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CSGSS Training Events

The Center for Sustainable Soil and Groundwater Solutions holds training courses on various topics at locations around the country from time to time.

Practical Models Supporting
Remediation of Chlorinated Solvents
Training Course

Upcoming offerings:

July 26-27, 2011 - This course is now full
Seattle, WA

US EPA Region X
1200 Sixth Ave, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98101

Class will be held in the NPQS room

 

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Practicing environmental professionals, regulators, and site owners responsible for closure.

COURSE OBJECTIVE: Explore a subset of the publicly-available simulation and data analysis tools that can be used alone or in combination to answer questions such as:

  • Will source remediation meet site goals?
  • What will happen if no action is taken?
  • Should I combine source and plume remediation?
  • What is the remediation timeframe?
  • What is a reasonable remediation objective?

The model discussion will focus on the unique features of selected models and how those features can support strategy development. Emphasis will be on REMChlor, a newly released tool that simulates both source and plume remediation. By providing the ability to simulate sites where conditions change in space and time, REMChlor can provide information “equivalent” to the types of output from more sophisticated numerical models.

Models and Software Systems to be showcased:

  • REMChlor (Remediation Evaluation Model for Chlorianated Solvents)
  • BIOBALANCE
  • MAROS
  • Mass Flux Toolkit
  • SourceDK

Registration: There is no fee for this class. Registration is required. Attendance will be limited to the first 40 registrants for each location. Registration will be closed for Atlanta on March 11 and for Seattle on July 15..

Course Description

Day 1 (8am - 5pm): Following a short introduction, the morning will be devoted to a discussion of the challenges associated with developing groundwater remediation strategies for a site, and how practical models can support actions. The model discussion will focus on the types of models available, unique features of selected models, and how those features can support strategy development. Practical tools such as REMChlor, if used to their fullest, provide sound technical answers to common waste site remediation questions and support effective and efficient source and plume remediation.

The afternoon will be structured to illustrate how to use the tools to answer the questions every one asks in regard to cleaning up groundwater units with the emphasis on chlorinated solvent contamination. Participants will be given hands on experience with several analytical models. The day’s exercises will illustrate how to use the tools to answer the following questions:

  • Will source remediation meet site goals?
  • What will happen if no action is taken?

Participants will be provided hands on instruction on how to use the tools and will be shown how to integrate these tools to help develop robust characterization and/or remediation decisions. Exercises will be provided that allow attendees to use the tools to evaluate site treatment options.

Day 2 (8am - 4pm): Following a short recap of the first day, the second day will be devoted to a discussion of the remaining questions:

  • Should I combine source and plume remediation?
  • What is the remediation timeframe?
  • What is a reasonable remediation objective?

This day will be structured in the same format as the afternoon of November 2. For the final hands on exercise attendees will use REMChlor to explore how varying metrics, such as timeframe, remediation objectives, etc. will impact the potential for successfully meeting cleanup standards.

Course Materials to be provided to participants

  • CD with copies of REMChlor, BIOBALANCE, MAROS, Mass Flux Toolkit and Source DK and user guides for each; as well as electronic (pdf) copy of course slides.
  • Notebook with handouts of all slides and exercises.

Participants will be asked to bring laptops and calculators, if possible. The exercises will be worked as teams. The teams will be organized so that one member of each team has a computer.


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Last updated: June 7, 2011