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Technical Program Overview

The schedule is subject to revision (changes of presenters, withdrawals) in the months leading up to the Symposium. To assist participants in planning their time, the Final Program and abstracts will be made available online by March 25, 2019. Everyone preregistered by that date will receive an email providing links to the resources.

See pages 11-45 of the Preliminary Program for additional details.

The technical program will begin on Monday evening, April 15, with the Plenary Session, "Groundwater Contamination: Past, Present, and Future" presented by Dr. John A. Cherry, Ph.D., PE, FRSC (Director of the University Consortium for Field-Focused Groundwater Research, University of Guelph).  His address will examine the record of groundwater contamination and remediation over past decades, consider what has been accomplished and not accomplished and provide a proposal for the path into the future.

More than 500 platforms and posters will be presented in 48 breakout sessions Tuesday through Thursday.

The breakout sessions and panels are organized into the following thematic tracks:

  • Characterization and Remediation of PFAS (Sessions A1-A7)
  • Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) (Sessions A8-A10)
  • Bioremediation Implementation Practices (Sessions B1-B8)
  • Application of Bioremediation to Complex Sites (Sessions C1-C4)
  • Biodegradation of Emerging Contaminants (Sessions (C5-C7)
  • Sustainable Site Management Strategies (Sessions C8-C10)
  • Innovations in Bioremediation Technologies (Sessions D1-D6)
  • Evaluating and Mitigating Vapor Intrusion (Sessions D7-D9)
  • Advanced Tools for Assessing Bioremediation (Sessions E1-E7)
  • Managing Petroleum Hydrocarbon-Impacted Sites (Sessions E8-E11)

The following panel discussions will be presented:

  •  How Are We Going to Effectively Manage PFAS Risks and Liability?
  •  Green and Sustainable Remediation: The Why and How of Establishing a Corporate Program
  •  What Does a Successful Risk Communication Strategy for PFAS Sites Look Like?
  •  Remediation Geology: Geology’s Role in Successful Remediation

2019 Symposium Program Committee

Symposium Chairs  

  • Andrew Barton (Battelle) 
  • Rick Wice (Battelle) 


Technical Steering Committee 

  • Stewart Abrams (Langan)
  • Les Clarke, PMP (Battelle)
  • Stephanie Fiorenza, Ph.D. (BP)
  • Arun Gavaskar (NAVFAC)
  • Frank Loeffler, Ph.D. (University of Tennessee)
  • Andy Martin (USACE, ERDC)
  • Carlos Pachon (U.S. EPA)
  • Heather Rectanus, Ph.D., PE (Geosyntec Consultants)
  • Charles Schaefer, Ph.D. (CDM Smith)
  • Russell Sirabian PE, PMP, LEED Green Associate (Battelle)
  • David Woodward (Wood, Plc.)