SDEP Monthly Luncheon

  • 10 Jan 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Rock Bottom Brewery - La Jolla
  • 25



Karla Buechler

Technical Director
TestAmerica Laboratories


Colleen Hines

Supervising Environmental Health Specialist
County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health


The Analysis of Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) including PFOS and PFOA


DEH Cost Recovery Proposal for the Monitoring Well Program


$30 for members, $35 for non-members, add $5 if reservation is not received by 5pm the Friday before. Online registration will end at noon on the Monday before the event. Walk-ins with no reservation will be charged an extra $10 and be asked to wait until those with reservations are seated.

Please note that confirmed reservations will be invoiced regardless of attendance.


In 2006, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) announced the PFOA Stewardship Program, to phase out the emissions and the use of long-chain perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), by December 31st, 2015.  In addition, the US EPA and state agencies have developed health based advisories or screening levels as these chemicals are persistent, bio accumulative and toxic.  The chemistry and analysis of PFASs is unique, interesting and challenging.

In this presentation, we will discuss PFAS generation, formation and environmental release to sampling and analysis.  We will also discuss the current regulatory status of these chemicals.

Topics the presentation will cover include:

-Historical Overview 
-Sources and Formation
-Chemistry and Structures
-Environmental Exposure Pathways
-Toxicity and Risk
-Regulatory Progress and Current Status
-Current Analytical Methodologies – strengths & challenges
-Sample Collection Guidance
-Treatment and Remediation


The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health, Land and Water Quality Division is conducting stakeholder outreach presentations for our Cost Recovery Proposal.  This presentation focuses on the Cost Recovery Proposal for the Monitoring Well Program (MWP).  The presentation will include the proposed fees for the MWP and will detail changes in the fee structure, including consolidating fees, deleting fees, and new fees.  Details on the comprehensive analysis completed to determine the proposed fees will also be presented, as well as business process improvements and strategies used in the MWP to reduce and contain costs.  Finally, fee benchmarking with other jurisdictions in California will be presented.  The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Speaker Information:

Karla Buechler, Technical Director for TestAmerica based in Sacramento, California, has more than 30 years of experience in the environmental testing industry.  She has held positions in Laboratory Management, Project Management and has many years of hands-on experience with chromatography including Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry and High Resolution Mass Spectrometry. Ms. Buechler has extensive experience with a wide variety of complex regulatory programs such as Department of Defense, ambient and source air testing, sediments and tissues.  She is committed to providing the highest customer service and exceeding client expectations.  In her current role she is a principal technical resource, oversees the technical quality of analytical services provided, and provides technical assistance to laboratory technical resources and clients.  Ms. Buechler earned her BS in Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis, 1984

Colleen Hines received her BA in Biology from the University of St. Thomas and her Doctorate in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, San Diego; and is also a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.  Colleen has been employed with the County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health, Land and Water Quality Division for 12 years.  She started in the Land Use Program, reviewing layouts for septic systems and inspecting their installation, reviewing proposals for land divisions, permitting water wells, and responding to customer complaints.  She transferred to the Site Assessment and Mitigation Program in 2010, working as a Project Manager overseeing the cleanup of contaminated properties, and reviewing County property acquisitions for issues relating to hazardous materials, septic systems, and wells.  Colleen became the supervisor of the Site Assessment and Mitigation Program in 2015, and supervises 7 programs and 10 staff.



  • WALDORF SALAD - (vegetarian) arugula, tossed in honey mustard vinaigrette, topped with sun dried cherries, gorgonzola cheese, candied walnuts, celery, apple chips, and grapes 
  • AVOCADO CHICKEN SANDWICH - grilled chicken topped with avocado, swiss cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato and ranch dressing. served with french fries.
  • BREWER’S CLUB SANDWICH - roasted turkey, ham, bacon, cheddar & swiss cheeses, tomato and lettuce with chipotle mayo. served with french fries.



Rock Bottom Brewery
8980 Villa La Jolla Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037 


Directions from the North: Take I-5 or I-805 S to La Jolla Village Dr. Turn right off the freeway onto La Jolla Village Dr. Make your first left on Villa La Jolla Dr. Turn right into Rock Bottom parking lot.

Directions from the South: Take I-5 or I-805 N to La Jolla Village Dr. Turn left off the freeway onto La Jolla Village Dr. Turn left on Villa La Jolla Dr. Turn right into Rock Bottom parking lot.

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