Conference Presentations 2014

(Please note, not all presentations are available online.)

Tuesday, October 28th

Session 1 - Plenary
Welcome and Introduction
Christopher Barkan
Improving Compliance & Reducing Liability Through Employee Awareness
Kimberly Vaughn, Ray Hays
Environmental Issues Affecting the Association of American Railroad
and North American Rail Industry
Robert Fronczak
Re-thinking Risk: Establishing a More Comprehensive View
of Environmental Risk in the Age of the Internet
Domonic Lees
CSX Curtis Bay Piers - Intelligent Stormwater Management to Achieve Zero Discharge
Scott Landers, John C. Calhoun
A Framework for Sustainable Remediation Applied at a 100-Acre Railroad Remediation Site
Currie Mixon, Scott Keating, C. Russell McDaniel
AAR Environmental Excellence Award
Robert Fronczak

Session 2 - Risk & Liability Management
Research of Inactive Wells along Railroad Rights-of-Way using Historical Interstate Commerce Commission Records
Craig Larson, Scott Zurn, Davidson Ward
Closure Strategies for Legacy Environmental Sites
Leroy Leonard, Duane Graves, David Patten, L. Christopher Oakes, Steven Aufdenkampe
Managing Continuing Obligations Associated with Contaminated Site Closure Using a GIS
Andrew Mott, Sarah Lemoine, Dennis Lawton, Maura Matthews, Yves Decoste
Facility Decontamination, Demolition and Decommissioning; How to Maximize Assets, Identify Costs and Minimize Risks
Michael Kraeski, Matt Graham
Determination of Environmental Liability Costs During Railway Divestitures in Canada
Tim D. Westgate, Paul J. Kurzanski, Daniel S. Dyer
Proposed EPA Changes in the Toxicological Assessment of Benzo(a)pyrene and the Potential Impact on Corrective Actions at Railroad Sites
Brian Magee
Managing Environmental Risks When Third-Parties Seek Access to Your Site
John Gullace, William Parry, Julia B. Herron, Michael T. Feamster
Risk and Liability Management at Kansas City Southern de Mexcico
Timothy Wippold, Carl Akins, Miguel Antonio, Flores Puente
Keeping Your Eye on a Moving Target - Effective Risk Management Approaches for Emerging Contaminants
Shalene Thomas

Session 3 - Environmental Response & Emergency Planning
"Conflagration, Collaboration and Corrective Action" - Early Community Engagement, Multi-Disciplinary Teamwork and Innovative Decision-making Leads to Rapid and Effective Emergency Response to the Rosedale, MD Derailment & Explosion
Megan Kellner, Dave Polter, S. Michael Austin, Paul Kurzanski
Characterization and Remediation of Lac-Mégantic
Denis Millete
Implementing Preventative Measures to Resolve a Violation Notice - A Collaboration of Multiple Railroad Departments
Kevin Peterburs, John Hasterlo, Geoff Reeder
Use of Hyrdology and Hydraulics to Support Environmental Response at a Derailment Site
Dilan Singaraja, Ryan Sheppard, Jeffrey Peister

Session 4 - Sustainability
Modernizing a Historic Mode of Transportation
W. Troy Neisz, Lucien Tender, Keith Brinker, D. Dale Dowling
Sustainability at Amtrak: From Policy to Program
Celia Ann Pfleckl, Joanne Maxwell
Environmental Assessment of Rail Infrastructure in Illinois
Ning Ai, Marcella Bondi, Anthony Grande, Shuo Ma, Shi Yin

Session 5 - Stormwater & Wastewater
Development and Implementation of Corporate Storm Water and Waste Water Standards - Canadian Pacific
Ted Bailey
Defining All Known, Available, and Reasonable Methods of Prevention, Control, and Treatment (AKART) for Industrial Stormwater
Ross Dunning
Amtrak Best Practices in Implementation of Current Storm Water Program in Southern California and Effect of New California Industrial Permit
Maheshwar Mettu
Challenges of Handling Storm Water Runoff through Municipal Sewer Systems
Gaymeon Gibson, Mark Neal
Waste Reduction through Innovative Sludge Dewatering
Stuart Boykin, Donnie Seward
How to train your OWS Dragon!
T. Chris Evenson
Rags To Riches: Transforming A USEPA CERCLA Hazardous Waste Site Into A Wildlife Habitat
Anthony Hoffman, Ronald Leins, Todd Falkner, Paul Kurzanksi

Session 6 - Environmental Planning of Passenger & Freight Rail Projects
Comparison of Passenger Train Energy Consumption with Competing Modes
Giovanni C. DiDomenico, Tyler Dick
Leveraging Transit Lines and Properties for Community Revitalization: A NJ TRANSIT and City of Paterson Partnership
Ileana Ivanciu, Charles Stebbins, John Geitner

Wednesday, October 29th

Session 7 - Plenary
Sustainability Panel
Chantale Despres, Mike Lunsford, Craig Caldwell, Mark Reimers

