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U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division

Characterization and Remediation of Contaminated Groundwater in Fractured Rock with U.S. EPA & USGS

Sponsored by: US EPA and USGS

Archived: Thursday, September 12, 2019
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Thermal Remediation in Fractured Rock - A Case Study and What to Look for in a Work Plan

Contaminated groundwater in fractured rock at Superfund sites poses unique challenges due to the geologically complex nature of such sites. Technological advances have led to the development of tools that aid in gaining a more robust understanding of contaminated fractured rock systems. The Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (TIFSD) in EPA Headquarters has collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to develop an EPA-specific training course that provides a state-of-the-practice overview of the characterization and remediation of contaminated groundwater in fractured rock. This training course that will improve national consistency for these complex sites and drive the development of effective characterization and remediation techniques required for their restoration.

The USGS has collaborated with EPA to develop a training course specific to EPA Region 10 (Pacific Northwest) that will highlight information requirements for characterizing the spatial distribution and fate of chlorinated solvents and their degradation products in complex fractured rock environments. The USGS has developed several workshops/training sessions for EPA in the past and these previous efforts provide the foundation for this current effort. EPA HQ and Region 10 personnel have worked closely with the USGS to ensure that Superfund specific content is included throughout the course sessions.

The two-day workshop will take place on September 11-12, 2019, at the Region 10 Office in Seattle, WA and is available to remote viewers via CLUIN.

Day 1: Fractured Rock 101: Focus on Characterization
The first day of the course will provide an overview of groundwater flow and contaminant transport processes in fractured rock environments. The focus will be on field characterization of fractured bedrock. Topics will include characterization of the hydrogeology, contaminant distribution, and transport processes and pathways in the fractured bedrock. Case studies of Region 10 (Pacific Northwest) sites will be highlighted to illustrate the characterization of groundwater contamination in fractured rock systems.

Day 2: Fractured Rock 102: Focus on Remediation
The second day of the course will focus on remediation of groundwater contamination in fractured rock systems. Case studies will illustrate multiple remedial approaches for cleaning up contamination in fractured rock systems.

Presenters will include USGS, EPA, Oregon DEQ, and industry representatives.

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Claire TiedemanClaire Tiedeman, U.S. Geological Survey (tiedeman@usgs.gov or 650-329-4583)

Allen ShapiroAllen Shapiro, U.S. Geological Survey (ashapiro@usgs.gov or 703-648-5884)
Dr. Allen Shapiro is a Senior Research Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He is a member of the Water Cycle Branch in the Earth System Processes Division (ESPD) of the Water Mission Area (WMA). Dr. Shapiro conducts research on groundwater flow and chemical transport in complex geologic environments, including fractured rock and karst aquifers. Dr. Shapiro's research has focused on the development of field techniques and equipment, modeling groundwater flow and chemical transport, and methods of integrating and interpreting geologic, geophysical, hydraulic, and geochemical information in characterizing fractured rock aquifers. Dr. Shapiro is also actively pursuing research in the characterization and remediation of various contaminants in fractured rock, including chlorinated solvents and other Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids. He is a graduate of Princeton University with a Ph.D. in Civil and Geological Engineering. He has been an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. Dr. Shapiro is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and in 2004, the National Ground Water Association selected him as the Distinguished Darcy Lecturer, Dr. Shapiro has also served on National Research Council panels that have produced extensive reports on key engineering and scientific issues facing the Nation.

Dan GoodeDan Goode, U.S. Geological Survey (djgoode@usgs.gov or 609-406-3812)

Fred Day-LewisFred Day-Lewis, U.S. Geological Survey (daylewis@usgs.gov or 860-487-7402)

Ted Repasky, U.S. EPA Region 10 (Repasky.ted@epa.gov or 206-553-0039)

Tim Maley, U.S. EPA Region 10 (Maley.timothy@epa.gov or 206-553-1210)

Don Clabaugh, U.S. EPA Region 10 (Clabaugh.charles@epa.gov or 206-553-0682)

Henning Larsen, Oregon DEQ (LARSEN.Henning@deq.state.or.us or 503-229-5527)

Terry Tolan, INTERA (TTolan@intera.com)

Charles E. Schaefer, CDM Smith Inc. (schaeferce@cdmsmith.com)

Lauren Soos, TRS Group. Inc. (lsoos@thermalrs.com)

Tamzen W. Macbeth, CDM Smith Inc. (macbethtw@cdmsmith.com)

Mark Longtine, Ecology and Environment, Inc. (MLongtine@ene.com)


Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (balent.jean@epa.gov or 703-603-9924)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.

Cindy Frickle, U.S. EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (frickle.cynthia@epa.gov or 703-603-8763)
Cindy Frickle is a physical scientist with EPA's Superfund program where she reviews and propagates technical information to site cleanup professionals through Clu-In, EPA forums, and interagency channels. Prior to joining EPA, she spent time characterizing contaminated sites, coring sediments, studying microbes, and teaching. She completed her Biogeology MS and Geology BS in the University of Minnesota's School of Earth Sciences.

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Jean Balent
Technology Integration and Information Branch

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Technology Integration and Information Branch

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