Lessons Learned in the (Remediation) Field

Presented on Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Superfund and CERCLA spurred the development of new tools and techniques to mitigate and restore groundwater and soils. These were catalysts in generating computer models, 3D imaging, and remote sensors to cite a few. A majority of those originally trained as geologists migrated into hydrogeology and applied the scientific fundamentals to these new toys. The reliance on newer technologies also raised practical questions like, what do I do if the data doesn't look right, what are the limitations of various models, and where does sound science fit in. How do you judge the quality of any of the information out there? Panelists will share perspectives from the consulting, industrial, regulatory, and legal segments of the industry.

John Sheldon
Antea Group, West Des Moines, IA
Avram Frankel, PE
Integral Consulting, Pacifica, CA
Mr. Avram Frankel is a professional engineer, technical expert, and program manager with more than 29 years of experience including work on a wide range of commercial/industrial, municipal, state, and federal sites regulated under CERCLA, RCRA, TSCA, and numerous state programs. A civil engineer licensed in California, Oregon, Georgia, and Washington, Mr. Frankel provides his clients with strategic management and technical analysis in support of due diligence, redevelopment, technology evaluation, remediation, and legal/litigation matters. With a focus on enhancing health and safety, restoration of drinking water aquifers, and delivery of potable water, he has overseen the design, costing, installation, and optimization of groundwater remediation and potable water treatment systems across the U.S. over a wide range of site scales, geologies, and technical complexities. Mr. Frankel’s experience on large, complex, and performance-based projects is extensive, including the successful application of combined remedies and remediation of plumes measured in miles. These projects often included the holistic management and ultimate remediation of large commingled and multi-contaminant groundwater plumes in challenging stakeholder environments and under litigation or settlement conditions. Mr. Frankel has spent a large portion of his career addressing emerging contaminants of the past and present including hexavalent chromium, perchlorate, 1,4-dioxane, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS, and 1,2,3-trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP). Both a practitioner and testifying expert, he currently serves as a technical expert in many groundwater contamination and treatment matters.
Richard Head, JD, MSES
S L Environmental Law Group, San Francisco, CA
Richard Head is Of Counsel at SL Environmental Law Group, before that he was Associate Attorney General for the New Hampshire Justice Department, where he held multiple leadership positions, including Bureau Chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau. Richard earned his B.A. from Clark University and J.D. and M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University. Richard is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, Vermont and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Scott Calkin
MACTEC Engineering & Consulting Inc, Portland, ME
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