Sr. Project Manager, Sr. Hydrogeologist
BEM Systems Inc.
Mr. Wickham is a Project Manager, Licensed Professional Geologist (PG) and Certified Hydrogeologist (CHG) with more than 10 years of experience in environmental assessment and remediation consulting services. He has extensive experience leading teams in designing and delivering engineered solutions related to groundwater, soil and soil vapor remediation to federal, transportation, chemical, oil and gas, and mining sector clients - most recently specializing in investigations of PFAS-impacted sites at military installations. He leads BEM’s PFAS Site Characterization and Remediation Technical Practice as well as Colorado operations; and is an active member in the technical community (including ITRC).
A Modern Approach to Accelerating Basewide PFAS Remedial Investigations (RIs) via High-Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC) and Flux-Based Conceptual Site Model (CSM) Development
PFAS is top priority in environmental assessment and remediation for the Department of Defense (DoD), with investigations ongoing or planned at over 700 installations nationwide. Remedial Investigations (RIs) are a critical step in the CERCLA process to defining the nature and extent of contamination to facilitate future risk assessment and remedial action (i.e. Feasibility Study). The evolving nature of PFAS science and regulations, as well as intensified stakeholder (regulatory and public) engagement, may slow progress and completion of RIs. DoD’s time-critical need to improve cost-effective management of PFAS and mitigate ongoing or potential risk to human health and/or the environment cannot be supported by the traditional RI approach and timeline. As demonstrated by BEM at multiple DoD Installations and detailed in this presentation, a TRIAD-like high-resolution characterization approach, supported by innovative stakeholder engagement strategies and technologies (online dashboard), has proven successful in supporting DoD priorities and accelerating interim decision making.