Seattle (area), WA -- ITRC Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management

Des Moines, Washington
Wednesday, October 10, 2018


ITRC Classroom Training
    Petroleum Vapor Intrusion:  Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management

Course Trainers

(Trainers vary by class)

John Boyer
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Trenton, New Jersey
John E. Boyer is an Environmental Scientist at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in Trenton, New Jersey. He has worked with the NJDEP since 1988 and is a principal in developing vapor intrusion (VI) policy for the Department. John is co-author of the NJDEP Indoor Air Sampling Guide for Volatile Organic Contaminants (1999) and the more recent NJDEP Vapor Intrusion Technical Guidance (2016). He routinely presents on vapor intrusion issues at various conferences and seminars. John has been Co-Team Leader for the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) Vapor Intrusion team from 2007-2011 and the Petroleum Vapor Intrusion Team from 2012 to the present. He earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina in 1980 and a master's degree in environmental science (human toxicology concentration) from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1985.

Matt Williams
Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality
Lansing, Michigan
Matt Williams is the Vapor Intrusion Specialist for the development and implementation of methods used to investigate and assess vapor intrusion issues for the Remediation and Redevelopment Division of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. He is a Geologist that has 18 years of experience in both the public and private sectors working on a wide variety of projects across the United States. He has drafted several guidance documents and standard operating procedures for the MDEQ and has conducted numerous training and talks on soil gas methods and vapor intrusion for stakeholder groups and consultants. He co-leads ITRC 2-day classroom training on Petroleum Vapor Intrusion and is a trainer in both the 2-day classroom and Internet-based training. Matt earned a bachelor of science degree in Geology from Central Michigan University in Mt Pleasant, Michigan in 1993.

 Lila Beckley
GSI Environmental Inc.
Austin, Texas
Lila Beckley is a Senior Geologist at GSI Environmental Inc. in Austin, Texas.  Since 2007, Lila has worked for GSI, specializing in vapor intrusion and regulatory support.  She has conducted vapor intrusion investigations at sites around the U.S., using both conventional and innovative methods including on-site GC/MS analysis and building pressure cycling.  She has also actively participated in several DoD-funded research projects to develop improved methods to assess vapor intrusion, and has co-authored peer-reviewed publications based on this work.  Two of the projects, use of compound-specific stable isotope analysis and use of on-site GC/MS analysis to distinguish between vapor intrusion and indoor VOC sources, were awarded Project of the Year by the funding agency in 2014.  Lila has contributed to ITRC as a member of the Petroleum Vapor Intrusion Team since 2012.  She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geological sciences at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas in 1989 and 1991, respectively. 

 Matt Lahvis
Houston, TX
Dr. Matthew Lahvis joined Shell Projects and Technology in 2000 where he serves as Team Lead for the Soil and Groundwater Research & Development Program in Houston, Texas.  Matt has published extensively on vapor transport in the unsaturated zone and has been serving as an Associate Editor for the Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation Journal since 2005. He began his career at the New Jersey District of the U.S. Geological Survey in 1989-2000 where his research focused on quantifying the fate and transport of petroleum compounds in the unsaturated zone.  Matt also served as an adjunct professor in the Civil Engineering Department at Drexel University from 1995-1999.  Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in Geology from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA in 1985, a master’s degree in Engineering Geology from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Water Resources) from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 1993.

Willie McKercher
EarthCon Consulting, Inc.
Madison, Mississippi
Willie McKercher is the Director of Gulf Coast Operations and a Senior Engineer for EarthCon Consulting, Inc.  Willie spent 17 years with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) where he worked as the Branch Chief in the Groundwater Assessment and Remediation Division. He served as the primary point of contact at MDEQ for Vapor Intrusion issues while also managing and advising for facilities within the RCRA, Brownfield, VEP and Uncontrolled Sites programs regarding assessment, remediation and risk assessment. Willie was a member of the ITRC Vapor Intrusion Team that developed 2007 Vapor Intrusion guidance document and has worked on the development of the 2014 Petroleum Vapor Intrusion guidance document as well. Willie earned his Master's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Mississippi in 2006 and his Bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University in Biological Engineering in 2001.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists.

