Petroleum Remediation Principles and Technologies for Soil, Vapor, and Groundwater Training Course for CalEPA Staff Only - Live Online Training

  • September 15, 2021
  • 8:00 AM
  • September 16, 2021
  • 5:00 PM
  • Live Online Training

September 15 - 16, 2021, 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. PDT (2 Days)
Pacific Time Zone

Live Interactive Online Training

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Note: This course is open to California State Water Resources Control Board staff only. Please register internally with the Training Academy. If you are interested in this training and are not a Water Board employee, please refer to our training calendar for other opportunities, or you may request training here.

Overview:  This course provides participants with an improved and updated understanding of petroleum hydrocarbon remediation science and effective technologies for soil, vapor, and groundwater. Topics covered include new science, key principles, and lessons learned in the field to establish a modern paradigm for petroleum site assessment and remediation. The course includes an in-depth discussion of practical and effective remediation technologies and their appropriate implementation. The applicability, strengths, and weaknesses of each remediation technology will be discussed. The primary focus of the training is the cleanup of gasoline releases from underground storage tanks (USTs). However, information presented will be applicable to other petroleum fuels and release types. Case studies will be presented to illustrate key concepts and potential challenges associated with petroleum remediation. An overview of the California Low Threat Closure Policy will be provided to set the regulatory context for petroleum UST cleanup in California. A brief overview of less common remediation technologies is included in the course materials for additional reference.

Course Topics:

Introduction (The Big Picture)

  • Remediation Functions

  • Mass vs. Composition Based Remedies

  • RemediationTechnology Overview

  • Common Smear Zone Technologies

  • Common Oxygenate Technologies

Key Concepts

  • Petroleum Partitioning

  • Raoult's Law

  • Composition of Petroleum Products

  • Petroleum Biodegradation

  • Oxygenate Biodegradation

  • Cosolvency and Plume Elongation

Light Nonaqueous Phase Liquids (LNAPL)

  • LNAPL Types and Terms

  • LNAPL Gradients

  • Common Misconceptions

  • Saturation (Csat vs. Sr)

  • LNAPL Indicators (Field and Lab)

  • Diagnostic Gauge Plots

  • LNAPL Transmissivity

  • Petroleum Sheens

  • Case Studies

Conceptual Site Models (CSMs)

  • CSM Development

  • 3D Site Characterization

  • CSM Data for Remedy Selection

  • Estimating Restoration Timeframe

Remedy Selection

  • Remedy Screening

  • Remediation Goals & Objectives

  • Comprehensive Feasibility Analysis

  • Remedy Evaluation Factors

  • Bench and Pilot Scale Testing


Performance Monitoring

  • Performance Metrics and Endpoints

  • Gauge Pressure vs. Absolute Pressure

  • Vapor Concentration (ppmv) conversions

  • Vapor Recovery System Pressure (ACFM vs. SCFM)

  • Vapor Phase Mass Removal Rate

  • Minimum and Maximum Injection Pressure

  • Dissolved Phase Mass Removal

  • Correcting GW Elevation for LNAPL

  • System Troubleshooting

  • Rebound Testing

Common Remediation Technologies

  • Excavation

  • Natural Source Zone Depletion

  • Monitored Natural Attenuation

  • Soil Vapor Extraction

  • Air Sparging with Soil Vapor Extraction

  • Multiphase Extraction

  • Remediation Case Studies

Other Remediation Technologies (Included as Reference Only)
  • Skimming and Bailing

  • Vacuum Enhanced Skimming

  • Total Liquid Extraction

  • Surfactant Enhanced Recovery

  • Biosparging & Bioventing

  • Ozone Sparging and ISCO

  • Enhanced Anaerobic Bioremediation

  • Cosolvent Flushing

  • In Situ Thermal

  • Liquid Activated Carbon

  • Phytotechnology

  • Containment

  • Permeable Reactive Barriers

  • Stabilization (In Situ Soil Mixing)

Intended Audience:  This course is intended for environmental consultants, engineers, regulatory agency staff, and others seeking an improved understanding of soil, vapor, and groundwater remediation technologies applicable to petroleum hydrocarbon sites.

Education Level: Intermediate to advanced. General concepts and current research are included to ensure all levels benefit from attending.

Course Materials: 2021 updated course proceedings and reference material (over 500 color pages - PDF).

Credit: 15 PDHs or 1.5 CEUs for 15 hours of instruction.

Registration: This course is being offered through the California State Water Resources Control Board Training Academy and is open to Water Board staff only. Please register internally.

About the Instructor: Erick McWayne has twenty-six years of professional experience in environmental quality management and teaching related courses. As a consultant, he managed contaminated surface water, soil, and groundwater 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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