OBG discusses PFAS in Wisconsin
OBG recently participated in the Wisconsin Ground Water Association’s (WGWA) 2018 Annual State Conference, which took place on February 9, 2018 in Brookfield, WI. During the conference, which focused this year on understanding groundwater in Wisconsin, OBG’s Jeff Ramey discussed the National Ground Water Association’s (NGWA) guidance document on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), developed for use by the association’s stakeholders.
Groundwater and PFAS: State of Knowledge and Practice was the result of a one-year collaboration of more than 30 volunteers from the groundwater industry, including OBG’s Paul Hare, CPG, PG and John Newsted, PhD. During his presentation, Jeff covered an overview of perfluorinated compounds; a summary of the document’s key elements (human health and ecological impacts; fate and transport; field sampling and analyses; legal and regulatory framework; risk communication; and remediation and treatment); and additional insights concerning groundwater, surface water, soil, sediment, fish, and biosolids risks for PFAS contamination. The presentation also included the current state of Wisconsin regulations in comparison with regulations, guidance, and known PFAS-contaminated sites and investigations in other states.
About Jeff Ramey: Jeff is a manager of project development at OBG and a managing chemist on the company’s emerging contaminants team. He has 14 years of experience as an analytical chemist in the environmental industry with expertise in emerging contaminants, PFAS, analytical method development, quality assurance and quality control, data validation, laboratory auditing, and laboratory program management. Jeff is a previous board member of WGWA, and served as WGWA’s secretary from 2013 to 2015.