RR Program Seeks Hydrogeologists, Complex Projects Expert

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program is recruiting two Hydrogeologists (entry or senior level) and a Complex Projects Expert (project position).

The Hydrogeologist positions will be stationed out of the Milwaukee, Green Bay or Oshkosh DNR office; however, telework may be available for up to 60% of the work week. The deadline to apply for the Hydrogeologist positions is Oct. 12, 2022.

The Complex Projects Expert position will be stationed out of a DNR office within the state based on applicant preference and space availability. This is a project position with an expected end date of July 31, 2026. The deadline to apply for the Complex Projects Expert is October 17, 2022.

The Hydrogeologist – Entry is a technical position in which the incumbent must have solid knowledge of geology and hydrogeology, well hydraulics, chemistry, soil science, environmental cleanups, and biological processes in subsurface soil and groundwater environments. The Hydrogeologist supports regional coordination of a major environmental program that affects other DNR programs, State agencies, local communities, and the public by providing technical advice and recommendations. Job duties include gathering data on potentially contaminated sites, analyzing and interpreting site data, applying State regulations and standards to cleanup efforts, and processing the submittals of documentation completed for all stages of a project.

A full position description for Hydrogeologist – Entry, including necessary qualifications, is available online at the Wisc.jobs website (Job ID number 7788).

The Hydrogeologist – Senior provides geologic and hydrogeologic expertise and oversight for investigation and remediation of contamination sites. This is a technical position in which the incumbent must have a detailed knowledge of geology, hydrogeology, contaminate transport, chemistry, vapor intrusion, soil science, remedial system design, and biological processes in subsurface soil and groundwater environments. Specifically, this involves providing technical advice to responsible parties, their consultants, local government units and officials and other staff in the region for actions taken to address soil and groundwater contamination at Leaking Underground Storage Tank, Environmental Repair Program, Brownfield Redevelopment, Spill, Abandoned Landfill, Dry Cleaner Program and hazardous waste remediation sites throughout the region. The Hydrogeologist Senior provides interpretation and implementation advice on the rules, regulations and guidance documents concerning environmental investigations and cleanups as well as brownfield redevelopment efforts. Hydrogeologist Senior will evaluate and approve work on complex sites, often having program-wide policy impacts.

A full position description for Hydrogeologist – Senior, including necessary qualifications, is available online at the Wisc.jobs website (Job ID number 7788).

The Complex Projects Expert position requires application of specific knowledge of hydrogeology, geology and project management principles to provide services relating to the hydrogeologic and chemical principles controlling the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment at sites throughout Wisconsin. The Complex Projects Expert will be responsible for providing site-specific, hydrogeologic evaluations and complex project reviews for remediation sites, ensuring regulatory compliance with applicable state and federal laws. The work will include application of hydrogeologic and engineering concepts relating to the investigation and clean-up of contamination in soil, groundwater and sediment.

Among other duties, the Complex Projects Expert will provide hydrogeologic expertise to the RR Program in the areas of site investigation, groundwater flow analysis, contaminant migration, and remedial options analysis. This position focuses on the most technically complex program concerns from a site characterization and environmental restoration perspective. This position directly coordinates activities through intense oversight and/or provides focused assistance to RR Program staff with the development, implementation, and advanced technical analysis of complex long-term soil and groundwater remediation projects. The Complex Projects Expert functions as part of a project management team and serves as the project manager on assigned RR site investigation, remediation and operation & maintenance projects.

A full position description for Complex Projects Expert, including necessary qualifications, is available online at the Wisc.jobs website (Job ID number 7204).

Public Input Opportunity – Five-Year Review of the Campmarina Superfund Site Upland Operable Unit

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now seeking input on the Five-Year Review of the Campmarina Superfund Site Upland Operable Unit.

