A Preview to the 2018 Battelle Conference

King & Wood Mallesons level 50, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

For those unable to attend the Eleventh International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds in Palm Springs this April, do not despair as ALGA’s Melbourne Branch welcomes you to preview the presentations of three home-grown industry leaders prior to the 2018 Battelle Conference. 

Luke McLeod is Assistant Secretary of the PFAS Investigation & Management Branch, Infrastructure Division at Department of Defense and is responsible for delivering the PFAS investigation and management program.

Rachael Casson is AECOM’s Director of International PFAS Program. She has over 20 years’ industry experience as an environmental consultant and during the last nine years, she has focused her area of expertise on assessing the fate and transport, risks, management and treatment/ remedial options for Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). Understanding the fate and transport of PFAS and which factors affect subsurface mobility is critical.  To bridge the gap in understanding, an empirical spatial study has been conducted at an Australian Air Force Base (Study Area) to assess the mobility of precursors in the source area and how site conditions at and near a water retention dam may induce the transformation and migration of PFAS precursors, resulting in elevated concentrations of PFAS down gradient of the primary source.

Pedro Balbachevsky (AECOM) is a Principal Environmental Engineer with 19 years of experience in designing, building, and commissioning remediation systems for contaminated soil, vapours and groundwater. For the first time in Australia, 288 metres of horizontal wells were installed underneath an operational resin manufacturing facility in Botany Bay, NSW. The wells were installed to enable chemical oxidants and compressed air to be sequentially injected into the local aquifer to degrade contaminants present in the vadose and saturated zones.




  • Pedro Balbachevsky - AECOM
  • Rachel Casson -  AECOM
  • Luke McLeod -  Department of Defence

As always, there will be drinks, nibbles and great networking!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

King & Wood Mallesons
level 50, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia

Registration deadline: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018




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