Influential leadership takes integrity, dedication, innovation, and time. We have 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 our current participation with industry decision-makers include:
Per- and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS): Emerging Contaminants
Farallon continues to stay on the cutting edge of technical guidance for characterization, fate and transport, and remediation of PFAS through management of multiple project sites in the Pacific Northwest. PFAS are a large class of anthropogenic chemicals that have had 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.
In the forefront of addressing PFAS-related contamination, we are members of the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council’s PFAS 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 here. Farallon Principal Hydrogeologist Eric Buer has extensive experience characterizing PFAS releases and evaluating alternatives for remediation. He leads our technical group working on sites involving PFAS contamination.
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. Tina Huff, Farallon 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, Tina 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 Bankers Association, and the American Railway Development Association. Tina also is a regular environmental due diligence contributor for various organizations and conferences, and has been a returning instructor at Continuing Legal Education events.