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PFAS Training New Zealand

Christchurch - Te Pae Convention Centre - 2 May (Half Day Event 1pm to 5pm)

Auckland - Ellen Melville Centre Pioneer Women's Hall - 4 May (Half Day Event 1pm to 5pm)


ITRC PFAS Team Presentation – New Zealand


Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large and complex class of anthropogenic compounds whose prevalence in the environment are an emerging, worldwide priority in environmental and human health. The ITRC PFAS Team, formed in 2017, has prepared readily accessible materials to present PFAS information to stakeholders, regulators, and policy makers. The PFAS team represents a diverse cross-section of expertise and experience working on PFAS.


This 4-hour training will provide the essential technical elements for a broad understanding of PFAS, covering topics such as physical and chemical properties, Fate and Transport, Sampling and Analysis, and Treatment Technologies. The technical presentations will be focused on those who are relatively new to PFAS. The training presentations will last approximately 150 minutes. There will be time at the end for any questions and a general discussion about PFAS issues of concern.

The ITRC presenters are Kristi Herzer, from the northeast state of Vermont and Robert Burgess from the western most state of Alaska. Kristi serves a co-Team Leader of the ITRC PFAS Team and is an Environmental Analyst with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. Robert serves as the co-Writing Group Leader of the Fate and Transport group, which also includes evaluation of the physical and chemical characteristics of PFAS, occurrence, and site characterization. Robert is an Environmental Program Specialist with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

  • 1 pm
    Introduction to ITRC and PFAS Team
  • 1:10 pm
    Physical and Chemical Properties
  • 1:30 pm
    Fate and Transport
  • 1:55 pm
    Site Characterization
  • 2:05 pm
    Sampling and Analysis
  • 2:30 pm
    30 min Q&A break
  • 3:00 pm
    Source Identification/Forensics
  • 3:20 pm
  • 3:35 pm
    Treatment Technologies
  • 4:05 pm
    Risk Communication
  • 4:15 pm
  • 5 pm

ITRC Trainers

Kristi Herzer is an Environmental Analyst and Technical Program Lead for the State of Vermont’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Kristi is a project manager in the Brownfields Program and the Sites Management Section and promotes the Vermont Brownfields Reuse and Environmental Liability Limitation Act (BRELLA) program. Kristi is the Division representative on VTDEC’s Environmental Justice Team, an active member in a cross-agency PFAS workgroup, and co-author of multiple internal and external guidance documents for the regulated community. Since 2017, Kristi has served as a member and subgroup leader for the Sampling and Analysis section of ITRC’s PFAS team, and most recently also serves as a subgroup leader of the PFAS Training team.


Robert Burgess
has worked as an environmental program specialist with the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Contaminated Sites Program since 2013. In 2017, Robert joined the ITRC PFAS team to help with national guidance and began co-leading the fate and transport and site characterisation subgroup in 2021. Robert is a lifelong Alaskan, having earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the fields Biology and Environmental Microbiology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Robert enjoys nature, fresh air, and clean drinking water, and is enthusiastic with environmental protection and restoration.


PFAS Series rate

Member $275
Non Member $550
Student Member $137.50

Your ticket includes all the sessions, and tea break. All pricing includes GST and are listed in New Zealand dollars. Credit Card and EFT options for payment are both accepted.

P.O. Box: 3199, Robertson, NSW 2577
+ 61 2 4885 1136


ACN 151 172 735
ABN 70 240 612 745
IRD 116 017 768

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