Sedimentary, My Dear Watson. Passive Sampling Methods and Sediment Remediation, with Marc Greenberg

Contaminated sediment—and how to manage them—present an ongoing problem for scientists worldwide. Management and remediation is expensive and time-consuming, often involving millions of dollars over many years. An easier solution may be coming however. The April 2014 issue of IEAM contains a special series on passive sampling methods for contaminated sediment, and Marc Greenberg provides all the details.

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About the Guest
Greenberg photoDr. Marc S. Greenberg is the Deputy Branch Chief of the USEPA’s the Environmental Response Team. His office supports various clean-up, emergency, and other response actions within the USEPA Superfund program. Marc’s technical area of focus has been the assessment, remediation, and management of contaminated sediment sites. His research experience includes both human health and aquatic ecological toxicology. Marc has provided technical and policy advice in the fields of contaminated sediments and soils, toxicology, ecological risk assessment, and oil spill response. He has mentored and coached numerous technical specialists inside and outside the Agency. Dr Greenberg has served as a member of the EPA Contaminated Sediments Technical Advisory Group (CSTAG), Risk Assessment Forum Ecological Oversight Committee, Superfund Sediments Team, and EPA Headquarters Chair of the Agency’s Ecological Risk Assessment Forum (ERAF). He has participated in the standardizing of sediment toxicity testing methods for the USEPA, has co-authored many EPA technical and guidance documents, and has contributed to the authorship of numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He is an active member of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), and he served on its North America Board of Directors (2007-2010) and Editorial Board for the SETAC journals (2010-2012). He obtained a BA in Zoology (1990) and a MS in Aquatic Toxicology (1993) from Miami University, and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Wright State University (2002).

DISCLAIMER—The views or opinions expressed herein are solely those of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the policy or guidance of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Articles Referenced in this Podcast
Parkerton TF and Maruya KA. 2014. Passive sampling in contaminated sediment assessment: Building consensus to improve decision making. IEAM 10#2:163–166.

Lydy et al. 2014. Passive sampling methods for contaminated sediments: State of the science for organic contaminants. IEAM 10#2:167–178.

Peijnenburg et al. 2014. Passive sampling methods for contaminated sediments: State of the science for metals. IEAM 10#2:179–196.

Mayer et al. 2014. Passive sampling methods for contaminated sediments: Scientific rationale supporting use of freely dissolved concentrations. IEAM 10#2:197–209.

Ghosh et al. 2014. Passive sampling methods for contaminated sediments: Practical guidance for selection, calibration, and implementation. IEAM 10#2:210–223.

Greenberg et al. 2014. Passive sampling methods for contaminated sediments: Risk assessment and management. IEAM 10#2:224-236.


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