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Postponed to June 2020:From Risk to Remediation 2020: 2nd CRC CARE Summer School on Contaminated Site Assessment, Management and Communication


Monday, 15 June 2020 at 8:30 am - Friday, 19 June 2020 at 5:00 pm (AEST)

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From Risk to Remediation 2020: 2nd CRC CARE Summer School on Contaminated Site Assessment, Management and Communication


Theory, practice and site visit 


Newcastle, 15–19 June 2020


The Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) has partnered with the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER), the University of Newcastle (UoN) to deliver our second Australian Summer School on Contaminated Site Assessment, Management and Communication.


This course has been developed especially for individuals who manage, regulate, investigate, remediate, or are impacted by contaminated sites. It provides participants with a unique appreciation of the underpinning science and technology coupled with practical approaches to site characterisation, assessment and remediation as well as risk communication.


Regardless of their current level of expertise, this course will provide participants with enhanced skills, knowledge, networks and confidence to manage even the most challenging sites and help them become leaders in the global remediation industry.


This is an all-inclusive course that draws together new knowledge with practical experience to provide participants with the cutting-edge skills to manage and remediate contaminated sites all around the world. This course has been developed in response to the critical need to build capacity to address the growing global contamination crisis. While technical lessons can be learned through the study of past projects, an advantage of this course will be the semi-structured discussions, problem solving and personal interactions that allow participants to consider the many facets of modern contaminant site assessment and remedial design. The course will also discuss aspects of sustainable low impact remediation approaches, climate change considerations, policy and regulatory matters, and economic considerations – all within a context of gaining and maintaining a social licence to operate.


The course will bring following benefits to the participants.


Expert instruction

In-depth instruction by, and interaction with, leading environmental experts from academia, consulting and government from across Australia and the rest of the world. These experts provide participants with a comprehensive insight into toxicology, engineering geology, hydrogeology and geochemical principles, site assessment procedures, risk management tools, remediation technologies and strategies, and management issues relating to contaminated land and hazardous waste sites.


Qualitative and quantitative risk assessment based on the conceptual site model will be practised and the effect of different legal contexts explored. The role and cost/benefit of modern advanced analytical chemistry (e.g. GCxGC, Time of Flight Mass Spectroscopy, physiologically based bio-accessibility testing, isotope analysis, asbestos fibre release) will be explored.


Participants will receive detailed technical information on the best-available remediation technologies, design and selection criteria, remediation implementation strategies, and field monitoring.


Sessions on computer modelling and data management support software

Participants will be offered optional computer-based evening sessions. These sessions will provide participants with an understanding of how an individual model works, its underpinnings and how to apply it to site-specific scenarios. As a result, participants will develop strong skills in the application and use of leading-edge software to assess, characterise and manage contaminated sites. Models being discussed include:

  • Contaminant groundwater modelling
  • Vapour intrusion modelling
  • Environmental Data Management


Participants will have numerous structured and unstructured networking opportunities to build connections and relationships with national and international leaders in the field and with their fellow participants. These include leaders from academia, industry and government.



Participants will receive: 

  • Handbook and downloadable online resource folder.
  • Certificate of Completion.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit of 40 hours*
  • Site tour and tour to UoN facilities and laboratory space


  • Professor Ravi Naidu (CRC CARE / GCER, UoN)
  • Mr Scott Warner (Ramboll, USA)
  • Professor Paul Nathanail (Land Quality Management, UK)
  • Dr Jill Woodworth (SLR Consulting, Western Australia) 
  • Ms Danielle Torresan (M/s Lumary, South Australia) 
  • Dr Dawit Bekele (GCER, UoN)
  • Dr Sreenivasulu Chadalavada (CRC CARE)
  • Dr Joytisha Jit (CRC CARE) 

Course Coordinators

  • Dr Prashant Srivastava, CRC CARE (, 08-83026821) 
  • Mr Ratin Mathur, CRC CARE ( 08-83023933)
  • Mr Adam Barclay, CRC CARE (, 02-40339439)

Our instructors are experts on:

