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Environmental Forensics

**Now Featuring a Two-Day Training Format**

Course Code: EL0401CA17

Environmental Forensics

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Last Held: October 2015
9:00am - 4:30pm (Check in time: 8:30am)

Next offering TBD.


What is Environmental Forensics and Why is it Important?
Environmental forensics is a multidisciplinary field with the goal of understanding how and when contamination occurred, as well as who is responsible for the pollution. Environmental forensics investigations may involve identifying and apportioning responsibility among multiple parties, age-dating releases and/or determining exactly how a release occurred with reference to insurance or other contractual issues.

Determining the date when problems first began is important because it allows attorneys and courts to determine who is responsible for the cleanup, insurance companies to determine whether or not an environmental claim occurred during their policy periods and government officials to determine who is responsible for recouping expended government funds.

Course Overview
This two-day course offers a thorough examination of the geosciences behind environmental forensics of petroleum and chlorinated hydrocarbon geochemistry. It will also cover newly emergent trends of professional investigations. Applying the principles of the Scientific Method, this course stresses the need for reliance on peer-wide acceptance of technical approaches and strict use of peer-reviewed technical results. You will participate in exercises using principles outlined in class. Plus, at the end of day two, you will have the chance to apply various technical points in a mock courtroom experience.

Day 1
Discuss the various analytical approaches available to professionals for the assessment of the hydrocarbon composition of different petroleum products, analytical methods as they relate to the different compositions of petroleum products, various approaches for age dating of product releases, and issues concerning data reliability for various indicator chemicals used in environmental forensics.

  • Introduction – What can go wrong will go wrong
  • Petroleum Products - Gasoline related issues
  • Petroleum Products - Distillate fuel related issues

Day 2
Review of the origins of and the principles applied for handling assessments of age-dating the release of various environmental contaminants, stressing what approaches work and what approaches are problematic.

  • Age dating of petroleum product releases
  • Mock courtroom experience

Gil Oudijk, Triassic Technology, Inc.
Michael J. Wade, Ph.D., Wade Research, Inc.

Improve your investigative skills and keep up with the latest and greatest in forensic science while you earn CEC's. Register Today!

Continuing Education Credits

The most recent offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 1.2 Rutgers CEUs, this environmental forensics course has been approved for the following credits:

NJ Health Officers & Registered Environmental Health Specialists: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). CEs for Environmental Forensics are still pending.

NJ LSRP CECs: 14 Technical CECs

NJ Licensed Professional Engineers: 13 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits (6.5 per day)

NJ Continuing Legal Education: Pending

PA/NY Continuing Legal Education: Pending

MA Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals: 14.0 Technical (non-DEP) Credits – Course No. 1415a

CT Licensed Environmental Professionals (LEPs): 15.0 CECs - Course No. CTLEP-374R

NJ Licensed Water and Wastewater Operators: 13 TCHs (6.5 per day - Approval #01-064501-30)

This course is eligible toward PDHs for Pennsylvania Professional Geologists.

Registration Fee



Multi-Person Registration Fee



LSRPA Member Registration Fee



Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Cook Student Center
59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Pamela Springard-Mayer, 848-932-7463
Administrative Assistant: Jackie Findra, 848-932-7180

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for educational benefits through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.