Elizabeth Rhine is a Principal Environmental Scientist based in South Carolina with more than 25 years of professional experience focused on the characterization and remediation of impacted sites in the chemical, oil and gas, and transportation sectors. Her work for clients has focused primarily in groundwater remediation of hazardous waste sites under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), indoor air quality evaluations, regulatory compliance, environmental liability valuations, transactional due diligence, and brownfield redevelopment.
Specializing in innovative site characterization techniques and the design and implementation of groundwater remediation systems, Elizabeth has helped clients develop site-specific soil and groundwater remediation applications for some of the most complex sites in the Piedmont geologic province of North and South Carolina. She is adept at developing creative and cost-effective remediation strategies for clients to meet the objectives of project stakeholders including responsible parties, regulatory agencies, potential developers, and the public. Specific project work has included hydrogeological investigations in support of remediation, evaluating the fate and transport of contaminants in soil, soil vapor and groundwater, evaluating effectiveness of remedial solutions, including pump and treat/hydraulic control remedies and in situ remedies (bioremediation, chemical oxidation, and chemical reduction), at fractured bedrock sites and in unconsolidated aquifers. Her project work includes conducting remedial investigations, including large projects involving major drilling programs; using innovative tools such as FLUTe multi-level water sampling and head measurement; developing cleanup standards and remediation performance standards for emerging contaminants; evaluating subsurface vapor intrusion pathways; designing, implementing, and optimizing remediation systems including groundwater pump and treat, enhanced in situ dechlorination, soil-vapor extraction, air sparging, chemical oxidation, and phytoremediation; evaluating groundwater geochemistry for fate and transport evaluations; evaluating site conditions for in situ groundwater remedies; evaluating in situ stabilization technologies, developing site conceptual models; and third-party review of site remediation strategies.
Elizabeth is the author or co-author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed technical papers and has presented at a number of conferences and universities. Clients include chemical manufacturers; oil and gas pipeline, terminals, and emergency response; transportation and rail, including emergency response; industrial property portfolio managers; insurance companies; and law firms supporting responsible parties.