Pollution
Prevention
Mercury IMERC Solid
Waste
Hazardous
Waste
Waste Site
Cleanup
ERP About
NEWMOA
 
NEWMOA Logo
site map    member login
 
 

Northeast Conference on the Science of PFAS: Public Health & the Environment

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center
1657 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA


 Call for Sponsors & Exhibitors [PDF]

Call for Presenters & Posters [PDF]
Submission Deadline: Friday September 27, 2019


Co-organizers: NEWMOA, NEIWPCC, NESCAUM, & NERC. The Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA) has partnered with the Northeast Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), and others to organize a regional science conference on PFAS. The goals of the conference are:

  • Ensure that local, state, and federal action to address PFAS contamination is informed by the most current and reliable science
  • Facilitate networking and information-sharing among key stakeholders on PFAS topics
  • Identify important gaps in the science and policy to help inform future research

The conference organizers expect conference attendance to be approximately 400 people, including:

  • Local, state, and federal government officials
  • Academic researchers and students
  • Consultants and vendors
  • Companies that use, make, or sell products that contain PFAS 
  • Non-governmental and environmental organizations

Draft agenda framework (as of July 2019): http://www.newmoa.org/events/agenda.cfm?m=384. 

The conference will include plenary and concurrent sessions and an exhibit and poster area. The concurrent sessions are anticipated to cover these suggested topics:

Health Impacts & Environmental Behavior

  • Toxicology & human health effects
  • Risk communications strategies
  • Fate & transport of PFAS in the environment
  • Impacts on biota & wildlife
  • Bioaccumulation & impacts on the food chain
  • PFAS in leachate & groundwater
  • Interactions among air, land, & water quality impacts
  • Degradation products
  • Sources of PFAS in the environment
  • ITRC Fact Sheets
  • Latest research on alternative short chain PFAS compounds 

Treatment, Remediation, & Disposal

  • Results of recent testing of environmental media – drinking water, soil, groundwater, landfill leachate, biosolids, compost, surface water, air emissions, & wastewater treatment plant discharges
  • Drinking water treatment systems
  • Effective site remediation strategies
  • State & federal standard setting efforts
  • Disposal strategies for contaminated media & product collections, including incineration
  • Treatment of soil, groundwater, and other environmental media
  • Treatment and destruction of residuals

PFAS Uses & Alternatives 

  • Historic & current PFAS uses
  • Results of product testing
  • Alternatives assessments for AFFF
  • Alternatives assessments for PFAS in personal care products, apparel, & compostable food ware
  • Alternatives assessment for paper & paper products
  • Alternatives for uses in manufacturing operations
  • State & federal policies to address PFAS uses & alternatives

Environmental Sampling & Analysis

  • Latest methods for testing drinking water
  • Methods for sampling/testing soil
  • Methods for sampling/testing air releases
  • Sampling/testing surface & ground water
  • Overcoming QA/QC challenges
  • Methods for testing products
  • Methods for testing food
  • Methods for testing biosolids

There will be ample time during the breaks to allow for networking and exhibit and poster viewing. If funding is available, there will be a reception in the evening of the first day.

Call for Presentations & Posters [PDF]
Submission Deadline: Friday September 27, 2019

Presentations: Each presentation should be 20 minutes in length. Each 90-minute break-out session will consist of three presentations. You can submit a proposal for a single presentation or for a full three presentation session. Each presenter in a three-presentation session must represent a different organization. Presentations should be in PowerPoint and a PDF of each presentation will be posted on the conference webpage after the conference.

Proposal abstracts should list the proposed session track; presentation title; brief abstract of what questions/topics will be addressed; and the presenter’s name, affiliation, and contact information. Submit a proposal for an individual presentation or a three-presentation session HERE.

Posters: Poster presenters are expected to be present at their posters to answer questions during the networking breaks and the Tuesday evening reception. Each poster will be mounted on one side of a free-standing board with a space that is 48 inches high by 96 inches wide (landscape). Extra space on the board can be used to post handouts or other information. The conference organizers will be holding a poster competition to select at least one for special recognition under each of the conference tracks. Members of the conference Planning Committee will judge the posters.

