2019 EPI Bio And Abstracts










Julie Faas
 Environmental Specialist Iowa Department of Natural Resources 
502 E 9th St Des Moines, IA 50319 515-725-8409 julie.faas@dnr.iowa.gov
 Overview of NPDES General Permits 8 and 9 

Abstract: The presentation is an overview of NPDES General Permits 8 and 9. General Permit 8 covers discharges from hydrostatic testing, UST ballasting, and water line testing. General Permit 9 covers discharges from dewatering and geothermal systems. The talk will include how to tell if an activity is covered by one of the permits, what the requirements are for various situations, and when to submit a Notice of Intent to the Iowa DNR.

 Biography: Julie Faas is an industrial NPDES permit writer for the Iowa DNR. She has held that position for six years. Julie was instrumental in writing General Permits 8 and 9 as well as in making the administrative rules to implement the permits. 

 2506 Nottingham Drive 219-286-4838 rmoore@regenesis.com 

Colloidal Activated Carbon used to Reduce PFAS and Chlorinated Solvent Concentrations in Groundwater to Below Detection Limits at a Michigan Army National Guard Site

 Abstract: Camp Grayling in Crawford County, Michigan is a year-round training center for the Michigan Army National Guard. The Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs (DMVA) have been remediating chlorinated solvents impact in the site groundwater from historical operations at the facility since the 1990’s. In 2016, the DMVA became aware of the potential contamination of PFAS from historical operations such as onsite firefighting training activities and began testing. PFAS was found commingled with a chlorinated solvent plume that was migrating towards the property boundary. The DMVA reviewed potential remedial options to test in the field such as pump and treat, but ultimately decided to test an in-situ reactive barrier application of colloidal activated carbon, an approach that is first of its kind in the State of Michigan. Colloidal activated carbon was selected because of the expected rapid reductions of PFAS by removal from the dissolved mobile phase and well-established uses for chlorinated solvent sites. Colloidal activated carbon effectively increases the retardation factor of PFAS migration contaminants by multiple orders of magnitude and eliminates the exposure to downgradient receptors. In addition, colloidal activated carbon was selected due to its expected lower total project costs when compared to operating a mechanical system over a similar time. This presentation will review the project design considerations, field activities, and postapplication data. Additionally, the presentation will answer questions related to the distribution of the colloidal activated carbon in the subsurface and expected long-term efficacy at the site.

 Biography: Ryan Moore has more than 18 years of experience as an environmental project manager and laboratory account executive relating to multimedia contamination sites throughout the U.S. His experience focused on in situ groundwater and soil treatment, site investigations, corrective action evaluations, operation & maintenance of remediation systems, large soil removal remedial projects, vapor intrusion assessments, and environmental laboratory operations such as QA/QC evaluations, data interpretations, and business development. He has been a CHMM for more than 12years. Ryan holds a B.S. of Environmental Studies from Manchester College, North Manchester, IN.

Darren Fife 
Walnut Creek Watershed Coalition – EcoSource 6424 University Avenue 515-250-6695 darren@ecosourceiowa.com ecosourceiowa.com 

Surface Water Quality in Iowa – A grassroots approach 

Abstract: The presentation will provide a brief overview of the water quality discussion in Iowa. Overview will include a discussion of the Nutrient Reduction Strategy, baseline objectives, implementation progress, and funding obstacles. Primary focus will be geared towards grassroots efforts across the state. 

Biography: Mr. Fife has over 15 years of experience working directly with watershed planning and water quality initiatives throughout Iowa. His experience includes coordination of water resource conservation programs, watershed clean-up activities, educational workshops, and coordination of public and private water quality initiatives. In 2010, Mr. Fife founded the Walnut Creek Watershed Coalition, focused on water quality, public engagement, and outreach within the Walnut Creek Watershed. In 2016, Darren opened EcoSource, an environmental consulting firm with a focus on UST assessment and remediation, community planning, and instructional design. 

Judith E. Joyce
 PWS & Geomorphologist Principal Impact7G, Inc. 310 Second Street Coralville, Iowa 52241 319-358-2542 (office) 319-330-2988 (cell) 319-358-2562 (fax) jjoyce@impact7G.com 

Wetland Mitigation 101 

Abstract: A brief overview of types of wetlands in Iowa, regulations, permit requirements and mitigation options will be presented followed by a detailed look at the process of establishing a wetland mitigation bank. Mitigation banks, a form of "third-party" compensatory mitigation, are created when a private developer, corporation, government agency, nonprofit organization, or other entity undertakes these activities under a formal agreement with a regulatory agency. By focusing on the entire watershed and reaching out to teachers and schools, wetland mitigation can provide schools and educators with the means to create/restore natural spaces, while achieving the permitting requirements. As a result, innovative wetland mitigation plans include designs which enhance the neighborhood’s natural systems and provided walkable outdoor classroom space and recreational areas for the community. Continued efforts are needed to connect county/state roads and engineering departments with educators and school districts and develop a watershed plan which uses mitigation requirements to incorporate natural areas back into our schools and neighborhoods. 

