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Sept 22, 2019: 
Presenting at GSA Phoenix with UPJ students Kyle Sarver and Susan Ma

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Environmental Assessment and Remediation

     Prior to joining the faculty at Pitt-Johnstown I was an environmental consultant at Adapt Engineering in Seattle, WA for four years. My main duties at Adapt were Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, pollution assessment and delineation, and the development of remediation plans for contaminated sites. At Pitt-Johnstown I have begun working with local environmental firms to investigate standard practices  of environmental assessment and explore the assessment of local sites.

Components of this research have been presented at regional PCPG:
    I have begun working with local environmental firms to assess brownfield site in the Johnstown area. Johnstown was once a thriving steel mill town, however, with the collapse of the US steel market, many of the old mill sites are left abandoned and contaminated. Many of the companies responsible for the contamination are defunct leaving no responsible party to pay for clean up. Luckily, the federal government has set up funds for those who are interested in assessing and restoring these contaminated site. In conjunction with local environmental firms, I have begun identifying candidates that would be ideal for assessment and remediation. This project is just beginning, but by next summer we should have a site, or sites to begin field work.


I'm always looking for interested students to take on more projects!!!

Future Projects on Environmental Assessment: Other Projects:
Top images (left to right): Geologic Map of the Youngsford Road ultramfic body; field work at Bells Mill Road with Ryan Kerrigan, Loring Simboli, and Sam Louderback; XPL image of orthopyroxene altering to anthophyllite; Secondary electron image of relict olivine altering to serpentine; field contact between the Bells Mill granodiorite and the Wissahickon schist; trace element chemical discrimination diagram for serpentinites. Copyright © 2019 Ryan Kerrigan (last updated Sept 2019)