Emerging Contaminants Found in Landfill Leachate [2 CEUs]

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Plaza Ballroom F

Moderator: Ivan Cooper, P.E., BCEE, Principal, National Water/Wastewater Practice Leader, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

The session will cover emerging contaminants found in landfill leachate including:

  • PFAS (like firefighting foam, fireproof clothing impregnated paper, textiles, leather, furniture and many other industrial uses that can get into water supplies)
  • 1,4 Dioxane
  • PPCP (Pharmaceutical and personal care products)
  • Boron
  • Phenols/TTO (total toxic organics)
  • Arsenic
  • Coal Ash—metals (As/B/Se); organics; (Total Suspended Solids) TSS fines, and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS)


Francis Boodoo, Director of Applied Technologies, Purolite

Francis Boodoo

Francis Boodoo holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a Master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University. He has more than 35 years of expertise in the remediation of potable and groundwater, using ion exchange resin and adsorbent technologies for select removal of contaminants such as perchlorate, nitrate, arsenic, chromium and uranium. His experience with poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) includes the development, testing, process design and operation of highly selective ion exchange resins for reducing PFASs in water to non-detect levels. He holds four water treatment related patents and provides training and support for Purolite’s global sales force.

William Zavora, P.E., Senior Applications Engineer, Industrial Process and Food Business Unit, Calgon Carbon Corporation

William Zavora

William C. Zavora, P.E., has more than 30 years of detailed process and applications engineering experience. His primary areas of focus have been water and wastewater treatment and activated carbon applications of all types. His expertise includes process gas, ambient air, amine conditioning, glycerin, remediation and many other fine chemical purification projects. Mr. Zavora supports the customer base in the Western USA and Canada, as well as providing application-specific assistance across the globe. He regularly conducts training seminars on activated carbon and its implementation for customers and trade association events. Complementing his more than 15 years as an activated carbon specialist, he has worked at government research facilities, consulting engineering firms, and manufacturing sites. Mr. Zavora remains involved in all aspects of process engineering including technology selection, equipment sizing, PFDs and P&IDs, startup and optimization/troubleshooting. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in materials engineering from Virginia Tech and is a registered Professional Engineer (Civil) in California and Pennsylvania.

Matthew Thurlow, Esq., Baker & Hostetler, Washington, D.C.

Matthew Thurlow

Matthew Thurlow is a partner at BakerHostetler. He is an environmental litigator with significant experience in environmental matters brought under the Clean Air Act, CERCLA, Clean Water Act and RCRA. He formerly served in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. During that time, Mr. Thurlow acted as lead counsel on a variety of civil enforcement matters, including a major Clean Water Act case against the city of Memphis, Tennessee, several Superfund cases, and several Clean Air Act matters involving power plants and oil refineries.

Russell Abell, P.G., LSP, Vice President, Sanborn |Head & Associates, Inc., New Hampshire

Russell Abell

Russell Abell has more than 20 years of experience nationally focusing on hydrogeology and fate and transport analysis. His experience includes consulting expert roles for fate and transport analysis in retail petroleum sites, product liability matters and chlorinated solvent plume sites in overburden and fractured bedrock settings. His recent focus includes fate and transport analysis of PFAS in groundwater impacting municipal public water supply wells and remedial design to address PFAS-contaminated groundwater. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in geology from Amherst College and a Master’s degree in geology from Virginia Tech University. Mr. Abell also serves as a client service area leader at Sanborn Head, managing more than 30 staff servicing clients in the areas of environmental due diligence, site assessment, remediation, and vapor intrusion assessment and mitigation.

Steve Koenigsberg, Ph.D., Senior Principal/Director of Remediation Technologies, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Steve Koenigsberg

Dr. Stephen Koenigsberg brings more than three decades of environmental experience to his practice as a senior principal and director of remediation at Civil and Environmental Consultants (CEC) based in Irvine, California. He is known for his work in the development and application of innovative remediation protocols, authoring or co-authoring more than 175 technical articles and four books, along with holding four international patents focusing on remediation and environmental biotechnology. In 1994, he co-founded Regenesis, where as vice president for research and development, he co-developed developed several products, including ORC, HRC and Regenox, which have been applied at almost 25,000 sites worldwide. He continues to develop and launch new technologies. In the last decade, Dr. Koenigsberg moved into consulting and in 2010 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation. He is an adjunct professor at the California State University at Fullerton and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York (CCNY) and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Patrick Stanford, Vice President of Engineering, Rochem Americas, Inc.

Pat Stanford

Patrick Stanford has over 30 years of experience with reverse osmosis systems, having installed his first Rochem system in 1985. Mr. Stanford has worked in every capacity of Rochem Americas, from sweeping the floors to designing, fabricating and installing Rochem systems. Currently Mr. Stanford has technical responsibility for all installations in North and South America. He is expert in leachate chemistry, hardware, software and regulations, and he has experience with both sanitary and hazardous landfills. Mr. Stanford brings a unique outlook to every project, allowing him to develop the optimal treatment train for each application.