Session 8 - Remediation-General
Improving the Efficiency of an Existing Groundwater Remediation System
Aimee Zack, LeeAnn Thomas, Heather Lin, Chris Munson, Barbara Johnson, Jim Su, P. Steve Finn, Claire Mackler
Natural and Enhanced Attenuation of a Comingled Carbon Tetrachloride and Trichloroethene Plume: Field Observations and Microcism Studies
L. Christopher Oakes, Raymond Vaske, Frank Loffler, Yi Yang
In Situ Chemical and Biological Treatment of TCE in Groundwater at a Legacy Railroad Site
Vibhav S. Mankad, Nathan Diem, Lauren Mancuso
Collaboration for Environmental Remediation in Active Rail Areas
Paul J. Kurzanski, Sandy Conard, Janette D. Wilson, Andrew T. McManus
A Derailment Legacy: Cleaning Up Hexavalent Chromium Using Emulsified Vegetable Oil
Bonani Langan, James A. Bennett, Matthew L. Adkins

Session 9 - Remediation-Specific
Innovative use of a CN Sustainability Tool for Stakeholder Engagement on a Complex Remediation Project
Stefano Marconetto, Tim Robertson, Phil Moddle, Stella Karnis
Remediation and Restoration of the Lac-Mégantic, Québec Oil Train Disaster
Bruce Noble
Building a New Railroad Track Through a Superfund Site
Kevin Peterburs, Ali Wright, Geoff Reeder
Recent Success Achieving Regulatory Closure of Low Profile Spills at CSXT Rail Yards in Western NY
Ben Girard, William Parry
Use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to Locate Contaminant Beneath Railroad Track
James Hyslip, L. Christopher Oakes, C. Russell McDaniel

Session 10 - Remediation-NAPL
GIS-based Method for High-resolution Mapping of LNAPL Plume Transmissivity, Recoverability and Longevity: Case Study at CSXT Stadium Project
Peter Guerra, Marie Dowd, Sorab Panday, Ravindra Dwivedi, Paul Kurzanski
Innovative In-Well Oil/Water Separator for LNAPL Recovery
Stewart A. Emhof, Matt Graham
How to Remediate a Tie Treating Plant with an Active NAPL Discharge without Long-Term Operations and Maintenance
Jeff Gentry, Tom Hutchinson, Geoff Reeder
Insights into NSZD Rate Measurements of LNAPL
Keith Piontek, Keith Woodburne, Jason Leik, Scott MacDonald
Longevity Analysis Using LNAPL Distribution and Recoverability Modeling
Trevre Andrews, Morgan Bruno, Gary Honeyman

Session 11 - Energy, Emissions & Air Quality
Utility Management
Jim Brannen
Operational Consideration of Transitioning to Ultra-Low Emission Locomotive Technologies for Line-Haul Freight Rail Applications
Garrett Fullerton, Tyler Dick

Session 12 - Noise & Vibration
Mitigating Multi-source Noise Conditions at Hump Yards
Stuart Boykin, Donnie Seward
The Use of GIS in Rail Noise Modeling
Ahmed El-Aassar

Session 13 - Environmental Analysis
Management of In-Situ Chemical Oxidation Using Compound Specific Isotope Analysis
Robert Pirkle, Patrick W. McLoughlin, Matt Burns
Carousel of Progress: Progression of Data Management Techniques throughout the Lifecycle of Investigative and Remedial Actions at a Former Railroad Industry
Andrea Brazell, C. Russell McDaniel
What's in a Number? Understanding Analytical Data Uncertainty, Reporting, and Data Qualification
Ann Bernhardt, Paul Kurzanski
Lost in the Cloud? There's an App for That
David McConaughy
When Less is More; Data Reduction as an Approach to Effective Data Managment Strategy and Analysis
Emma Driver

Session 14 - Compliance
Dragonfly Interaction with Rail Traffic vs Roadway Traffic: a Comparison near Habitat of the Endangered Hine's Emerald Dragonfly
Brian Smith, Matthew Hildreth, Lori VanderKam, Devin Sprinkle
The Trouble with Towers
Kevin Keller, Aubyn Williams, Keith Brinker
Cultural Resources Clearance - Always Expect the Unexpected. CSXT Inspection Yard Project, Casky, KY
Marty Marchaterre, Mary Motte Fikri, Rich Stallings, Keith Brinker
Does Your Rail Yard Really Need a Facility Response Plan?
James Cunningham, Peter T. Masson
Understanding Changes to the Fisheries Act and the Impact on Rail Industry Projects
Laura Lawlor, France Moreau
Utilization of an Environmental Management Information System for an Environmental Auditing Program
Eric Chang
Fueling Systems Compliance - Inspect, Report, Repair and Maintain for Efficiency
John Hasterlo, Christopher Gunn, Craig Schellbach