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February 2017

PFAScinating Times and What’s Ahead – an International Update

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Maddocks Level 1, 40 Macquarie Street
Barton, ACT 2600 Australia
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A brief Summary of the QLD D.O.E.H’s PFAS Forum on implementation and the challenges identified
Some Background on the Development of more Environmentally acceptable Aqueous Fire Fighting Foams (AFFF)
Health and Safety / Performance of the new Foams
Update on the International status of regulatory management of PFAS (why USEPA’s latest threshold values are lower than those of the Australian Government Agencies and why that’s ok)
Potenial Future Directions

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The (Very Real) Challenges for Contaminated Land Management in Regional NSW

February 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hotel Canobolas, 248 Summer Street
orange, NSW 2800 Australia
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Managing contaminated land in a regional setting brings its own set of problems. Despite the known health and ecological risks associated with contaminated sites, the assessment and remediation of regional contaminated sites are still heavily tied to redevelopment and land prices. The mindset of just another ‘necessary cost’ can still prevale. So how do we effectively manage contaminated sites in this context?
We’ll look at how Councils are now set to deal with SEPP 55 and other planning issues, as well as, an update on the UPSS Regulation compliance, including the handover of regulatory responsibility to Councils.

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Why All the Fuss About PFAS?

February 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Finlaysons, 81 Flinders Street
Adelaide, SA 5000 Australia
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There has been a lot of recent attention in the media and in the industry on environmental contamination associated with per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), in particular the chemicals PFOS and PFOA. Why are we so worried about these substances? Are they really that bad? What is so special about their assessment?

ALGA would like to invite you to a seminar that will answer the above questions and more in a forum that will provide an overview of the issues associated with PFAS in the environment.

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March 2017

2nd Gas Policy and Water Management

March 2 @ 9:00 am - March 3 @ 5:00 pm
Novotel Canberra, 65 Northbourne Avenue
Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia
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Aust-Water-School-STANDARD

2-Day Course on Environmental Assessment for extracting CSG and Shale Gas

You will be exposed to the most critical issues facing the industry and gain understanding on likely directions in the next few years.
The course will be Chaired each day by an experienced mentor, supported by a team of specialist Presenters. You may opt to attend either one or both days.

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A-Z Ground Gas 2 Day Workshop Adelaide

March 16 @ 8:00 am - March 17 @ 5:00 pm
Lynch Meyer, 190 Flinders Street
Adelaide, South Australia 5000 Australia
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Drawing on 30 years of UK ground gas experience, the workshop presenters – Simon Talbot (Ground-Gas Solutions Ltd), Peter Atchison (PAGeotechnical Ltd), and Neil Salvidge (PAGeotechnical Ltd) - will provide a comprehensive update on latest best practice approaches to investigation, risk assessment and protection using relevant case studies, video content and practical demonstrations.

Participants will learn that developing realistic conceptual site models and building up multiple lines of evidence to inform the design of cost effective management systems is only part of the solution. The workshop will also show that the practical aspects of installation and validation also need to be professionally managed for a project to be successful.

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A-Z Ground Gas 2 Day Workshop Sydney

March 21 @ 9:00 am - March 22 @ 5:00 pm
Herbert Smith Freehills, ANZ Tower 161 Castlereagh Street
Sydney, NSW Australia
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Drawing on 30 years of UK ground gas experience, the workshop presenters – Simon Talbot (Ground-Gas Solutions Ltd), Peter Atchison (PAGeotechnical Ltd), and Neil Salvidge (PAGeotechnical Ltd) - will provide a comprehensive update on latest best practice approaches to investigation, risk assessment and protection using relevant case studies, video content and practical demonstrations.

Participants will learn that developing realistic conceptual site models and building up multiple lines of evidence to inform the design of cost effective management systems is only part of the solution. The workshop will also show that the practical aspects of installation and validation also need to be professionally managed for a project to be successful.

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April 2017

2017 Australian Groundwater School & Field Trip – Adelaide

April 3 @ 8:00 am - April 7 @ 5:00 pm
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Introducing hydrogeology, assessment methods, modelling, managed aquifer recharge, management, governance and more, the course encompasses the fundamentals of groundwater. We have expanded our School in Adelaide to include a one-day field trip – bringing the course to a full five days of groundwater learning. Delegates have the opportunity to get out of the classroom and put theory into practice, visiting sites such as Kingston Park spring, the Willunga Embayment, and Aldinga Scrub, where geology, groundwater dependence, seawater intrusion and ecohydrology will be discussed. The field trip will include a networking lunch and drinks at a winery at the end of the day.

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SCI17014 – CSARM Module B : Effective Site Assessment

April 26 @ 9:00 am - April 28 @ 2:00 pm
UTS – Broadway (Science), CB04.05.430 - Building 4, Level 5, Room 430 745 Harris Street (corner of Thomas Street)
Ultimo, NSW 2007 Australia
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The goal of contaminated land management and site auditing is to ensure the protection of human health and the environment. Effective site assessment requires a thorough investigative approach and data acquisition in order to provide reliable information about the potential risk to human health and environment and sets the scene for remediation process.

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June 2017

SCI17015 – CSARM Module C & D: Assessment of Contaminants of Concern

June 14 @ 8:00 am - June 16 @ 5:00 pm
UTS – Broadway (Science), CB04.05.430 - Building 4, Level 5, Room 430 745 Harris Street (corner of Thomas Street)
Ultimo, NSW 2007 Australia
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The goal of contaminated land management and site auditing is to ensure the protection of human health and the environment. The assessment of likely harm posed by COCs (Contaminants of Concern) requires a deep understanding of their properties, behaviour in various media and toxicities to humans and other biota.

This module deals with the properties of COCs, the factors affecting their fate and transport in the environment and the basis of their toxicities to living organisms. It also addresses the on- and off-site effects of contaminants, the appropriate use of laboratory analyses and toxicological results required for defensible reporting of impacts.

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National Symposium of Recycled Organics

June 15 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

This symposium is devoted to the development of scientific knowledge, and application in the fields of interdisciplinary approaches (Agriculture, Industry, Urban,...) to promote better understanding of beneficial use of recycled organics in our environments. The meeting will consist of main five themes led by keynote speakers who are experts in their field, which will integrate these disciplines, and will be inclusive of a wide range of research environments. We believe that NSRO will deliver an excellent program and a great opportunity for students, farmers, and academic, governmental, agricultural and industrial researchers to interact with colleagues and friends before, during and after the symposium. Please mark your diaries now and register through this link!

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