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January 4, 2017 Meeting - Emerging Contaminants: What you need to know

This month's meeting outlined regulatory initiatives to address emerging contaminants and identify current requirements and potential future requirements. Using EPA fact sheets, our presenters will provide summaries of sources of select emerging contaminants, impacts on human health and the environment, and remediation strategies.

CT DEEP and Emerging Contaminants

In short, DEEP is treating emerging contaminants as Additional Polluting Substances under the Remediation Standard Regulations and expects environmental professionals to test for them where warranted based on the site's history and Conceptual Site Model. The Remediation Division now has a web page on emerging contaminants that explains this approach and provides a summary table and additional resource links for several emerging contaminants, including 1,4-dioxane and PFASs (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances). More information is available on CT DEEP's website.

About the Presenters

Gary Ginsberg, Ph.D. is a toxicologist and risk assessor at the Connecticut Department of Public Health where is involved in setting remediation criteria for waste sites and private well drinking water. He also holds an adjunct faculty position at the Yale School of Public Health and is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Connecticut School of Community Medicine. Dr. Ginsberg’s Ph.D. in toxicology is from the University of Connecticut and most recently he received the Society of Toxicology’s 2016 Public Communications Award.

William Heiple is a professional engineer and licensed environment professional and an associate at Fuss & O’Neill. He has experience with numerous site assessment and remediation projects in various technical and management capacities. Project work has included Phase I, II, and III Environmental Site Assessments and remediation planning and oversight of sites ranging from small commercial facilities to the 600-acre Millstone Point Nuclear Power Plant, some of the major state Brownfield projects, as well as state and federal Superfund sites.

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