Biography: Judith E. Joyce has over 25 years of experience in managing and completing environmental projects. Judy is a geomorphologist and a certified Professional Wetland Scientist with experience in hydrology, wetland science, and soils. She specializes in watershed planning, stream assessments, soil characterization, plant identification, and hydrological studies throughout the Midwest. Her passion has always been to find ways to bring nature back into our communities. Her designs achieve this goal by not only incorporating nature play areas, but also by utilizing a variety of outside the box funding sources and partnerships. Judy brings a practical and balanced approach to the team, based on science and experience. Her projects include stream and wetland restorations, storm water best management practices based on natural system design, geomorphological studies and evaluating land suitability for development. Respected by regulatory and other reviewing agencies, she brings together federal, state, county, and local officials to obtain environmental clearance to keep projects moving forward.

Roger Bruner 
Iowa DNR 502 E. 9th Street Des Moines, IA 50319 515-310-0247 roger.bruner@dnr.iowa.gov 

PFAS in Iowa: An Update

 Abstract: Per and poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is an emerging chemical(s) of concern. They are a group of chemicals that are used globally during the past century in manufacturing, firefighting and thousands of common household and other consumer products. Their unique physical and chemical properties makes them very persistent in the environment. This presentation will review the history, chemistry, manufacture, use, treatment, current regulatory efforts nationally for PFAS, and what’s happening in Iowa. We will come away with a common understanding of the depth and breadth of the PFAS issue and its status nationally and in Iowa. 

Biography: Roger Bruner began his professional career as a hydrogeologist with the Iowa Geological Survey and served as the first Secretary of the IGWA. In 1993 he accepted a position in environmental consulting working throughout the Midwest in various programs that deal with water quality. In late 2010 Roger returned to the Iowa DNR where he is the supervisor of the Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment section in the Water Quality Bureau. As part of his duties, he has been tasked to coordinate the PFAS efforts at the Department.

Chris Biellier
 Seneca Companies, Inc. 4140 E. 14th Street Des Moines, IA 50313 563-332-8000 cbiellier@senecaco.com www.senecaco.com 

Excavation Safety 

Abstract: This instruction describes policies and procedures for continued implementation of an OSHA National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and to reduce hazards which are causing, or likely to cause, serious injuries and fatalities during trenching and excavation operations. This presentation is designed to assist EPI members in meeting compliance with OSHA standards regarding trenching and excavation safety. Working in and around excavations and trenches can result in serious injury and death if hazards are not properly identified and controlled at all times. Furthermore, this presentation will aid in learning to identify hazards encountered when working in or near trenching and excavation sites and correction of these hazards, soil testing methods, trench protection systems, and general safety requirements. Discussion will focus on the Trenching and Excavation Safety Standard for the Construction Industry as described in OSHA 29 CFR - 1926 Subpart P and coincides with Iowa UST Remover Certification Program.

 Biography: Chris Biellier is currently Vice President of the Environmental Services & Remediation Divisions of Seneca Companies headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. He began with Seneca in 2004. His duties also include strategic partnership development to promote cross divisional business within all operating Divisions of Seneca. His industry experience spans 32 years since earning his degree in Geology in 1987 and has held numerous discipline positions within the fields of Environmental Consulting, Remediation, Environmental Contracting, Spill Response, OSHA Safety Training and Executive Management. He is a Licensed Professional Geologist and OSHA Trainer in 9 Course Disciplines including HAZWOPER, Confined Space Entry, Construction and Excavation Safety and Hazard Communication. He currently serves in numerous industry advisory boards within the Midwest.

Elaine Douskey 
Iowa Department of Natural Resources 
502 East 9th Street Des Moines, IA 50319 515-725-8311 elaine.douskey@dnr.iowa.gov www.iowadnr.gov/ust 

Iowa Underground Storage Tank Section Update

 Abstract: DNR’s Underground Storage Tank (UST) Section oversees all operational aspects for regulated UST systems with the goal of preventing petroleum releases; oversees risk assessment of petroleum releases at LUST sites, and ensures adequate corrective actions are implemented; and manages the certifications and licensing of groundwater professionals and UST professionals. This session will provide an update on UST Section activities, program measures, and plans for the future. 

Biography: Elaine Douskey began working with the DNR’s UST Section in 1992, as a project manager for LUST sites in central Iowa. She has supervised the UST Section for the past 13 years. Collaborative work projects for which she is most proud include: development of Iowa’s riskbased corrective action program, technical coordinator for the Des Moines USTFields project, and administration of Iowa’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act LUST Grant. Elaine has graduated to senior hobbies such as completing jigsaw puzzles, asking the grandkids again how to run the Hulu, booking dinner reservations for 4:30 pm, and looking madly for her reading glasses that are on her head. Elaine Douskey, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Office phone: 515-281-8011. Email: elaine.douskey@dnr.iowa.gov

James Pray Brown
Winick Law Firm 666 Grand Ave. Suite 2000 Des Moines, Iowa 50309 (515)242-2404 pray@brownwinick.com 

Providing Expert or Fact Testimony in Environmental Litigation 

Abstract: Environmental professionals may be called upon to provide expert or fact testimony in a variety of legal situations. This presentation will explore the different situations where you may be asked or subpoenaed to provide testimony by way of a deposition, before a grand jury, or at trial. Some of these situations may be only tangentially related to environmental issues despite having arisen from an your work on an environmental project. The presentation will also cover the role of the lawyers involved in these scenarios, including what they are looking for and whether they work for you or someone else. Finally, the presentation will explore what to look out for when asked to provide testimony, either due to work on the project or because you are being hired to offer expert opinions. 

