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Environmental Law Section: Emerging Contaminants: A Lawyer's Primer (SEN180426)
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When: Thursday, April 26, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
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Emerging Contaminants: A Lawyer's Primer

Sponsored by the Environmental Law Section

Thursday, April 26, 2018

8:30 a.m. --  10:00 a.m.


Location -- Choice of:
In-person meeting: 
GZA GeoEnvironmental, 655 Winding Brook Drive, Glastonbury, CT 06033


WEBINAR: (link to be provided)

Cost: Free

CLE Credits:
*CT: 1.5 CLE Credits
*NY: 0 CLE Credits

Richard Desrosiers, LEP, LPGP, Associate Principal, GZA GeoEnvironmental


Gordon Brookman, PE, LEP, LSP, Senior Vice President, GZA GeoEnvironmental

Program Description:
Regulators and public health officials are rapidly recognizing the environmental and health impacts associated with the release of a certain common chemicals, including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), and 1,4-dioxane. These compounds have been widely used in consumer and industrial products for the past 50 years. PFAS, for example, are used in coatings for textiles, paper products, and cookware, as well as in some firefighting foams, and in the aerospace, photographic imaging, semiconductor, automotive, construction, electronics, and aviation industries. These compounds are also mobile, persistent, and bioaccumulative, and are not known to degrade in the environment. Connecticut has not adopted remedial standards for these compounds but DEEP and EPA have authority to regulate these compounds and have begun doing so through guidance, policy and advisories while the scientific community attempts to develop risk-based remedial standards. This program will provide a very brief overview of the chemistry and uses of common emerging contaminants, followed by a discussion of their current status under Connecticut policy and law and how that will likely affect the environmental investigations and remediation as well as water discharge permits.

Speaker Bios:

Richard Desrosiers, Associate Principal and hydrogeologist, is a Licensed Environmental Professional in Connecticut and a licensed Professional Geologist in New Hampshire and Tennessee. Mr. Desrosiers 33-years of environmental experience focusing on understanding complex geologic, hydrogeologic and geochemistry related to soil and groundwater contamination. His responsibilities have included the assessment and remediation of metals and volatile organic compounds that impacted one square mile, utilizes state of the art investigation techniques including high resolution site characterization, RCRA/CERCLA hazardous waste investigations/closures; developing of in-situ innovative technologies to remediate groundwater contamination; developed high yielding groundwater supplies in both the surficial and deep bedrock aquifers; completed hydrogeologic evaluations and groundwater models; and has provided expert testimony related to litigation issues. Mr. Desrosiers is currently involved with two current Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) teams “Optimization of In-Situ Remediation and Injection Strategies” and “Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)” and was an active member on the recently published “Characterization and Remediation in Fractured Bedrock” document.


Gordon Brookman, Senior Vice President, is a licensed Professional Engineer in Connecticut, a Licensed Environmental Professional in Connecticut and a Licensed Site Professional in Massachusetts. As a Principal Engineer he provides technical expertise in site assessment and investigation, site remediation, environmental due diligence, wastewater permitting and design, hazardous waste management, compliance audits and health and safety policies. Mr. Brookman has over 47 years of experience and has performed ESAs, compliance audits and remediation at hundreds of industries, including the pharmaceutical, organic and inorganic chemicals, electronic components, metal finishing, iron and steel, ore mining, pesticides and agricultural chemicals, plastics, power generation, pulp and paper, resource recovery, oil and solvent recycling, oil terminals, waste disposal and in brownfields development. He has presented expert testimony on behalf of wastewater and hazardous waste clients.


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*CBA Members:  To receive credit, sign the attendance verification form at the meeting, and your credits will be automatically logged to your Professional Development Journal. If you do not attend the full program, do not sign the form. For partial credit, you will need to enter your time by the tenth of an hour into your Professional Development Journal.



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