VAPOR INTRUSION CHALLENGES, TECHNOLOGIES AND RISK MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS:
Addressing Impacts of New Policies and Revelations
Conventional wisdom about vapor intrusion
is about to change.
New research sponsored by the US Department of Defense indicates that traditional vapor intrusion monitoring technologies may have a high probability of yielding false negative results.
Recent observations show that vapor intrusion risks can be dynamic and episodic in both the vadose zone as well as indoors. As a result, leading researchers have concluded that several vapor intrusion survey and monitoring technologies currently accepted by the US EPA and other agencies can exhibit a high probability of yielding incorrect results.
US EPA Regions are in the process of adopting revised Trichloroethylene (TCE) vapor exposure guidance. These new policies stem from the US EPA toxicological review of TCE back in 2011 when it concluded that fetal cardiac malformations may occur when the mother is exposed to extremely low levels during the first trimester of pregnancy. Meanwhile, the courts have recently granted multi-million dollar awards to class action litigation plaintiffs based on vapor intrusion risks. So now we are asking ourselves:
- How can the public be appropriately protected from possible health risks?
- What services and technologies can consultants provide their clients to most appropriately respond to revised US EPA vapor intrusion policies?
- How can facility managers best protect themselves from potential litigation?
Register now and discover the latest developments regarding this growing subject by first understanding the background of the problem, then learning about proposed approaches for more reliable characterization of risk scenarios. Find out about the current status of choices for solutions that can result in reducing potential health risks as well as alleviating legal exposure.
- Past and current regulatory framework
- Past basis for risk scenarios
- New research
- Worst Case Risk Determination
- Traditional Monitoring and Surveying
- Newly proposed approaches
- Available Solutions
- Discover recent regulatory developments
- Learn about recent research findings
- Consider available options for determining and responding to worst case scenarios
Mark Kram, PhD
Founder and CTO of Groundswell Technologies, Inc.
Mark Kram, PhD is the Founder and CTO of Groundswell Technologies, Inc.; a group specializing in automated monitoring and modeling of environmental sensor networks and project portfolio management.
He has over 30 years of experience developing innovative environmental assessment techniques, has taught related graduate level courses at University of California at Santa Barbara, served as a Senior Hydrogeologist and Principal Investigator for innovative U.S. Department of Defense projects, and has authored articles, book chapters and national standards on the subject.
Most recently, Dr. Kram has been active in the areas of sensor development and implementation, innovative GIS applications, DNAPL assessment and management, expedited high resolution site characterization, vapor intrusion dynamics, mass flux based remediation design and assessment, monitoring well design and water sustainability, and holds several patents for hydrogeologic and chemical characterization tools and methods.
Dr. Kram earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), an M.S. degree in Geology from San Diego State University, and his B.S. degree in Chemistry from UCSB.
Dr. Kram recently served as co-Editor and contributing author of ASTM STP1570, entitled "Continuous Soil Gas Measurements: Worst Case Risk Parameters"
and is a recipient of the National Ground Water Association's Technology Award.