The public notice can be found at the Remediation and Redevelopment Program’s Public Notices & Guidance webpage under the “Public Notices” tab. Comments may be submitted through Oct. 31, 2022 to John Feeney at johnm.feeney@wisconsin.gov.

NAR Activities Now Available on RR Sites Map

DNR staff recently completed a project which added geographic information for No Action Required (NAR) activities on RR Sites Map.

NAR activities are sites where after notification of a hazardous substance discharge the DNR determined that the responsible party did not need to undertake an investigation or cleanup in response to that discharge because there was no or insignificant contamination.

This information is accessible as a new layer on RR Sites Map and the DNR GIS Open Data Portal. This layer provides users with direct access to over 11,000 additional activity locations on RR Sites Map.

Users can access map layers by selecting Navigate on the top menu bar. Select “Show Map Layers” and expand the “Additional Site Information” menu to check the “No Action Required (NAR) Activity” layer. This will populate the map with small yellow boxes with an activity number beginning with “09.” The prefix “09” is used for NAR activities in BRRTS on the Web (BOTW).

 

RR Program Seeks Publications and Web Coordinator

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program is recruiting a Publications and Web Coordinator.

This position will be stationed out of a DNR office within the state based on the applicant preference and space availability. The deadline to apply is Sept. 14, 2022.

The RR Publications and Web Coordinator designs, implements, and evaluates content for internet and intranet webpages; develops content for and leads publication of internal and external guidance, outreach and information documents; develops, writes, and edits news releases, articles, and feature stories, and assists in the development and implementation in communication strategies.

The position serves as the RR program representative and liaison to the division and department web governance and document management bodies and may participate on division level communication groups as requested.

A full position description, including necessary qualifications, is available online at the Wisc.jobs website (Job ID number 7531).

DNR To Hold Remediation and Redevelopment External Advisory Group Meeting

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will host its quarterly Remediation and Redevelopment External Advisory Group meeting from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022.

The DNR’s Remediation and Redevelopment Program oversees the investigation and cleanup of environmental contamination and the redevelopment of contaminated properties. The DNR has a business need to receive constructive and practical input from, and provide information to, interested parties on a wide variety of regulatory and policy issues.

The Remediation and Redevelopment External Advisory Group was formed to address a broad range of issues encompassing both technical and policy topics related to encouraging the investigation, cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites.

The Remediation and Redevelopment External Advisory Group meetings are open to the public. RSVP by noon on Thursday, September 22, 2022 to attend in person; email jody.irland@wiscsonsin.gov to RSVP.

EVENT DETAILS

What: Remediation and Redevelopment External Advisory Group Meeting

When: 9 a.m. – noon Friday, Sept. 23, 2022

Where: Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

833 E. Michigan Street, Suite 1800, Milwaukee, WI 52303

Check-in with the reception desk.

Register here to join the meeting via Zoom.

Visit the DNR’s Remediation and Redevelopment External Advisory Group webpage for meeting agendas, materials and additional information. Subscribe here for updates on future meetings.

RR Program Seeks Vapor Intrusion Expert

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program is recruiting a Vapor Intrusion Expert.

This position will be stationed out of a DNR office within the state based on the applicant preference and space availability. The deadline to apply is Sept. 7, 2022.

This is a Project position that will be expected to end on July 31, 2026. Project positions are eligible for benefits including health insurance, but the incumbent does not attain civil service status.

The Vapor Intrusion Expert provides geologic and hydrogeologic expertise and oversight for inventory, assessment and remediation of dry cleaner and vapor contamination sites. The position focuses on vapor intrusion risk assessment and reduction of volatile compound contamination statewide. The Vapor Intrusion Expert serves as a RR Program technical resource for agency staff and external parties on assessment of vapor intrusion, evaluation of mitigation plans, approval, notification and tracking methods, and long-term stewardship for locations with mitigation systems installed or other protective measures in place.

A full position description, including necessary qualifications, is available online at the Wisc.jobs website (Job ID number 7424).

