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:

Perfluorinated Chemicals:  An Emerging Contaminant

Farallon continues to stay on the cutting edge of technical guidance and distributes relevant information to stakeholders regarding perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs).  PFCs are a class of chemicals that are human-made and do not naturally occur in the environment.  These chemicals are persistent in the environment, have been linked to a number of adverse health effects, and are therefore of significant interest to regulators and the public.

As one of the leading consulting firms on PFCs, Farallon is a member 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 PFCs.  Farallon’s white paper on PFCs for the Environmental Bakers Association Journal is available here, and Farallon Principal Steve Figgins will present information on the topic at the 2017 Emerging and Environmental Claims Managers Association Conference.  Farallon Principal Hydrogeologist Gary Hokkanen also has significant experience with PFCs, and has provided expert testimony on cases involving PFC contamination.

Sediments

Farallon’s Dr. Teresa Michelsen, Principal Environmental Scientist, has been involved in technical and policy development for the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) sediment cleanup program since the early 1990s.  She was responsible for calculating freshwater sediment quality standards adopted in the Sediment Management Standards cleanup regulations, and the Sediment Evaluation Framework for dredging in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.  She most recently assisted Ecology with a 20-year update of the Sediment Management Standards rule and the Sediment Cleanup User’s Manual, including conducting workshops with consultants, stakeholders, agencies, and tribes to address comments and provide both flexibility and efficiency in the cleanup process.  Her work with state governments has focused on maintaining the highest standards of technical accuracy while increasing efficiency, reducing barriers, and increasing incentives for cleanup.

Industry InfluenceCurrently, Dr. Michelsen continues to assist Ecology in determining regional background concentrations for sediments in urban areas to support more achievable cleanup standards at sediment sites, and evaluating ways to assess vulnerabilities and design sediment remediation strategies that are resilient to climate change.  She has also participated in university- and government-sponsored workshops in China and Korea regarding development of water and sediment quality guidelines in Asia.

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 commonground Executive Committee, the Environmental Bankers Association, and the Environmental Consultants Roundtable.  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.