with long-term operations and maintenance. Renewable energy companies need land for new installations. Bringing the two together can create a win-win situation that results in cost savings, beneficial reuse of underutilized property, and green energy production.
This webinar, presented by Meredith Harris, P.E., Principal Engineeer, will provide an overview of considerations for both landowners and renewable energy developers, including the types of sites that may be appropriate for development, potential cost savings, engineering considerations, regulatory considerations, and the roles of the various parties involved in these sites. A case study will also be presented to demonstrate a practical application and important lessons learned.
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Property Transfer Environmental Due Diligence: Regulations vs. Reality
Monday, November 13th • 2:00pm (EST) • Mitchell A. Wiest, P.G., LEP, Principal Hydrogeologist
Often the only environmental due diligence completed as part of property transfer deals are All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI)/ASTM 1527-13 compliant Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I ESAs). However, regulatory compliant Phase I ESAs often overlook environmental liabilities that may impact redevelopment costs and schedules, as well as tenant usability and desirability. Whether caused by the commodification of Phase I ESAs, time constraints, or inexperienced project teams, regulatory compliant Phase I ESAs may not only fail to identify environmental conditions that result in the reduction of property values, but also conditions that may result in unanticipated remediation, compliance, demolition, or constructions costs. Similarly, AAI/ASTM compliant Phase I ESAs that fail to consider state regulations may put both buyer and seller at risk by overlooking notification and reporting obligations.
This webinar, presented by, Mitchell A. Wiest, P.G., LEP, Principal Hydrogeologist, will provide a primer on the differences between compliant Phase I ESAs and what developers need to know to understand best case/worst case scenarios and the real-world implications of often overlooked conditions that are reported as simply “out of scope” data gaps, or even more vaguely as “Business Environmental Risks,” if at all. Case study examples will be used to highlight several common pitfalls and how these can be avoided.
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