Eric Suchomel is a Principal Environmental Engineer based in California with more than 15 years of academic and professional experience focused on remedial program management, site investigation and characterization, feasibility study preparation, remedial system design and implementation, remedial system optimization, and litigation support.
Eric helps clients with program management and strategy at complex sites, the application of in situ remedial technologies at industrial facilities, and the remediation of emerging contaminants, with a focus on 1,2,3-trichloroporpane (TCP). His key clients include energy technology corporations, industrial concerns, realty and construction companies, and law firms. Eric has been program director overseeing remedy implementation for a multi-party Superfund site in Mountain View, California under the oversight of U.S. EPA Region 9. His technical responsibilities include the development and implementation of a cleanup strategy for chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in groundwater, including the optimization and expansion of five existing groundwater extraction and treatment systems; remedial design and implementation of in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) pilot studies to address localized areas of elevated chlorinated VOC concentrations; and remedial design and implementation of monitored natural attenuation (MNA) pilot studies to address areas of low chlorinated VOC concentration. Eric works with other stakeholders, including nine responsible parties, three regulatory agencies, public interest groups, and property owners to develop and implement a program-wide cleanup strategy for chlorinated VOCs in groundwater as well as associated vapor intrusion issues at the site.
Eric is the technical lead and/or project manager for a series of studies evaluating the in situ chemical reduction of TCP by zero-valent zinc (ZVZ). This has included design and oversight of bench-scale treatability studies, design and implementation of field-scale column studies, and first-to-field pilot- and full-scale applications of ZVZ for the in situ remediation of TCP. Leveraging his experience as a program manager for large sites, Eric served on an ITRC team developing a guidance document on the remediation management of complex sites. He is also a co-chair emeritus of the Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRA) Events Committee. The committee's mission is to develop and produce contemporary, introductory, and advanced scientific and educational programs that promote the understanding and implementation of groundwater science, technology, and policy. Finally, Eric is author or co-author of more than 10 peer-reviewed technical papers or book chapters on topics related to groundwater remediation. Among these is his doctoral dissertation on the benefits of partial mass depletion of dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) source zones and enhancement of mass transfer from DNAPL source zones due to in situ bioremediation.