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Technology Applications for Integrated Sediment Management Eric A. Stern Battelle Memorial Institute Montclair, New Jersey, USA Klimauken Organized by the Municipality of Bergen Bergen Harbor, Norway 09 May 2012 BUSINESS SENSITIVE 1 Eric A. Stern: 25 years and still playing with mud (Government / Consulting / Academia) • Research Leader – Sediment Management (Battelle) – Co-chair of 7th International Conference on the Remediation of Contaminated Sediments (4-7 Feb. 2013) US Army Corps of Engineers / New York District US Environmental Protection Agency – Region 2 New York • Research Associate Professor - Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey - Earth and Environmental Studies / Environmental Management  Norway – Contaminated Sediment Workshops - Sandefjord (May, 2001) – USACE/Biologge - Sandefjord (September, 2007) - Biologge - US EPA (April 2008) – Bergen Harbor - SedNet (October, 2008) - Venice – Bergen Workshop (2011) BUSINESS SENSITIVE 2 • Need to balance remedial project cost with:  risk/environmental protection  liability Summary Slide  sustainability (green remediation?)  regulatory and public/political challenges  depth (maturity) of technology development, and  long-term management of the system • Can you have it all? – I don’t think so…. (New Yorker speaking…) – There is no magic technology…. – Integrated approaches to sediment management – Regional systems – transferable ? BUSINESS SENSITIVE 3 What is the desired Outcome? In a perfect sediment world.. • Protective of human and ecological health • Use in multi-environments (ocean, estuarine, lakes, fjords, urban) • Socially and politically acceptable – Stakeholder buy-in Can you • Education and public outreach have it all? • No re-contamination (source control) • Compliance and reduced liability • Sustainability and restoration is a part of the outcome (LCA/MCDA) Long-term monitoring consideration of the remedy? Complete project before I’m 90 Component of a Regional Sediment Management Program Transferable to other Norwegian harbors and Ports Least cost / economically efficient (public, gov’t, businesses) BUSINESS SENSITIVE 4 Accelerating Progress at Contaminated Sediment Sites: Moving from Guidance to Practice Bridges, T.S., Nadeau, S.C and M. McCulloch (2011). SETAC on-line. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management •Optimization of risk reduction / • Development of detailed and risk management & remedy explicit project vision & accompanying objectives selection Deliberate use of early action – Achievable short-long term remedies (IRMs) to accelerate risk goals reduction (Bergen Capping Studies) Systematic/sequential development of – Metrics of remedy success at suite of actions applicable to ultimate beginning of project remedy Starting with Monitored Natural Recovery – Dynamic – adjust and adding engineering actions to meet objectives • Incentive process that encourages and • Strategic engagement of rewards risk reductions to industry stakeholders – Don’t sue… • Pursuit of sediment remediation projects as public-private collaborative enterprises (cost share) – USEPA Legacy Act BUSINESS SENSITIVE 5 [Urban] Bergen Harbor Port Sediment Management • Sustainability (long-term) • Eco-psychology (Urban Sed. Mgmt.) • Behavioral understanding of moving forward complicated media – Open to Change – Urban – City / Port

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