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Principles of Contaminant Transport and Fate in Soil and Groundwater Training Course: A Focus on the Behavior of Petroleum, Chlorinated Solvents, and Metals - CalEPA Water Board Staff Only

  • November 04, 2020
  • 8:00 AM
  • November 05, 2020
  • 5:00 PM
  • Live Online Training (Webinar)

November 4 - 5, 2020, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. PST (2 Days)

Pacific Time Zone

Live Interactive Online Training



Note: This training is open to California State Water Resources Control Board staff only. Please register internally with the Training Academy.


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Overview: This course provides a practical overview of contaminant behavior in soil and groundwater with an emphasis on petroleum, chlorinated solvents, and metals. The material is intended for consultants and regulators managing contaminated sites. Course content is constantly updated and includes new approaches for characterizing contaminant distribution and hydrogeology in the subsurface.


Course Topics:
Transport and Fate Overview
  • Potential Fates of Contaminants

  • Advective Transport

  • Mechanical Dispersion

  • Chemical Dispersion

  • Matrix Storage
  • Back Diffusion
  • Effective Solubility and Raoult's Law
  • High Resolution Site Characterization

3- and 4-Phase Equilibrium Partitioning

  • 3- and 4-Phase Mass Distribution

  • Le Chatelier's Principle 
  • Applications of Kd, Koc, foc, Kow, and KH

  • NAPL and the One Percent Rule

  • Metal Sorption and pH

  • Desorption Rates

Subsurface Transport

  • Soil Properties

  • Contaminant Infiltration

  • Hydrogeology Overview

  • Three Point Problem

  • Retardation Factors

  • Contaminant Velocity

  • Diving Plumes

  • Permeability vs. Gradient

Nonaqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) Transport

  • LNAPL Transport and Distribution Scenarios
  • Saturation and Recoverability

  • Specific Retention (Sr)

  • Concentration of Saturation (Csat)

  • DNAPL Transport and Mass Distribution

  • 14-Compartment Model

Vapor Transport

  • Henry's Law and Vapor Pressure
  • Contaminant Vapor Transport Processes

  • Petroleum Vapor Attenuation

  • Chlorinated Vapor Attenuation

  • Preferential Pathways

  • Barometric Pumping
Natural Attenuation
  • Natural Attenuation Processes

  • Lines of Evidence

  • Decay Rates

  • Degradation Rate Tools

  • Estimating Restoration Time Frame

Focus on Hydrocarbon Contamination

  • Gasoline and Diesel Chemistry

  • Properties of BTEX, Oxygenates, and Additives

  • Soil Retention

  • Ethanol Cosolvation and Plume Elongation

  • Natural Attenuation Processes

  • Geochemical Indicators
  • Plume Behavior and Redox Zones

  • BTEX Plume Lengths
  • Monitoring Parameters

Focus on Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Contamination

  • Chlorinated Solvent Chemistry and Sources

  • Plume Behavior Classification

  • Degradation Pathways

  • Dehalogenating Microbes
  • Role of Hydrogen Gas
  • Geochemical Indicators
  • Biotransformation Rates
  • Zero-Valent Iron (ZVI)
  • Monitoring Parameters

Focus on Metal Contaminants

  • Forms of Metal Contamination
  • Complexation and Speciation

  • Methylation and Demethylation

  • Redox and Microbial Effects

  • Cation/Anion Exchange

  • Sorption to Iron Oxides

  • Variably Charged Soils

  • Sulfide Precipitation

  • Dissolved Solids vs. Metal Mobility

  • Facilitated Transport

  • Metal Fixation and Aging

  • Scenarios Approach to Metal Attenuation


Intended Audience: Environmental professionals seeking an improved understanding of petroleum, chlorinated solvent, and metal behavior in soil and groundwater.


Education Level: Intermediate and advanced topics will be covered. A review of transport and fate principles will also be presented to ensure all levels benefit from attending.


Course Materials: Course proceedings, worksheets, and reference material.


Credit: 15 PDHs and 1.5 CEUs for completing 15 hours of instruction.


Registration: This cource is open to California State Water Resources Control Board staff only. Please register internally with the Training Academy.


About the Instructor: Erick McWayne has twenty-five years of professional experience in environmental quality management and teaching related courses. As a consultant, he managed contaminated groundwater, soil, and surface water projects for the Department of Defense and other clients. He currently provides consulting support to environmental projects and teaches courses in contaminant chemistry, transport and fate, natural attenuation, geochemistry, hydrogeology, remediation, stormwater, and surface water management with the University of California Davis and the National Environmental Management Academy.

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