Course Description

Course ID: 
Chemistry Remediation Toxicology
Continuing Education Units: 

In this one-day workshop, we will explore the topic of emerging contaminants related to soil and groundwater remediation.  Over the past few years, several agencies and organizations have released strategies and recommendations related to emerging contaminants.  In general, emerging contaminants are ones for which incomplete toxicity data exists or for which new data has been released.  Emerging contaminants could also be from a new source or have a newly recognized exposure pathway or lower detection limit. 

This workshop will keep you up-to-date on the topic of emerging contaminants and will give you an understanding of how U.S. agencies such as EPA and DOE are working to develop approaches for dealing with emerging contaminants.  We will review U.S. EPA’s recently released Groundwater Remedy Completion Strategy.  We will also discuss the chemical and physical properties of emerging contaminants, how these compare to more traditional contaminants, and how these impact the ultimate fate and transport of these chemicals.

"This class provided a very good overview of chemistry and occurrence of several key emerging contaminants"--  Anonymous May 2015

"Helped clarify what and why emerging contaminants are in the environment" --Anonymous May 2015



It is recommended that attendees to this workshop have some familiarity with Contaminant Chemistry. NWETC's CHEM-403a (Fundamental Contaminant Chemistry in Soil and Groundwater) is recommended, but not required.

Registered attendees will receive a PDF copy of course materials prior to the class. A physical book can be purchased for an additional $50 charge. To purchase, select "Physical Book" above.

Intended Audience: 

This course is intended for scientists, engineers, site managers, and policy makers that work in the field of environmental management and/or remediation of contaminated sites. This course will provide students with up-to-date information that will enable them to better understand issues related to emerging contaminants and have an understanding of how government agencies are approaching this topic.


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Course Topics

8:30 – 10:00 am   Part 1:  Introduction to emerging contaminants. In the first part of the workshop, we will explore what is meant by the term “emerging contaminants”. We will compare and contrast emerging contaminants of concern in surface water, soil, and groundwater. 

10:00 – 10:10 am        Break

10:10 – 12:00 pm Part 2: Agency response to emerging contaminants. In this part, we will discuss how agencies such as the U.S. EPA and DoD are working to develop approaches for dealing with emerging contaminants. We will review recent meetings on emerging contaminants and indicate specific contaminants that are of most concern to various agencies. 

12:00 – 1:00 pm          Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm         Part 3: Profiles of emerging contaminants. We will review sources of data on emerging contaminants including EPA’s Technical Fact Sheets on individual contaminants and information from other programs such as DoD’s Chemical and Material Risk Management Program.

2:10 – 2:20 pm            Break

2:20 – 3:20 pm Part 4: Chemical and physical properties of emerging contaminants. The chemical and physical properties of emerging contaminants will be discussed along with how these compare to more traditional contaminants.  

3:20 – 3:30 pm            Break

3:30 – 4:30 pm     Part 5: Case studies of emerging contaminants.   The last part of the workshop will present several case studies of emerging contaminants to illustrate concepts of fate and transport in soil and groundwater systems along with remediation approaches.

Note: For most of the workshop, the focus is on contaminants from a soil and groundwater, remediation perspective (e.g., 1,4-­‐dioxane, fluorinated organic compounds, TCE, and nanomaterials), rather than a surface water perspective (e.g., pharmaceuticals and personal care products). 

What to Bring

Pen or pencil, coffee mug, and a water bottle (to reduce waste). Drinks and snacks will be provided each day. Lunch will be on your own.

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

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