A video of the PFAS (per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances) Summit keynote speeches will be available to watch from 12.30pm (AEST) today.
The keynote speeches will be delivered by international experts who will speak about the regulatory response to the challenges posed by PFAS in their countries.
The keynote speakers include:
- Dr Éva Fetter. Fetter is a scientific officer at the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA), which is the main environment agency in Germany, subordinated to the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety,
- Hilary Thornton from the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Thornton has managed the cleanup of Superfund sites as a remedial project manager for the US Environmental Protection Agency since 1997, and
- Timothy Dee, a PFAS specialist from Aurecon New Zealand Ltd. Dee brings his considerable international expertise to Aurecon New Zealand’s contaminated sites team, having worked on significant sites across the UK, Europe and New Zealand. Recently this has included the assessment of perfluorinated compounds at an electroplating site in the UK.
Further information about the speakers is available on EPA’s website.
The rest of the summit will consist of a series of workshops involving technical experts in the environmental and health regulation of PFAS from Australian and international jurisdictions.
EPA Executive Director of Knowledge Standards and Assessment Tim Eaton says EPA is leading the development of a nationally-consistent approach to the environmental regulation of PFAS and hosting the summit on behalf of its co-regulators.
“EPA is coordinating the summit on behalf of the Heads of EPAs Australia and New Zealand (HEPA) and the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy. We will be providing advice to HEPA on what a PFAS National Management Plan could contain,” Eaton says.
“Such a plan would help provide national consistency on how to ensure good environmental practices are applied to all PFAS contaminated sites across Australia,” he says.
“PFAS are of emerging global concern because they are persistent in the environment and resistant to normal environmental breakdown. A nationally-consistent approach to regulation will increase certainty for government, community and industry.”
Members of the community, industry or business with an interest in PFAS can watch a live stream of the summit’s keynote speeches here.