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January 26th Breakfast Briefing Webinar - Site "Complete Closure" Tools in 2021


January 26, 2021
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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The A&WMA Lake Michigan States Section and the Union League Club Environmental Committee are pleased to invite you to join us for a breakfast briefing webinar to hear Philip Harvey, P.G. with Geosyntec Consultants speak on the regulatory strategies and technical approaches currently available to take a Site to "Complete Closure."

Contaminant assessment and remediation project work has matured at Sites across the country.  Many Sites are now beyond the initial stages of Site characterization and risk assessment and are moving into later stages such as remedial alternative evaluations, design, remedial implementation and post-closure monitoring.   In fact, many Sites these days have been progressed through active remediation and are now in a routine Operation and Monitoring (O&M) phase.  However, this O&M phase typically involves on-going monitoring of residual contamination in soils and groundwater.  As such, complete Site closure may not possible.  In addition, federal or state regulatory agencies are very reluctant to approve closure requests (i.e., delisting or no further remediation certification) of these types of mature Sites. 

Today, in 2021, additional tools and methods are available to address residual contamination at these mature remediation Sites compared to when CERCLA or RCRA rules and guidance were promulgated.   Also, in recent years there have been a number of changes in regulatory rules and guidance that allow risk-based closures for Sites with residual contamination.  More importantly, there are now more Sites in the public record that have been completely closed, delisted or have received no further remediation certifications with residual contamination in place.

This presentation will provide an overview of regulatory strategies and technical approaches currently available to take a Site to complete closure.  This presentation will also provide a high level cost benefit analysis of the continuation of routine O&M remedies vs demonstration of the closure of the Site with residual impacts.

Phil Harvey is a senior hydrogeologist in Geosyntec’s St. Louis, Missouri office who has been managing and providing professional hydrogeologic services at remedial projects for over 38 years. This project work includes interpretation of the rules/regulations and negotiating strategies best for the client. His project history includes multiple sites in Illinois and Missouri.

TIME:   8:20 a.m. Zoom Log-in Available

               8:30 a.m. Welcome

               8:35 a.m. Presentation followed by Q&A

               9:30 a.m. Adjourn

Attendees are eligible for CLE certificate and/or PDH certificate.  Sign-up for certificates available during registration.


$25.00 Member Registration Fee

$40.00 Non-Member Registration

$5.00 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Certificate - Breakfasts

$0.00 PDH Certificate