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“PFAS: What are they, and what’s next?”

  • 03/12/2018
  • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
  • Block Brewing Company, Howell, MI
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  • Includes a table at registration, dinner for one attendee, and a 5-minute presentation prior to the program.

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MAEP Professional Development Meeting Presents . . .

“PFAS: What are they, and what’s next?”

Monday, March 12, 2018 

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Overview and Michigan Update
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a complex family of emerging contaminants made of more than 3,000 man-made fluorinated organic chemicals that have been produced since the 1940s. Due to their unique chemicals characteristics such as oil and water repellency, temperature and chemical resistance, PFAS has been used in a wide range of consumer products and in many industries.  During the last two decades, there has been an increased understanding on the environmental persistence and potential health effects of some PFAS, such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).  This presentation will provide an overview of PFAS development, chemistry, uses, primary exposure routes, potential health effects, national regulatory climate, Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) update, remedial technologies, and challenges.

Speaker Panel: 
John Cuthbertson is AECOM’s Central Region PFAS Practice Lead with over 27 years of environmental consulting experience supporting oil and gas, chemical, and industrial clients.  He is a geologist and resides in AECOM’s Grand Rapids office.  Mr. Cuthbertson currently manages multiple projects involving PFAS constituents and is experienced in analytical testing and methodologies, environmental fate and transport, assessment and investigation, and remedial technologies. 

Sue Leeming has over 35 years of experience with the Michigan DNR and the DEQ, where she started as an aquatic biologist and more recently served as the Director for the Remediation and Redevelopment Division from January 2017 through October 2017.  She has program experience in water quality, fish contaminant monitoring, brownfield redevelopment, and environmental remediation.  She is currently the Deputy Director in the Executive Division of the DEQ, overseeing the Office of External Relations.

Sue is involved in local government as well, serving for over 15 years on the Planning Commission and City Council, and is currently the Mayor of the City of DeWitt.  Susan graduated from Michigan State University Honors College and has a BS in Biology and Zoology. 

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Block Brewing Company
1140 S Michigan Ave
Howell, MI 48843

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