State of Vermont’s Water: 9th Annual VEC Conference (Online)

This is a tentative agenda for the October 27th, 2020 Conference. Information is subject to change. Register Here

INTRO 8:30-8:45
● Miles Waite – Introduction
● Julie Moore – Opening Remarks, Act 21 Overview

SPONSOR PROMOTIONS 8:45-9:00

MORNING SESSIONS

PFAS STUDIES IN VERMONT 9:00-10:00
● PFAS in Landfill Leachate Kasey Kathan, VT DEC
● PFAS in Biosolids, Eamon Twohig, VT DEC
● PFAS in Wastewater, Nick Gianetti, VT DEC
● PFAS near Rutland Airport, Characterization of Fractured Rock Aquifer Study, Jon Kim, VGS

BREAK, QUESTIONS, AND SPONSOR PROMOTIONS 10:00-10:15

OTHER CONTAMINANTS 10:15-10:45
● Arsenic in Drinking Water, Laurie Rardin, Dartmouth
● Chloride in Domestic Wells, Sille Larsen, VT DOH

BREAK, QUESTIONS, AND SPONSOR PROMOTIONS 10:45-11.00

PFAS OCCURRENCE, TESTING & TREATMENT 11:00-12:00
● PFAS Water Treatment Technology, Steve LaRosa, Weston-Sampson
● PFAS “Toolbox for Consultants”: Soil Disposal and New Sampling Techniques, Joe Hayes, ATC
● “The Basis of PFAS Standards,” Steve Zemba, Sanborn Head
● PFAS Occurrence in Drinking Water and Other Media, “Why Does Soil Partitioning Matter?” Russ Abell, Sanborn Head

QUESTIONS, CLOSING REMARKS 12:00-12:30

 

About our Speakers

Kasey Kathan – Vermont Solid Waste Management Program
Kasey joined the DEC’s Solid Waste Management Program in 2013, just as implementation of the Universal Recycling Law was beginning, and she’s been working on PFAS monitoring and regulation for Vermont’s closed and active landfills and understanding the relationship between leachate and wastewater treatment facility discharges. She has degrees in geology from Mount Holyoke College (B.A.) and Northern Arizona University (M.S.).
Kasey wil be in the morning session for the PFAS Studies in Vermont

Eamon Twohig – Vermont Department of Envionmental Conservation
Eamon Twohig joined the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation in 2012 and holds the unofficial record of serving in the greatest number of Divisions over the shortest time period. In 2017, he enlisted with the Waste Management & Prevention Division as the manager of the Residuals Waste & Emerging Contaminants Program. Chief among the duties of this Program is ensuring that the beneficial reuse of residual materials, such as biosolids, is performed in a matter that protects the environment and human health. Prior to working for the State of Vermont, Eamon conducted research at the University of Vermont (UVM) focused on reducing pollutant and excess nutrient loading to surface and ground waters via innovative, low-cost technologies, such as constructed wetlands and phosphorus-sorbing materials. Eamon has a MS degree in Plant & Soil Science from UVM and a BA degree from Vassar College. He lives in Burlington, VT with his family and enjoys the mountains, lakes and streams (of delicious beer) synonymous with the Green Mountain State.

Nick Gianetti – Vermont Department of Envionmental Conservation
Nick Giannetti is the Pretreatment Coordinator in the Wastewater Program of the State of Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Watershed Management Division. Nick administers the State’s Pretreatment Program, which works with municipalities to control inputs of industrial wastewater to prevent interference of municipal wastewater treatment facility operations and pass-through of pollutants to surface waters. Nick has worked in VT’s Wastewater Program for five years. Prior to working in VT, he worked in the environmental section of Finch Paper in Glens Falls, NY, focusing on the paper mill’s 12-million gallon per day industrial wastewater plant.

Both Eamon and Nick will be in the morning session for the PFAS Studies in
Vermont focusing on Biosolids and Wastewater.

Jon Kim Vermont State Geologist
Jon Kim received his Ph.D. in Geology from the SUNY at Buffalo (1996), an M.S. from University of South Florida/Tampa (1984), and a B.A. from Colgate University (1981). He began working for the Vermont Geological Survey in 1997, where most of his research relates to the characterization of fractured bedrock aquifers using structural geology, geochemistry, and hydrogeology. He currently collaborates with professors and students from Middlebury College, the University of Vermont, SUNY at Plattsburgh, and the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, as well as federal agencies such as EPA- Region 1 and USGS. Jon wil be in the morning session for the PFAS Studies in Vermont focusing on Fractured Rock Aquifer Study.