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U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division

Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy and the new EPA Remediation Geology Paradigm

Sponsored by: U.S. EPA Technical Support Project

Archived: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
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U.S. EPA’s Technical Support Project in conjunction with the Superfund Task Force will host this webinar highlighting a recently released EPA Technical Issue Paper serving as a practical guide on the application of the geologic principles of sequence stratigraphy and facies models to the characterization of stratigraphic heterogeneity at hazardous waste sites. This technology is applicable to sites underlain by clastic aquifers (intermixed gravels/sands/silts/clays). The scientific principles and methods presented in this document will help to bring clarity to the challenges posed by stratigraphic heterogeneity at complex contaminated sites thereby facilitating site management strategies. These methods can be applied to both new site investigations as well as reviewing existing site data and updating the Conceptual Site Model (CSM). High resolution site characterization (HRSC) is EPA’s preferred approach for characterizing sites and developing a detailed CSM. The application of Environmental Sequence Stratigraphy (ESS) allows the practitioner to place high resolution data and other environmental subsurface data in a geologic and hydrogeologic context. This advanced geologic approach evaluates subsurface site information in the context of the site’s geologic depositional and erosional history. Application of ESS benefits groundwater remediation projects by improving the ability to:

  • Define groundwater flow paths and preferential contaminant migration pathways
  • Map and predict contaminant mass transport and storage zones
  • Identify data gaps to conduct high resolution site characterization
  • Determine appropriate locations for monitoring and remediation wells
  • Determine appropriate well construction design (e.g., screened intervals)
  • Improve efficiency of remediating and monitoring contaminated groundwater
  • Focus your site strategy to save significant time and money

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A photograph of Herb LevineHerb Levine, U.S. EPA Region 9 ( or 415-972-3062)
Senior Hydrogeologist with the U.S. EPA, Region 9 Superfund program. Mr. Levine has more than 35 years' experience in this capacity providing in-house consulting to EPA remedial project managers on site investigations and cleanups as well as regulatory issues. Mr. Levine participates on national workgroups advancing technical concepts and developing guidance. Mr. Levine holds an MS and BS in geology from the University of Illinois.

A photograph of Rick CramerRick Cramer, Burns & McDonnell ( or 714-989-2031)
California licensed Professional Geologist (PG) with over 30 years of environmental experience, serves as the ESS Practice lead with Burns & McDonnell, Brea, CA. He holds a MS degree in geology from University of California, Davis and a BS degree in geology from University of the Pacific. He began his professional career in the petroleum industry, and pioneered the application of sequence stratigraphy to groundwater projects.

A photograph of Michael R (Mike) ShultzMichael R (Mike) Shultz, Burns & McDonnell ( or 816-333-9400)
Senior Geologist and Stratigrapher with Burns & McDonnell in Concord, California. His education and career have focused on understanding subsurface geologic conditions and prediction of fluid flow. He has over ten years of experience as a reservoir geologist with Chevron Corporation and Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and over five years applying petroleum industry best practices of facies models and sequence stratigraphy to groundwater remediation. Dr. Shultz holds a BS in Geology from Purdue University and a PhD in Geology from Stanford University.

A photograph of Colin P PlankColin P Plank, Burns & McDonnell ( or 313-920-2882)
Senior Stratigrapher and Geomorphologist with Burns & McDonnell in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Plank's education and career have focused on a process based understanding of sedimentary systems, their morphology, and their stratigraphic preservation. In 15 years of consulting experience he has sought to relate his interpretations of the geologic sequences preserved in glacial, marine, terrestrial, and freshwater depositional environments to contaminant flow pathways and storage zones. Mr. Plank holds an MSc. In geology from the University of South Carolina and a BS degree in geology from Grand Valley State University, Michigan.


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.

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