The Sacramento Branch is pleased to present:

An Overview of PFASs and their Concern to the Navy

John Kornuc, Ph.D.
Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center


Dr. Kornuc will be presenting an overview of PFASs and their concern to the Navy.  He is principal investigator of an ESTCP project to characterize the nature and extent of PFASs in environmental media at DoD sites using high resolution sampling and specialty analytical techniques developed by team partners at the Colorado School of Mines and Oregon State University.  This project will determine the environmental behavior of an unprecedented list of up to 300 PFAS compounds associated with Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF). As principal investigator of a NESDI project, he is investigating the effects of prior remedial efforts, such as advanced oxidation processes for treatment of co-contaminants, at sites where PFASs are also likely to be present.  In another NESDI project, Dr. Kornuc is determining the factors which govern the environmental behavior, transformation, and potential toxicity of PFAS by sampling biota and the media to which receptors may be directly and indirectly exposed, and assessing structure/activity relationships of the PFASs detected.  In another ESTCP project, he is investigating the use of an enhanced advanced oxidation process to treat PFASs.  Dr. Kornuc has led the establishment of the NAVFAC EXWC PFAS Transport and Treatment Laboratory at EXWC’s Port Hueneme, California location. He also presented the current state of PFAS regulatory considerations, analytical, and treatment approaches at the 2016 Navy’s Remediation Innovative Technology Seminar (RITS) series.


Dr. Kornuc is a physical scientist with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC). He is the Navy’s representative and principal investigator on many innovative technology projects sponsored by the Navy Environmental Sustainability Development to Integration (NESDI), as well as the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program/Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (SERDP/ESTCP) in environmental restoration. He has over 30 years of experience in environmental investigations and restoration, with an emphasis on fate and transport of contaminants, bioremediation and biotic transformation, and more recently has focused on the emerging contaminant group of compounds known as poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), formerly known as perfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs). Dr. Kornuc has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles and a B.Sc. in Microbiology from Ohio State University.



ABOUT Vista Analytical Laboratory:

Vista Analytical (formerly Alta Analytical Laboratory) is the premier environmental laboratory for the determination of Dioxins/Furans, PCB Congeners, PAHs, Pesticides, PBDEs and other semi-volatile organic contaminants. Using the powerful technique of High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) and USEPA and CARB methodologies, Vista accurately analyzes a variety of matrices.  In addition, Vista Analytical Laboratory is responding to the growing need for reliable and accurate determination of PFAS using Ultra Performance LC-MS/MS technology.  The lab routinely analyzes aqueous, soil, sediment and tissue samples, as well as human serum.  Our combination of unsurpassed technical quality and outstanding customer service distinguishes Vista Analytical Laboratory.  


All Proceeds to Benefit Science Students

The GRA Sacramento Branch has a history of supporting university-level science students. Our Scholastic Sponsorship Program is an opportunity to publicize your business while contributing toward a good cause. The cost is minimal; if interested, please contact Linda Bond at (530) 757-1500 or


Social Hour - 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Announcements & Dinner - 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Presentation - 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Usual great food, including two meat entrées, salad, rice, potatoes, vegetable and Iced Tea. A No-host beer and wine bar will be available.


Members: $27.00
Non-Members: $32.00
Students: $10.00

  • If you register after Noon on Monday, October 9th, or walk-in, a $3.00 surcharge will be added to the meeting cost.
  • Cancellations must be made by Noon on Monday, October 9th.

Questions about the meeting, please telephone Rodney Fricke at 916-407-8539 or email him at  Questions about Sacramento Branch in general, including submittal of your ideas and/or desires for future presentations, please telephone Linda Bond at (530) 757-1500 or email her at


November 8th: Rick Cramer, P.G. with Burns & McDonnell, Groundwater Sequence Stratigraphy: Geology-Based Hydrogeologic Conceptual Models for Successful Groundwater Remediation and Groundwater Sustainability

Holiday Meeting with AEG
December 13th: John Fio, Principal Hydrologist with HydroFocus, Inc., Technical Consensus and Multi-Party Sustainability Planning, Westside Groundwater Basin



Wed, Oct. 11, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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