EREF Science Sessions are brief virtual presentations during which attendees learn about a particular topic in a convenient amount of time.  Topics may include current research findings, data, case studies or similar content of a technical nature.

Your time is valuable – that’s why our EREF Science Sessions are only 45 minutes to one hour, listen over lunch or during a workout break. But don’t worry, we’ve packed each session with quality content.


Current Topic: PFAS & Emerging Contaminants

Our current series will cover a number of topics relating to PFAS and emerging contaminants. Expected topics include:

  • Health implications (e.g. exposure pathways, epidemiology, toxicology)
  • Impact of PFAS/emerging contaminants on the waste industry
  • Sources and sinks of PFAS/emerging contaminants in waste management
  • Inventory of detected compounds in leachate, landfill gas, and gas condensate
  • Characterization and measurement techniques
  • And more!

February 11, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

Unnatural Selection: Evolution of PFAS Policy
Registration Fee: $25.00 per person

While research is still needed to fully understand the impacts and treatment methods for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), regulations have been implemented at the federal, state and local level to manage these man-made chemical compounds. What are these regulations and how do they impact the solid waste industry?


  • Anne Germain, PE, COO and SVP of Regulatory Affairs, National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA)
  • Sean McGinnis, Partner, The COEFFICIENT Group

Moderator: Bryan Staley, PhD, PE, President and CEO, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)

February 25, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

Weighing the Options: Current Strategies for Managing PFAS in Leachate
Registration Fee: $25.00 per person

There have been numerous presentations and articles that touch on currently available technologies, or “off the shelf” options, as well as innovative technologies. But why is the science behind PFAS compounds and the treatment technologies so important? If the goal is to remove these abundant compounds from the environment, we need to fully understand the implications of these treatment options relative to the chemical make-up of these compounds and what this means for the solid waste industry

Speaker: Stephanie Bolyard, PhD, Research and Scholarship Program Manager, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)

Moderator: Liz Bothwell, Head of Content and Marketing and NothingWasted! Podcast Host, Waste360

In the Room When It Happened: Industry Perspectives on PFAS
January 21, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET

  • Joe Benco, PE, Director, Engineering, Republic Services
  • Samuel Nicolai, PE, Vice President of Engineering & Compliance, Casella Waste Systems
  • David Pepper, Vice President, Post Collections for US Solid Waste Operations, GFL Environmental

During this session, a panel of solid waste experts weighed in with their perspectives on PFAS and the challenges faced.

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