MassDEP/LSP Association Continuing Education Seminar

New VPH Method and Other MCP Current Issues

When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Registration begins at 12:30 PM)
Location: Boxboro Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA
Cost: $150 for all attendees

This course is approved for 4.0 LSP DEP Regulatory continuing education credits (#1601). This is a new course.  

  • Elizabeth Callahan, BWSC, Acting Division Director, Policy and Program Development
  • Elizabeth Denly, Senior Quality Assurance Chemist, TRC Environmental Corporation
  • John Fitzgerald, BWSC, Northeast Regional Office, Regional Engineer
  • Paul Locke, BWSC, Assistant Commissioner

To view instructor biographies, click here.

Course Description: 

This four-hour course will provide LSPs with information relevant to current and emerging topics and practice considerations related to disposal site assessment and cleanup under MGL chapter 21E and the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP). It will cover the new “VPH by GC/MS Method,” and site management, implementation and regulation development issues that are the current focus of the 21E program.

Course Outline:
  • Two hours of the course will be focused on the new “VPH by GC/MS” analytical method as an option for measuring volatile petroleum hydrocarbons (VPH) in aqueous and soil/sediment matrices. The “VPH by GC/MS” method utilizes gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) to measure the collective concentrations of volatile aliphatic and aromatic petroleum hydrocarbons and the target analytes, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, naphthalene, and MTBE. This training will cover method requirements, and biases, comparisons of the method to the VPH by GC/PID/FID method and considerations for use of both methods to provide moderately conservative/health-protective data to support MCP risk characterizations.
  • Two hours of the course will cover a range of additional current/emerging topics, including:
    • Status of work by PRPs/LSPs and MassDEP on evaluating potential vapor intrusion pathway at TCE sites;
    • Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) sites  - new guidance on when to look for PFAS releases, analytical and remedial considerations;
    • Soil management;
    • Active Exposure Pathway Mitigation Measures –remote monitoring requirements , compliance considerations and lessons learned to date; and
    • MCP Amendments – overview of MCP amendments under consideration in 2017 and information on more significant proposals.
This course is full and registration has closed. Please email Kristi Lefebvre to be placed on the waiting list. Thank you!