Northwest Environmental Training Center (NWETC)

Environmental Forensics-Site Characterization and Remediation-Nov 9*1, 2016

This 2 day course will provide attendees with a wide array of analytical techniques available to fingerprint a variety of contaminants and to address the basic questions involved in any environmental forensics study: 1. What is the contaminant(s)? 2. What is the source(s)? 3. When did the release occur? 4. Is the contaminant degrading? In addition, there will be a discussion of why certain techniques are more appropriate than others, the problems that may be encountered when interpreting results, and what to do if there are no unique answers to some of the above questions. Examples will be provided from a variety of environmental forensic investigations involving a range of contaminants and different issues that have been encountered. Attendees will learn the range of supporting methods used into order to prepare the strongest case possible when presenting findings. The final topic will center around site remediation and how some of the techniques used in topics discussed above
Event Type:
Workshops/Training Courses
Nov. 9-10, 2016
University of Phoenix
Austin , TX , USA

Course Topics

  • Environmental Forensics-Past and Present

  • Initial characterization of the site-groundwater flow, oxicity, salinity

  • Information needed for a successful investigation

  • Classes of Contaminants to be discussed

  • The tiered fingerprinting approach

  • Inorganic contributions to fingerprinting

  • Additional information required for successful environmental investigations

  • Age dating of contaminants-successful and unsuccessful techniques-including presence or absence of certain compounds, atmospheric contaminants, radioactive isotopes, tree-ring dating

  • Monitoring site remediation-most appropriate techniques.

  • Natural attenuation

  • Case Histories

  • State specific cases

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