Should we be concerned about PFAS? PFAS compounds are a large group of persistent environmental contaminants used for firefighting, mist suppression, and industrial processes. These constituents have become a concern due to the increased frequency of detections in public water supplies, surface water, human receptors, and wildlife throughout the United States and globally. Combined with their persistence, widespread mobility, and ubiquitous presence, concerns with the potential for toxicity to the human health and the environment, have made PFAS a current issue of considerable interest.
This workshop is intended for refinery environmental professionals seeking to understand PFAS as an issue of emerging concern and gather the latest information. The presentation topics include identity, history, uses, sources, fate and transport, analytical and field methods, levels in human receptors and environment, toxicology and risk assessment, regulations, remediation, practical case studies, legal, and next steps. Following the presentations, a panel comprised of industry, government, academic, laboratory, vendor, and consultancy experts will engage the attendees in a discussion on any of the deliberated topics. The workshop will conclude with a synopsis of the presentations, addressing the question posed at the beginning of this abstract.