Graham Smith, Principal Environmental Scientist, Contaminated Land Management from our WSP Melbourne office, along with our US colleague Matthew Burns, Technical Fellow & the Contaminated Land National Service Line Lead presented at the prestigious Battelle Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds held in Palm Springs, California recently.

Flying the WSP Flag at Leading International Conference on Remediation 


Now in its eleventh year, this conference is one of the world’s most respected platforms for scientists, thought leaders and subject matter experts to come together and share cutting edge research.  


Graham says, “The conference was attended by more than 2000 environmental professionals and it was a great opportunity to interact with consultants, clients, government officials, vendors from across the world. This year, the focus was on Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) and while there are a lot of unknowns on this issue, we seem to be leading the charge in Australia. There was also some interesting discussion around Augmented Reality and the future of presenting complex environmental issues and field interaction.”


Graham’s presentation titled, “Using mass discharge techniques to demonstrate natural attenuation” focused on multiple lines of evidence for treatment of various environmental issues associated with a former chemical manufacturing facility with 70+ years of historic production. Specifically, the work quantified the extent of solvents and chlorinated compounds in groundwater, including the change in mass flux/mass discharge into the environment. The works presented were used as a useful tool in aiding decisions on active treatment and/or when to move to monitored natural attenuation that ultimately resulted in a net commercial benefit for the client and a sustainable community outcome.”


In addition to Graham and Matt’s presentations, WSP also had three posters on display.


Craig Faull, WSP’s Section Executive CLM and EHS said, “Graham’s work and research is a crucial part of our Contaminated Land Management and Remediation offering at WSP. His presence at Battelle is a testament to our collaboration with global colleagues and peers at an international scale as well as our local expertise –both of which our clients benefit from.”


Graham has been the WSP lead on the Huntsman site works near Melbourne and specialises in remediation advice to various large multidisciplinary projects across Australia. A recognised industry leader in the field, Graham manages and delivers complex environmental projects covering a wide range of environmental regulatory issues and environmental remediation cleanup programs.