Environmental Site Assessments and Remediation in Ontario

Windsor, Ontario /
Nov 7 - 8, 2019 /
Course Code: 10-1121-2369

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After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Apply relevant regulatory tiered structure for environmental site assessment and remediation
  • Devise soil and groundwater sampling and analysis plans as part of site assessment
  • Build conceptual Site Models for site assessment and for environmental risk assessment
  • Understand the concept of modeling source-exposure-pathway concept and how to deal with uncertainties
  • Gain practical knowledge on conventional and innovative soil and groundwater remediation technologies

The current trend of land development in Ontario requires a careful examination of contaminant levels in soil and groundwater along with remedial actions in form of soil and groundwater remediation or risk management. Regulations in Ontario require a phased assessment of the sites under development or land use change upon which remediation and/or risk management may be found necessary. This requires both knowledge of the regulatory system, processes and procedures in Ontario and the scientific and technical aspects of developing an efficient remediation or risk management strategy including but not limited to conceptual site models, soil and groundwater sampling remediation technologies and environmental risk assessment approach. Accordingly, remedial actions can be designed to meet regulatory cleanup levels.

This course will provide the participants with the essential knowledge on the phased structure of Environmental Site Assessment in Ontario, followed by characterization of contamination and associated environmental risks aimed at achieving appropriate remediation design.

Course Outline

  • Regulatory framework and phased approach for environmental site assessment
  • Conceptual Site Models (CSM) and problem formulation
  • Fate and transport modeling for exposure evaluation and risk assessment
  • Soil and groundwater sampling methodologies and techniques
  • Conventional and innovative soil and groundwater remediation methods

Who Should Attend
Environmental Engineers Scientists Consultants Industrial Staff Technicians and Technologists Regulators Reviewing and Accepting Risk Assessment and Management Applied to the Contaminated Sites

Special Features:

  • US EPA Remediation technologies screening matrix
  • US EPA tools and databases on environmental risk assessment

Required Resources:

  • Laptop/tablet
  • Calculator
More Information


Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration & Coffee (Day 1 only)
8:30 Seminar begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment

Day I


  • Overview on regulatory framework
  • Contaminants, their toxicity and subsurface behavior
  • Overview of Environmental Risk Assessment Framework
  • Development of Conceptual Site Models (CSM)
  • Remedial Actions

Contaminant Fate and Transport in Soil and Groundwater

  • Physical, chemical and biological processes
  • Transport mechanisms; advection, dispersion and reactions/decay
  • Models for fate and transport of contaminants in soil and groundwater

Phase I Site Assessment

  • Scoping
  • Records review and data gathering
  • Site visits and interviews
  • Reporting

Phase II Site Assessment

  • Scoping
  • Conceptual Site Model
  • Receptor and Exposure Evaluation
  • Sampling and Analysis

Conceptual Site Models and Modeling

  • Exposure pathways
  • Key models and software
  • Uncertainty Analysis
  • Case example

Day II

Sampling and Analysis

  • Planning for characterization of contamination level
  • Soil sampling
  • Groundwater Sampling
  • Analysis
  • QA/QC

Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment

  • Planning and Scoping Process for Site Specific Risk Assessment (SSRA)
  • Human Health Risk Characterization
  • Tools and Models
  • Problem Formulation for Ecological Risk Characterization
  • Risk Communication and Management
  • Decision on Cleanup Levels

In-situ Soil Remediation Technologies

  • Bioventing
  • Enhanced Bioremediation
  • Phytoremediation
  • Chemical oxidation
  • Electrokinetic separation
  • Soil flushing
  • Soil vapor extraction
  • Solidification/Stabilization
  • In-situ thermal treatment

Ex-situ Soil Remediation Technologies

  • Landfarming
  • Soil Washing
  • Solidification/Stabilization
  • Thermal desorption

Groundwater Remediation Technologies

  • Monitored Natural Attenuation
  • Air sparging
  • Air stripping
  • Pump and Treat

Questions and Answers and Fee


Edwin Safari, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Edwin Safari, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Edwin is currently President and Chief Technical Officer (CTO) at Comnipex Corporation leading innovative projects in Geo-Environmental area focusing on modern technologies and materials for soil and groundwater remediation including nano-technology as well as waste management. He has also been Visiting Professor at GeoEngineering Research Group, Carleton University. He has 20 years of industrial and research experience in geo-environmental engineering. He has been involved in many environmental and geo-environmental engineering and research projects around the world in different areas such as environmental assessment of contaminated sites, contaminant fate and transport in porous media, soil and groundwater remediation, waste management, environmental risk assessment and environmental nanotechnology. His current research focuses on application of zero valent iron and carbon based nano-materials in in-situ and ex-situ remediation of contaminated groundwater. He has more than 15 years of experience in teaching environmental and geo-environmental engineering courses.


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Fee & Credits
Early Registration Fee:

$1495 + taxes

Fee after September 27, 2019:

$1695 + taxes

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  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
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