Monday, June 17, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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The Rhode Island Foundation 
1 Union Station
Providence, RI 02903

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Brian Kortz, RISEP Secretary 
401-861-3070 ext. 4578 

PFAS Sampling for Environmental Professionals

The Rhode Island Foundation

Monday, June 17, 2019

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


The objective of this course is to inform LSPs, LEPs, LSRPs, PEs and other environmental professionals about the particular difficulties and nuances involved in the sampling of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in environmental media.

This course has been developed to answer the following questions:

  1. Why do environmental professionals need to know about PFAS sampling?
  2. What are PFAS and what are their characteristic properties (chemistry and toxicology)?  
  3. Where are PFAS found, both historically and currently?  
  4. How do environmental professionals identify PFAS-containing materials?  
  5. What changes need to be made to sampling protocols and procedures when sampling for PFAS?   
  6. How can environmental professionals best assure that they are obtaining representative and accurate PFAS data? 

This course was developed for environmental professionals and will provide information on the issues regarding sampling, sample handling and analysis. It will include an overview of PFAS chemical properties as it relates to the issues in sampling and sample preservation and handling, as well as detailed discussion of the special sampling and handling techniques required for investigating PFAS in environmental media.  It will present a case study on the sampling techniques and practices used in the sampling of drinking water sources performed by Weston & Sampson for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) and present the findings of a combined TRC /Alpha Analytical study on PFAS presence in common environmental sampling equipment.  It will also discuss analytical methods for PFAS and special sample preservation and handling techniques and the potential legal issues that environmental professionals face when deciding whether or not to perform sampling for PFAS.


8 AM - Course Registration
8:30 AM - Course Overview and Presenter Introductions
8:45 AM - Introduction to PFAS
9:15 AM - Sampling for PFAS in Different Media
10 AM - Break/Q&A
10:15 AM - Regulatory Summary
10:45 AM - Analysis of PFAS
11:30 AM - Monitoring PFAS in Air
12:15 PM - Buffet Lunch
12:45 PM - Passive Samplers for PFAS in Surface Water and Air
1:30 PM - PFAS Fingerprinting
2:15 PM - How to Evaluate Quality/Usability of PFAS Data
2:45 PM - Break/Q&A
3 PM - Fate & Transport of PFAS and Waht it Means for Sampling
3:30 PM - Rhode Island PFAS Case Studies
4:30 PM - Open Panel/Q&A
5 PM - Adjourn


Elizabeth Denly, Director in the Technical Development Unit and Quality Assurance and Chemistry Systems Director in the Environmental Sector at TRC.

Jim Occhialini, Vice President at Alpha Analytical and product line manager for the laboratory’s specialty analytical services project applications.

Dr. Ranier Lohmann, Associate Professor with the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography

Gary Hunt,  Vice President and Principal Scientist within TRC’s National Air Measurements Practice 

Dr. Mark Benotti,  Senior Environmental Chemist with NewFields 

Steve LaRosa, Team Leader/Senior Project Manager with Weston & Sampson


Members of RISEP, EPOC, or LSPA: $300
Non-Members: $400
Students/Staff at Academic Institutions, State, or Municipal Employees (with photo ID): $100

CEU Credits Offered:

  • 8 LSP Technical CEU (LSP-1670)
  • 8 LEP CEC (CTLEP-484) - Note:  This course cannot be used for CT CECs for the next renewal term, as it is offered prior to the beginning of the next cycle (7/1/19-6/30/21).  It can be used for this renewal cycle (7/1/17-6/30/19) if you still need CECs.

Buffet lunch included.

ALL net revenues from this course will go to the RISEP Scholarship Fund.


Please consider sponsoring this event -- when you sponsor, you support the RISEP Education Program which provides scholarships to students pursuing careers in the environmental field.  You may purchase asponsorship while registering, or contact President Rick Carlone (401-427-2776) for further information.