Associate, Technical Strategy Leaner
Ryan Wymore is an associate with CDM Smith in Denver, CO, where he serves as a technical strategy leader focused on evaluation, selection, pilot testing, design, and operation of soil and groundwater remediation technologies. He has spent the last nineteen years specializing in innovative technologies such as bioremediation, MNA, thermal remediation, and chemical oxidation/reduction.
As a fifteen-year member of the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council, he has won four awards, had membership on eight technical teams, and has served as an instructor for four internet and classroom training seminars on DNAPL characterization/remediation technologies, which have been delivered to thousands of trainees worldwide. He recently completed a three-year term on the ITRC Board of Advisors as the industry representative. He holds a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Nebraskan, and an M.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Idaho, and is a registered professional engineer in Colorado.
Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization and Tools Selection
Sites contaminated with NAPLs present significant environmental challenges and have proven to be recalcitrant to remediation, especially where sites have been contaminated with DNAPLs. Our industry can no longer address DNAPL and dissolved phase contamination separately, but rather they need to be considered together. Experience gained at these sites has driven us to update overall our understanding of DNAPL and dissolved phase contamination. This includes the controlling role of small geologic heterogeneities on the fate and transport of DNAPL and associated dissolved phase contamination. This workshop will begin by presenting the new DNAPL Conceptual Site Model (CSM) based on this new understanding.
The workshop will then discuss properties of DNAPLs and associated aqueous, sorbed, and vapor phase contamination, and how they partition throughout the subsurface. Mechanisms that control the flow of DNAPLs in the subsurface including solubility, capillary entry pressure, saturation and residual saturation, wettability and interfacial tension will be discussed. Our workshop will present the DNAPL life cycle models of “higher” solubility DNAPLs such as chlorinated solvents, and the “lower” solubility DNAPLs such as coal tars and creosotes. We will also discuss the latest characterization approaches for sites contaminated with LNAPLs.
We will present a detailed module describing the objectives-based Integrated Site Characterization (ISC) process that will both clarify how to collect appropriate scale data, and what types of data are collected with an emphasis on geology where appropriate. We’ll discuss how to manage, analyze, and integrate the large geological-hydrogeological and contaminant data bases that can be developed using the ISC approach.
Finally, we will present a live demonstration of the ITRC Site Characterization Tools table that will help guide site characterization efforts as a resource that will resent many characterization tools, what they are used for, how geology affects tool choices, and references to more information on the tools.