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Regulation of Contaminated Sites Is Topic Of Sept. 16th CONN-OSHA Roundtable

For immediate release
September 8, 2008

WETHERSFIELD - Soil vapor intrusion, which includes the safe disposal of volatile chemicals, is the subject of a Sept. 16 Breakfast Roundtable Discussion Group meeting sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health.  

In recent years, vapor intrusion has become an increasingly critical issue for a number of Connecticut companies that work with such waste products.  Vapor intrusion, defined as “the migration of volatile chemicals from contaminated soil or groundwater into overlying buildings,” the morning session will examine best practices to safely dispose of contamination to help ensure nearby buildings, land and water are kept safe for future generations. 

The session will feature Rich Rago, a vapor intrusion practice leader with Haley & Aldrich, Inc. in East Hartford. The event will take place from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. in Conference Room A and B of the agency's Central Office, located at 200 Folly Brook Blvd., Wethersfield. 

“Soil vapor intrusion has become a major concern for state and federal agencies that must regulate contaminated sites in the United States,” explains John Able, CONN-OSHA Safety Training Specialist, and coordinator of the breakfast series. “Mr. Rago will present the current state and federal landscape of regulations and guidance; will talk about emerging changes in Connecticut; and will look into the related areas of indoor air background and modeling considerations. He’ll also present several sampling and mitigation case studies.” 

Also continuing this month, Able notes, will be the discussion portion of the program. Time permitting, each person taking part will be asked to submit a question for discussion and participants will be invited to share their opinion regarding the issue.  

Admission to the roundtable is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the breakfast roundtable or for additional information, please contact Able at (860) 263-6902, or via email at  

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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