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Environmental Forensics of Hydrocarbon Chemicals: Survey of Applications, Approaches, Capabilities, and Limitations - Course 1

  • Tue, November 29, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 2:15 PM
  • Zoom webinar
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  • For current EPOC Professional and Associate members only.
  • Reserved for government employees and students only, subject to confirmation.
  • For non-members. Please consider joining EPOC to receive discount member rate.

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Environmental Forensics of Hydrocarbon Chemicals: Survey of Applications, Approaches, Capabilities, and Limitations - Course 1

Date and Time: Tues, November 29, 2022, 10:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Location: Zoom webinar


  • David M. Mauro, M.S., President/Senior Scientist, META Environmental, Inc.
  • Deborah Chiavelli, Ph.D., Managing Scientist, Anchor QEA, LLC

Continuing Education Credits: 

The CT State Board of Examiners of Environmental Professionals (LEP Board) has approved this course/webinar for 4.0 hours of continuing education credits (CECs) as CTLEP-558 W). 

This course has been approved for 3.75 PDH(s) in NY for both Geology and Professional Engineering as COURSE #20229230.

NOTE: This course was previously offered in MA by the LSPA. EPOC has applied to MA LSP Board for approval as course provider. 


  • EPOC Members: $150
  • Non-members: $250 (consider joining EPOC at this time to receive the member rate for this program)
  • Gov't Employee/Students: $75

Course Description:

EPOC is offering two environmental forensics courses (live webinars) on November 29, 2022 and December 6, 2022. Both courses have each been approved for 4 hours of CECs in CT. These presentations are designed to introduce participants to the principles of environmental forensic science and survey the major applications and techniques for organic chemicals. The participant will learn about the sources and composition of commonly encountered chemicals and products in the environment; forensic sampling and analysis techniques; and data analysis and presentation. Subtopics will be illustrated with case studies from each of the presenters’ practices.

Each course is designed to stand alone but the two courses form a more comprehensive look at the topic. This registration is for Course 1 which will focus on hydrocarbon chemicals including but not limited to crude oil and refined petroleum products, MGP waste products, and refined coal tar products. This session will also explore where and how environmental forensics fits in the larger environmental field, especially as it can aid practitioners in their understanding of site conditions and decision-making.

The objectives of Course 1 are below and the agenda is here.

  • Provide an overview of environmental forensics goals and applications
  • Learn about hydrocarbon products and their chemistry
  • Learn how to design a forensic sampling and analysis program and learn about hydrocarbon analytical methods
  • Review hydrocarbon fate and transport and environmental weathering
  • Learn basic and advanced forensic data analysis techniques
  • Learn to glean forensic information from standard laboratory and investigation reports

To learn more about Course 2, which is scheduled for December 6, 2022, please click here.

Instructor Biographies:

David M. Mauro, M.S., President/Senior Scientist, META Environmental, Inc., 1000 Turk Hill Road Fairport, NY 14450, 585-364-0728, https://www.metaenv.com/

Mr. Mauro is an environmental and analytical chemist with more than 30 years of experience in the field. He is co-founder and president of META Environmental, Inc. (META), a nationally recognized environmental consulting company. Mr. Mauro has served as the project manager or senior technical consultant for dozens of projects involving design and implementation of site characterization, source identification and cost allocation, treatability studies, environmental fate and transport, statistical and quality control assessments, and remedial designs under CERCLA, RCRA, and other programs.

Mr. Mauro has extensive experience in the characterization, fate and transport properties, analytical methods, and quality assurance procedures at sites contaminated with refined petroleum products, former manufactured gas plant (MGP) wastes, wood preservatives (creosote and PCP), PCBs, dioxins and furans, dielectric fluids, and solvents. He has been an expert witness for cases involving coal tar and petroleum releases, PCB and dioxin and furan contamination, fires and explosions of PCB fluids and PCB-containing materials, and other industrial issues.

Deborah Chiavelli, Ph.D., Managing Scientist, Anchor QEA, LLC, 123 Tice Blvd., Suite 205, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677, (201) 930-9890, https://www.anchorqea.com/

Dr. Deborah Chiavelli is a managing scientist with Anchor QEA, LLC with more than 18 years of experience in contaminated site investigation including more than forty environmental forensics investigations. Much of her current forensic work involves former manufactured gas plant (MGP) sites and other sites with hydrocarbon releases including crude and refined petroleum products and refined coal tar products. Her forensic investigations have also included source assessment of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dioxins and furans, pesticides, and metals. Dr. Chiavelli’s approach focuses on development and application of robust, site-specific, and quantitative fingerprinting tools for source identification and allocation.

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