Cleaning Up & Re-Using Contaminated Properties

October 6, 2022

Greater Tacoma Convention Center

The Northwest Remediation Conference brings together cleanup professionals, regulators, and property owners to share the latest knowledge and best practices, build relationships, and connect you and your clients to the region’s top remediation service and technical solution providers.

2021 Keynote Speakers

Jeff Johnston

Manager of the Information & Policy Section
Toxics Cleanup Program
Washington State Department of Ecology 

Jeff has been with the Department of Ecology since 2008, and has led the Information and Policy Section in the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) since 2015.  In this role, Jeff is responsible leading the regulatory, policy and IT efforts that enable TCP to carry out its mission to protect Washington’s human health and the environment by preventing and cleaning up pollution and supporting sustainable communities and natural resources for the benefit of future and current generations.

Before joining TCP, Jeff spent 7 years as the manager of the Science and Engineering Section in Ecology’s Air Quality Program.

Prior to moving to Washington in 2008, Jeff was an Assistant Director at the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, as well as a Lecturer in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jeff has a Bachelor of Science and a Ph.D. – both in Chemistry – from the University of California, San Diego.

Carlos Pachon

Senior Environmental Protection Specialist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

As a senior career professional in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Carlos holds the core belief that environmental quality and economic prosperity are mutually supportive and sustainable goals. Throughout his career he has focused on promoting that belief, using science and business acumen to develop a vision and implement strategies that improve environmental quality.

Carlos has chaired the U.S. EPA Workgroup of senior experts for the development of a National Guidance for the Destruction and Disposal of PFAS materials and he led the development and deployment of the Superfund Climate Adaptation Strategy to ensure the resiliency of environmental remedies in the U.S.

He has also represented the EPA at many major national and international forums and events at which industry leaders acquire knowledge on market trends to inform strategic decisions on investments in new environmental technologies and has devised and deployed lean management strategies to implement innovative approaches on how the EPA executes its core mission.

Carlos holds degrees from Colorado State University, Duke University, and the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business.

Featured Plenary Session

Advances and Results in the Remediation of Forever Chemicals

PFAS are a large group of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances that are released into the environment through consumer and industrial products and have widespread exposure and toxicity implications for human health.

Our panel of expert practitioners will present an in-depth look at these pervasive “forever chemicals” including how we’re tackling the scope of the challenge and the latest technologies and techniques for management and cleanup.

Marcy Nadel (Moderator)
Geology Staff
Shannon & Wilson

David Fleming
Founder, Director of PFAS Programs
TRS Group, Inc.

Andrew Punsoni
Northwest District Technical Manager

Brian Pinkard, Ph.D.
Aquagga, Inc.