Contaminated Soil and Groundwater, Assessment and Remediation

Online /
Nov 18 - 20, 2020 /
Course Code: 1118-ONL20

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Please Note:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):
10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks) *********************************************************************************

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the phased structure of Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), Risk Assessment (RA) and Remediation requirements
  • Support your projects using necessary Environmental Chemistry knowledge
  • Understand basics of fate and transport of contaminants in porous media
  • Construct Conceptual Site Model and devise Sampling and Analysis Plan
  • Evaluate and select appropriate remediation technologies for contaminated soil and groundwater

Environmental condition of properties is an important issue in redevelopment, financing and transactions. All stakeholders must be aware of potential environmental liabilities. This detailed three-day seminar provides information on approaches and methodologies on the basis of Environmental Chemistry required for assessment and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater in accordance with the phased structure of ESA, RA and remediation.

Applicable Environmental Chemistry concepts and principles, along with fundamentals of soil and groundwater properties as well as fate and transport of contaminants in porous media, will be provided to be employed in the standard procedures outlined in phased structured ESA including sampling and analysis, Human Health RA and exposure control. Conventional and innovative soil and groundwater remediation methods will be discussed along with cleanup requirements.

Case examples will be introduced and will be worked on by participants as the topics are covered.

Course Outline:

  • Environmental Site Assessment phased structure
  • Environmental Chemistry Basics
  • Human Health Risk Assessment
  • Soil and groundwater properties
  • Fate and transport of Toxic Metals and Organic Contaminants
  • Soil and Groundwater Sampling
  • Remediation Technologies and Selection Criteria

Who Should Attend:
Environmental Engineers and Technologists • Project Managers • Regulatory personnel (federal, provincial and municipal) • Geologists • Consultants and Soil Scientists

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Please Note:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):
10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks) *********************************************************************************

DAY I – Environmental Chemistry of Contaminants, Soil and Groundwater

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

Environmental Chemistry Basics

  • Overview of Contaminants
  • Concept of Source-Pathway-Receptor
  • Soil and groundwater as transport and exposure pathways
  • Physical Reactions (adsorption, volatilization, cation exchange)
  • Chemical reactions (Oxidation, Precipitation)
  • Biological Reactions
  • Clay and organic matter in soil

Toxic Metals

  • Toxic properties of heavy metals
  • Sorption/desorption of heavy metals in subsurface
  • Chemical precipitation
  • Bioaccumulation and biomagnifications of metals

Organic contaminants

  • Petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated solvents
  • Sorption
  • Biodegradation
  • Volatilization
  • Light and Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (LNAPL/DNAPLS)

Soil Environment

  • Physical properties of soil
  • Hydraulic properties of soil/porous media
  • Overview of physical, chemical and biological interactions of contaminants in porous media


  • Overview of hydrogeology
  • Types of aquifers
  • Unsaturated zone; hydraulic properties
  • Aquifer properties and discharge rates
  • Mapping groundwater flow

Contaminant Fate and Transport in Subsurface Environment

  • Advection, diffusion and dispersion
  • Reactions and decay
  • Retardation
  • Contaminant transport in vadose zone
  • Contaminant transport in saturated zone
  • Introduction to models and software
  • Example simplified models

Question and Answer Session

DAY II – Soil and Groundwater Remediation Technologies

Conceptual Site Models

  • Source-Pathway-Receptor concept
  • Contaminant Source characterization
  • Transport and exposure pathways
  • Receptors characterization
  • Example conceptual site models

Human Health Risk Assessment and Risk Based Remediation

  • Human Health Risk Assessment framework
  • Threshold and non-threshold contaminants
  • Human health risk assessment
  • Development of risk based criteria
  • Risk based remediation
  • Example calculations

Contaminated Soil Remediation

  • Physical/Chemical Treatment Technologies
  • Soil Vapor Extraction
  • Solidification/Stabilization
  • Chemical Oxidation
  • Soil Flushing
  • Soil washing
  • Electrokinetic Separation
  • Biological Treatment Technologies: Biofarming, Bioventing, Phytoremediation

Groundwater Remediation

  • Monitored Natural Attenuation
  • Air Stripping
  • Air Sparging
  • Pump and Treat System
  • Permeable reactive barriers (Zero-valent-iron)
  • Application of Nano-Materials to in-situ remediation of groundwater

Examples to be worked on by participants, Question and Answer Session

DAY III – Environmental Site Assessment

Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessment Standards

Phase I ESA

  • Legislative requirement
  • Provincial guideline for site assessment
  • Identify potential environmental concerns and activity
  • Determine whether Phase II ESA needed

Phase II ESA

  • Background study
  • Review of existing information
  • Preliminary site characterization
  • Development of detailed work plan for Phase II ESA

Soil and Groundwater Sampling

  • Sampling plans for soil and groundwater
  • QA/QC project plans and samples
  • Soil sampling methods and equipment
  • Groundwater monitoring wells

Phase II ESA Report – Case Example

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


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

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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