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PFAS: Background, Issues, and Treatment Technologies


Course Code: EN0524WC21

PFAS (Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) Course

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Date & Time

June 3-4, 2021
8:30am - 12:00pm EDT (Log-in time: 7:45am - 8:00am EDT)
(Participants must attend both days of the class.)


PFAS - four letters that seem to be in the news everywhere you turn. What are they and why is everyone talking about them? This online course has been designed to give you a strong introduction to the topic.

PFAS is an acronym for members of a broad group of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances. PFAS as a group contains categories and classes of durable chemicals and materials with properties that include oil, water, temperature, chemical, and fire resistance, as well as electrical insulating properties. Since approximately the 1940's, these characteristics have led to widespread applications in industry. From clothing to cookware and from packaging to firefighting foams, they have literally been used everywhere.

Now, due to the persistent nature of these substances in the environment – and potential impacts to humans – energetic examinations of occurrences in air, water, soils, and sediment are underway, accompanied by development of possible treatment and cleanup technologies. Let us be the ones to give you the information you need to start off on the right foot as we face this new environmental challenge. Industry experts and scientists will present the facts you need for a strong footing as you plan how to best proceed!

Meet Your Instructors
Chris Venezia, instructor for PFAS: Background, Issues, and Treatment Technologies Course

Christopher Venezia, LSRP

Christopher Venezia is an LSRP with over 30-years of experience in investigation, remediation, and environmental compliance. He has successfully completed complex multi-disciplinary projects involving multiple contaminants in all media including investigation and remediation within fractured bedrock. Emerging contaminants are an interest to him from both the regulatory and technical perspective. Chris enjoys finding innovative solutions to meet client, technical, and regulatory needs. He received his BS degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Steve Barnett, instructor for PFAS: Background, Issues, and Treatment Technologies Course

Steve Barnett, Esq., PE, CIH, MSPH, Connell Foley LLP

For more than 20 years, Steve Barnett has represented clients concerned with health, safety, and environment, in transactions, court proceedings, and regulatory permitting and compliance matters. Prior to his legal career, Steve practiced as a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Industrial Hygienist and obtained a Master of Science in Public Health, Industrial Hygiene Emphasis. He also proudly served as Captain, United States Air Force, Bioenvironmental Engineer.

James Occhialini, instructor for Management Skills for Supervisors

James Occhialini, Specialty Services Practice Leader, Alpha Analytical

Jim Occhialini is a vice president with Alpha Analytical, and he serves as the practice leader for the laboratory's specialty analytical services group. Jim has over 40 years of environmental analytical and consulting experience working on a wide range of projects. Jim is very active with a number of regulatory workgroups and industry associations where he has given numerous technical presentations and training programs.


Robert Starcher, PhD, PG, Senior Project Geologist, Mott MacDonald

Robert W. Starcher Ph.D., P.G. is a geologist at Mott MacDonald, with 32 years of experience in ground-water resource evaluation, especially aquifer hydraulics, contaminant fate and transport, permitting, aquifer remediation, modeling ground-water flow in Coastal-Plain, fractured rock, and karst aquifers. He is particularly interested in surface-water/ground-water interaction, contaminant mobilization by changes in land use, and promoting understanding of physical processes in environmental remediation.


J. Margie Gray, PE, Principal Engineer, Mott MacDonald

Margie Gray, P.E. is Principal Engineer and Senior Associate at Mott MacDonald with 18 years of experience as a process engineer for the evaluation and design of water treatment facilities. Her recent focus has been on assisting water utilities with addressing PFAS contamination in their drinking water supplies, including treatment evaluations and planning studies, pilot and full-scale demonstration studies, and detailed design and commissioning of PFAS treatment facilities. She received her BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Stanford University.

Credits & Continuing Education Units

In addition to 0.6 Rutgers CEUs, this PFAS training course is approved for the following credits:

NJ Licensed Water and Wastewater Operators: 6.5 TCHs (Approval #01-012002-30)

NJ Health Officers & Registered Environmental Health Specialists: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). CEs for PFAS: Background, Issues, and Treatment Technologies are still pending.

NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 3 Government and 3 Information Technology

NJ Professional Engineers: 6.5 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits

NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): 5.5 Technical and 0.5 Regulatory

PA Water and Wastewater Operators: 2 Recert Hours

NOTE: You must fill out the survey requesting continuing education credits immediately following the end of the class. If you do not complete the survey - or do not fully complete it - you will NOT receive any credits.

Registration Fee


Multi-Person Registration Fee


Register at the same time with a colleague and you both save!

NJLWO Fee (T/W/VSWS License Holders Only!)


Cancellation Fee $75.00  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online course will be facilitated on the Canvas Virtual Platform. It is recommended that you access the course using a computer (desktop or laptop) with a high-speed internet connection. A built-in laptop microphone or external microphone can be used. Webcams are optional. Kindly note that this training is best viewed using the Chrome web browser. Tablets can also be used. If you plan to access the course using a mobile device, you should download the Canvas app. Please review this link for information: https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-10567.

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.


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Registration will close at 3PM on May 28, 2021.

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