The 2018 Railroad Environmental Conference

23 - 24 October 2018

ERM will be sponsoring and presenting at the 2018 Railroad Environmental conference in Illinois this October.

The 2018 Railroad Environmental Conference will be held October 23 - 24 on the Campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The conference will feature presentations from railroaders, consulting engineers, academics and others involved in the railroad environmental industry.

ERM at the Conference

Along with sponsoring, ERM Senior Consultant Jim Schneider will present ways to reduce costs and manage risk by utilizing innovative sampling methodologies and reusing clean and lightly contaminated soils.

Waste Soils - Reducing Costs of Characterization and Management
Tuesday, October 23rd

Every year the railroad industry generates thousands of cubic yards of clean and lightly contaminated waste soil from construction and remediation projects. However, characterizing these waste soils and finding cost effective reuse options can be challenging. Any spurious detection above background concentrations can trigger corporate mandates for disposal at a landfill. By implementing more accurate methods of characterizing the soils and pursuing opportunities for reuse of clean and lightly contaminated waste soils, the railroad industry can realize substantial savings in soil management costs while managing risk.

ERM consultant Jim Schneider will present details on how the industry can implement innovative sampling methodologies to save money on waste characterization, learn from our experience in implementing Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM), and understand options for waste soil reuse. Example projects will be presented to show how these approaches were used to help a client realize significant cost savings.

Updated ITRC LNAPL Guidance: A Tool for Effective Site Management
Wednesday, October 24th

The panel session will provide an overview of the recently released ITRC LNAPL update document. A panel of experts, including ERM Principal Consultant David de Courcy-Bower, will discuss how they use the guidance to develop effective site remediation strategies and support the transportation sector with  programmatic evaluation of their remedial portfolios.

ERM's Speaker

Jim Schneider is a Senior Consultant for ERM in Bellingham, WA and has assisted commercial and industrial facilities with regulatory compliance for the last 23 years. He has managed remediation and waste management programs for rail yards, refineries and aluminum smelters.


David de Courcy-Bower is a Principal Consultant and licensed professional engineer with 18 years’ experience.  He is a recognized expert in managing sites impacted with non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPL) and has developed industry guidance documents and ASTM standards that have significantly advanced site investigation and remedial strategies.  He is active in his community serving on the Village of Hartland Plan Commission and Architectural Board.  For fun he has 3 children at home that keep him busy! 


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL United States