Identification and Delineation of NAPL Source Term Using Laser Induced Fluorescence Screening Tools
Presenter: Randy St. Germain, Dakota Technologies, Inc.
Date and Time: Wed, September 16, 2020, 8 AM - 12 PM
Continuing Education Credits:
This is the first time this course is being offered by EPOC. The CT State Board of Examiners of Environmental Professionals (LEP Board) has approved this course/webinar for 4.0 hours of continuing education credits (CTLEP-482W).
- EPOC Members: $125
- Non-members: $200 (consider joining EPOC at this time to receive the member rate for this program)
- Gov't Employee/Students: $62.50
Chlorinated solvents, petroleum, creosote, and coal tars are common contaminants at thousands of sites all over the world. These “source term” light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL) and dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) contaminants are potent sources of dissolved phase contamination, making proper characterization of their subsurface architecture a keystone of long-term remediation success. Unfortunately, these NAPL bodies typically distribute themselves in a highly heterogeneous fashion, leaving investigators with little alternative to gathering large data sets to understand their architecture, making traditional sampling and analysis costs prohibitively high.
Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) is a cost-effective alternative to traditional sampling because it logs the NAPL continuously in the subsurface in real time. 250 to 450 feet/day production rates are typical, making high-resolution characterization of NAPL bodies possible in just a few days or a week or two.
While LIF offers numerous benefits, it’s critical that stakeholders understand LIF technology, what the LIF technology can and can’t tell them about their site, and how to avoid applying LIF to sites and conditions that can’t benefit from LIF. In addition, proper selection of LIF technologies is key to optimizing detection of your site’s particular NAPL and potential false positives that might be encountered.
The presenter, who is the lead developer of all LIF systems currently commercially available, will provide a brief summary of how each type of LIF system works, which LIF system to apply to which contaminant, what information LIF can provide, along with its limitations. Finally, no screening technology data set should be left “standing alone” without limited targeted validation of the NAPL site conceptual model that results from the investigation. Proper validation techniques and data interpretation using multiple lines of evidence will be discussed.
- 7:45 AM - Login to GoToWebinar
- 8:00-8:10 - Introduction
- 8:10-9:45 - LIF Logging of Petroleum LNAPLs
- 9:45-10:00 - Break
- 10:00-11:00 - LIF Logging of Heavy DNAPLs
- 11:00-12:00 - LIF Logging of Chlorinated DNAPLs using Dye-Enhancement
- 12:00 PM - End of Course
Randy St. Germain, President and co-founder of Dakota Technologies, Inc., developed much of Dakota's underlying time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) technology while pursuing a M.S. Analytical Chemistry degree at North Dakota State University from 1987 to 1991.
Randy and his colleagues have developed a continually improving series of direct push deployable site characterization systems for HRSC of petroleum, coal tar, and creosote NAPLs in the subsurface. From early research field trials of LIF at Air Force bases as a grad student in 1992, through subsequent commercialization of the ROST, UVOST®, TarGOST®, and the new DyeLIF™ system for chlorinated DNAPLs, Randy has spent the last 28 years characterizing NAPL source term with LIF.