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New Course!!! Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): LSRP Update for Contaminants of Emerging Concern
PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) are a diverse group of man-made chemicals that are resistant to heat, water, and oil. Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are the most commonly detected PFAS in humans, biota, and other environmental media, and are also the most commonly regulated PFAS. The NJDEP has also recently adopted a drinking water MCL and a Ground Water Quality Standard for Perfluorononanoic Acid (PFNA), which was recently added to New Jersey’s Hazardous Substance List.
This program is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding and the most up-to-date information associated with PFAS, including: history and sources of PFAS; regulatory status and future industrial/legal implications with a focus on New Jersey; the unique chemistry of PFAS, including precursors; exposure, health effects, and toxicity; sampling and analytical challenges and options; fate and transport; remediation challenges; data evaluation; and forensics. The presenters were selected based on their intimate knowledge of the issues and their ability to answer practical questions. Attendees are encouraged to raise topics for discussion about the technical and regulatory challenges associated with PFAS investigations.
New Course!!! Remedial Action Permit Applications and Response Action Outcomes: Preparations 10 Years Since the Enactment of SRRA
Following the enactment of the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) created a Remedial Action Permit (RAP) application, forms and process. The program covers Soil and Groundwater Permits used by the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) in the Site Remediation Program, to assure protection of the onsite remedy and prior to the issuance of the Response Action Outcome (RAO).
This course will address those soil and groundwater permits issued by NJDEP, the issues raised during the permitting process by NJDEP, LSRP and clients, as well as obligations of all parties. Presenters will work through the permitting process, utilizing case studies and real-life scenarios, while discussing common errors and corrections. A discussion of remediation funding sources and financial assurance will also be included.
An additional presentation and discussion of the Response Action Outcome (RAO) document will occur, from the proper preparation based upon the issuance of Unrestrictive or Restrictive and Area of Concern or Entire Site. In addition a review of the inserts and notices will be discussed, and the proper use when it comes to on-site versus off-site remediation requirements. A legal aspect of an LSRPs obligation and responsibilities will be discussed, including how an LSRP amends an RAO and the interaction between NJDEP, client and counsel following the issuance of an RAO.
Environmental Forensics: "What is it? Where did it come from? And, is it mine?"
“What is it? Where did it come from? And, is it mine?”
This new course was designed for LSRPs and other environmental professionals who are seeking an introduction to environmental forensics methods with an emphasis on real world applications. The course is structured around environmental media, including groundwater, storm water, sediment, and soil. Course instructors will provide an overview of both introductory methods and options for more complex statistical analyses. Case studies will illustrate best practices for exploring data and developing lines of evidence that support arguments for source apportionment, cost allocation, and site-specific background screening levels in both regulatory and litigation contexts.
Attendees will learn how to tailor sampling designs to provide information that is amenable to environmental forensics, and will develop a greater understanding of the types of data evaluation methods that are commonly used, along with their strengths and limitations. Working knowledge of environmental chemistry and introductory statistics is desirable but not a pre-requisite.
- Source profiling of metals and petroleum hydrocarbons in groundwater
- Chlorinated/brominated/fluorinated compounds and isotopes
- Accounting for temporal variation
- Mixing and unmixing analysis and tools
- Chemical fingerprinting PAHs in sediment
- Redox state and bacterial activity
- Multicriteria decision analysis
- Perfluoroalkyl compound profiles – ratios, isomers, and more
- Bivariate plots, probability plots, principal components analysis
New Course!!! The Quantitative Conceptual Model Approach: Maximizing the Utility of Your CSM
This half-day workshop is designed to take environmental professionals beyond the traditional qualitative Conceptual Site Model (CSM) by adding an overlay of quantitative information that sharpens decisions and provides documented support that can be important to an LSRP’s, or other environmental professional’s, practice.
The CSM is an integral part of environmental site investigation and remediation activities, providing site investigators, regulators, and other interested stakeholders with a tool to better understand site conditions, identify data needs, and make decisions regarding site cleanup planning and implementation. Although the development and use of CSMs has been described in numerous technical and regulatory guidance documents, the CSMs described in these documents are typically qualitative in nature, consisting of narrative and/or pictorial descriptions of contamination sources and subsurface conditions at a contaminated site. The Quantitative Conceptual Model (QCSM) approach, which involves the merging of quantitative analysis results with the framework of a sound site conceptual model, provides a “functional” version of the CSM that can be used to guide investigations, assist in remedial design, and/or evaluate the effectiveness of a remedy, providing a well-documented, scientifically-based tool for sound decision making.
What Every LSRP Needs to Know About the NJ Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board Rules
If you are an LSRP and you have not yet read, reviewed and gained an understanding of the Site Remediation Licensing Board Rules, you don’t know what violation you may be committing. Learn them in one afternoon! LSRPs and legal experts will present an overview of the LSRP rules (N.J.A.C. 7:26I Regulations) that were adopted and became effective Jan. 4, 2016. http://www.nj.gov/lsrpboard/board/rules This half-day course is designed to update LSRPs on the new rules and help advance their ability to apply the rule changes in the performance, supervision or coordination of site remediation in NJ. A factual compliant case study will be presented. Review of Decisions posted on the board’s website will be explored. Key findings that resulted in the penalty will be identified. LSRPs will be guided through the process to see how and what the Board does to come to a decision.
New Course!! Compliance with Linear Construction Guidance and Regulations
This course is designed to allow the LSRP to understand the relative roles of the various entities involved in linear construction projects (LCP). ln many LCPs, construction routes often cross contaminated sites, some having been remediated with contamination left onsite. This results in the probability of more than one LSRP being involved. The various entities involved include: the property owner; the entity responsible for the construction; the contractor performing the excavation and their subcontractors; a LSRP “hired” by the responsible entity; and, if applicable, a LSRP for a contaminated site.
This course will examine applicable legal requirements of each of the parties. In particular, the role of the LSRP will be detailed. LSRP liabilities in LCP will be examined and discussed. A case study shall be presented.