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PFAS Remediation Expert Shares Learnings from the Past Decade

Around the world, WSP technical experts overcome unique challenges to solve our clients’ environmental challenges. At the Clean Up 2017 Conference held in Melbourne last week, we had the opportunity to showcase our expertise in contaminated lands and remediation.

 

Special guest speaker, Dr Andreas Woldegiorgis, from our Stockholm office delivered a thought-provoking presentation on pioneering and ground-breaking Perfluorinated Alkyl Acids (PFAS) assessment, mapping and remediation projects. He was joined at Clean Up 2017 by our local team of experts who also shared their knowledge across a range of topics through four presentations and a few posters.

Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) and PFAS have gained increased attention as a potent group of compounds impacting human health and the environment. The extensive use of PFAS as film forming components in fire-fighting foams have created hot spots of contamination where Aqueous Film-Forming Foam Concentrates (AFFF) have been traditionally used either for fire-fighting practices or for extinguishing fires. In Australia, several sites that have been contaminated with PFAS are under assessment.

Following his presentation at Clean Up 2017, Dr Woldegiorgis addressed our clients, contracting partners and regulators in a series of events hosted by our Contaminated Land teams across Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth. He discussed his experience with PFAS assessments in Europe, and offered insights into successful remediation methods designed, tested and implemented by WSP in the past decade.

For further information about PFAS assessment and remediation please contact Luke Hove, WSP’s Team Executive Remediation (Australia).

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