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PFAS Forum 2019

Developing initiatives and techniques to improve remediation efforts in PFAS contaminated areas

29 May 2019 | Radisson Blu, Sydney

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Per-and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) contamination of soil and water is an important issue of significant concern across Australia and around the world. Swathes of agricultural land have been contaminated by PFAS substances being deposited in local water supplies.

Sectors from the Defence to Aviation are now contributing to the hefty remediation costs in an attempt to clean-up contaminated soil and water.

The PFAS Forum set to be held on the 29th May 2019 in Sydney, will bring together representatives from across industries aiming to address the situation alongside the Government environmental departments and remediation companies to explore the best route forward, innovative practices for reducing contamination and routes of collaboration between the sectors.



8:30 am

Registration and morning refreshments

8:45 am

Opening remarks from the Morning Chair


8:50 am

– Whole sector review of current approaches to PFAS remediation
– Industry initiatives to improve engagement with remediation (e.g. PFAS R&D funding grants, Interest Groups, Workshops/Summits/Conferences)
– Cross sector collaboration


9:20 am

– Reviewing the Department of Defence’s efforts to reduce contamination levels
– Areas of responsibility
– Techniques being used by the Department of Defence

10:50 am

– Which sites are currently being focused on?
– How is NSW RFS assisting local communities during the clean-up process?
– Next steps for remediation

– Multi-commodity nature of Ports and where legacy risks may arise
– Complexities that arise in remote Port locations
– The importance of an inclusive and transparent response approach to the identification of PFAS
• Forward plan – an overview of some of the key complexities of transition to fluorine free foams

10:20 am

Morning Tea & Networking Break

12:00 pm

– Why are firefighting foams needed?
– Frontend trends to mitigate contamination
– New generation fluorine free or fluorinated firefighting foams?

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break


1:30 pm

– Methods used for detecting PFAS
– Efficiency determining levels of contamination
– Future developments

2:00 pm

Better understanding sorption of PFASs in soils for remediation decisions

Dr Rai Kookana, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

2:30 pm

– Ventia in conjunction with CleanEarth Technologies (Nova Scotia, Canada) have developed a treatment plant capable of removing PFAS contamination from soils. The technology – XPEL® – uses a wet process to remove and concentrate PFAS contamination, which is then managed or disposed at a suitable destruction facility. The cleaned soil is suitable for reuse as backfill material. The versatility of the technology means that treatment plants can be designed to the conditions of the treatment site to be a range of sizes and treatment throughputs. A trial plant is currently being constructed in Australia and represents the first of its kind in the world.

3:00 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:30 pm

– Key challenges facing industries
– Current technologies available
– What’s being done to support communities around contamination sites?

4:00 pm

PFAS 2020: What Does it Look Like?

Andrew Thomas, National PFAS Manager, Enviropacific

4:30 pm

PFAS source zone management – the case for containment

– ‘Cap and contain’ as a practicable and effective PFAS source zone management strategy
– Showcasing an approach where the key pillar is ‘risk reduction per dollar spent’
– Important issues to consider in deciding a PFAS source zone management approach

5:00 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:10 pm

End of Conference and Networking Drinks


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Dr Annette Nolan

Director & Emerging Contaminants of Concern Interest Group Committee Member, Australasian Land and Ground Water Association (ALGA)

Luke Mcleod

Assistant Secretary – PFASIM, Department of Defence

Raju Divakarla

PFAS Program Manager, NSW Rural Fire Service

Nicola Stokes

Senior Environmental Coordinator, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation

Debra Thompson

PFAS Engagement Manager - Infrastructure Services, NSW Rural Fire Service

Gavin Scherer

PFAS Response Leader – ANZ, AECOM

Andrew Thomas

National PFAS Manager, Enviropacific

Mike Willson

Fire Protection Association Australia

Daniel Slee

Manager - Organics, National Measurements Institute

Dr Rai Kookana

Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Charles Grimison

Technical Manager, Ventia

Andrew Kohlrusch

Principal Environmental Scientist, GHD


How the Department of Defence is responding to the PFAS crisis
Per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals – long used in items such as food packaging, nonstick cookware and firefighting foam – which now find themselves under increasing concerns over environmental and potential health impacts.

when & where

29 May 2019

Radisson Blu, Sydney
27 O’Connell Street
NSW 2000
+61 2 8214 0000

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