Biography: James L. Pray is a member of BrownWinick law firm, serves on the firm's Management Committee, and is Chair of the firm's Environmental Law practice group. His practice includes both consulting and litigation services to the business community with an emphasis on assisting with environmental, energy, and industrial development projects. Jim has been involved with numerous environmental investigations cleanups around the state of Iowa and elsewhere. His practice includes assisting with contract negotiation, risk assessments, commercial development feasibility studies, brownfields projects, and mergers and acquisitions. Jim has also provided due diligence, development, environmental and transportation advice to more than three dozen ethanol and biofuel projects around the country and more than a dozen large windfarm projects. His clients also include meat processing plants, pharmaceutical development companies, municipalities, food processors, manufacturers, wind and solar developers and organic waste composting facilities. Jim successfully defended the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Company against a claim that it should conduct a remediation caused by the Rock Island Railroad in Blue Chip Enterprises, et. al. v. State, Dept. of Natural Resources, 528 N.W.2d 619 (Iowa 1995). 

Barry Kroll, P.G.
Pace Analytical 12065 Lebanon Rd. Mt. Juliet, TN 12065 (704) 614-2660 bkroll@pacenational.com 

Advancements In Laboratory Analytical Equipment and Technology 

Abstract: Advancements in laboratory analytical equipment and technology have led to significant reductions in the amount of sample required for analysis, amount of time required for collection of samples, and chlorinated solvent usage for extraction by the lab. These reductions have the ability to decrease sampling costs, increase consultant profitability, and are more environmentally sustainable. This presentation shows how these new technologies can impact project costs and discusses real sustainable numbers realized by a large national lab

 Biography: Mr. Kroll is currently the Director of Sales for Innovative Services at Pace National. Barry has over 30 years of experience in the environmental industry, with his experience being split nearly equally between consulting services and analytical laboratory sales. As a licensed geologist on the consulting side, he worked on and managed both petroleum and large scale chlorinated solvent sites. Since joining the Pace National Team his experiences on the consulting side of the industry have established him as a valued member of the Pace sales team while serving as a territory sales representative, regional sales manager and in his current position

Steve Reinders
 R&A Risk Professionals and PMMIC
 2894 106th Street, Suite 100 Urbandale, IA 50322 515-334-3001 sreinders@pmmic.com 

PMMIC Update

 Abstract: R&A Risk Professionals has been providing environmental risk management services to the petroleum marketing industry since 1999. R&A provides all staffing and administrative support to Petroleum Marketers Management Insurance Company (PMMIC); an Iowa based property and casualty insurance company specializing in petroleum storage tank pollution liability coverage. PMMIC is the largest insurer of underground storage tank (UST) sites in Iowa. In 2017 PMMIC completed a Loss Portfolio Transfer (LPT) of 199 claims from the Iowa Underground Storage Tank (IUST) fund program as part of a plan to wind down the fund program. PMMIC handles these claims in much the same way as the fund did. The loss portfolio transfer could be a model for states wanting to phase out their fund programs for historic releases. 

Biography: Steve Reinders, Senior Claims Representative for PMMIC, has over 20 years of experience in the assessment and cleanup of petroleum and hazardous chemical spills. Steve started his career as an environmental field technician for Seneca in 1998. From 2000 to 2004, Steve was a project manager handling RBCA assessments and corrective action as well as managing the emergency responses for all types of spills. From 2004 until 2017 Steve handled claims for the Iowa Underground Storage Tank (IUST) Fund. Steve began working for PMMIC in late October of 2017 following the loss portfolio transfer (LPT) of many IUST Fund claims to PMMIC. Steve is also a past president of EPI (Environmental Professionals of Iowa).

James Gastineau
 AON Risk Solutions 2700 Westown Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266 (515) 440-7016 (Phone) (515) 225-9263 (Fax) james.gastineau@aon.com Iowa Comprehensive Underground Storage Tank Fund Update 

Biography: James Gastineau joined Aon Risk Services in December 1999 having primary responsibilities as the special projects manager in support of the administration of the Iowa Comprehensive Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Fund Program. His background includes more than 12 years of environmental experience with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Natural History Survey. James has M.S degree in Environmental Studies from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a B.S. degree in Physical Science from Radford University. James is an Iowa certified groundwater professional, Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and a licensed property and casualty agent. He is also a US Navy veteran.