Virtual Railroad Environmental Seminar (vRRES)
The Virtual Railroad Environmental Seminar (vRRES) will bring together railroad environmental professionals online October 27 and 28. Golder is proud to be a part of the organizing committee, as well as presenting.
October 27, 2020
Planning Ahead for Responsible Soil Management During Redevelopment: The Union Pacific Railroad Soil Management Program
During rail facility redevelopment, stockpiling of soils while waiting for waste characterization can increase the cost of the project due to schedule balancing between construction and train movement. To keep redevelopment projects moving forward while keeping the railroad running, Union Pacific Railroad has developed a Soil Management Program. This program coordinates engineers and environmental scientists at every step in the process to pre-characterize soils prior to excavation, plan ahead for soil re-use on site where possible, and ensure that potentially contaminated soils are properly managed and disposed. This presentation will review the history of Union Pacific Railroad’s soil management program and lessons learned.
Authors: Melissa Schop, Senior Manager, Environmental Site Remediation, Union Pacific Railroad
Peter Masson, Environmental Program Manager, Golder
Bryan Taylor, Antea Group
October 28, 2020
Successful Remediation of a Remote and Complex Site in a Provincial Park with Full Stakeholders’ Satisfaction
A derailment in the mid 1970s caused metal impacts in soil and groundwater along approximately 150 m of a decommissioned CN line in an ecologically-sensitive environment, as well as in sediment and surface water in the adjacent wetlands and river channel. Golder designed and monitored the implementation of a multi-year, full-scale remediation at this remote and complex site, following ten years of detailed site characterization, risk assessment and remedial design in partnership with Aboriginal groups, regulatory agencies and non-governmental organizations.
Authors: Stella Karnis, Senior Manager, Environmental Affairs, CN
Stefano Marconetto, Associate, Senior Environmental Engineer, Golder
Tony Lyon, Environmental Engineer, Golder
Tim Robertson, Principal, Environmental Engineer, Golder