PROTECT trainees attend tricholorethylene (TCE) vapor intrusion workshop

PhD students Reza Ghasemizadeh, Shirin Hojabri and Roya Nazari together with Postdoctoral Fellow Xue Yu and Associate Research Scientist Lily Rajic attended the TCE Vapor Intrusion: State of the Science, Regulations, & Technical Options workshop on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at UMass Lowell in Lowell, MA. The workshop was organized by the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) which is a non-profit, non-partisan interstate association representing Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. NEWMOA members include state environmental agency directors of hazardous waste, solid waste, waste site cleanup, emergency response and pollution prevention programs.


Professor Eric Suuberg, Co-Director of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program at Brown University, presented the basics of TCE vapor fate and transport and introduced a novel method for modeling vapor intrusion that has the potential to improve site investigation and remediation efforts. From the policy side, Paul Lock (MassDEP) presented the experiences addressing TCE vapor intrusion through regulations and policies. David Shea (Sanborn, Head & Associates), and Robin Mongeon (NH DES) showed practical aspects of vapor intrusion and managing health risks associated with TCE vapor intrusion.