31st Annual Environment Virginia Symposium March 23-25, 2021

31st Annual Environment Virginia Symposium March 23-25, 2021

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EEC Environmental is excited to announce that two of their PFAS experts have been selected to present at the prestigious 31st Annual Environment Virginia Symposium, March 23-25, 2021!

  • Mr. John Shaffer, CEO and Chemist, will present “PFAS Water Treatment Technologies: Pros and Cons of GAC and IX
  • Ms. Emily Vavricka, Project Scientist, will present “PFAS Hiding in Plain Sight: The Unexpected Sources of PFAS”

The Environment Virginia Symposium, “where leaders meet…(this year virtually)” is the MidAtlantic’s premier environmental conference which brings together environmental professionals from all sectors: government, non-profits, academia, and industry.  This year the conference will feature up to 30 live sessions plus speakers, topic discussion sessions and pre-recorded bonus presentations – for more information and to register for the conference go to: https://www.vmi.edu/about/conferences/eva/

Mr. John Shaffer is the CEO, chemist, and founder of EEC Environmental with more than 30 years experience managing water resource projects and representing municipalities and private industries. Mr. Shaffer developed the Water Environment Federation (WEF) / USEPA fats, oil, and grease (FOG) control program workshop and served as a speaker at workshops throughout the United States.  He has delivered numerous presentations to city councils and special district boards on behalf of municipal clients and industry stakeholder groups. Mr. Shaffer is currently the Principal in Charge for a project involving the evaluation of treatment technologies for PFAS impacted groundwater that has tainted the groundwater production supply for a major Southern California city.  In addition, Mr. Shaffer is involved in the evaluation of PFAS risks at a military installation in Alaska.     Mr. Shaffer holds a General Engineering Contractors License (A-743267), with a Hazardous Substances Removal Certification. He is a long-standing, active member of the Water Environment Federation, California Water Environment Association, and the California Association of Sewering Agencies and studied biochemistry at University of California, Los Angeles.

Ms. Emily Vavricka has over 18 years of experience in environmental consulting and litigation support involving environmental liability, cost recovery and contribution actions and environmental forensic investigations associated with soil and groundwater contamination issues of various contaminants, including chlorinated solvents, perchlorate, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). She specializes in the use of environmental forensic techniques to identify potentially responsible parties and determine the source, age, and fate and transport of contaminants in soil and groundwater. Ms. Vavricka holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of California, Riverside and an M.S. in Environmental Science from California State University, Fullerton. In addition, Ms. Vavricka served on the Board of Directors for the Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRA).

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