  • Legislation: new vs historic pollution; change of land use vs ongoing land use; permitted operations – lessons from around the world (Paul Nathanail)
  • Analytical chemistry (Paul Nathanail)
  • Site assessment (Ravi Naidu and Dawit Bekele)
  • Conceptual site models (Paul Nathanail and Dawit Bekele)
  • Environmental data management (Paul Nathanail)
  • Geostatistics (Paul Nathanail)
  • Emergent contaminants (Paul Nathanail)
  • Vapour intrusion (Paul Nathanail and Dawit Bekele)
  • Groundwater modelling (Dawit Bekele and Sreenivasulu Chadalavada)
  • Risk characterisation (Paul Nathanail)
  • Human health risk assessment (Paul Nathanail)
  • Ecological risk assessment (Paul Nathanail)
  • Ecotoxicology (Jill Woodworth) 
  • Remedial action plan development (Scott Warner)
  • Sustainability appraisal (Paul Nathanail)
  • Remediation design and implementation (Scott Warner)
  • Climate change considerations to site characterisation and remedial design (Scott Warner)
  • Community Engagement (Danielle Torresan) 
  • Govt Policy and frame work (Joytishna Jit) 





Introduction to the course: Professor Ravi Naidu


Global perspective on overview of contaminated and hazardous waste site management, challenge and solutions. 


Legal context and policy: key case studies

  • Legislation: new vs historic pollution
  • Permitted operations – lessons from around the world
  • Major treaties -UNCDD:Minamata
  • Australia, UK and EU perspective
  • Risk Communication   

What Makes for a Competent Environmental Consultant 


Legal Context and Policy : USA Key Case Study 

  • Legislation: "Superfund" History, CERCLS,TOSCA,RCRA
  • Brownfields

Legal Context and Policy: Australia
  • National policy frameworks for site contamination in Australia
  • Commonwealth and state responsibilities - intersections and discontinuties 
  • Examples of policy drivers-industry:community outrage 
  • National Remediation Framework (NRF) and linkage to ASC:NEPM 


  • Hazard Indentification and dose - response assessment 
  • Threshold and non threshold behaviour
  • Lead , Asbestos 
  • Point of departure; NOAEL;LOAEL;Benchmark doses ; Margin of exposure

Environmental Chemistry of organic and Inorganic Contaminants and Treatments

  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Fate and transport properties
  • Chemicals reactions    

The development, use and role of conceptual site model  

  • Case examples  
  • Sources of information
  • Formats 
  • Function of the CSM 
  • Link to site investigation
  • Link to remediation 



Assessment of Site Contamination

  • Staged approcahes site assessment 
  • Principles drivers and practice of site assessment
  •  Implementation of appropriate Data Quality Objective  

Soil, Water and Soil Gas Sampling Tools and Techniques 

  • How the sampling strategy affects risk assessment 
  • Soil and groundwater characterisation tools and technique
  • Sedimant characterisation tools and techniques
  • Soil gas vapour and ground gas characterisation tools and techniques
  • Case studies to illustrate the concepts presented 

Hand on exercise 


Ground Water Sampling Issues

  • Purge vs no purge 
  • Accounting for seasional influences especially where groundwater experiences large fluctuations in level within an annual cycle
  • Where should monitoring well screen be located
  • Which drilling methoid should be used     

Data analyses including how to compare site data against assessment criteria

  • Should depth samples be averaged?
  • Should each data point be compared against assessment criteria, or means, medians, non-parametric methods for aggregating data?



