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Course Name: Ecological Risk Assessment
Course Code: EZ0401YA23
Date: March 21-23, 2023
Time for Day 1: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm EDT (Check-in time: 8:30 am)
Time for Days 2 and 3: 9:00 am – 12:30 pm EDT
Location for Day 1: Ralph Geiger Turfgrass Education Center, 20 Indyk-Engel Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08902 (Directions & Map to Building)
Parking is ONLY available in the gravel lot behind the Office of Continuing Professional Education’s building (close to Ryders Lane). Map to parking lot: https://goo.gl/maps/KXA9A8RVFmKZUEz79
Location for Days 2 and 3: Online
Format: Hybrid course; In person class session in New Brunswick, NJ on Day 1 and online Zoom session on Days 2 and 3
Registration Fee: $350 per person
Multi Person Discount Fee: $325 per person (Save when you sign up with a colleague!)
Registration Closes: March 20, 2023
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Payments should be made out to: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Checks and money orders should be mailed to: Office of Continuing Professional Education, Attn: Registration Dept., 102 Ryders Ln, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8519
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This hybrid program provides attendees with a comprehensive overview of regulatory expectations of ecological risk assessments from both federal and state perspectives. Participants will learn to help clients understand how the ecological risk assessment process aids in developing realistic approaches to remediating sites. LSRPs will gain more perspective on the role that ecological risk assessment plays in establishing site clean-up goals.
On March 21, 2023, join us in person for a day-long class to learn about the methodologies and innovative approaches being employed to conduct ecological risk evaluations and assessments of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems under CERCLA, RCRA, and various state mandates.
On March 22 & 23, 2023, from 9 am – 12:30 pm each day, join us on Zoom from the comfort of your own home as NJDEP representatives take you through the updated NJ guidance document for the completion of ecological risk assessments under the Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP) Program.
- Applicability of Ecological Risk Assessments
- Federal, State (NJ, NY, and PA), and Regional Approaches
- Regulatory Drivers
- Development of Clean-up Goals
- Hazard Assessment: How and Why
- The US EPA’s 8-Step Process
Who Should Attend?
Environmental professionals seeking a greater understanding of the ecological risk assessment process can benefit from attending this course. Past participants have included:
- Ecological Risk Assessors
- Environmental Specialists
- Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP)
- Project Managers
Meet Your Instructors
Charles R. Harman, P.W.S.
A Principal Ecologist and Regulatory Services Branch Manager at WPS, Charles Harman has 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting field. He specializes in natural resource related assessment and management activities, including ecological risk assessments, sediment evaluations, biological assessments, natural resource damage assessments, wetlands management, and ecological restorations. He is responsible for the completion of ecological risk assessment projects and wetlands evaluations at hazardous waste sites and industrial facilities around the country, and he has conducted ecological risk assessments using a variety of USEPA headquarters, regional, program, and state methodologies. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Biology from Southwest Texas State University.
Nancy Hamill, NJDEP
Nancy Hamill has served as a Research Scientist in the NJDEP Site Remediation and Waste Management Program (SRWMP), Bureau of Environmental Evaluation and Risk Assessment (BEERA), for over 30 years. She provides technical review and development of ecological risk assessments and oversees the development of the Ecological Evaluation Technical Guidance for the LSRP Program. Nancy holds a BA in Biology from Lehigh University (1976) and a MS in Environmental Science from Rutgers University (1979).
Allan Motter, NJDEP
Allan Motter has a BS in Biology from Albright College and a Master of Environmental Management degree in ecotoxicology from Duke University. Mr. Motter has worked in the environmental field for 32 years both in private consulting and government. Mr. Motter has experience authoring State regulations and guidance documents, and chairing committees regarding State policy concerning sampling, analysis, monitoring and remediation of hazardous waste sites, and soil remediation standards. Mr. Motter currently works as a Technical Coordinator where he oversees all technical aspects of remediation at assigned hazardous waste sites in New Jersey, as well as reviewing and performing ecological risk assessments for environmentally sensitive areas that have been impacted by hazardous waste sites. Mr. Motter has overseen the remediation of two large sediment remediation projects totaling over $56 million.
Iman Olguin-Lira, NJDEP
Iman Olguin-Lira is a Research Scientist in the NJDEP Site Remediation and Waste Management Program’s Bureau of Environmental Evaluation and Risk Assessment (BEERA). She provides technical guidance and review for ecological risk assessment. Iman holds a B.S. in Biology from Florida Atlantic University (2007) and a M.S. in Marine Biology and Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University (2012). She has worked in the environmental field for 10 years.
Myla Ramirez, NJDEP
Myla Ramirez (she/her) is a Research Scientist and Technical Coordinator in the NJDEP’s Bureau of Environmental Evaluation & Risk Assessment. Her work focuses on dioxin contamination, risk assessment, and sustainable remediation. She also serves on the Fill Guidance Stakeholder Committee. Prior to joining NJDEP in 2018, she worked on public health program evaluation and remediation projects abroad through various non-governmental organizations. Myla received her MPH in Environmental Health Sciences from Columbia University and her BS Molecular Biology – Chemistry from Montclair State University.
Most useful aspect of the course: “Hearing directly from NJDEP experts; insights on how they view situations.”
– Past Participant
“The Eco guidance document can be difficult to follow. This training session helped.”
– Past Participant
“Nice balance of NJDEP and regulated community perspective on such a complicated subject.”
– Past Participant
Continuing Education Credits
The Ecological Risk Assessment course is approved for 1.2 Rutgers CEUs, as well as the following credits from professional organizations.
CT Licensed Environmental Professionals (LEPs): 9.5 CECs – Course Number CTLEP-392
NJ Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists (HO/REHS): Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 12.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). (Course No. 20662)
NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): 5 Regulatory and 5 Technical CECs (Course No. 2012-029)
NJ Professional Engineers: 12 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits
This course is eligible toward PDHs for Pennsylvania Professional Geologists.
No breakfast will be provided. Box lunches will be available for pre-registered attendees on Day 1 only.
NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.
Course Requirements and Policies
COVID-19 Mask & Vaccination Policies for Face-to-Face Classes
Registrants attending OCPE events are not currently required to wear face masks or provide proof of vaccination.
To continue to protect yourself and others:
- Masks are welcome.
- If you have symptoms, testing is encouraged.
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Pre-registration is required. We’re sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials, or meals for walk-in registrants.
Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.
This online course will be delivered via Zoom.
Equipment you will need to access this training:
- A computer, tablet, or smartphone
- Microphone is not necessary (all students will be muted on entry; you can use the “chat function” to type your questions and interact with the instructor)
- Webcam is optional but not necessary
- Speaker is optional but not necessary (you will be able to listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)
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Photo ID Requirement
Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.
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Cancellations and Substitutions
A $75 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
Attention U.S. Veterans
This course is approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill®. Learn more.
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