Environmental Site Assessment and Remediation

Online /
Jan 23 - 25, 2024 /
Course Code: 14-0109-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

Day 1: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)
Day 2: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern
Day 3: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm Eastern

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

  • apply a relevant regulatory tiered structure for environmental site assessment and remediation
  • devise soil and groundwater sampling and analysis plans as part of the site assessment
  • build conceptual Site Models for site assessment and, environmental risk assessment and management
  • 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 and cleanup levels

The current land development trend requires a careful examination of contaminant levels in soil and groundwater, along with remedial actions in soil and groundwater remediation or risk management. Regulations require a phased assessment of the sites under development or land use change upon which remediation and risk management may be necessary. This requires knowledge of the regulatory system, processes and procedures 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, followed by a characterization of contamination and associated environmental risks to achieve appropriate remediation design.

Course Outline

  • Regulatory framework and phased approach for environmental site assessment
  • Conceptual Site Models (CSM) and problem formulation
  • Fate and transport modelling 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

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Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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  • Overview of the regulatory framework
  • Contaminants, their toxicity and subsurface behaviour
  • Summary 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

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 vapour 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 Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


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

$1995 + taxes

  • 1.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 17 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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