Industry Influence

Farallon has a history of active involvement in the development of guidance documents and regulations affecting the environmental industry, clients, and the services we offer.  Some examples of current participation with industry decision-makers include:

Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances:  An Emerging Contaminant

Farallon continues to stay on the cutting edge of technical guidance for characterization, fate and transport, and ultimately remediation of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS).  PFAS are a large class of anthropogenic chemicals that have found widespread use in many industries and are persistent in the environment including soil and groundwater. Human exposure to PFAS, even at concentrations in the parts-per-trillion range, have been linked to a number of adverse health effects, and are therefore of significant interest to regulators and the public. PFAS may be released to the environment through a number of mechanisms that include the use of aqueous-film forming foam during firefighting, leakage from landfills in leachate, and discharge of wastewater or stormwater to the subsurface.

As one of the leading consulting firms for PFAS-related contamination, we are members of the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council’s Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Team producing technical resources to help regulators and other stakeholders improve their understanding of the current science regarding PFAS.  Our white paper on PFAS for the Environmental Bankers Association Journal is available hereSenior Hydrogeologist Eric Buer has significant experience characterizing PFAS releases and evaluating alternatives for remediation. He currently leads our technical group working on sites involving PFAS contamination. 

Assisting the California Stormwater Quality Association

After 18 years, the California Industrial General Permit (Industrial Permit) was updated in 2015.  Under the new guidelines, Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioners (QISPs) assist stormwater dischargers with compliance with the Industrial Permit.  Matt Hillyard, Senior Engineer, is a QISP Trainer of Record, working with the California Stormwater Quality Association to help clients comply with the Industrial Permit.  As a qualified QISP, Mr. Hillyard fully understands the requirements for the Industrial Permit and is experienced at recommending Best Management Plans, preparing and implementing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, preparing Exceedance Response Action reports, performing annual evaluations, and training facility Pollution Prevention Team members.  Mr. Hillyard has twice served as a workgroup leader for the California Stormwater Quality Association’s industrial subcommittee to address issues related to Industrial Permit renewal and implementation.

ASTM Membership

ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards-development organizations in the world, establishing and refining technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Farallon's Tina Huff , Principal Regulatory Specialist, is an ASTM International member serving on Committee E50 overseeing Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action.  As a regular participant in the Environmental Site Assessment and Vapor Intrusion Assessment Task Groups, Ms. Huff is well versed in the issues under discussion, and has the opportunity to influence final decisions that will impact Farallon's clients.  Her contributions to the industry include membership in the Environmental Bankers Association, California Mortgage Brokers Association, and the American Railway Development Association.  Ms. Huff also is a regular environmental due diligence contributor for various organizations and conferences, and has been a returning instructor at Continuing Legal Education events.