The overall objective of this series of webinars is to explore and provide experience using publicly-available simulation and data analysis tools that can be used individually or in combination, to support remediation decisions and strategy development for sites contaminated by chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, or other constituents. The webinars will focus on questions such as:
- Will source remediation meet site goals?
- What will happen if no action is taken?
- Should I combine source and plume remediation?
- What is the remediation timeframe?
- What are achievable and reasonable remediation objectives?
The discussion will focus on the unique features of selected models and how those features can support strategy development and effective remediation decisions. Emphasis will be on REMChlor and REMFuel, recent simulation tools developed for the U.S. EPA and DoD. These tools simulate both source and plume behavior and remediation options. By providing the ability to simulate sites where conditions change in space and time, REMChlor and REMFuel can provide information "equivalent" to the types of output from more sophisticated numerical models and can assist environmental professionals in rapidly and efficiently developing and optimizing strategies for cleaning up sites.
Building on Modules 1-4, this final module will focus on the question "What is a reasonable remediation objective?" using the REMChlor and REMFuel models. Hands-on computer exercises using both models will examine different source and plume remediation designs to see if site goals can realistically be achieved.