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The detailed three-day program provides information on contaminated soil and groundwater chemistry, assessment and remediation technologies.

Course Outline

After participating in this course you will be able to do the following:
evaluate and select appropriate assessment and remediation technologies for contaminated soil
   and groundwater
identify key data requirements and design criteria for remediation technologies
understand the phased approach to site assessment and remediation 
apply the environmental chemistry methodologies and technologies to your projects
use soil and groundwater sampling technologies

The environmental condition of property is an important issue in real estate transactions. Buyers and sellers must be aware of potential environmental liabilities for contaminated soil and groundwater, regulatory non-compliance, and buried wastes. This seminar provides information on contaminated site assessment and remediation, focusing on cost-effective approaches, methodologies, and technologies. Case studies, which are included and distributed as part of the seminar, are based on real projects that will reinforce your understanding of the concepts and methodologies.

The chemistry component of this course focuses on parameters that affect contaminant distribution in the subsurface and determine contaminant remediation strategies. Best practices for conducting Phase I and Phase II ESAs, sampling methodologies, and data interpretation and analyses will all be covered as well. The course will also examine cost-effective remediation technologies such as soil vapour extraction (SVE) and enhanced SVE, pump and treat systems, free product delineation and recovery, multiphase extraction systems (MPE), natural attenuation, and bioremediation.

To provide participants with an understanding of groundwater and soil chemistry, possible contaminants, and appropriate assessment and remediation strategies.

Who Should Attend
Environmental engineers; scientists; technologists; project managers; and, federal, provincial, and municipal regulatory personnel.

Welcome, Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Day I – Environmental Chemistry Of Contaminants, Soil And Groundwater

Environmental Chemistry Basics
• Physical and chemical properties that determine contaminant distribution in the subsurface
• Properties and composition of groundwater and soil

Toxic Metals Fate and Transport in the Environment
• Sampling strategies for toxic metal delineation
• Precipitation and immobilization of toxic metals on soil surfaces
• Acid base reactions in soil and groundwater
• Oxidation reduction reactions of toxic metals
• Toxic metals role in organic contaminant degradation under natural attenuation conditions

Petroleum Derived Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Fate and Transport in the Environment
• Organic Chemistry basics
• Petroleum Hydrocarbon Chemistry fundamentals
• Petroleum products composition
• BTEX properties, fate and transport in the environment
• Petroleum fractions (F1, F2, F3, &F4) properties, fate and transport in the environment
• Polyaromatic hydrocarbons properties, fate and transport in the environment

Chlorinated Solvents Chemistry, Fate and Transport in the Environment
• Chemistry basics
• Fate and transport process
• Chemical and biological degradation in natural environment
• Reaction rates and estimates of remediation times

Day II - Environmental Site Assessment

Phase I and II Enivorenmental Site Assessment Standards
• CSA Phase I and Phase II ESA Standards as required by Ontario Regulation 153/04

Sampling and Analyses Strategies
• Sampling plans: biased, random, grids and statistical methods
• Statistically valid minimum number of samples in grids and sub-grids
• QA/QC project plans and samples
• Analytical methods and method detection limits
• Data validation, interpretation and analyses

Soil and Groundwater Sampling Technologies
• Soil sampling methods and comparative analyses (advantages and disadvantages)
• Groundwater sampling methods and comparative analyses (advantages and disadvantages)
• Sample collection methodologies to prevent cross contamination
• Olfactory and field screening methods

Participants Case Studies, Questions and Answers Session

Day III - Soil and Groundwater Remediation Technologies

Remediation Technologies Selection Criteria
• Conceptual models of subsurface contaminants distribution
• Soil and groundwater remediation technology selection criteria

Free Product (LNAPl) Recovery
• Petroleum LNAPL Recovery Methods
• Skimming systems
• Multiphase Extraction

Soil Vapour Extraction (SVE) And Enhanced SVE Systems
• Soil vapour extraction (SVE)
• Directional drilling/SVE
• Dual phase extraction
• Pneumatic and hydraulic fracturing/SVE
• Thermal enhancement/SVE
• Air injection/SVE
• Air sparging/SVE

Pump and Treat Systems
• Hydraulic containment
• Granular activated carbon treatment of organic contaminants
• Air stripping of volatile contaminants
• Oxidation/reduction of organic and inorganics
• Precipitation of toxic metals
• Ion exchange of toxic metals

Bioremediation of Soil and Groundwater
• Scientific principles of bioremediation
• Natural attenuation (evidence, mechanisms, and enhancements)
• Biofarming
• Biopiles
• Co-metabolism of chlorinated hydrocarbons
• LNAPL/DNAPL effects

Risk Assessment and Risk Based Remediation
• Risk Assessment
• Human health risk assessment
• Ecological risk assessment
• Development of Risk Based Criteria
• Risk based remediation

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

There will be a one hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon.

Daily Schedule:
8:00 Registration and coffee (1st day only)
8:30 Session begins
4:30 Adjournment


Nasrat Hijazi

Dr. Nasrat Hijazi, PhD and C.Chem, is President of TDA Associates and a former professor in the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC). He received his BSc from the American University of Beirut and completed his PhD at the University of Ottawa in 1973. Starting in 1981, Dr. Hijazi held senior positions at leading environmental consulting and management companies including Dames and Moore Canada Inc. (currently URS), Clayton Environmental Group, and Sanexen International (Currently Sanexen Environmental Inc.). Aiming to provide cost effective and high quality professional training and consulting services, he formed TDA Associates in 1997.

Dr. Hijazi now has 35 years experience in the research and development of environmental management consulting, hazardous and industrial waste management, and site remediation. He is an environmental expert in areas of compliance to environmental acts, regulations, standards, guidelines, policies, and procedures. A member of various organizations and an ISO 14001 auditor, Dr. Hijazi is actively involved in Continuing Engineering Education as a teacher of professional development courses. He has also served as the founding chairman, president, and CEO of the Canadian Environmental Industry Association Ontario Chapter (ONEIA 91-92); director of CEIA-National (92-93); and a member of various government and institutional advisory committees.

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.1 CEUs / 21 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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