Title of the speech: A brief overview of regulatory developments for PFAS in Europe, the remediation options and a new treatment technology for destroying PFAS (DE-FLUOROTM)
Rick leads the Remediation and Industrials Practice for AECOM Environment in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) . He is also on the steering group and lead representative for AECOM at the Network for Industrially Coordinated Sustainable Land Management in Europe (NICOLE) which is a leading forum promoting co-operation between industry, academia and service providers on the development and application of sustainable technologies in contaminated land management, risk assessment and remediation. At AECOM, Rick’s day to day technical remit involves directing projects concerning the provision of strategic engineering and environmental support. Projects are concerned with managing Environmental Risk, Mitigation, Remediation, Change of Use and Redevelopment considering relevant environmental legislation, often adopting pragmatic optioneering and decision making protocols. Projects have been undertaken to satisfy both Contaminated Land and PPC/ IED Regulatory frameworks and to support due diligence, merger/acquisition and site divestiture and redevelopment processes. Rick has overseen several projects involving the assessment of financial provisions for contaminated land and environmental compliance, supporting clients with land asset rationalisation programmes as part of corporate business risk and/or due diligence management activities; some of these projects have involved large portfolio site assessments and reviews. Through this work Rick has served a variety of industrial client sectors particularly in the Chems & Pharms sector as well as the Legal, Manufacturing, Petrochemicals, Nuclear and Mining and Waste Management sectors. As part of this work he has also been involved and led emergency response activities for clients affected by major incidents such as fires, managing the environmental impact arising from the emergency response effort in dealing with the immediate incident. In more recent years, Rick has been involved with contaminants of emerging concern, including poly and perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) which are constituents in certain fire-fighting foams, amongst other materials and applications. He leads AECOM’s PFAS and emerging contaminants initiative in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He has participated in working groups, external conferences and is involved in projects concerning the assessment and remediation of PFAS contamination.