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.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, October 5, 2022 |  Tacoma Art Museum

12:00 – 3:00 pm: Brownfields FUNdamentals & Beyond 

Recycling abandoned and under-utilized properties requires knowledge and skills to manage a variety of issues. Brownfields FUNdamentals &  Beyond  is a practical and interactive workshop that provides brownfield practitioners with the tools, techniques, and resources required to move projects forward. Why brownfields? Where do I start? How do I develop a vision for reuse and engage the community? Where can I get funding or financing?  What roles do developers, consultants and attorneys play and how do I find the right ones? What are the environmental rules and how do these work with the development process? 


3:15 – 5:00 pm: University of Washington Brownfields Tour

Immediately following the Brownfields FUNdamentals workshop, NEBC will host a brownfields tour of the University of Washington Tacoma Campus. The tour will discuss the opportunities and challenges brownfields pose to community revitalization and economic development. In this tour and workshop, facilitators will provide an overview of brownfields as they relate to redevelopment, a brief overview of Tacoma’s recent revitalization activities, and an overview of the University of Washington Tacoma campus (a significant brownfield redevelopment project with transformative change to the city). Facilitators will lead a walking tour of the University of Washington Campus, showcasing key adaptive reuse buildings, the retail components, transit service, and private development (occurring on surrounding properties).

The tour will begin with a brief presentation at the Tacoma Art Museum prior to walking to the University of Washington Tacoma Campus.

2022 Keynote Speakers

Barry Rogowski

Program Manager
Toxics Cleanup Program
Washington State Department of Ecology 

Barry comes to the Toxics Cleanup Program Manager position with extensive knowledge of the program, most recently serving as the Headquarter Cleanup Section Manager before serving as interim Program Manager. Barry has over 30 years of experience with Ecology and proven management experience spanning 20 years; 8 years as a Section Manager and 12 years as a Unit Supervisor, all in the Toxics Cleanup Program. He is looking to improve public service to communities with environmental justice concerns so that the TCP helps provide a better future for all the people that live in Washington state. Barry knows that there is a significant amount of work that needs to be done in the TCP and is prepared to meet those challenges with the Program Management Team and the people in the program working together. Barry has lived in Washington most of his life and is a graduate of Western Washington University’s Huxley College for Environmental Science. He spends his time away from work enjoying hiking, snowboarding, fishing, and mountain biking with his family and friends.

David B. Williams


David B. Williams is an author, naturalist, and tour guide whose award-winning book, Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound is a deep exploration of the stories of this beautiful waterway. He is also the author of the award-winning book Too High and Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography, as well as Seattle Walks: Discovering History and Nature in the City. Williams is a Curatorial Associate at the Burke Museum and writes a free weekly newsletter, the Street Smart Naturalist.

Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound is a award-winning nonfiction account of the long story of the Sound, tracing human history from the earliest records more than 12,500 years ago to present. Williams also focuses on often overlooked species such as Olympia oysters, rockfish, geoduck, kelp, and herring, as well as salmon and orca. Witty, graceful, and deeply informed, Homewaters presents a fascinating and hopeful narrative, one that will introduce newcomers to the astonishing life that inhabits Puget Sound and offers longtime residents new insights into and appreciation of the waters they call home.


Featured Plenary Session:

PFAS Management, Source Evaluations, and Remediation

PFAS (perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances) continues to attract regulatory attention and is the focus of a growing number of site investigations, academic research, remedial technology development, and litigations.

Our panel of expert practitioners will present an in-depth look at various aspects of PFAS management, highlighting examples of current challenges as it affects future project planning.

Jessica Ferrell 
Partner, Trial & Appellate Litigation
Marten Law LLP 

Megan King, PE 
Interim Sr. Manager - Compliance Programs 
Port of Seattle 

Tiffany Thomas, Ph.D. 
Principal Consultant, Sciences 
Haley & Aldrich, Inc. 

Priscilla Tomlinson
WA State Department of Ecology 

John Xiong, Ph.D., P.E. 
Technical Expert, Environmental Engineering
Haley & Aldrich, Inc.

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