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Emerging Contaminants of Concern Interest Group

The Emerging Contaminants Interest Group is sponsored by:



There are two ways you too can sponsor this Interest Group:

  1. As an add-on to your ALGA Partnership – see here for details or contact membership@landandgroundwater.com
  2. As a stand-alone sponsorship - see here for details or contact igs@landandgroundwater.com

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.


Documents of Interest:

PFAS in NZ - Univeristy of Auckland 2019 workshop

2019 Committee Members (renewed each calendar year):


Chair: Ruth Jarman – Environmental Risk Sciences Pty Ltd (enRiskS)

Ruth has 15 years’ experience in providing practical technical advice to assist clients in the environmental and contaminated land industries. She specialises in providing support to environmental and health experts (including Environmental Auditors) and has been directly involved in the development of PFAS criteria. Ruth holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) and a Masters in Applied Science (Toxicology and Risk Assessment). She is a Registered member of the Australasian College of Toxicology and Risk Assessment (ACTRA). She is the proud owner of a now not so small baby boy, a white cat called Mouse and 3 boisterous chickens. Loch Ness the gold fish has unfortunately been missing in action for around 5 months.


Karl Bowles – RPS

Karl has over 25 years’ experience in environmental management, regulation, lecturing, and research for CSIRO, private consultancy, university and government sectors.  He has a PhD in Applied Science and high-level technical expertise in ecological and human health risk assessment, environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry and ecotoxicology, with specific expertise on PFASs and metals. Karl contributed to the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan, including development of human health soil screening criteria.  He has published over twenty papers in peer-reviewed international journals and has presented and chaired sessions at numerous conferences.  He has a keen interest in how emerging contaminants and emerging (bio)analytical technologies can be addressed/included in environmental regulation.  Currently Karl works for RPS AAP Consulting, providing technical policy advice on environmental PFAS issues to Australian Defence. 


Marc Centner – ALS Environmental

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.


Jonathan Davis Coakley, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D – Tonkin + Taylor NZ

Jonathan is an environmental scientist at Tonkin + Taylor (Wellington) with over 20 years’ experience in assessing the distribution and effects of contaminants in humans and the environment. Jonathan’s work experience includes assessment and remediation of environmental contaminants, and developing and implementing national policy for contaminants and hazardous waste. Jonathan’s PhD research investigated New Zealanders’ exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs). Jonathan also coordinated a national study of adult and child exposure to lead, mercury, and chemicals of concern such as bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates.


Charles Grimison - Ventia

Charles is a Technical Manager at Ventia with 13 years’ experience in the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites. Charles currently leads Ventia’s PFAS team, which is focused on development and delivery of PFAS remediation solutions driven through internal and external research, laboratory trials and university partnerships. Charles holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) and a Masters of Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management.


Victoria Lazenby – ARCADIS

Victoria Lazenby is a Principal Risk Assessor with Arcadis Australia Pacific with 15 years experience in the fields of environmental science, public health, and risk assessment.  Victoria has worked in consulting, government, and research based roles, and is a sessional lecturer at LaTrobe University (M.Sc., Public Health).  Victoria has undertaken numerous projects working with EmCoC, which has included review and research using primary literature for novel, unusual, or emerging compounds, to enable the derivation of screening criteria or completion of quantitative ecological or human health risk assessment. 


Cheryl Lim – National Measurement Institute

Cheryl is presently Manager of Strategic Engagement at NMI and the Program Leader for CRC CARE’s Better Measurement Program; in the latter role she manages 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.


Anna Lundmark – Hunter Water Australia

Anna is currently the Manager for Science and Innovation at Hunter Water. She is a certified CEnvP Site Contamination Specialist and has a M.Sc. - Limnology. Previously, she was the Regional Program Manager - Contaminated Land at Hunter Councils, supporting nine councils managing contamination. Prior to that, she was a Principal Environmental Scientist with AECOM, mainly assisting in Contaminated Land Audits. Anna is also a committee member of the ALGA Newcastle Branch.


Annette Nolan – Ramboll Australia

Annette is a Lead Consultant at Ramboll Australia and has been a member of the ALGA Board of Directors since 2014. 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 investigation and remediation, including treatment of soils, wastes and waters impacted with PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances).


Vicki Pearce - ECT2

After 19 years with the Department of Defence Vicki moved to Conscia Pty Ltd in late 2018 where she focusses on advisory work in relation to contamination and remediation management. Vicki led the Defence contamination management team through the development and implementation of the Defence PFAS assessment and remediation program of works and has extensive experience in stakeholder and community engagement, particularly in relation to emotive issues and hostile audiences. Vicki has also experience in setting the strategic direction for complex environmental management programs and has successfully led multidisciplinary teams from around the world to deliver these unique and complex programs.


Andrew Rumsby – Pattle Delamore Partners


Bob Symons – Eurofins

Bob Symons is the Regional Technical Manager for Eurofins Environment Testing in Australia & New Zealand as is 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.  Bob’s interests over the past 20 years have been the analysis of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as dioxins, PCBs, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) & other brominated flame retardants, per- and polyfluoro alkyl substances (PFAS) and more recently pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) using advanced mass spectrometric techniques. Bob is leading Eurofins establishment of an emerging contaminants laboratory specialising in the determination of “unknown unknowns” as well as the first commercial facility in Australia analysing microplastics.


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