Site Specific Human Health Risk Assessment 

  • Basic process and fundamental steps involved in conducting a health risk assessment 
  • Exposure assessment 
  • Tiered approaches to environmental health risk assessment (EHRA)
  • Role of generic assessment criteria 

Detailed Quantitative Risk Assessment 

  • Role of bioavailability 
  • Plant uptake studies
  • Air monitoring 

Ecological Risk Assessment 

  • Qualitative 
  • Use of EILs 
  • Detailed quantitative risk assessment 

Tour to GCER, UoN lab facilities at Callaghan Campus 




Remediation Action Plan Development: Techniques and Technologies

  • Evaluation of collected data
  • Consideration of data /CSM to regulatory goals and site protection objectives Technologies
  • Remediation Action Plan components and its development 
  • Presentation of general remediuation techniques-site wise concepts to localised treatment

Discussion of soil remediation techniques and technologies 


Discussion of groundwater remediation techniques and technologies 


Discussion of soil vapour remediation techniques and technologies 


Discussion on sediment (i.e. marine /wetland) remediation techniques 


Discussion of remedy treatability studies as an introduction to the UoN tour  


Field Trip by Bus to Hydo Kurri Kurri - A Former Aluminium Smelter site 




Remediation in practice 

  • Economics and net environmental benefit analysis 
  • Social licence to operate 
  • Resilient remediation design
  • Health and safety at contaminated sites 
  • Sustainable remediation 
  • Treatment trains- technology trains 


  • Develop CSM 
  • Identify remedial goals
  • Select potential remedies 
  • Design remedy 
  • Assess long-term performance 
  • Group discussion of exercise  

Public Participation in Decision Making 

  • Diverse methodologies and principles to appropriate public participation 
  • Localism 
  • Law making 
  • Activism 

Question Time Panel - What's Next

  • Here each panellist's thought on contaminated land management over the coming decade then take the opportunity to pose questions to the panel.   

Graduation Ceremony 




Day 1: Contaminated Land in the Movies – A guided viewing of a movie portray the environmental matters 


Day 2: Equipment and Techniques Demonstration  Learn about groundwater sampling equipment bailer system, submersible pumps ,ground water quality monitoring equipments, PIDs and soil gas sampling equipment; debate on an environmental topic 


Day 3: Computer modelling and Data Management Support software – gain an understanding of how an individual model works.Its underpinnings and how to apply it to site-specific scenarios. Develop strong skills in the application and use of leading-edge software to assess,characterise and manage contaminated sites.Models discussed include: 

  • Vapour intrusion modelling indoorCARE
  • Prioritising contaminated sites for decision making: rank CARE
  • Open sources software - QGIS or R

Day 4: Field Trip by Bus to Hydo Kurri Kurri - A Former Aluminium Smelter site


NOTE: In order to participate in the hands-on activities, you will need to bring your laptop computer with you.





Professor Ravi Naidu, Managing Director and CEO, CRC CARE, Australia; Global Innovation Chair and Director, GCER, University of Newcastle

Professor Ravi Naidu is the Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director and Chief Scientist of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE). Professor Naidu was also the Founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation (CERAR). He has researched environmental contaminants, bioavailability, and remediation for over 25 years and has gained advanced leadership and management experience in environmental sustainability throughout this period. Professor Naidu has co-authored over 500 research articles and technical publications and six patents, and co-edited 10 books and over 55 book chapters in the field of soil and environmental sciences. He has also supervised over 30 PhD completions.


Mr Scott Warner, Principal Hydrogeologist (Environment & Health) at Ramboll, USA

Scott Warner has nearly 30 years’ experience in water resource consulting, development of innovative and sustainable remediation approaches, and business consulting regarding environmental issues. His projects have been located in many parts of the world including North and South America, Australia, Europe and Hong Kong.


Scott has substantial experience providing consultation on regulatory matters and has guided clients through land development and reuse issues. He was the project director and a lead designer for an innovative groundwater remediation system in New York State, USA that received the 2011 National Ground Water Association Outstanding Remediation Award.


Scott has prepared more than 50 publications on the subject of groundwater remediation, hydraulics, and climate change considerations, is co-editor of a book on dense non-aqueous phase liquid characterization and remediation published by the American Chemical Society.


