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Groundwater Solutions: Innovating to Address Emerging Issues for Groundwater Resources Conference
May 22, 2017

August 8-9 in Arlington, Virginia.

Conference overview

Be a part of this symposium to identify real solutions to large dilute groundwater plumes, emerging contaminants in groundwater, and other constituents that affect our drinking water supply.

All industrialized nations are confronted with remediation challenges of varying scopes and natures. That, coupled with the daunting undertaking of addressing known and as yet unknown hazards and contaminants, proves challenging for even the most responsible entities. Where can good science, regulation, and practical expectations intersect to serve the public good?

Intended to be comprehensive in approach, this symposium will create a forum where all who work in and serve the groundwater, as well as the drinking water, community can discuss and debate appropriate longer-term solutions for the evaluation and restoration of impacted and compromised groundwater. How will sharing good science and harnessing innovation lead us to develop best practices for short-term situational management when drinking water supplies are affected?

Keynote presentation, August 8

Adapting to Changing Environments: Water as a Mission-Critical Resource

presented by Maureen Sullivan, U.S. Department of Defense
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment, Safety & Occupational Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Energy, Installations & Environment) Maureen Sullivan has worked in the DoD for more than 35 years. In her current position, she is responsible for DoD’s policies and programs related to compliance with environmental laws; management of natural and cultural resources; cleanup of contaminated sites; safety and occupational health; fire and emergency services; green/sustainable buildings; installation emergency management; international environmental compliance and clean-up efforts; climate change adaptation planning; strategic sustainability planning; planning to address emerging contaminants; and international defense environmental cooperation. Additionally, Sullivan is responsible for the DoD Native American program, oversees the Armed Forces Pest Management Board, the DoD Explosives Safety Board, and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program/Environmental Security Technology Certification Program.?

Keynote presentation, August 9

The Superfund Remedial Program: Protecting Groundwater Through the Balance of the Regulation, Science, and Technology?

presented by James E. Woolford, Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Director of the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Land and Emergency Management James E. Woolford, Ph.D., has served in this position since December 2006. He also served as the acting deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Environmental Information for six months in 2014. Prior to his current position, Woolford was the director of the Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office for 12 years and, in 2008, received a Meritorious Executive Service Award for his accomplishments in the Federal Facilities Program. He also served as the director of the Program Operations Division in the Office of Federal Facilities Enforcement, and as a branch chief and a section chief in the Superfund Enforcement Division in the Office of Waste Programs Enforcement. Woolford holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Virginia Tech, an M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.?