April 18, 2022

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Geosyntec Staff to Present on Vapor Intrusion and Stormwater at the EGLE MECC Conference

Sam Baushke, P.E., Emily Campbell, P.E., CFM, CPESC, Mike Coram, C.P.G., and Bryan VanDuinen, P.E. (Michigan) will be presenting at the Michigan Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC) hosted by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) in Novi, Michigan on April 20 through 21, 2022.

Sam Baushke is a Senior Engineer based in Michigan with 14 years of experience with a focus on
per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), vapor intrusion, and light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL). Specifically, he works with PFAS-impacted groundwater monitoring, interpretation, remediation, and point-of-entry treatment (POET) system design; vapor intrusion assessment and mitigation; water and soil assessment and remediation; and litigation support.

Emily Campbell is a Project Engineer based in Michigan with 10 years of experience in Water and Natural Resources. Additionally, she works with wetland and riverine systems to address flooding and water quality concerns

Mike Coram is a Senior Geologist based in Michigan with 17 years of experience with a focus on complex remedial projects. Additionally, he works with vapor intrusion mitigation, investigation and/or remediation of emerging contaminants (including 1,4 Dioxane and PFAS), design and implementation of various remedial technologies, UST-related work, Brownfield redevelopment, and coal combustion residuals (CCR) management.  

Bryan VanDuinen is a professional environmental engineer with experience in assessing, remediating, and closing sites impacted by petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, and metals; geographical information systems (GIS); data management, visualization, and analysis; and mathematical modeling.

The 2022 MECC will incorporate an exhibitor showcase and several concurrent tracks covering introductory and advanced compliance topics. The conference will also include an EGLE Assistance Area where attendees can meet one-on-one with staff from multiple EGLE programs.

EGLE protects Michigan's environment and public health by managing air, water, land, and energy resources.

Geosyntec Participation

Title: Building Pressure Control for Documentation of Due Care Compliance with the Vapor Intrusion Pathway
Presenters: Sam Baushke, P.E. and Bryan VanDuinen, P.E.
Track: Remediation
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. CDT
Building pressure control (BPC) uses blower doors to quickly characterize building susceptibility to vapor intrusion (VI), reducing uncertainties caused by spatial and temporal variability of indoor air concentrations and background indoor air sources and strengthening risk management decisions. This technique was adapted to work within Michigan's regulatory framework for use in documenting due care compliance. In this session, participants will also learn how BPC tests can incorporate the use of effective, affordable 3D models for enhanced photographic documentation and data visualization that can be useful in other due diligence situations.

Title: Advances in Sampling Sub-slab Soil Gas in Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
Presenters: Mike Coram, C.P.G. and Sam Baushke, P.E.
Track: Remediation
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. CDT
Compounds that are volatile and toxic enough to pose a potential risk from subsurface vapor intrusion (VI) are not all included in TO-15 analyte lists. For example, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon are potentially volatile and toxic enough to pose VI concerns. Their assessment requires particular field and laboratory methods for sampling and analysis. The Michigan Department of the Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) retained Geosyntec to develop sampling standardized operating procedures (SOPs) and review laboratory modifications to analytical methods for these compounds. In this session, participants will learn about alternate sampling and analytical methods for vapor intrusion in Phase II environmental site assessments.

Title: Detention Ponds, Rain Gardens, and Catch Basins, Oh MI! Implementing a Robust Stormwater Asset Management Program
Presenter: Emily Campbell, P.E., CFM, CPESC
Track: Wastewater / Stormwater
Date/Time: Thursday, April 21st from 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CDT
As illustrated by new stormwater regulations from Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, and Livingston counties, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) are becoming more stringent on long-term operation and maintenance requirements for stormwater management systems. Whether you have one facility or twenty, maintaining stormwater infrastructure needs to be considered for annual expense budgeting, as well as long-term capital improvement planning, like any other asset. Learn about inspecting your stormwater infrastructure, common maintenance activities, and planning for and implementing repairs.

Title: Underwater Operations: How to Assess Your Facility's Flood Risk
Presenter: Emily Campbell, P.E., CFM, CPESC
Track: Wastewater / Stormwater
Date/Time: Thursday, April 21st from 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CDT
Remember reading about Dow Chemical's shut down during the 2020 Mid-Michigan floods? Or perhaps you recall the Revere Dock collapse into the Detroit River in 2019. Maybe EGLE sent you an email asking you to perform a "Vulnerability Analysis" to prepare for high water levels. At some point, the question of whether your facility might flood someday has crossed your mind. This session will provide you with the tools to understand your facility's flood risk and what you can do to protect your assets.

More Information

About the event: https://egle.idloom.events/2022MECC
About EGLE: https://www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3306---,00.html
For consultation regarding vapor intrusion or stormwater, contact Mike Coram at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Emily Campbell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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