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Fundamentals of Contaminant Chemistry and Applications in Subsurface Contaminant Transport and Remediation
Hosted by Northwest Environmental Training Center

This hybrid course includes an overview/refresher of key chemistry concepts associated with environmental contamination, provides a foundation for understanding contaminant transport, fate and remediation, and delivers an overview of key concepts essential for understanding soil & groundwater contamination and the selection of appropriate remediation approaches.

The fundamental environmental chemistry overview/refresher takes place on the first day of the course, and is followed by a review of chemical naming rules (e.g., understanding what 1,1,1-TCA is, etc.) and how to use chemical structure to predict molecular geometry and environmental behavior.

On the second day, the material covered expands into the overview of key concepts essential for understanding soil and groundwater contamination and the selection of appropriate remediation approaches. In the second half of Day 2, participants will use spreadsheet models to predict behavior of chemical using simplified examples. Major uncertainties and limitations of modeling approaches will also be discussed. This subject matter is useful for non-modelers who would like to better understand modeling results and the uncertainties associated with them, as well as for individuals who are well versed in modeling but could use a further background in chemistry to improve their skills in interpreting modeling results.

The course material will greatly enhance on-the-job training and is also recommended for project managers seeking a more thorough understanding of contaminant behavior.



For general information contact Christa Lilly by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at

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