Delineation, Remediation and Risk Management of Petroleum Hydrocarbon Impacts on Soil and Groundwater

Online /
Jun 18 - 19, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0607-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern Time

After participating in this course, you will have learned:

  • How to delineate the extent of PHC impact on soil and groundwater in accordance with Phase Two Environmental Site Assessment Regulation 
  • How to apply efficient soil and groundwater sampling for PHCs
  • Remediation Techniques for soil impacted with PHCs
  • Remediation Techniques for groundwater impacted with PHCs
  • A brief overview of the Risk Assessment of PHC-impacted soil and groundwater
  • Risk Management Measures (RMMs) for a PHC-impacted site as an alternative to Cleanup

Remediation of soil and groundwater impacted by PHCs involves several in situ or ex-situ treatments comprising containment, separation and decomposition, which include biological, chemical, physical and thermal treatment methods.

Proper delineation of the soil and groundwater impact is the cornerstone for remediation, meeting the regulatory guidelines, risk-based remediation and/or risk management. To select the best treatment option for remediation, it is important to understand the nature, composition, properties, type of environment, fate, transport and distribution of the pollutant’s degradation mechanism, including chemical and biological decomposition. This two-day course provides practically applicable yet science-based instruction on delineation, remediation and risk management of soil and groundwater hydrocarbon contamination. Cost-effective field techniques for investigating petroleum contamination will be reviewed in detail. Data interpretation and validation procedures will be presented. A case example will also be discussed. 

Course Outline

  • Petroleum hydrocarbon chemistry basics
  • Overview of lighter (than water) Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (LNAPLs)
  • Overview of PHC Fate and Transport in soil and groundwater
  • Soil sampling plans for regulatory delineation
  • Groundwater sampling plans for regulatory delineation
  • In-Situ and Ex-Situ PHC-impacted soil remediation methods
  • Physico-chemical methods
  • Biological methods
  • Risk Management Measures (RMMs)
  • Soil caps and covers
  • Passive and active ventilation
  • Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRBs) for groundwater risk management

Who Should Attend
Technicians and Technologists Involved in Soil and Groundwater Sampling and Assessment • Consultants and Public Sector Environmental Specialists Dealing with Brownfields and Contaminated Soil and Groundwater Assessment, Remediation and Risk Assessment. 

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Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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Day I: Site Assessment and Delineation

Welcome, Introduction, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Petroleum Hydrocarbon Chemistry Basics

  • Typical composition of crude oil, gasoline and fuels
  • Fractions, BTEX, and oxygenated additives
  • Physical-chemical properties of PHC components

An Overview of Lighter (than Water) Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (LNAPLs)

  • Transformation of free product to dissolved phase

An Overview of PHC Fate and Transport in Soil and Groundwater

Soil Sampling Plans for Regulatory Delineation

Groundwater Sampling Plans for Regulatory Delineation

Overview of Human Health Risk Assessment for PHCs


Day II: Remediation Technologies

Big Picture Analysis; Cleanup, Risk-Based Remediation or Risk Management

In-Situ and Ex-Situ PHC Impacted Soil Remediation Methods

Physico-Chemical Methods

  • Phase Separation
  • Soil Washing
  • Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE)
  • Thermal Desorption
  • Phase Separation
  • Chemical Oxidation
  • Pump and Treat Scheme

Biological Methods

  • Phase Separation
  • Air sparging
  • Bioslurping
  • Bioventing

Risk Management Measures (RMMs)

Soil Caps and Covers

Passive and Active Ventilation

Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRBs) for Groundwater Risk Management

Case Example

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

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


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

Edwin is a licensed Professional Engineer by Professional Engineers Ontario and is a sessional lecturer at the Physical and Environmental Sciences University of Toronto Scarborough. Edwin is the inventor of Grafta™, a first-of-its-kind unique nano-graphene-based adsorbent for environmental remediation and water and wastewater treatment. He is currently the Vice President of Technology of Grafta Nanotech Inc, where Grafta™ is being mass-produced and commercialized.

Edwin has over 20 years of experience in academia and consulting in Environmental Engineering and Assessment. He has a proven track record of working and managing various Environmental projects ranging from Environmental Site Assessment, Risk Assessment, Impact Assessment, Physical and Contaminant Hydrogeology, Waste Management Planning, Landfill Design, Leachate and Gas Management and Life Cycle Assessment. Edwin has been with EPIC for over nine years and has offered Environmental Assessment, Risk Assessment and Remediation courses in various provinces in Canada.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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