2020 Agenda Details


Track A

Technologies & Techniques

Track B

Science & Regulation

Track C

Cross Cutting Issues

2020 Keynote Speakers

Northwest Remediation - Hilary Franz

Hilary S. Franz

Commissioner of Public Lands

Elected in 2016, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz protects and manages nearly six million acres of public lands in Washington State – from coastal waters and aquatic reserves, to working forests and farms, to commercial developments and recreation areas. Commissioner Franz is committed to ensuring our public lands are healthy and productive, both today and for future generations.

She is leading the push to make Washington’s lands resilient in the face of climate change, investing in carbon sequestration and clean energy with wind, solar, and geothermal infrastructure.

As the leader of our state's largest wildfire fighting force, she has pushed for new strategies, innovations, and resources to protect our communities.

Rebecca Lawson

Department of Ecology

Currently serving as the Regional Manager of the Toxics Cleanup Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology, Rebecca has been at the Department of Ecology (Ecology) for 29 years. She was an Environmental Engineer/Cleanup Project Manager for 9 years in the Toxics Cleanup Program (TCP) Southwest Regional Office (SWRO), then served as the Technical Support Unit Supervisor in TCP/SWRO for one year before becoming the TCP SWRO Section Manager in 2001. Rebecca is a licensed Civil Engineer and a licensed Hydrogeologist. Prior to coming to Ecology, Rebecca was an environmental consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area for 5 years. Rebecca has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Idaho.

Featured Plenary Session

The PFAS Challenge: Fate, Transport, and Cleanup

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 experts will share their thoughts on the state of the practice including understanding the fate and transport of PFAS in the environment and the ongoing research in remediation technologies for management and cleanup.

Richard “Hunter” Anderson
Environmental Scientist
U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center

Jennifer Field
Oregon State University

Irina Marakow
Chemical Action Planner
Washington State Department of Ecology

John McCray
Colorado School of Mines

Northwest Remediation - Miao Zhang

Miao Zhang
Associate Engineer
Haley & Aldrich

Northwest Remediation - Halah Voges

Halah Voges
Principal Engineer
Anchor QEA, LLC