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February 2021

Unnatural Selection: Evolution of PFAS Policy

February 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Speakers: 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)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…

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Weighing the Options: Current Strategies for Managing PFAS in Leachate

February 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

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, Waste360The treatment of PFAS has been a topic of discussion among the solid waste industry for the last few years, which has led to the development of the EPA’s interim guidance for PFAS management. There have been numerous presentations and articles that touch on currently available technologies, or “off-the-shelf” options, as well as…

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March 2021

Rock Solid: Evaluating Solidification of PFAS in RO Concentrate

March 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Speakers: Paul Ruehl, U.S. Environmental Remediation Specialist, LafargeHolcim Ryan Schipper, PE, Senior Engineer, Golder Associates Patrick Stanford, General Manager, Rochem Americas, Inc. Moderator: Bryan Staley, PhD, PE, President and CEO, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) present a challenge for typical treatment strategies and technologies due to their strong chemical bonds and our limited knowledge of the nearly 5,000 types of PFAS. As a result of these strong bonds and their resistance to breaking down, they…

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April 2021

Emerging Contaminants in Organics

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Jean MacRae, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Maine While a number of strategies exist to recover food waste, such as anaerobic digestion and composting, they aren’t without challenges – one of which is contamination. Contamination comes in different forms, such as inappropriate materials (e.g. plastic, glass) or emerging contaminants (e.g. PFAS) and leads to a low quality final product, problems for facilities and environmental challenges. Although significant attention has been given to traditional non-degradable contaminants, such as plastic and…

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May 2021

PFAS in Waste-derived Compost

May 13 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Youn Jeong Choi, PhD, Analytical Chemist, Purdue University Moderator: Bryan Staley, PhD, PE, President and CEO, Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF)With companies and product manufacturers aiming to increase their “green footprints,” usage of compostable utensils, food packaging and containers continues to increase. When added to soil as an amendment, compostable materials, such as yard waste, food waste and compostable food packaging, can offer a number of benefits including improved soil tilth and decreased need for fertilizers. However, recent…

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June 2021

2021 EREF Annual Charitable Auction

June 16 - June 30
Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89109 United States

The EREF Annual Charitable Auction offers companies a unique opportunity to showcase their products and demonstrate their dedication to sustainability and solid waste research. When You Participate in the Auction, You Support Research and Students Like Kameron King. Kameron is a PhD Candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her research focuses on investigating a more sustainable way to treat our waste by combining a thermal and biological process to increase renewable energy production.…

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August 2021

Electrical Leak Location (ELL) Workshop and Emerging Topics in Landfill Management Summit

August 31 @ 10:30 am - September 1 @ 4:30 pm EDT
Marriott Columbus University Area, 3100 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, Ohio 43202 United States
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Brush up on Electrical Leak Location (ELL) before you attend the workshop! The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF), in collaboration with the Ohio Chapter of the National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) and strategic partner – the Ohio EPA – have developed three ELL training sessions that will provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge and information to prepare attendees for the planning and implementation of ELL during Ohio landfill liner construction. Each session is led by an…

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October 2021

Storage Wars: Sequestering PFAS Using Polymer Chemistry

October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Todd DeJournett, PhD, PE, Senior Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants Moderator: Craig Benson, PhD, PE, NAE, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison Geosyntec, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, is studying the use of commercially-available polymer flocculants to improve PFAS removal in landfill leachate management operations. Polymer flocculants are water-soluble polymers which cause particles to aggregate, making them easier to filter out of a liquid. While these polymers have previously been shown to bind PFAS to aquifer solids, like gravel or sand,…

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November 2021

How to (Accidentally) Destroy a Forever Compound

November 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Speaker: Michael Wong, PhD, Professor and Department Chair, Rice University Moderator: Craig Benson, PhD, PE, NAE, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-MadisonPer/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been detected in landfill gas and leachate due to their widespread applications in commercial, industrial, and household products, including surfactants, firefighting foams, and even drinking straws. In this Science Session, Dr. Michael Wong with Rice University will share how boron nitride and ultraviolet light can be combined to degrade PFAS compounds. Recently published research by Rice…

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2021 EREF Fall Classic & Networking Event

November 17 @ 8:00 am - November 18 @ 5:00 pm MST
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 5350 East Marriott Drive
Phoenix, Arizona 85054 United States

Important: There are still rooms available for the night of November 17 when you book through EREF's room block; however, the remainder of the JW Marriott is sold out. Book now before EREF's room block is gone! Sold out on the night you're looking to book? EREF has reserved a room block at the AC Hotel Scottsdale North. Book your group rate at the AC Hotel today. Issues with booking your reservation? Contact events@erefdn.org. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS 2021…

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