Dr Paul Nathanail, Managing Director, Land Quality Management Ltd, UK

Paul Nathanail is a Chartered Geologist and Specialist in Land Condition (broadly akin to an Auditor) who combines consultancy, research and training in all aspects of risk based contaminated land management. Paul's team provide tailored training and support to Local Authorities across the UK. Three of his former Masters students now working for local authorities are members, along with Paul, of the national contaminated land expert panel. He is the lead author of the UK standard guide on asbestos in soil and of the UK’s largest compilation of soil screening values. Paul is well known to us here in Australia as a regular contributor to CRC CARE’s CleanUp conferences and was the recipient of a CRC CARE Fellowship. He also delivered the 2017 Brian Robinson Memorial Lecture. 


Dr Jill Woodworth, SLR Consulting

Jill is a Technical Director – Ecotoxicology with international consulting company SLR. Jill has over 25 years’ experience in the science of ecotoxicology and 35 years’ experience in water quality. Jill has recently been working on developing Australian environmental guidelines for PFOA and PFOS for soils and marine waters. Jill has also been selected as an Independent Technical Reviewer for the revised ANZECC water quality guidelines. Jill provides advice in the areas of integrated environmental assessments, environmental risk assessments, environmental management plans, site specific trigger values and developing monitoring programs for the water industry, contaminated sites, mines and desalination plants throughout Australia.
Jill has extensive experience in the risk assessments of PFAS contaminated sites while working with a previous employer. In particular:

  • • RAAF Base Pearce, RAAF Base Learmonth, Harold E Holt Defence Base (Ecological Risk Assessment)
  • • RAAF Base Oakey, RAAF Base East Sale (Advisor to Technical Assessor)
  • • Gold Coast Airport (Ecological Risk Assessment)
  • • Hunter Water Corporation (Ecological Risk Assessment)
  • • Metropolitan Fire Board Victoria (Ecological Risk Assessment) 


Dr Joytishna Jit, CRC CARE

Joyti is a Research Fellow at the University of South Australia and has been responsible for leading or participating in a number of guidance development projects in the Best Practice Policy Program, CRC CARE. She has over 12 years training and experience as scientist and policy analyst in the interdisciplinary areas of environmental, social and legal research. Joyti has published and contributed to national and international technical and policy projects in previous positions held in academia, industry and inter-governmental organisations. She has qualifications in applied science (BAS), marine management (MA) and law (PhD).


Dr Sreenivasulu Chadalavada, CRC CARE

Dr Sreenivasulu Chadalavada is Research Manager and Senior Hydrogeologist at CRC CARE. Sreeni is also Conjoint Senior Lecturer at GCER, University of Newcastle, Australia. He is responsible for managing the research projects of CRC CARE and conducts research in hydrogeology and mathematical modelling of groundwater flow and pollutant transport. Sreeni’s current research involves developing various models for simulation of contaminant transport in the environment. Sreeni is also currently engaged in teaching Hydrogeology and supervising Masters and PhD students at University of Newcastle. Sreeni is involved with writing the source codes for developing numerical simulation models which help in decision making process to manage the contamination.


Dr Dawit Bekele, University of Newcastle, Australia

Dawit is Research Fellow and Senior Hydrogeologist at GCER, University of Newcastle conducting and directing environmental project and research in the assessment, remediation and management of contaminated sites.  He has over 15 years’ experience in the environmental field. Dawit has consulted on various contaminated land investigation and remediation projects and has delivered pragmatic, sustainable and cost-effective solutions.  He is lead soil and groundwater remediation at GCER developing innovative technology for managing contaminated sites.



  • Standard registration fees AUD$2000 (ex GST)
  • Late registration fees AUD$2200 (ex GST)    



Attendees can receive refund up to 7 days before the event start date. Admin fee of $100 will apply.



The course will be fully catered including morning and afternoon tea, and lunch.



Attendees may contact following hotels to book their accommodation at discounted rates.


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CRC CARE is a partnership of organisations dedicated to developing new ways of dealing with and preventing contamination of soil, water and air including solid and liquid waste management. We focus Australia’s foremost expertise and resources on this issue and develop close links with research partners at the cutting edge in this field around the world.


Global Centre for Environmental Remediation (GCER), University of Newcastle, Australia (

The University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within regions throughout Australia and across the globe. The University of Newcastle is recognised as a world-class university with current rankings placing us in the top 3% of universities worldwide.


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