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Cleanup Methods for Contaminated Soil and Groundwater

COURSE NO: C04-023
Cleanup Methods for Contaminated Soil and Groundwater
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes these methods, and, for each method, answers six questions in a concise and accurate manner:

  • What is it?
  • How does it work?
  • How long will it take?
  • Is it safe?
  • How might it affect the public?
  • Why use it? 


EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division has developed a set of twenty-two guides summarizing cleanup methods used at Superfund and other sites.


This 4 PDH online course is intended for civil, construction, environmental, and geotechnical engineers, and is especially useful for Remedial Project Managers and Community Involvement Coordinators who must explain complicated treatment technologies to the lay public. 

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning the goals of activated carbon treatment
  • Learning about air stripping
  • Being introduced to capping
  • Learning about the proper techniques of ecological revitalization
  • Understanding the principles of evapotranspiration covers
  • Understanding the need for excavation of contaminated soil
  • Becoming familiar with the process of fracturing for site cleanup
  • Learning the goals of greener cleanups
  • Selecting incineration when appropriate
  • Deciding when to apply in situ chemical oxidation
  • Learning about in situ chemical reduction
  • Being introduced to in situ thermal treatment
  • Learning about the proper techniques of monitored natural attenuation
  • Understanding the principles of permeable reactive barriers
  • Understanding the need for phytoremediation
  • Becoming familiar with the process of pump and treat
  • Learning the goals of soil vapor extraction and air sparging
  • Selecting solidification and stabilization when appropriate
  • Being introduced to thermal desorption
  • Deciding when to apply vapor intrusion mitigation
  • Learning about vertical engineered barriers
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document which is based on a compilation of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division's "A Citizen's Guide Series to Cleanup Technologies", ( published in 2012.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Cleanup Methods for Contaminated Soil and Groundwater (7.1 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on this EPA publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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