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Integration of Resiliency and Sustainability into Remedy Evaluation, Design, and O&M: A Compilation of Case Study Findings

Sponsored by: Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Denver Post, SAME Philadelphia Post, and US EPA

Archived: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
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The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Denver Post and Philadelphia Post along with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are hosting a series of webinars based on talks given at recent Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS) Symposiums. The mission of the DCHWS symposiums is to facilitate an interactive engagement between professionals from government and the private sector related to relevant and topical issues affecting applications of engineering and science associated with cleaning up hazardous waste sites. The symposiums also serve as a platform to facilitate the exchange of information, encourage dialogue, share experiences, and build and enhance communication among design and construction professionals.

The role sustainability and resiliency play in a cleanup project is dependent upon site-specific physical characteristics and stakeholder concerns. However, the overlying framework to evaluate and implement sustainable resilient remediation practices is applicable to all site types. This technical presentation will start with an overview of the sustainable resilient remediation framework, and recent guidance updates and initiatives. Followed by four case studies that highlight integration of resiliency and sustainability at various phases of the project life cycle:

  • Case Study #1: Combining Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) Evaluations with Cost/Risk Analysis as Effective Communication Tools to Drive Cleanup Decisions
  • Case Study #2: GSR to Inform Technology Feasibility Assessment & Incorporating Climate Change into Remedial Design and Performance Monitoring
  • Case Study #3: Development of Resiliency Remedial Design Guides for a Sediment Site Informed by Stakeholder Engagement at Remedial Action Workshops
  • Case Study #4: Hydrodynamic Modeling to Support Remedial Design Utilizing EPA's Stormwater Management Model (SWMM) Climate Adjustment Tool (CAT)

Opportunities to ask questions will be interwoven throughout the presentation. The presentation will end with lessons learned from other cleanup project experience, followed by Q&A.

The target audience for this technical presentation includes environmental regulators at all levels of government, private and public responsible or obligated parties (Ops), current site owners and operators, environmental consultants, and prospective purchasers of property and their agents. Other stakeholders who have an interest in a property can also use this guidance to help understand how sustainable resilient remediation practices can be applied.

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A photograph of Melissa Harclerode, PhD, BCESMelissa Harclerode, PhD, BCES, CDM Smith (
Dr. Harclerode is an Environmental Sustainability Scientist and Technical Specialist for CDM Smith. She specializes in the development of innovative risk management solutions that maximize sustainable and resilient project outcomes.

She is a past at-large board member for the Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF). She received her BS from Muhlenberg College in Environmental Science and Biology, MS in Environmental Science from Rutgers Unv/NJIT Newark, and PhD from Montclair State Unv in Environmental Management, Evaluating Sustainable Aspects of Hazardous Waste Remediation.

A photograph of Mitchell HeinemanMitchell Heineman, CDM Smith
Mr. Heineman has three decades of experience in hydrology, hydraulics, and collection systems analysis. He has developed sewer and drain system models in 60 communities worldwide using the EPA Stormwater Management Model (SWMM), InfoWorks, and other modeling software. He has made numerous contributions to the development of SWMM over three decades and has been a leading contributor to the SWMM Users online community. He is the principal developer of CDM Smith's NetSTORM software, which is used for precipitation frequency analysis, SWMM pre- and post-processing, and collection system modeling. From 2008-2010 he was CDM Smith's Collection Systems Subdiscipline leader, and from 2011-2013 he was its Water Resources Discipline leader. Since 2015 he has been a Senior Technical Advisor for the firm's water resources practice. In these roles, he has fostered technical expertise and information sharing across the firm. Mr. Heineman has taught in academic and professional settings, including semester and short courses, and has served on various municipal and national professional committees. He has an MS in Water Resources Engineering from Stanford University and a BS in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University.


A photograph of Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division ( or 202-566-0832)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.

A photograph of Kate GarufiKate Garufi, EPA OSRTI ( or 703-517-5857)
Kate Garufi, a project management professional, is the Rocky Mountain region remediation lead for HDR based out of Denver, Colorado. In this role, Kate partnerswith federal clients, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and industrial clients on complex remediation projects. Prior to joining HDR, Kate spent 16 years at the EPA Headquarters in the Office of SuperfundRemediation and Technology Innovation. At EPA, she was a Superfund program expert in Superfund site management, design and construction project delivery, and technical project scoping. She holds a master's degree in environmental engineering from John Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech

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