Vapor Mitigation Update: DNR To Present At DHS Wisconsin Radon Conference Sept. 28, 2022

DNR staff will present at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Wisconsin Radon Conference in Marshfield on Sept. 28, 2022. The DNR’s presentation will include information on the health risks from chemical vapor intrusion, including the similarities and differences between chemical vapor intrusion and naturally occurring radon.

Conference attendees will have an opportunity to refresh their knowledge base on indoor air quality and radon, gain understanding of current and emerging issues and network to improve statewide collaboration. This conference is intended for soil gas mitigators, state and local health departments, contractors, nonprofits and home inspectors.

Environmental consultants who hire soil gas mitigators for environmental cases are encouraged to share this continuing education opportunity with their contractors. There is overlap in both health risks and solutions to mitigate exposure from chemical vapor intrusion and naturally occurring radon.

The DNR values partnering with the DHS and local health departments regarding risks to human health from environmental contamination.

More information on the one-day conference and a pre-conference training opportunity is available here.

RR Program Seeks Complex Projects Expert/Hydrogeologist Program Coordinator

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program is recruiting a Complex Projects Expert/Hydrogeologist Program Coordinator.

This position will be located in a DNR office within the state based on the applicant preference and space availability. The deadline to apply is August 23, 2022.

The Complex Projects Expert position requires application of specific knowledge of hydrogeology, geology and project management principles to provide services relating to the hydrogeologic and chemical principles controlling the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment at sites throughout Wisconsin. The Complex Projects Expert will be responsible for providing site-specific, hydrogeologic evaluations and complex project reviews for remediation sites, ensuring regulatory compliance with applicable state and federal laws. The work will include application of hydrogeologic and engineering concepts relating to the investigation and clean-up of contamination in soil, groundwater and sediment.

Among other duties, the Complex Projects Expert will provide hydrogeologic expertise to the RR Program in the areas of site investigation, groundwater flow analysis, contaminant migration, and remedial options analysis. This position focuses on the most technically complex program concerns from a site characterization and environmental restoration perspective. This position directly coordinates activities through intense oversight and/or provides focused assistance to RR Program staff with the development, implementation, and advanced technical analysis of complex long-term soil and groundwater remediation projects. The Complex Projects Expert functions as part of a project management team and serves as the project manager on assigned RR site investigation, remediation and operation & maintenance projects.

A full position description, including necessary qualifications, is available online at the Wisc.jobs website (Job ID number 7204).

E-Pay Now Available for NAR/NFA; Other Updates to 4400-225

Last November the Notification for Hazardous Substance Discharge form (4400-225) was made into a fillable online form on the DNR’s RR program Submittal Portal webpage. This form should be used to report discharges that are identified through laboratory analysis of soil, sediment, vapor, indoor air and water.

The form now allows for payments by credit card for the request of No Action Required (NAR) determination under Wis. Admin. Code § NR 716.05 or a request for No Further Action (NFA) determination under Wis. Admin. Code § NR 708.09.

The form also includes clickable tabs so you can easily navigate to completed tabs without clicking multiple “next” and “back” buttons. This is particularly useful when returning to submit lab reports and navigating to the lab result tab to upload your files.

When submitting a request for an NAR or NFA determination, we encourage you to include the Technical Assistance, Environmental Liability Clarification or Post-Closure Modification Request form 4400-237 and any additional appropriate report(s) with your submittal.

Interstate Technology Regulatory Council Soil Background And Risk Assessment Training Videos Available Now

The Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) Soil Background and Risk Assessment (SBR) training videos are now available on the ITRC’s YouTube Channel and showcase a new format for the ITRC short training videos. Two of the videos debuted in the June 2022 Internet-based training.

ITRC released four SBR training videos, which can be viewed in any order:

ITRC trainings help state environmental agencies and others to gain valuable technical knowledge and develop consistent regulatory approaches to protect human health and the environment.