PFAS in Textiles Conference

May 2, 2024 - May 3, 2024

StateView Hotel
2451 Alumni Dr
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Register early. Rates increase after April 17.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are everywhere—in the environment and in the news. Join colleagues from across the industry at the PFAS in Textiles Conference on May 2-3, 2024, at the StateView Hotel in Raleigh, NC to learn what the latest research, technology, and legislation mean for textiles.

Register early and save! Early registration ends April 17.

  • Program Schedule
    Thursday, May 2, 2024
    9:00 AMWelcome and Opening Remarks
    Dennis Scheer, SST Technology Solutions, Inc., Conference Chair
    REGULATORY SESSION
    Moderator: Dennis Scheer, SST Technology Solutions, Inc.
    9:15The Evolution of PFAS Enforcement: Legal Updates and Predictions, Greg Blount and Kate Hopkins, Kazmarek Mowrey Cloud Laseter LLP
    This presentation will introduce per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and describe what we know and don't know about the science of PFAS including the health risks to humans and the environment. While science has evolved to understand PFAS, federal regulation has been slow. This presentation will describe the current federal regulatory landscape (or lack thereof) of PFAS. Where the federal government has lagged, certain states have stepped in to address PFAS in different mediums. This presentation will provide a broad overview of the state “patchwork” of PFAS regulation. This presentation will also examine how NGOs, public water supply drinkers, and other citizen groups have used the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to pursue citizen suits against industrial sources of PFAS as well as municipalities, especially where states have failed to regulate PFAS. This presentation will focus on the unique considerations of textile manufacturers including EPA's enhanced focus on the textile industry's historic use of PFAS and citizen groups' litigation against textile manufacturers. This presentation will also take a brief look at other emerging contaminants that may follow the same regulatory and litigation trends like 1,4-Dioxane. Finally, this presentation will provide advisement on the steps to take to prepare for regulation of emerging contaminants.
    10:00Break
    10:30Untangling the PFAS Web: Evaluating Risk Associated With Regulatory Changes Affecting the Textile Sector and What Textile Companies Can Do to Prepare to Comply, Brett Cox, Ramboll Americas Engineering Solutions, Inc. and Brad DeVore, Womble Bond Dickinson
    The regulatory framework surrounding PFAS is rapidly changing and developments over the past year will impact the textile industry including manufacturers and importers. This presentation will provide an overview of key regulatory developments such as new reporting requirements under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a planned USEPA data collection request applicable to some textile sector manufacturers, and regulatory developments that may impact waste management. We will also provide tips to assist textile companies in positioning themselves for compliance with these requirements and discuss risk factors that may differentially drive decision-making for textile industry companies.
    11:00Beyond Compliance: Catalyzing Industry-Wide Action for a PFAS-Free Future in Textiles, Scott Echols, ZDHC
    Scott Echols, Chief Impact Officer for ZDHC, will illuminate the path towards a PFAS-free textile industry through the lens of collaboration and innovation. Highlighting ZDHC's role in spearheading sustainable chemical management, we will explore how transparency, shared responsibility, and cutting-edge alternatives are reshaping the future of textiles. Success stories will demonstrate the power of going beyond compliance, emphasizing the need for robust standards to ensure authenticity in our journey towards environmental and social integrity. Discover how collective action within the ZDHC network is not just envisioning but actualizing a toxic-free future for the textile sector.
    FUNCTIONAL APPLICATION SESSION
    Moderator: Bert Truesdale, TenCate Protective Fabrics
    11:30PFAS Come to Stay─Time to Rethink with Non-Fluorine Finishes, Annabel Pohlmeyer, CHT Germany GmbH
    Water repellent rainwear, stain-free baby blankets, chemical-resistant protective clothing - all no problem, thanks to flourcarbon based finishes. Some of these functional promises can often only be kept by using chemicals that are harmful to the environment and health.
    For many years, fluorocarbons have been used for textile finishes. These very effective chemicals have increasingly fallen into disrepute in recent years due to their persistence in the environment and their toxicological effects. There is an urgent need to stop using PFAS and switch to environmentally friendly and biobased solutions.
    In the outdoor and sportswear sectors, water repellency as protection against rain and moisture is the main focus.
    Thanks to modern polymer chemistry, there are now numerous alternatives to the flourine water repellency of textiles that do not contain any fluorine compounds or substances with carcinogenic, mutagenic or reproductive toxicity (CMR) effects.
    The future is to invest in environmentally friendly non-flourine solutions!

