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The course covers ASTM E3242 Standard Guide for Determination of Representative Sediment Background Concentrations, with supporting elements from guide E3164 Standard Guide for Sediment Corrective Action – Monitoring, Standard Guide for Selection of Background Reference Areas for Determination of Representative Background Concentrations (in final balloting process), and Standard Guide for Understanding Important Factors (or Considerations) Used for Determining Representative Sediment Background Concentrations for Corrective Action Decision Making (in development). The course covers the importance of background in corrective measures and educate the attendees on methods to derive a technically defensible sediment background following sound scientific practices.
The course will address the overall process of deriving background and walk through the following topics in depth, using case studies to engage the attendees. These topics include:
Case studies will illustrate how to apply these approaches.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
This course is intended for various parties involved in sediment corrective action programs, including government employees involved in regulatory programs, environmental consultants, toxicologists, risk assessors, site remediation professionals, environmental contractors, and other stakeholders.
This course covers:
This course also includes access to two free ASTM course:
Allison Geiselbrecht is a Principal with a focus on technically challenging project management and analyses. She manages complex RI/FSs and remedial design projects, including Western Port Angeles Harbor in Port Angeles, River Mile 3.5 East Remedial Design in Portland Harbor, NPDES and Clean Water Act-related services, and several confidential allocation projects. She has authored many publications and presentations and has served as a testifying and non-testifying expert in litigation.
Eric Litman has 20 years of experience in the field of environmental science, with a specialization in applied environmental chemistry. Since 2010 he has been a consulting scientist at NewFields working in support of industrial clients, state agencies and the federal government. During this time, he has conducted environmental site investigations focused on the characterization of chemical contaminants in support of natural resource damage assessments (NRDA), CERCLA investigations and the development of cost allocation strategies. From 2010 to 2015 he served as a laboratory program manager for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill NRDA with a focus on data usability and laboratory management. He has worked in a variety of laboratory settings as both an analytical chemist specializing in hydrocarbon chemistry and as a laboratory manager. His research interests include the history of industrial chemistry and the development of novel laboratory methods that can be used to characterize emerging contaminants. Mr. Litman is currently working on the development of a new method to characterize polar metabolites formed through the degradation of petroleum. Mr. Litman holds a B.S. in environmental chemistry from Norwich University and an M.S. in Marine and Environmental Science from Northeastern University.
Dr. Leyla Shams is an Environmental Scientist working with NewFields statistics team as a data analyst. She conducts data/statistical analysis in various environmental, biological, ecological studies and works on projects that involve background determination in soil and sediment, trend analysis, contamination assessment and damage valuation. She has a PhD in Environmental and Marine Sciences from Plymouth University in the United Kingdom and has authored and co-authored seven publications. She is a recipient of three ASTM Distinguished Service awards.
Learning will be assessed through discussions.