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What Regulators Want: Quality Site Assessments & Investigations Using the Conceptual Site Model Approach

June 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

At Eastern Connecticut State University (Library Building) in Willimantic, CT

This in-person workshop will focus on the basics of conducting a Site Assessment and a Site Investigation, including developing and revising the conceptual site model (CSM). Experienced practitioners can benefit from a refocus on fundamentals and lessons learned. The workshop is also a great learning opportunity for new and junior staff. It will also be a great networking opportunity with state regulatory staff and consultants.

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Registration is on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conducting-quality-phase-i-site-assessments-phase-ii-site-investigations-tickets-598881359267 (scroll down and click the red “Get Tickets” button)

Continuing Education Credits: The workshop has been approved for 4.75 technical CECs for CT LEPs (Course Number CTLEP-583) and Mass LSPs (Course Number 1818). There is a $50 fee to obtain CT LEP and/or Mass LSP CECs. If you want only a general attendance certificate, you do not need to pay the extra fee. Review NEWMOA’s Continuing Education Attendance Procedures prior to the workshop.

The workshop registration fee is $250 with a reduced rate of $75 for government officials, non-profit staff, and academic researchers. Continental breakfast and lunch are provided
– Staff from “Government – NEWMOA States” can register to be invoiced – fill out the form – that option comes at the end
– Staff from “Government – Other” and “Non-Profit/Academic” can register using a PO – fill out the form – that option comes at the end
– All others must pay with a credit card (no extra fees) when registering
– After registering, please click on the “Questions” button that comes up on the webpage to let us know any dietary restrictions and/or they type of CECs you need
– Cancellations must be made by June 13th to get a full refund, otherwise a $50 fee will be withheld. Attendee substitution (using the same payment) can be made at any point without a fee
Please contact Jennifer Griffith at NEWMOA with any questions: jgriffith@newmoa.org or (617) 367-8558, ext. 303


9:00     Registration & Coffee/Pastries

9:30     Welcome & Logistics

9:45     What is a Quality Site Assessment?
Jeff Brown, Tighe & Bond

  • ASTM & EPA standards
  • Sources of information
    • What is important to include and what isn’t
    • Developing the initial CSM
      • Contaminants
      • Fate & Transport
      • Exposure

10:45     Networking Break

11:00     Site Investigation: Testing the CSM
Jeff Brown, Tighe & Bond

  • Developing the Site Investigation Workplan
  • Exposure routes
  • Data needs
    • Soil
    • Groundwater
    • Surface water/sediment
    • Air/vapor intrusion
    • Other considerations
    • Data quality objectives

12:00     Lunch (provided)

1:00      Understanding the Collected Data
Rick Carlone, GZA Environmental

  • Boring logs
    • Fundamentals
    • What to look out for – red flags
    • Laboratory data
      • Fundamentals
      • What to look out for – red flags

2:00      Networking Break

2:15      Data Usability & Presentation
Presenters: Elizabeth Denly and Mark Winbourne, TRC Companies

  • Determining which data is usable
  • Presenting data in the report

3:00      Evolving the CSM, Making Decisions, & Preparing a Good Report
Alex Howe, WSP & Rachel Simpson, RI DEM

  • Updating the CSM and deciding when the picture is complete enough – or not
    • Types of decisions
    • Additional data needs
    • When is enough enough?
    • Common report problems

4:00        Adjourn


June 20
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Jennifer Griffith
(617) 367-8558, ext. 303