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EENG 8272 - Contaminated Site Remediation

Environmental Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

Course Details

This course is the third of a four course series in the contaminated site technical studies. It introduces the student to the third major process in contaminated site management: site investigation and risk assessment. Focusing on the role of the site investigator, the course promotes a scientific approach for evaluating and selecting options to manage site contamination, including treatment, removal or containment. Building on the site investigation data from EENG 8270 - Contaminated Site Investigation Process, this course focuses also on the toxicological principles of risk assessment, and on the evaluation and design processes for site remediation. The second half of this course focuses specifically on the range of remedial technologies that are available and provides students with the skills to apply appropriate technologies in given situations. Discussions on the techniques to monitor and evaluate performance of the selected remedial options are also included. Since this is the final course in the series, this course also focuses on integrating the material from the previous courses.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the elements within the Contaminated Sites Regulation that apply to contaminated site remediation plans.
    • Identify the appropriate sections in the Contaminated Sites Regulations.
    • Locate the various protocols and guidance documents that apply to remediation plans.
  • Describe the elements that comprise a remediation plan and the various engineering aspects of contaminated site restoration.
    • Explain the use of remedial screening charts, feasibility analyses, cost analysis,pilot studies, and using different remedial tandem
  • Compare and contrast the basic in-situ and ex-situ remediation technologies.
    • Discuss excavation and replacement as a remedial strategy.
    • Describe the site engineering aspects such as groundwater control, site management, and disposal issues.
    • Discuss soil vapour extraction and air sparging techniques.
    • Describe what contaminants are suitable for applying SVE and AS.
    • Discuss the application of bioremediation in site clean up.
    • Explain how bioremediation can be use either ex-situ or in-situ.
  • Explain when risk assessments should be considered for management of contaminated sites.
    • Describe the elements that comprise a risk assessment and the necessary data to support risk assessment.
    • Apply risk assessment methodology in analyzing case study data.
  • Generate a remediation plan for a contaminated site study
    • Plan the basic steps to accomplish the remediation
    • Describe how the technology will be effective at the site.
  • Describe the scope of the integrated contaminated-site process.
    • Explain the physical, biological and chemical processes involved in site remediation.
    • Compare in-situ versus ex-situ; on-site versus off-site treatment and land disposal.
  • Discuss proven versus emerging technologies.
  • Discuss remedial design and implementation of the following:
    • Treatability studies; field, bench and pilot tests.
    • Develop soil and groundwater management plans.
  • Explain remedial technologies for controlling exposure pathways.
  • Evaluate ex-situ thermal and biological treatment technologies for remediation of organic contaminants.
    • Explain the characteristics of organic contaminants.
    • Discuss thermal treatment: incineration and thermal desorption.
    • Discuss land farming: treatability studies, design considerations, and performance monitoring.
  • Evaluate air-flushing (e.g., soil vapour extraction [SVE] and air sparging [AS]) technologies for the remediation of organic contaminants.
    • Explain the physical/chemical principles: air flow in unsaturated and saturated porous media, mass transfer, partitioning between phases and in-situ biodegradation.
    • Explain SVE and AS system design considerations: pilot-scale tests, pipe/well sizing and spacing and blower sizing.
  • Evaluate free product-recovery and groundwater treatment.
    • Discuss the physical/chemical/biological processes involved.
    • Evaluate free product-recovery methods.
    • Evaluate in-situ groundwater treatment methods.
    • Evaluate pump and treat methods.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2012

Related Programs

EENG 8272 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Environmental Engineering Technology
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Technology


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