12th Symposium

April 8-10, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

The applications of engineering and science associated with cleaning up hazardous waste sites continue to evolve rapidly. Our goal is to facilitate an interactive engagement between professionals from government and the private sector related to relevant and topical issues affecting our field. We will make every effort to mirror all aspects of past symposiums in terms of format and spirit. We are engaging with past organizers and participants to promote this, and have retained John J. Smith the past chair of the planning committee to assist the Post. As a SAME event, registration fees will be covered by private sector sponsorships and registration fees. The registration fee is being waived for government employees.

DCHWS seeks Young Member Participation for 2019!

Participant demographics from recent symposiums demonstrate that attendees and speakers are senior engineers and scientists with many years of experience and significant technical sophistication in the area of hazardous waste site remediation.

While our field continues to evolve and many senior engineers and scientists approach retirement, a need for information transfer to younger professionals in the field is critical. Recognizing the pending change in the workforce, we would like to encourage participation and support professional development of less experienced professionals. For non-Government employees, we are offering a special SAME Young Member discounted rate of $200 for those age 39 and under (as defined by SAME). This additional participation will benefit attendees by bringing new and fresh ideas in a rapidly evolving industry of engineering and science associated with cleaning up hazardous waste sites.

We plan to open and structure our evening session on Project Management with a focus on educating younger professionals in this area. Although focused on younger, more junior professionals, we believe this session will be informative and of benefit to everyone. We urge you to encourage participation from your newer and less experienced staff and welcome them to this program and to SAME. We continue to welcome your feedback and look forward to seeing you and your new colleagues at our event!


Monday, April 8, 2019

3:00 pm: Registration Opens

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Moderator/Panelist Briefing (Location TBD)

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Design and Construction Considerations for Dealing with PFAS

Moderator: David Bartenfelder, PhD, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, EPA

Panelists: Scott Grieco, Jacobs

William Scoville, APTIM

Jeff Burdick, Arcadis U.S., Inc.

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm: Welcome Reception

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

8:00 - 8:30 am Welcome and Announcements

Kate Garufi (YM), Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, EPA

Keith Ludwig, Philadelphia Post President, SAME

James Woolford, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation Director, EPA

Presentation of the DCHWS Scholarship

8:30 - 10:00 am: Panel 1. Don't Be Afraid to Second Guess: Successes from Questioning the Status Quo

Moderator: Daniel Amate (YM), GZA GeoEnvironmental

  1. Leveraging PRISMTM to Refine Contaminant Flow Pathways: Magothy Aquifer, New Jersey Coastal Plain

  2. Author: Ryan Samuels (YM), AECOM

  3. The Use of Adaptive Management Approaches in Support of Remedial Design and Pilot Activities at an EPA Superfund Site

  4. Author: Ryan Wymore, CDM Smith

  5. Engineering Mutatis Mutandis Approach to Innovative Remedial Design

Author: Meredith Braverman (YM), Arcadis U.S., Inc.

10:00 - 10:30 am: Break

10:30 - 12:00 pm: Panel 2. Achieving Remediation Success in Challenging Geologic Formations

Moderator: Daniel St. Germain, HDR

  1. Mass Discharge vs. Aquifer Assimilation Capacity, A Complex Fractured Bedrock Site Case Study

  2. Author: Ernest C. Ashley, CDM Smith

  3. Success Stories of Overcoming Low-Permeability and Heterogenous Geology to Implement In-Situ Bioremediation: Field Demonstrations of Electrokinetic Enhanced Amendment Delivery for In-Situ Source Area Remediation

  4. Author: James Wang, Geosyntec Consultants

  5. Lessons Learned Performing Amendment Injections into Low-Permeability Media

  6. Author: Mark Harkness, OBG, Part of Ramboll

12:00 - 1:30 pm: LUNCH

1:30 - 3:00 pm: Panel 3. Hot but Not Too Hot: Successful Applications for Thermal Treatment

Moderator: Jason McNew, EA Engineering

  1. Real-time Solutions to the Challenges Encountered during Thermal Remedy Implementation: Example of Adaptive Management

  2. Author: Steffen Griepke, Cascade Thermal

  3. Applying In-Situ Thermal Remediation in a Complex Setting with Multiple Stakeholders

  4. Author: Kenneth Cottrell, CPG, PG, HGL

  5. Lessons Learned: The Importance of Proper Project Planning When Integrating In-Situ Mechanical and Biological Remediation Technologies

  6. Author: Eleanor M. Jennings, Parsons Corporation

3:00 - 3:30 pm: Break

3:30 - 5:00 pm: Panel 4. Methods of Emplacement for In-situ Remedies: A Collection of Case Studies

Moderator: Christine Fogas, OBG, Part of Ramboll

  1. Use of a Deep Horizontal Injection Well for In Situ Hexavalent Chromium Groundwater Plume Treatment – Applications and Lessons Learned

  2. Author: Angela Mason, USACE Kansas City

  3. Application of Large Diameter Augers for Source Removal at Hazardous Waste Sites

  4. Author: David Klataske, HGL

  5. Combined Technologies to Address Two Complex Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Sites at a Federal Facility

  6. Author: Monica Fulkerson (YM), Jacobs

5:00 - 7:00 pm: Group Networking Reception

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

8:00 - 9:30 am: Panel 5. No Shortage of Challenges: Environmental Remediation in Urban Settings

Moderator: Tom Caruso, Sevenson

  1. Constructing a groundwater remedy in a highly populated area with access challenges

  2. Author: John Fazzolari, Ecology and Environment

  3. Urban Creek Impacted Sediment Removal and Isolation Utilizing a Geosynthetic Clay Liner

  4. Author: Trevor Litwiller (YM), August Mack Environmental, Inc.

  5. New York City’s Innovative Approach to Restore Degraded Urban Wetlands by Offsite Disposal of Contaminated Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Fill Material

  6. Author: Sachin Apte, PE ENV SP, Louis Berger

9:30 - 10:00 am: Break

10:00 - 11:30 am: Panel 6. Selling Your Stakeholder: Project Management Insights

Moderator: Neil Teamerson, Tetra Tech

  1. Adaptive Management at Contaminated Sediment Sites; Applications Throughout the Project Life Cycle

  2. Author: Andrew Bullard, CDM Smith

  3. Risk Management Strategies for Owners and Contractors during Implementation of Remedial Actions at Superfund Sites

  4. Author: Edward C. Hicks, PE, PMP, Black & Veatch

  5. I Should Have Seen That Coming: A Case Study

  6. Author: Sharon Bailey, Louis Berger

11:30 - 12:00 pm: Closing Remarks/Audience Comments/Adjourn

Kate Garufi, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, EPA



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