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7:30-8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast

Welcome & Keynote Panel:

Jim Pendowski, Manager, Toxics Cleanup Porgram, Washinigton State Department of Ecology
Russell Olsen, Director, Washington State Pollution Liability Insurance Agency

9:30-10:45 Session 1 – Concurrent Tracks
Technologies & Techniques 1A Vapor Intrusion - Technologies & Techniques

Exposure limits from vapor-forming chemicals such as trichloroethylene and benzene have raised concerns about Vapor Intrusion (VI) and its impact on project requirements. Examine the latest investigation and mitigation techniques following the release of EPA’s guidance and how to address different attenuation factors and their influence on investigative techniques.


 - Meg Strong, Shannon & Wislon, Inc.


 - Robert Ettinger, Geosyntec Consultants

 - Loren Lund, CH2M 

Science & Regulation

1B Approaches to Petroleum Cleanup

Toxicity of petroleum and the degradation of petroleum products in the environment continue to be a central topic. And the understanding of petroleum toxicology continues to evolve, along with new methods for measuring residual contamination. Discuss the standards developed by EPA and the Department of Ecology, and hear experiences with Ecology’s Model Remedies program for petroleum contaminated soils.



- Yen-Vy Van, Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc.


- Christine Kimmel, Landau Associates, Inc.

- Paul Riley, The Riley Group, Inc. 

Brownfield Development 1C Innovative Funding Sources

While public entities have access to state and federal grants, these rarely cover the full cost of cleanup and redevelopment. Explore creative sources of funding that can be used in combination with EPA grants – while still maintaining EPA grant eligibility. Learn how these sources have been successfully used and how best to work with the agencies and organizations involved.





10:45-11:15 Networking Break
11:15-12:30 Session 2 – Concurrent Tracks
Technologies & Techniques 2A Sediments - Management & Cleanup

The cleanup and management of contaminated sediments is a challenging and continuosly evolving discipline. Hear the latest on Ecology’s strategies for responding to climate change impacts by improving the resilience of upland and sediment cleanup remedies. Also, hear an update from the Lower Duwamish Waterway Group on their Enhanced Natural Recovery Activated Carbon pilot study to determine if adding activated carbon to a sand cap can reduce PCB bioavailability, and the Port of Everett will discuss the challenges of managing sediment under the Dredged Material Management Program.




 - Mike Ehlebracht, Hart Crowser, Inc.


 - Chance Asher, Washington State Dept. of Ecology

 - Eric Gerking, Port of Everett

 - Rob Webb, Dalton, Olmsted & Fugelvand, Inc.  

Science & Regulation 2B What's the Deal With Arsenic?

Levels of arsenic, a naturally occurring element found throughout our environment, vary from place to place due in large part to the use of applied agricultural pesticides and industrial activity such as metal refining. Moreover, the arsenic from these man made sources can remain in the soil for centuries as a source of exposure. Discuss the pros and cons of remedial technologies implemented at an arsenic-impacted site and the additional technologies being implemented. Origins of site arsenic sources and fate and transport will also be addressed.




 - Travis Klass, Pacific Groundwater Group


 - Brett Beaulieu, Floyd Snider 

 - Troy Bussey, Pioneer Technologies Corporation

 - Russell Gerads, Brooks Applied Labs

 - Rebecca Neumann, University of Washington


Brownfield Development 2C Transit Oriented Development

The creation of transit corridors, as exemplified by urban light rail projects, promises to open up new areas for mixed-use development, and to bring economic opportunities to overlooked neighborhoods. Hear about the experience of several cities and projects, and explore under what conditions the “build it and they will come” principal holds.


- Thomas Mergy, PBS Engineering and Environmental, Inc. 


 - Becky Bicknell, Bellwether Housing 

 - Mike Warfel, Washington State Dept. of Ecology

12:45-2:00 LUNCH & Keynote Address: 
Nick Zentner, Professor of Geology, Central Washington University 
2:00-3:15 Session 3 – Concurrent Tracks
Technologies & Techniques 3A Contaminants of Emerging Concern

Some chemicals that we use in our everyday lives including medicines and personal hygiene products (and their chemical additives) are present in the environment and are increasingly being associated with public health risks. As our understanding of these Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) grows, so does the list of regulatory concerns and cleanup challenges. Examine the latest technologies and techniques being deployed to meet the CECs challenge.





 - Bob Anderson, Geosyntec Consultants

 - Gary Birk, Tersus Environmental LLC

 - Jason Conder, Geosyntec Consultants

Science & Regulation 3B Vapor Intrusion - Science & Regulation

While VI itself is not a new concept, the manner in which VI is assessed and regulated continues to evolve. Based upon established industry practices, regulatory agencies have updated guidance to assess contaminants of concern in structures and the human health risks they present. Examine recent developments in this evolving discipline including current state of the art in our scientific understanding, the latest Ecology’s guidance and new trends in assessment methodologies and monitoring.




 - Nels Cone, EFI Global / Andersen Environmental


 - Mark Kram, Groundswell Technologies, Inc.

 - Mary Monahan, Washington State Dept. of Ecology

 - Jennifer Wynkoop, Landau Associates, Inc. 

Brownfield Development 3C All The Pieces Matter: Integrated Planning &   Property Valuation

In order to attain the best use and highest value for a property undergoing cleanup and redevelopment all of the stakeholders must be engaged in the process from the project’s inception. Learn about the process of integrated planning and property valuation, and how different parties to a project can work together towards the common goals of best use and highest value.



 - Lynn Manolopoulos, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


 - Ryan Dunlap, CenterPoint Properties 

 - Mike Ehlebracht, Hart Crowser, Inc.

 - John Houlihan, Houlihan Law

 - William Lu, CenterPoint Properties

 - Larry Martin, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

3:15-3:45 Networking Break

Town Hall Meeting:

MTCA Scoping & Other Hot Topics with Washington State Department of Ecology

5:00-6:00 Cocktail Reception