 Bill Morris
Vapor Mitigation Sciences
Glendale, Arizona
Bill Morris, owner of Vapor Mitigation Sciences since 2011, is located in Glendale, AZ, and specializes in building evaluations, vapor mitigation design and installation. From 2009-2011, he was a Senior Scientist with EnviroGroup Limited as their vapor intrusion mitigation manager. From 1995-2009, he was an Environmental Scientist with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Bureau of Environmental Remediation where he was the Bureau's Quality Assurance Officer and the Kansas point of contact for vapor intrusion from 2002-2009. He has experience in environmental chemistry, aquatic toxicology, environmental emergency response, site remediation and residential construction practices. Bill routinely presents at conference regarding vapor intrusion and has done a number of classroom style trainings. Bill has been active in the ITRC since 2004 when the ITRC Vapor Intrusion team was formed and was the co-Team Leader.  Bill has been involved in the ITRC’s Petroleum Vapor Intrusion (PVI) Team as well.  Bill earned a bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1989.

Eric Nichols
Newfields, New Hampshire
Eric M. Nichols , PE, is a principal at Substrata LLC in Newfields, New Hampshire. He has characterized and remediated contaminated sites since 1985. Eric founded Substrata LLC in 2014. Previously, he worked for ARCADIS and LFR from 1996-2014, and for Weiss Associates from 1985-1995. Eric serves as a technical resource for LNAPL and petroleum characterization, remediation, natural source zone depletion, vapor intrusion, and litigation support. Eric has taught short courses for several organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Ground Water Association, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, the American Petroleum Institute, and the University of California Extension. Eric has contributed to ITRC documents and training since 1998 as a member and trainer for the Fuel Oxygenates Team, the LNAPL Team, and the Petroleum Vapor Intrusion Team. Eric has received Industry Appreciation Awards for his service on ITRC teams. Eric earned a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1982 and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. He is a licensed professional engineer in California.

Rich Rago
Haley & Aldrich
Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Richard (Rich) Rago serves as Lead Scientist and Vapor Intrusion Practice Leader for Haley & Aldrich, Inc. in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.  Since joining Haley & Aldrich in 1991, Rich has long been recognized for contributions to regulatory agencies and professional organizations, including for his support for numerous state and federal vapor intrusion guidance and analytical data quality documents.  Rich Rago has also directed independent research studies in support of improved environmental characterization, including false positives in analytical quantitation of metals, potential bias in petroleum hydrocarbons measurements, indoor air sampling intervals, soil gas long term temporal stability, and indoor air background in residences, offices, and schools.  Rich has a professional background in environmental analytical chemistry with a CT Department of Public Health Environmental Laboratory Directorship Certification (1991). Rich is a team member and chapter co-leader for the ITRC Petroleum Vapor Intrusion Team. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Windham, Connecticut in 2000.

Catherine Regan
Boston, Massachusetts
Catherine Regan is a Senior Engineer with Environmental Resources Management, located in Boston, Massachusetts, and has worked at ERM since 2002. Catherine works with industrial clients and regulators in the management of contaminated sites.  Her areas of expertise include assessment and management of residential and industrial vapor intrusion investigations, management of chlorinated and petroleum site investigations and design and execution of remediation activities. Catherine leads ERM’s vapor intrusion technical working group and is responsible for facilitating collaboration and disseminating technology updates regarding vapor intrusion across ERM globally. Since 2012, Catherine has participated as an ITRC team member for ITRC’s Petroleum Vapor Intrusion team. Catherine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY in 2000 and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology from Stanford University in Stanford, CA in 2002.  Catherine is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and Vermont.

Tom Walker
US EPA Office of Underground Storage Tanks
Washington, DC
Tom Walker , P.G., joined the US EPA Office of Underground Storage Tanks in 2011 as an Environmental Protection Specialist in Washington, DC. Previously, he worked for 7 years as an US EPA environmental civil rights case manager and for 8 years for the NC Department of Natural Resources in their Superfund and RCRA Programs. He started his environmental career in the early 1990’s as a field geologist/ project manager for a consulting firm working on leaking UST assessment and remediation projects. Tom has been a member of the ITRC Petroleum Vapor Intrusion team since 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science/ Geology from Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania in 1985. He is a professional geologist in Pennsylvania.


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