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PCBs and the Site Remediation Process


Course Code: EN0525WA21

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Date & Time

Last Held: June 29-30, 2021
8:30am - 12:00pm EDT (Log-in time: 8:15am EDT)

Next offering tentatively planned for May 2022. Registration will open when course date is confirmed.


Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of man-made organic chemicals that belong to a broad family known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. PCBs were domestically manufactured from 1929 until manufacturing was banned in 1979. Due to their non-flammability, chemical stability, high boiling point, and electrical insulating properties, PCBs were used in hundreds of industrial and commercial applications including:

  • Electrical, heat transfer, and hydraulic equipment
  • Plasticizers in paints, plastics, and rubber products
  • Pigments, dyes, and carbonless copy paper

The USEPA Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) provides federal PCB remediation policy that must be coordinated with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's (NJDEP) Site Remediation Program (SRP) during PCB remediation projects. PCB remediations may involve one or more contaminated media and addressing them during remedial investigations is regularly undertaken by the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP).

This NEW class is designed to provide LSRPs, non-LSRPs, and those conducting remediation with information that will allow them to better understand the technical and scientific aspects of these compounds, the associated regulatory framework, and current remediation technologies. In addition, two case studies are included to present the complexities of remediation over multi-media scenarios.

Meet the Faculty Coordinator
A. Vincent Agovino, Faculty Coordinator for PCBs and the Site Remediation Process

A. Vincent Agovino, PhD, PWS, LSRP

Dr. Agovino is an environmental professional with over 40 years of diversified experience in environmental science, ecological science, public, environmental, and occupational health. His areas of technical expertise include; soils, wetlands, sewage disposal, contamination assessment, site remediation, environmental health program administration, project management, regulatory enforcement, and technical training. Dr. Agovino has over 30 years of environmental consulting experience throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland, as well as 14 years of public service in the environmental and environmental health field with municipalities in New Jersey.

He has conducted approximately 5,000 soil evaluations and 2,000 wetland evaluations and habitat assessments throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland along with identification and evaluations of habitats of numerous endangered species in New Jersey and Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties in New York, including the timber rattlesnake, Indiana bat, upland sandpiper, prairie wedge grass, Northern running-pine, Pine Barrens tree frog, Blanding's turtle, wood turtle, and bog turtle. He has authored or co-authored approximately 300 Environmental Impact Statements pursuant to local ordinances in New Jersey, as well as three papers published in professional journals.

Credits & Continuing Education Units

The June 29-30, 2021 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 0.65 Rutgers CEUs, this environmental training course is approved for the following credits:

NJ Licensed Water & Wastewater Operators: 6 TCHs (Approval #01-022101-30)

NJ Professional Engineers: 6.5 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) credits

NJ Continuing Legal Education: 6.5 CLEs (Course No. 233)

NJ Land Surveyors: 6.5 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). Participants who complete this course will be awarded 6.5 CEs.

NJ Certified Public Works Managers (CPWM): 2 Technical, 2 Management, 2 Government (Course No. 15530)

NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): 3 Regulatory and 3 Technical

CT Licensed Environmental Professionals (LEPs): 5.5 CECs (Course Number: CTLEP-540 W)

MA Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals: Pending

Registration Fee


Multi-Person Registration Fee


Register at the same time with a colleague and you both save!

Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online class will be delivered via Zoom.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Microphone is not necessary (all students will be muted on entry; you can use the "chat function" to type your questions and interact with the instructor)
  • Webcam is optional but not necessary
  • Speaker is optional but not necessary (you will be able to listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration is required.


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Program Questions? Contact Us!

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