    12:00 PMLunch
    12:45Assessing the Release of PFAS from Firefighter Turnout Gear Materials, Nur-Us-Shafa Mazumder, North Carolina State University
    The firefighting occupation is now classified as a 'Group-1' carcinogen, indicating that firefighting is a known carcinogen for humans. Firefighters' exposure to PFAS from their turnout gear has become an important focus of research. Turnout gear composites, including unfinished, non-PFAS, and PFAS-based durable water repellent (DWR) finishes, were subjected to cycles of occupational stressors to realistically age the materials. SEM analysis revealed that all aged samples exhibited some level of yarn breakage on the surface, along with a decrease in fluorine percentage. Both the new and aged sets of materials were evaluated for targeted non-volatile PFAS using LC-MS-MS. Our results indicate that extraction methods significantly influence the release of PFAS. With the exception of a few PFAS, most PFAS concentrations decreased after the aging process.
    1:30Alternatives to Long- and Short- Chain PFAS in Oleophobic Textile Finishes, Kevin Golovin, University of Toronto
    In this talk Kevin will discuss how oil-repellent textiles can be designed without the use of long- or short-chain PFAS. He will first explore how perfluoropolyethers, specifically ones where the longest degradation product is an ultra-short-chain PFAS, can be utilized to generated textiles with performance on-par with the banned, long-chain PFAS of recent decades. He will then discuss how nonfluorinated fabric finishes can repel oils, and specifically show some results using silicone-based oleophobic fabrics. He will end by highlighting the bottleneck in achieving durable, fluorine-free oleophobic fabrics, and also comment on the status of current, nonfluorinated finishes in the market today.
    2:00Emerging Silicone Technologies: Achieving Exceptional Durable Water Repellency in Textiles Amidst Modern Environmental Regulations, Jacob Milne, Dow
    To comply with changing regulations and consumer expectations, the textile industry continues to move away from PFAS containing materials for DWR performance. To meet these needs, innovative PFAS-free technologies are helping applicators and brands continue to provide high performing DWR products to consumers. This talk will discuss these alternative materials with a focus on silicone-containing materials, the benefits and drawbacks to these technologies, and take a look ahead to future innovation.
    2:30Textile Finishing Options in the Age of PFAS Restriction, Frank Keohan, Bolger & O'Hearn Inc.
    Textile repellent finishes based on perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are under intense regulatory scrutiny for many industrial applications. The PFAS regulatory climate is complex and rapidly changing. Currently, demand for non-military and non-medical products using PFAS-based finishes has been significantly reduced. Replacements for fluorochemical-based repellents have been developed that provide many of the required properties. Their application often requires process variation from standard fluorochemical repellents. The choice of fluorine-free product and application conditions are critical for obtaining the maximum performance from these new PFAS-replacement technologies. The basics behind different fluorine-free repellents, PFAS regulatory issues, and the evolving technology for increasing the performance of fluorine-free products will be discussed. Methods for identifying and analyzing for the presence of PFAS on textiles will also be described.
    3:00Break
    3:30Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Bert Truesdale, TenCate Protective Fabrics
    4:30Closing Remarks
    Eliminating PFAS from Textiles: A Sustainable Journey, Sudhakar Puvvada, Dream Catcher Innovation Labs
    Join us as we navigate the complex landscape of PFAS in textiles, aiming for a future where fabrics protect without compromising our health or the planet.

    PFAS offers many functional attributes that have become very popular with consumers. We will discuss a few case studies where companies have successfully crafted a path to a sustainable future through innovation and thought leadership. We will also touch upon some of the unintended consequences of the migration from the long chain C6 and C8 chemistries to shorter chain chemistries.

    Lastly, we call upon the need for collaborative efforts to develop robust standards, eliminate green-washing and create the change required for the industry. Let’s educate, advocate, and innovate towards a PFAS-free textile industry.

