SacPEMA January General Meeting - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Synopsis:  Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Understanding Emerging Environmental Issues with these Widespread Compounds

PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) are a diverse group of man-made chemicals that were developed to be resistant to heat, water, and oil. PFAS have historically been produced for widespread uses such as carpeting, apparel, firefighting foams, and metal plating, and are likely to be found at refineries, military bases, airports, landfills, sludge/biosolids land application sites, fire training facilities, rail yards, chemical facilities, plating facilities, and semiconductor manufacturing facilities. PFAS have been detected at concentrations above state standards and EPA Health Advisory Levels in public water systems throughout the United States. They are widespread globally, and have been detected even in remote places. The toxicology of PFAS is only beginning to be understood. Their persistence, ability to transport, and resistance to typical natural attenuation processes are of increasing concern. The demand for PFAS testing and analysis has increased, and the ubiquitous presence of PFAS presents both a sampling challenge and an important consideration in source attribution. This presentation will provide a broad overview of the various issues and most up-to-date information associated with PFAS, including its unique chemistry, history and sources, toxicology, fate and transport, sampling and analytical challenges, Federal and state regulatory status, and remediation and treatment issues associated with PFAS' complex properties.


Speaker Biography: Dr. Amy Wilson, PE - TRC Solutions, Inc.

Dr. Amy Wilson, PE is a civil engineer and hydrogeologist with over 20 years of engineering consulting experience. Amy’s focus is on groundwater and soil vapor remediation; contaminant fate and transport; conceptual site/hydrogeologic modeling; numerical modeling; water quality; and feasibility analyses, with an emphasis on developing technical solutions for large-scale, complex sites. Amy has directed and served as technical advisor for cleanup sites throughout California and other western states, and she is currently focused on developing management strategies for contaminants of emerging concern. Amy holds BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, and a PhD in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (registration/networking from 11:30 a.m. to noon)

Where: Firehouse Restaurant, 1112 2nd Street, Sacramento, CA 95814


  • Grilled Balsamic BBQ Chicken - prosciutto, provolone cheese, pickled vegetable hothouse arugula, house-made BBQ glaze
  • Grilled Steak and Crab Salad - chilled crab salad, boiled egg, pickled onion, seasonal garden veggies, red wine vinaigrette
  • Local Pesto Pasta (vegetarian option) - daily pasta, local basil pesto, pine nuts, asiago cheese

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Who We Are:

The Professional Environmental Marketing Association (PEMA) is an organization comprised of local and regional chapters whose membership is involved in business development, sales, marketing, and other related professional activities in the environmental field. The Sacramento California Chapter of PEMA operates in the greater Sacramento metropolitan area which includes Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, and San Joaquin counties.

Sacramento PEMA was founded as a marketing and networking organization in 1995 as an affiliate of the Northern California Chapter of PEMA. Networking encourages formation of business relationships, development of business and teaming opportunities, and exchange of ideas. Sacramento PEMA recently broadened its scope to provide technical and regulatory information of interest to its members.