Senior Environmental Engineer
Eric Suchomel is a Principal Environmental Engineer based in California with more than 10 years of professional experience focused on remedial program management, site investigation and characterization, feasibility study preparation, remedial system design and implementation, remedial system optimization, and litigation technical support.
Eric's key practice areas include program management and strategy at complex sites, application of in situ remedial technologies at industrial facilities, and remediation of emerging contaminants, with a focus on 1,2,3-trichloroporpane (TCP). His key clients include energy technology corporations, industrial concerns, realty and construction companies, and law firms. Currently, Eric is program director overseeing remedy implementation for a multi-party Superfund site in Mountain View, California under the oversight of EPA Region 9. His technical responsibilities include the development and implementation of a cleanup strategy for chlorinated VOCs in groundwater, including optimization of five existing groundwater extraction and treatment systems; remedial design and implementation of ISCO pilot studies to address localized areas of elevated chlorinated VOC concentrations; and remedial design and implementation of MNA pilot studies to address areas of low chlorinated VOC concentration. Eric's program management responsibilities include working with other stakeholders, including nine responsible parties, three regulatory agencies, public interest groups, and property owners to develop and implement a program-wide cleanup strategy for chlorinated VOCs in groundwater as well as associated vapor intrusion issues at the site.
Eric is advancing the state of the practice by acting as the technical lead and/or project manager for a series of studies to evaluating the in situ chemical reduction of TCP by zero-valent zinc (ZVZ). This has include design and oversight of bench-scale treatability studies, design and implementation of field-scale column studies, and culminated in a first-to-field pilot study of in situ application of ZVZ for the remediation of TCP. Leveraging his experience as a program manager for large sites, Eric serves on an ITRC team developing a guidance document on the remediation management of complex sites. He is also currently co-chair of the Groundwater Resources Association of California (GRA) Events Committee. The committee's mission is to develop and produce contemporary, introductory, and advanced scientific and educational programs that promote the understanding and implementation of groundwater science, technology, and policy. Finally, Eric is author or co-author of over 10 peer-reviewed technical papers or book chapters on topics related to groundwater remediation. Among these is his doctoral dissertation on the benefits of partial mass depletion of dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) source zones and enhancement of mass transfer from DNAPL source zones due to in situ bioremediation.
ITRC Workshop #3: Complex Sites