    5:00 - 7:00Reception/Tabletop Displays
    Friday, May 3, 2024
    9:00 AMWelcome Back
    Dennis Scheer, SST Technology Solutions, Inc., Conference Chair
    TESTING SESSION
    Moderator: Kiarash Arangdad, Burlington/Safety Component
    9:15Compliance Challenges with a Chemical Class Approach to Addressing PFAS in Textiles, Taryn McKnight, Eurofins
    There has been a significant volume of legislative activity as it pertains to the exclusion of PFAS chemicals in consumer products, including but not limited to textiles, food contact materials, cosmetics, juvenile products, and more. These chemicals are not yet classified as hazardous substances and are largely protected under CBI. Identifying which PFAS, if any, are present in a given product requires actual testing to be conducted. A lot of which we see reported on in the press, largely from academics who have conducted studies using varied approaches. Although state legislation in the U.S. aims to exclude PFAS from many consumer goods, the laws as written are not well defined and it remains to be seen how compliance will be determined with a chemical class approach. Without a well-defined regulatory framework, ambiguous verbiage in the state laws, limitations on providing representative data for the entire class of PFAS chemicals, and a lack of transparency in supply chains, this is a recipe for significant compliance challenges. This presentation will catalog and reveal the challenges with the state legislative actions, discuss the analytical options and hurdles to be aware of, and provide resources for assessing PFAS in a product or process.
    9:45Understanding the PFAS Problem-An Introduction to the Analytical Toolbox, Zijie "Beryl" Xia, Claros Technologies Inc.
    Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are environmental contaminants that have increased concerns globally. PFAS is extremely effective for the application they are designed for: water- and grease-repellency. However, they accumulate in the environment and therefore are now ubiquitous not only in waste streams but also in biological media and living beings. PFAS has been historically used on fabrics and textiles, but human exposure to PFAS through textiles has not been thoroughly investigated. Moreover, the US has no established standard method for determining PFAS on fabrics and textiles. In this presentation, we will discuss some analytical tools and methods for determining the amount of PFAS in fabric or textile. The advantages and disadvantages of each approach will also be included with some preliminary data.
    10:15Break
    10:30Understanding PFAS Test Methods, Samantha Shintay, Hohenstein
    Between evolving regulations and diverse customer mandates, suppliers face a daunting task: how to reconcile varied testing requirements. For brands, what’s the right approach to reduce risk and ensure compliance? We’ll discuss the test methods at the root of these questions - and how to create smarter, more efficient testing programs.
    11:00Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Kiarash Arangdad, Burlington/Safety Component
    12:00 PMLunch
    1:00Closing Remarks and Adjourn

     

