Site Assessment According to Alberta Tier I and II Soil and Groundwater Guidelines

Online /
Sep 22 - 23, 2022 /
Course Code: 13-0915-ONL22

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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):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

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

  • Understand tiered structure issued by Alberta Environment on soil and groundwater remediation
  • Devise soil and groundwater sampling and analysis plans as part of site assessment
  • Build conceptual models for site assessment and formulate problems for environmental risk assessment and management
  • Develop the phased approach to site assessment and remediation using environmental risk assessment and modeling approach
  • Gain practical knowledge on conventional and innovative soil and groundwater remediation methods and processes

Alberta Environment has implemented a new framework and guidelines for assessing contaminated sites as of February 2016. The Guidelines are based on the now universally accepted risk assessment approach aimed at pollution prevention, health protection and productive use.

This course will provide the participants with the scientific basis of human health and ecological risk assessments used by Alberta Environment and the detailed application of the Tier I and Tier II Criteria to optimize decision making based on scientifically defensible data.

Course Outline:

  • Environmental Risk Assessment Approach
  • Alberta’s Tiered Approach
  • Scientifically Based Site Investigation Methodologies
  • Modeling Approaches and Methodologies
  • Overview of Remediation Technologies

Who Should Attend:
Environmental Engineers • Scientists • Consultants • Industrial Staff • Technicians and technologists • Regulators Reviewing and Accepting Risk Standards Being Applied to the Contaminated Land According to Alberta Environment Guidelines

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

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Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Environmental Risk Assessment Approach

  • Tier I and Tier II Criteria and Risk Assessment Approach
  • Overview of Environmental toxic properties of contaminants
  • Overview of contaminant fate and transport in porous media
  • Overview of Environmental Risk Assessment: Source/Exposure Pathways/Receptor

Alberta’s Tiered Approach

  • Risk Assessment Approach to Criteria Development
  • Tier I and Tier II Applications and Exceptions
  • Site Specific Risk based criteria development (Tier II Criteria)

Scientifically Based Site Investigation Methodologies

  • Phase I and II ESA Standards
  • Developing a conceptual site model (CSM) as a basis of a sampling plan
  • Data quality objectives & indicators
  • Sampling Plans
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plans
  • Soil investigation methodologies
  • Groundwater investigation methodologies

Modeling Approaches and Methodologies

  • Overview of modeling methodologies and approaches for
  • Subsurface Fate and Transport of Contaminants
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Uncertainty
  • Applicable Models
  • Risk Management

Overview of Remediation Technologies

  • Natural Attenuation/Intrinsic Remediation
  • Bioremediation
  • In Situ Treatment (Reactive Permeable Barriers)
  • Soil Vapor Extraction
  • Phytoremediation
  • Groundwater Pump & Treat
  • In Situ Treatment Using Nano-Particles (Nanoremediation)

Questions and Answers

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


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

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

Edwin Safari is a Professional Engineer and sessional lecturer at Physical and Environmental Sciences University of Toronto Scarborough. Edwin is the cofounder of Comnipex Corporation and is currently working on commercialization of his patented nano-graphene adsorbent technology for environmental remediation. Edwin has over 20 years of experience in academe and consulting in Environmental Engineering and Assessment. He has a proven track record of working and managing a variety of 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 four 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 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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