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Battelle Environment Matters

Battelle Environment Matters

2017 Sediments Conference Brings Experts Together

Scientists, environmental engineers and researchers gathered this January at Battelle’s Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments. The conference, held in New Orleans, brought environmental professionals together to share experiences and expertise with managing contaminated sediments and restoring waterways and coastal areas. 

Battelle has hosted the biennial conference since 2001 to give people working in the field an opportunity to gather and share their latest research, present case studies and discuss regulatory changes. It is the only conference in the U.S. focused specifically on contaminated sediments. Battelle Senior Research Scientist Patricia White says, “The conference is part of Battelle’s mission to translate scientific research into societal benefit. This is part of how Battelle gives back to the research community.”

Sediment contamination is a serious problem along many coastal areas and waterways, presenting environmental and human health risks. Battelle has long been recognized as a leader in sediment management and research, providing sediment characterization and monitoring and restoration expertise, including technical support for ongoing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund projects at New Bedford Harbor and the Lower Passaic River. 

This year’s conference was attended by 1,190 scientists, engineers, regulators and other environmental professionals representing universities, government site management and regulatory agencies, R&D and consulting firms, and service providers from more than 20 countries. The technical program encompassed nearly 600 platform and poster presentations and five panel discussions presented in 51 specialized sessions. Renowned National Geographic marine photographer Brian Skerry opened the conference at the plenary session. Technical sessions were organized around five research tracks:

  • Characterization, Assessment and Monitoring

  • Management Approaches and Policy

  • Remediation and Restoration Alternatives

  • Remedy and Restoration Implementation

  • Environmental Processes and Modeling

Battelle’s Patricia White and Andrew Bullard co-chaired the conference. In addition, Battelle researchers presented technical work and chaired or moderated several of the sessions. Battelle presentations included: 

  • Using Passive Samplers to Monitor Contaminant Transport in a PCB-Contaminated Estuary (Deirdre Dahlen and Lisa Lefkovitz, presenters)

  • Soil Cleanup from Heavily-Weathered Petroleum Hydrocarbons by In Situ Applications of Enzymatic Cocktail Encapsulated in a Biodegradable Shell (Ramona Darlington, presenter)

  • Comment Response Management System for the Long Island Sound Dredged Material Management Plan/Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Stacy Pala, presenter)

  • Updating a Conceptual Site Model During Remedy Execution (Patricia White, presenter)

Conference proceedings are made available two years after each conference. Previous Sediments Conference proceedings (2003-2015) are available here.