Alumni Events

February 2, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Geology Colloquium | Investigation and Cleanup of VOCs at Hazardous Waste Sites in SE Ohio, March 2

Dave Hunt, Geologist with the Ohio EPA, working with field equipment

Dave Hunt, Geologist with the Ohio EPA

The Geological Sciences Colloquium Series presents Dave Hunt ’87, ’92M on “Investigation and Cleanup of VOCs at Hazardous Waste Sites in SE Ohio: Examples of Finding Unknown Sources through Remediation” on March 2 at 2 p.m. in Clippinger 205.

Hunt is a geologist at the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. He earned a bachelor’s and master’s in Geology from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University.

Abstract: Characterizing and remediating contamination of soils and ground water poses many challenging obstacles. Negotiation and communication between the regulatory agencies, consultants and the responsible parties is vital in the implementation and cleanup of contaminated sites. However, ground water monitoring can demonstrate that there are sources present that were unknown and uncharacterized that must be addressed. Ground water monitoring can also demonstrate that assumptions used to design a remedy were based on incomplete historical knowledge and characterization. This talk will present several sites where remediation was implemented and ground water monitoring indicated that the remedy needed to be enhanced.

Upcoming Colloquia

Derek Sawyer of Ohio State University on “Earthquakes and Submarine Landslides on Continental Margins” on March 30 at 2 p.m. in Clippinger 205.

Tom Darrah of Ohio State University on April 13 at 2 p.m. in Clippinger 205.

James Lamsdell of West Virginia University on “Exploring environmental drivers of morphological change in horseshoe crabs and sea scorpions” April 20 at 2 p.m. in Clippinger 205.

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