Principal Environmental Engineer
Jeffrey McDonough, M.S., P.E. graduated from Penn State University in 2005 and 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Engineering, respectively. Jeff’s master’s research quantified and characterized the immobilization of uranium to understand and mitigate subsequent dissolution. Jeff began working for Arcadis in 2007 in Newtown, PA, and continued working for Arcadis in San Francisco, CA (2011-2016), and now in Portland, ME. As a Principal Environmental Engineer, Jeff specializes in remediation of a wide variety of compounds over a global footprint. In 2016, Jeff co-authored Remediation Engineering: Design Concepts, and in 2017 was named a Mid-Atlantic Region Top Young Professional. Currently, Jeff’s focus for Arcadis is on poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances as the North America co-leader within Arcadis’s Technical Knowledge & Innovation pillar. Outside of work, Jeff is happily married, a proud father, an avid football fan, and a stand-up comedy enthusiast.
PRACTITIONER WORKSHOP PANELIST
Advances in Treatment of PFAS-Impacted Environmental Media
FLASH POSTER PRESENTATION
Remediation of Poly- and Perfluoro Alkyl Substances: New Remediation Technologies for Emerging Challenges
Poly- and perfluoro alkyl substances (PFAS) comprise a diverse class of contaminants, which include PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonate) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid). PFAS are not amenable to bioremediation or conventional chemical treatment, and this limits in situ remediation options. PFAS are relatively ubiquitous in the environment at low concentrations, but source areas can exhibit higher PFAS concentrations. While the USEPA Health Advisory Limit of 70 nanograms per liter for the summation of PFOA and PFOS is not a maximum contaminant level (MCL), to be protective of potential beneficial reuse aquifers, PFAS groundwater plumes emanating from source zones will require some form of active management. The use of conventional sorbents, such as granular activated carbon (GAC) and anion exchange (AIX) resins, to address PFAS in water have become a “de facto” interim measure in response to immediate needs for PFAS removal from drinking water. Challenges of more comprehensive PFAS treatment in drinking water may also be addressed using technologies such as reverse osmosis or nano-filtration. Extending these technologies to extracted groundwater for remediation purposes, which have various degrees of geochemical and co-contaminant competition, often requires a treatment train, combining conventional sorbents and engineered filtration with more innovative and emerging remediation solutions for PFAS. These emerging solutions include many types of technologies to address source zones, mitigate mass flux in aquifers, or address PFAS in extracted water to improve the efficiency of conventional drinking water treatment technologies. There are new flocculation technologies, novel AIX resins, new engineered sorptive media, electrochemical oxidation, electrocoagulation, sonolysis, and advanced oxidation processes combined with advanced reductive processes. Remediation technologies for PFAS source zones in soil are primarily limited to excavation with onsite or offsite incineration (or other forms of thermal treatment) and in situ soil stabilization. For in situ soil stabilization to be considered viable, ongoing research and development is being conducted to evaluate the longevity of fixation amidst circumneutral pH and biotransformation, which may enhance PFAAs dissolution. Remediation of PFAS source zones and the associated groundwater plumes presently requires multiple technologies to protect human health in a cost-conscious manner. An investment in research and development to explore new technologies is part of a key initiative for groundwater preservation and protection of human health. The technologies discussed here will be presented, and their applicability/readiness to the remediation market will be assessed.