MassDEP/LSPA Continuing Education Seminar

MassDEP Audits: Lessons Learned from NOAFs

Registration: Registration must take place during business hours (8 am to 6 pm Mon. - Fri.). Within 24 hours of registration, the LSPA will provide your registration information via email.  
Availability: Once you have your login information, the course may be accessed at any time for 30 days through a web browser. At the end of 30 days, your access is terminated. No extensions will be offered. 
Technology: The course may be accessed using a computer, tablet or mobile device. All you need is a web browser and access to the Internet. Preferred browsers include: Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox.
Pricing: $80 for each course attendee. 
Course Presenters: 

  • Deborah Marshall-Hewlitt, Audit Section Chief, MassDEP BWSC SERO
  • Crista J. Trapp, Senior Scientist, The Vertex Companies
  • Lawrence McTiernan, P.G., LSP, Principal Hydrogeologist, Roux Associates
  • James H. Zigmont, P.G., LSP, Project Manager, CDM Smith 

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This course has been approved by the LSP Board of Registration for 1.5 DEP Regulatory credits (#1690). This presentation was first made at the LSPA's September 2, 2020 Membership Meeting. If you received DEP Regulatory credit then, you will be unable to also receive DEP Regulatory credit for taking this on-demand course.

Course Description: 
This joint MassDEP and LSPA presentation will provide LSPs with practical takeaways and lessons learned from MassDEP's Notices of Audit Findings (NOAFs).  NOAFs provide insight into the practice areas that MassDEP audits to ensure that response actions conducted at disposal sites comply with the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (the MCP). Notices of Noncompliance (NONs) identify violations MassDEP has identified that cause a disposal site to be out of compliance and specify actions to be taken to return to compliance. Understanding common mistakes helps LSPs pro-actively develop more thorough and defensible assessment, remediation, and documentation activities and remain in compliance with the MCP.

The presentation will include:
  • An overview of the LSPA's annual NOAF review process, site issues and categories reviewed, including statistics from previous years, and key takeaways (LSPA).
  • Three NOAF review categories to be presented in more depth, including examples and lessons learned from violations (LSPA).
    • Risk Characterization
    • Temporary Solutions
    • Downgradient Property Status
  • Top Five Things LSPs should know about AUL audits, including emergency excavation and some historical info on amnesty AULs (MassDEP). 

Registration Process:
Once you complete your registration form for the course, you will receive three emails from the LSPA:

  1. Your registration confirmation.
  2. A copy of your invoice which acts as a paid receipt.
  3. An email containing your log-in information and link to directly access the online course. Once this email is sent, you will have 30 days to complete the course. Access to the course and the quiz will automatically expire in 30 days. There will be no extensions or exceptions. 

Please note: To receive your CEU, you must successfully complete the quiz and log out of the Learning Management System.

If you have any questions, please email Kristi Lefebvre.  

 Please click here to review the LSPA Course Cancellation Policy.