8th Symposium

April 15-17, 2015 - Philadelphia, PA

The SAME Philadelphia Post hosted the 8th Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS) Symposium to a sold out crowd of 320 people on April 15-17, 2015 at the DoubleTree in downtown Philadelphia. The Post resumed this popular and important forum for environmental professionals. The USEPA and USACE sponsored this event annually for 7 years. Circumstances arose that precluded the continuance of that arrangement. As a result, and in response to widespread interest from government and private sector professionals, the Philadelphia Post undertook the effort to reactivate this event as the primary sponsor, along with co-sponsorship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The applications of engineering and science associated with cleaning up hazardous waste sites continue to evolve rapidly. The Post’s goal was to facilitate an interactive engagement between attendees, 40% of which were from government and 60% from the private sector, related to relevant and topical issues affecting the environmental cleanup field. A total of 10 PDHs were offered for those attending the sessions that spanned the 2 ½ day event. In addition to resounding success of the program, the event was, in many aspects, “green”. The Post hosted a mobile app to eliminate paper waste and recycled name badges for use at other Post events. Survey results have been overwhelmingly positive, and planning has already begun for next year’s event!

Click on the photos below to access all of presentation PDFs from The "8th Symposium on Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites". The Session Descriptions, Speaker Biographies, and Attendee List are also available.


Session 1: RD/RA – Multiple Technologies/Performance Based

Session 2: Lessons Learned

Session 3: Sustainability Considerations during RD/RA

Session 4: Site Evaluation Techniques

Session 5: Project Management

Session 6: Sediment Remediation


Monitoring methods used to evaluate an evapotranspiration landfill cover in S.W. Idaho - Pete Johansen (Idaho Department of Environmental Quality), Jim Kelsey and John Kay (Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc)

Complete and Accelerated Biodegradation of Petroleum and Chlorinated Contaminants by an In Situ Colloidal Biomatrix - Ben Mork, Stephanie Rittenhouse, Kristen Thoreson, Craig Sandefur, and Gordon Araujo (Regenesis)

Vineland Chemical Superfund Site (O'Brien & Gere)

Teterboro Landfill (O'Brien & Gere)

Innovative Re-use of Waste Heat durign In Situ Thermal Remediation (CDM Smith)

Design and Implementation of Sustainable Remediation (EA Engineering)

Former Dupont Chambers FUSRAP Site (ECC)

Using Geomorphology to Optimize Sediment Sampling, Budget & Schedule (Tetra Tech)

Combined Remedies for Improved DNAPL Clean-up Performance (Thermal RS)

Wirelesss Data Transmission (US Environmental)

Volumetric Load Scanning

Remediation of Lead-Impacted Soil (Watermark)

Steering Committee Members

  • Jeanne Litwin, CDM Smith

  • Jim Romig, CDM Smith

  • Lyle Trumbull, OBG

  • Jimmy Blake, OBG

  • Gordon Araujo

  • Mike Badeau, Stell Environmental

  • Amy Basehoar, KOMAN Holdings, LLC

  • Jaimie Wright, KOMAN Holdings, LLC

  • Karen Buniak, TTI Environmental

  • Dan Amate, GZA

  • John J. Smith, J. J. Smith Environmental Consulting, LLC

  • Rad Delaney, Prime AE

  • Kate Garufi