Proposed posters should list the proposed session track; poster title; brief abstract of what questions/topics will be addressed; the presenter’s name, affiliation, and contact information; and a list of co-authors including their affiliations. Submit a proposal for a poster HERE

Call for Sponsors & Exhibitors [PDF]

Why sponsor?

Conference sponsors will have high visibility prior to and during the conference. NEWMOA will include the sponsors' names and logos on its conference webpages and social media postings and on handouts and signs during the conference. During the conference, the sponsors will be prominently displayed on PowerPoint slides during the plenary sessions and will be acknowledged during those sessions and others. 

Conference Sponsors as of July 2019

Platinum

SGS North America, Inc. - www.sgsgroup.us.com/

Gold

Vista Analytical Laboratories - www.vista-analytical.com

Silver

ECT - www.ect2.com/

There are four levels of sponsorship and their associated costs and benefits (in addition to those listed above) are outlined below:

Tuesday Evening Reception Sponsorship for $5,000 are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Enhanced visibility and acknowledgement during the reception and throughout the conference
  • Table in the exhibit area at no cost
  • Registration at no cost for three attendees

Platinum Sponsorship for $2,500 are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Visibility and acknowledgement throughout the conference
  • Reduced price ($250) for a table in the exhibit area
  • Reduced conference registration fee ($200) for three attendees

Gold Sponsorship for $1,500 are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Visibility and acknowledgement throughout the conference
  • Reduced conference registration fee ($200) for two attendees

Silver Sponsorship for $1,000 are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Visibility and acknowledgement throughout the conference
  • Reduced conference registration fee ($200) for one attendee

To become a Conference sponsor, contact Jennifer Griffith at jgriffith@newmoa.org 

Why exhibit?

Many of the attendees buy products and services such as:

  • Analytical instruments and services
  • Monitoring and sampling equipment and services
  • Remediation and treatment equipment and services
  • Consulting services
  • Training and education products and service

The exhibits are located in area with excellent access to the conference activity to assure maximum contact and exposure with interested conference participants and potential customers. Exhibition space is limited to 30 exhibitors. The cost of an exhibit space is $875 and includes: 

  • One conference pass for admission to sessions 
  • 6 feet by 30 inches table, skirted and 2 chairs 
  • Conference attendee list (emailed post-conference) 
  • Coffee breaks and evening reception held in the exhibit space  

Exhibit space at the conference is limited, so reserve your space today by contacting Jennifer Griffith at jgriffith@newmoa.org 

Conference Planning Committee

  • Meghan Cassidy, U.S. EPA Region 1 Superfund Technical & Enforcement Support Section
  • Daniel D’Agostino, U.S. EPA Region 2, Clean Water Division
  • Barbara Firebaugh, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)
  • Jennifer Guelfo, Brown University, Superfund Research Program, Texas Tech.Univ. Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
  • Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Boston University School of Public Health, Superfund Research Program
  • Steve Maybury, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP)
  • Jennifer Miller, Vista Analytical Lab
  • Kara Murphy, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
  • Geoffrey Pellechia, SGS North America
  • Laurel Schaider, Silent Spring Institute
  • Mia Rodriguez-Semp, Mass Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)
  • Tiffany Skogstrom, Mass Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)
  • Mark Smith, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP)
  • Richard Spiese, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC)
  • Christina Stringer, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC)
  • Elsie Sunderland, Harvard University Arts & Sciences, Superfund Research Program
  • Steve Woodard, ECT

 

For more information, contact Terri Goldberg at .

 

 

Last Modified 08/21/2012

Home  |  Pollution Prevention  |  Mercury  |  IMERC  |  Solid Waste
Hazardous Waste  |  Waste Site Cleanup  |  About NEWMOA  |  NEWMOA Members

Copyright 2019 NEWMOA, Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association
89 South Street, Suite 600; Boston, MA 02111-2651;
ph (617) 367-8558
fax (617) 367-0449
TDD/TTY (857) 265-3934
All Rights Reserved
Comments contact: .