Remediation Technology Summit

Andrew GillespieAndrew Gillespie, Ph.D.
Associate Director, U.S. EPA National Exposure Research Laboratory
Executive Lead, U.S. EPA PFAS Research & Development

Dr. Gillespie is Associate Director for Ecology at U.S. EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory.  He is responsible for providing executive leadership and scientific oversight for ecological exposure research and development, including landscape and stressor characterization, stressor fate and transport modeling, and stressor-receptor interactions.  He has fourteen years of experience with EPA serving in several research executive level positions in risk assessment and risk management, plus 15 prior years of service with the US Forest Service in a variety of research positions related to forest ecosystem inventory and monitoring.

At present he is also serving as the Executive Lead for all EPA PFAS-related research including human and ecological toxicity, exposure, analytical methods, and PFAS treatment and remediation.  He received a BS degree from Humboldt State University in forest engineering, and both MS and PhD degrees in forest biometry from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  Among his assignments he also served one year as professional staff on the US House of Representatives/Subcommittee on Forests, and a three-month assignment with the US State Department in Central Europe, raising awareness of forest-climate science issues.

US EPA's Science-Based Approach to Understanding and Managing Environmental Rish from PFAS

In response to growing public concern about risks from exposure to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), in May 2018 the US EPA convened a National Leadership Summit which brought together a broad cross section of stakeholders to share information and to discuss possible actions, including risk communication.  At this meeting, the Administrator committed to developing an EPA PFAS Management Plan based in part on information collected through a series of public engagements which took place over the summer of 2018.  EPA has developed a strong research agenda organized around

  1. understanding PFAS occurrence and exposure;
  2. understanding the human health and ecological effects of exposure to PFAS; and
  3. understanding options reduce exposures through treatment and remediation.

This presentation will discuss EPA’s approach in general, then focus specifically on the different lines of research, development, and technical assistance work being conducted to enable EPA and our partners at the State, Tribal, and Community level to Take Action on PFAS.  This work includes development and validation of laboratory analytical methods to detect and quantify PFAS in environmental media; application of computational toxicology and exposure models to better understand the potential for risk from different PFAS; development of standard toxicity reference values for use in assessing risk; and development, testing, and documentation of the efficacy and cost of different methods for treating, remediating, or otherwise reducing exposures throughout the PFAS lifecycle.

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