Society of American Foresters

Northwest Regions

Environmental Forensics - Site Characterization and Remediation


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Course Title:Environmental Forensics-Site Characterization and Remediation
Course ID:CHEM-545
Date(s):August 2, 2021: 8:30am - 4:30pm
August 3, 2021: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location:Live Remote Attendance-- USA

Time Zone TBD, WA

Instructor:Paul Philp, PhD
Tuition:$695 / $645*
 $645 / $595* (Before July 2, 2021)

RegistrationCHEM-545 Aug 2-3, 2021 | NWETC


**Note - For every course we have implemented live stream remote attendance options for those who prefer a no-contact alternative to in-person attendance.  You will need a computer and an internet connection.  We will follow the maximum in-person meeting size as per health authorities and if recommended we will only offer remote attendance.

If conditions permit, you are welcome to attend the course in-person, we likely will have between 5 to 10 in-person attendee's in a large room to provide safe spacing.  We also wipe every surface down and provide hand washing and disinfectant wipes as a courtesy.  If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact us via email or phone 425 270 3274.  


This 2 day course will provide attendees with a wide array of analytical techniques available to fingerprint a variety of contaminants and to address the basic questions involved in any environmental forensics study:

1. What is the contaminant(s)?

2. What is the source(s)?

3. When did the release occur?

4. Is the contaminant degrading?

In addition, there will be a discussion of why certain techniques are more appropriate than others, the problems that may be encountered when interpreting results, and what to do if there are no unique answers to some of the above questions. Examples will be provided from a variety of environmental forensic investigations involving a range of contaminants and different issues that have been encountered.

Attendees will learn the range of supporting methods used into order to prepare the strongest case possible when presenting findings.

The final topic will center around site remediation and how some of the techniques used in topics discussed above can also be used to monitor site cleanup, particularly those sites being remediated by natural attenuation.

This course is certified by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for 14 hours of continuing education credit.


Intended Audience:

This course will provide useful information for chemists, engineers, geologists, hydrogeologists, microbiologists, attorneys and regulators that are involved with a variety of environmental issues including contamination characterization and source determination as well as site remediation


Event date: 
Monday, August 2, 2021 - 08:30 to Tuesday, August 3, 2021 - 16:30