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  • Greg Blount represents corporate, industrial and trade association clients regarding environmental law and policy matters, including related civil litigation and enforcement issues in state and federal courts across the U.S. Greg has extensive work on emerging contaminants such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) including in regulatory advisement and litigation matters.
    Brett Cox, Principal, Ramboll Americas Engineering Solutions, Inc., has more than 35 years in environmental consulting addressing a wide range of operational and legacy environmental issues. Often at the forefront of regulatory programs. He has been engaged in PFAS issues for over five years.
    Brad DeVore with Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 30 years in environmental law with a practice that includes many multination clients. He has extensive experience in litigation, toxic tort and the fate and transport of chemicals.
    As Chief Impact Officer Scott Echols, is coordinating all focus areas and driving programme delivery. He works to connect the ZDHC Foundation and build a community of North American-based signatories, stakeholders, and like-minded organisations to further research and discovery processes to evaluate the impact of sustainable chemicals management and promote sustainable innovations. These areas include research into novel methods to monitor the impacts of chemical use on water, biodiversity, and climate change, as well as collaborating with researchers in green chemistry and the textile industry to evaluate new methods of making such as 3D printing and digital coloration. Scott is an expert in sustainable materials and processes for the apparel and footwear industries. He has 35 years of experience in environmental chemistry and over 20 years of experience in textile and footwear product chemistry issues. Scott was part of the Nike Materials Science Innovation group and was the Environmental Manager for C&A Europe. Scott is based in North Carolina and holds a B.S and M.S degrees in Chemistry and an M.S. degree in Textile Chemistry.
    Kevin Golovin is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto. His research group investigates coatings, surfaces, and new materials that affect adhesion, friction, wettability, and other surface properties.
    Kate Hopkins focuses her practice on environmental litigation. With an understanding of both litigation strategy and regulatory compliance requirements, Kate helps clients develop creative solutions to issues involving environmental contamination.
    As the Senior Technology Manager at Bolger & O’Hearn, Inc. Frank Keohan has led the development of high-performance fabric effects including repellents, odor control agents, and adhesives for the past twelve years. Mr. Keohan holds a BA-Chemistry from Holy Cross College, an MS-Chemistry from Virginia Tech, and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
    Nur-Us-Shafa Mazumder is a Ph. D. candidate at Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. He is working on a FEMA-AFG funded project on contamination resistant of firefighter turnout gear. In this project, he is evaluating PFAS degradation and release from firefighter turnout gear.
    Taryn McKnight, PFAS Practice Leader for Eurofins, has 20 years of experience in the analytical testing industry. Ms. McKnight is one of the company’s subject matter experts on PFAS. With her expertise she provides technical guidance to clients in setting up programs to achieve their project-specific objectives, and to agencies with understanding their analytical options and data usability considerations.
    Jacob Milne is a Technical Service and Development (TS&D) Scientist at Dow, with a total of 17 years working with silicones and related technologies in textile applications. In his role, Jacob collaborates closely with brands, formulators, and applicators throughout the supply chain, providing expertise on a comprehensive range of solutions within Dow's textile portfolio, from thread lubricants to technical coatings. Currently, he is the global lead TS&D concentrating on Dow's expanding initiative to develop sustainable, PFAS-free, DWR solutions, marking a significant stride towards eco-friendly textile innovations.
    Annabel Pohlmeyer is a technical manager in the application field finishing at CHT Germany for more than 8 years. She supports her colleagues in “the Americas” in all matters relating to finishing like recipe suggestions, introducing new innovations, and/or global marketing. She is 33 years old and studied Textile Technology & Management at the University of Reutlingen.
    Sudhakar Puvvada is co-founder of Dream Catcher Innovation Labs and helps organizations navigate the complex journey through strategy and innovation. He has led innovation and launched many products across multiple categories ranging from textiles at VF, chemicals at Ashland and home & personal care at Unilever. He is passionate about sustainability and the need to incorporate that in business and innovation strategy
    Samantha Shintay builds collaborative relationships with companies all along the textile supply chain through Hohenstein’s testing services and the OEKO-TEX® System. While previously at Nike, Sam managed RSL & Green Chemistry programs, RSL sampling criteria and testing traceability. Sam holds a BS in Polymer & Color Chemistry from North Carolina State University.
    Zijie “Beryl” Xia obtained her Ph.D. in chemistry from University of California, Berkeley, with a focus in analytical and physical chemistry, especially in the field of mass spectrometry. She currently serves as the Director of Analytical Laboratory and Service at Claros Technologies, offering both standard PFAS analysis as well as customized method development for non-standard compounds and diverse matrices, including non-potable water and textiles. Dr. Xia is an industry leader in PFAS analysis, and is an active member of the ASTM International committee for PFAS method development.

     

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  • Online Registration*

    *AATCC Corporate members please contact Kim Nicholson to receive information on how to register at the discounted member’s rate.

    PFAS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FEES
    AATCC MembersNonmembers
    Early Registration
    (on or before April 17)
    US$580US$865
    Final Registration
    (after April 17)
    US$630US$915

    CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY
    Registration cancellations received in writing by April 17, 2024, at the AATCC Technical Center will be honored minus a US$75 administrative fee. No refunds will be given after April 17. Cancellation requests may be e-mailed to Kim Nicholson.

     

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  • StateView Hotel
    2451 Alumni Dr.
    Raleigh, NC
    +1.919.743.0055

    Cut-Off Date: April 9

    A block of rooms has been reserved at the StateView Hotel located at 2451 Alumni Dr, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, telephone +1. 919.743.0055. To receive the group rate of US$215.00 make your reservations online. The group rate will be available until April 9 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Once the room block is filled the group rate will NOT be honored.

    A first night’s room and tax deposit are due with each reservation. Deposits may be made by using an accepted credit card. Any changes to your hotel reservation must be made directly with the hotel.

     

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    On Thursday evening, May 2, there will be a networking reception with tabletop displays from 5:00-7:00PM. Each exhibitor requesting display space will be asked to contribute US$500 to the networking reception to cover the cost of the reception. In order to sponsor a tabletop display you must be registered to attend the conference.

    Companies contributing $500 will receive the following:
    • signage displayed during the reception
    • company logo displayed on the conference website
    • recognition during opening remarks

    You may be a sponsor of the reception and not request display space.

    Tabletops will be reserved on a first-come first-serve basis. Displays need to be confined to the surface of an 8′ table. To reserve your tabletop/reception sponsorship please complete the “Reserve My Tabletop” form (blue button above) and return the form to Kim Nicholson. If you have any questions, you may reach out to Kim or call +1.919.549.3535.

     

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