Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large, complex group of synthetic chemicals that have been used around the world since about the 1950s. PFAS have unique desirable properties and they are some of the most persistent and slowly degrading pollutants detected in various land uses including firefighting training areas, textiles and leather industries, airports, wastewater treatment plants and landfills among others. Recently, the need to maximise the regeneration of brownfield land in line with the 'healthy soils' upcoming EU framework, and the constantly evolving requirement for material reuse on reconstruction sites in the new era of the Circular Economy, are both growing fast. PFAS, like any other potentially carcinogenic substances, can cause serious damage to human health and ecosystems if relevant risks from PFAS-impacted soils are not assessed successfully when intended to be reused. This workshop intends to cover the available regulatory frameworks in the most advanced countries of the EU and worldwide and demonstrate case studies and lessons learned on this environmental hot topic.
The agenda will include lectures from invited speakers only and discussions with the audience. Registration is free.
Date: 1 September 2023
Time: 11.00 am EET