Emerging Contaminants of Concern

The aims of this interest group are:

  • To improve awareness, build knowledge and disseminate information on emerging contaminants across the contaminated land and groundwater industry sectors (property owners, government, labs, consultants, contractors, auditors, regulators).

  • As assist with providing information that will improve the management of impacted sites, and minimise human health and ecological risks, as developments in the analysis, risk assessment and regulation of these contaminants occur, and as new technologies emerge for their remediation.

  • To increase collaboration within the sector to address concerns relating to emerging contaminants.

  • To help site owners / regulators to better understand emerging contaminants, then fill in the gaps that industry may be missing.

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Current Steering Commitee Members (renewed each calendar year):


Cheryl Lim (Chair) has led CRC CARE’s Better Measurement Program since its inception in 2011; this program includes a portfolio of research activities across Australia on a wide range of environmental measurement issues, in particular the development of new measurement techniques for emerging contaminants of concern and field/remote monitoring. Cheryl’s experience in measurement-related research includes a PhD in nuclear physics, several patents related to the development of online analysis techniques for the minerals industry, and various missions as a Technical Expert for the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Gavin Stevenson has been analysing environmental samples for Stockholm Convention chemicals such as dioxins and PBDEs for many years, more recently focussing on perfluorinated compounds such as PFOS. He has contributed to several CRC CARE projects as part of the 'Better measurement' program, and hopes that the SIG can improve understanding of analytical results amongst members.

Bob Symons is the National Technical Manager for Eurofins | mgt based in their Sydney laboratory.  Bob has a PhD in analytical chemistry from La Trobe University and has been working in the area of environmental organic chemistry for over 35 years employed by Australian, State and New Zealand government laboratories as well as multi-national industrial companies and laboratories.  Bob’s interests over the past 20 years have been the analysis of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as dioxins, PCBs, PBDEs, PFASs and more recently PPCPs.

Annette Nolan is a Principal Environmental Scientist at Ventia Environmental Services and is a member of the ALGA Board of Directors. Annette has a PhD in chemistry and over 20 years’ experience in applied, analytical and environmental chemistry (organic and inorganic) across a range of industries and research organisations. Annette has extensive expertise in hazardous waste treatment and contaminated site remediation, including treatment of soils, wastes and waters impacted with PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances).

Karl Bowles has a PhD in environmental chemistry. His career has included stints as a researcher for CSIRO, an environmental consultant, and he’s currently a senior scientist with NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Past work has included researching biogeochemistry of mercury, metal bioavailability to aquatic organisms, and measuring environmental impacts of underground coal mining. Currently he conducts environmental risk assessments and advises groups within NSW EPA on a wide range of contaminants including PFAS. Karl has lectured environmental chemistry at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Amanda Lee is Associate Director – Environment at AECOM in Melbourne and has over 19 years’ experience as an environmental chemist, toxicologist and accredited Site Auditor (NSW and VIC).  Amanda’s experience covers the fields of analytical environmental chemistry, environmental site assessment, and human health risk assessment.  Amanda has worked on a large number of human health risk assessments for a variety of sites which included exposure modelling, environmental monitoring, and the assessment of air emissions and air toxics.  Amanda has extensive experience in the investigation and assessment of per and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) within the environment and has worked a numerous projects which have required consideration of biological, physicochemical and fate and transport processes.  She has undertaken a number of human health and ecological risk assessments on large complex sites. Amanda is also qualified with the National Assessment Testing Authority (NATA), which is the official laboratory accreditation body in Australia, providing certificates to analytical laboratories throughout Australia and the world.  She has conducted numerous laboratory audits for external and internal clients in Australia, Asia, Europe, United Kingdom, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

Peter Storch is a professional chemical engineer with has over 24 years experience in environmental, remediation, and process engineering.  Recent experience includes developing cost effective, in-situ remediation approaches, design and implementation of soil and groundwater remediation systems, remedial investigation, and developing engineering feasibility studies and remediation action plans. Experience includes working for two international environmental consulting firms, designing and conducting remediation strategies in the US, Europe, and Australia.  He came to Australia in 2008 where he worked as a remediation practice leader for URS, and is now working as an independent consultant including contract work through EHS Support, Pty.  Peter has acted as Project Director for key remediation projects, responsible for technical approach, client management, and financial performance. He has published papers on the in-situ remediation of chromium, arsenic, as well as chlorinated solvents.  Presently working on assessment of remediation technologies for emerging contaminants perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and presented original work on the potential in-situ geochemical fixation of PFAS using hydrous ferric oxide at Cleanup 2015.

Marc Centner - Marc Centner is currently Technical Manager for ALS Environmental in the APAC region with 30 years involvement in commercial laboratories in Australia. He has been a technical leader for PFC analysis at ALS since development of capability commenced in 2008. He has assisted with technical development of NEPM TRH method guidance. Marc has presented at a conference (Cleanup 2015) titled “Challenges in the measurement of PFOS in environmental samples: are the numbers meaningful to environmental toxicologists and regulators”. In the past he has also authored: “Simultaneous Accumulation and Derivatization of Volatiles Using the Dynamic Solvent Effect” and “Trace analysis of complex organic mixtures using capillary gas-liquid chromatography and the dynamic solvent effect”. Sample introduction in capillary GC has been an abiding interest for Marc. He is a masterclass presenter/NATA technical assessor and Standards Australia Technical Committee Member.

Andrew Rumsby (Pattle Delamore Partners Ltd) is an Environmental Chemist who has nearly 20 years experience in contaminated land assessments including the evaluation of the fate and impacts of organic compounds in the environment. Andrew has been involved in a wide range of projects to understand the risks associated with vapour intrusion related to chemicals such as landfill gas, petroleum volatile compounds, chlorinated solvents, formaldehyde, mercury, methyl bromide and radon-222.

Any enquiries can be directed to ALGA at sigs@landandgroundwater.com

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