Shalene Thomas

Shalene Thomas

Shalene Thomas

Speaker | Battelle

Forest Lake, MN |

Ms. Shalene Thomas, SVP, is the Global Emerging Contaminant Program Manager for Battelle. She has more than 23 years of experience in environmental consulting that includes 15 years of experience supporting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) evaluations. She has supported State, Federal, Oil and Gas, and industrial clients with PFAS strategic management, risk and vulnerability and currently co-leads the ITRC PFAS and Contaminants of Emerging Concern sub-team efforts. She has provided training on PFAS in three different countries and for more than 1200 people to date. She also serves as WSP’s PFAS Work Group Lead and has supported PFAS projects in 32 different states in 9 of the 10 USEPA regions as well as in Europe, Australia and Canada.

Session Code: 3E

Track: Advocacy/Policy

Session Name: Compost and PFAS

Session Time: Wednesday, February 7, 4:15 – 5:45 PM

Presentation Title: PFAS 101: Understanding PFAS in Compost and Biosolids

Presentation Description: PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) are a class of synthetic chemicals that have gained significant attention due to their persistence, bioaccumulative nature, and potential adverse effects on human health and the environment. This course provides an introductory overview of PFAS and focuses specifically on their presence, behavior, and management in compost and biosolids. Modules would include:
Module 1: Introduction to PFAS
Module 2: PFAS in Compost and Biosolids
Module 3: Analytical Techniques for PFAS Detection
Module 4: Regulatory Framework for PFAS
Module 5: Best Practices for Managing PFAS in Compost and Biosolids
Module 6: Case Studies and Current Research
Module 7: Risk Communication and Stakeholder Engagement
Module 8: Future Directions and Emerging Trends