Environmental Chemistry Advanced™

Gain a comprehensive understanding of the chemistry important to all environmental professionals!

Environmental professionals with a working knowledge of environmental chemistry are better equipped to understand regulatory agency perspectives and address permit conditions, discharge and emissions limitations, hazardous materials and waste storage and management standards, safety requirements, laboratory analytical reports, and environmental site assessment results.

The Environmental Chemistry Advanced course has been developed for environmental professionals without extensive chemistry education or training. Aarcher Institute instructors draw on many years of applied, practical environmental chemistry experience to provide straightforward, understandable explanations of the chemistry considerations and issues that impact important environmental compliance management considerations. Course materials are provided in binders, which serve as useful desk references.

What’s covered in the course?

You will gain a new and immediately useful understanding of applied chemistry.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Hazardous materials and wastes
  • Organic compounds
  • Metals
  • Manmade and naturally occurring water pollutants
  • Nuclear chemistry and radioactivity
  • The role of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur in ordinary chemicals and environmental pollutants
  • Solution chemistry
  • The chemistry of air pollution
  • Chemical measurements
  • Chemical reactions, when and why they occur
  • The reactivity of metals
  • Chemical compatibility
  • Toxicological chemistry and exposure assessments
  • Understanding material safety data sheets
  • Waste treatment

Our Continuing Education Matrix provides a summary of current professional certification credits, maintenance points, and CEUs awarded for Institute courses.

Course Agendas are subject to change

Day One

  • Organic Nomenclature
  • Advanced Applications of the Periodic Table
  • The Chemistry of Air Pollution
  • The Chemistry of Solutions
  • Toxicological Chemistry
  • Advanced Sampling and Analysis

Day Two

  • Chemistry of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Sulfur
  • The Complex Reaction of Metals
  • Chemistry of Water Pollution

A. Denise Turner, Ph.D. has more than sixteen years experience in environmental consulting, training, biomedical product development, and research. She currently manages her own environmental consulting business working in the U.S. and Europe in product development, training, and technical oversight.

Prior to May 1996, she worked at RMCI, where she played a key role in training and business development. She also supported a 32-million dollar FAA Southern Region contract dealing with a broad range of environmental issues, including environmental audits, PCBs, emergency preparedness, asbestos, lead-based paint, and underground storage tanks. In addition to her technical and program management expertise, Dr. Turner’s environmental experience also includes managing the multimillion-dollar contract workload of EPA Region 4 for A.T. Kearney, in which she conducted more than 250 RCRA Facility Assessments (RFAs) and reviews of RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) work plans and reports. She has participated in risk assessments for EPA Regions 2 and 4, as well as reviewing Boiler and Industrial Furnace (BIF) permit applications for EPA.

Dr. Turner’s commercial consulting experience includes the development of a national safety program for an international paper company, as well as conducting a complete management/safety audit of a major U.S. nonprofit organization struggling with increased OSHA and FDA regulation. She has also played key roles in numerous business proposals, which were awarded more than 250 million dollars in consulting contracts.

Dr. Turner has taught for Duke University, the University of Maryland, and Troy State University, as well as presenting more than 100 national workshops and training seminars in environmental chemistry, RCRA orientation, RCRA updates, environmental assessments, permit writing, and the identification of RCRA-regulated hazardous wastes. She has produced two biomedical patents and six publications in the “Journal of the American Chemical Society”, “Biochemistry”, the “Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences”, “The British Journal of Phytotherapy”, and “Thrombosis and Haemostasis”. She also lectures for Government Institutes, the Environmental Institute, and Emory University. She is currently writing three technical books on environmental chemistry, phytochemistry, and phytopharmaceuticals.


William H. Spain has more than 32 years experience consulting, teaching, publishing, research, regulatory compliance, and technical management in occupational health and environmental science. He has worked for large corporations, the Federal Government, an engineering university, a national consulting/analytical/training corporation, and now a state government. This experience helps Mr. Spain understand and share the technical and other aspects of these professional fields from many different points of view.

Mr. Spain’s current regular employment is as Unit Coordinator for Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division. He heads the Compliance and Enforcement Unit for the Lead-Based Paint and Asbestos Program. Prior to this he spent 11 years managing and directing divisions of an environmental consulting, analytical, and training firm. He was the National Director of The Environmental Institute for 10 years. In this capacity he directed and taught in more than 1500 environmental courses throughout the United States and the Western World. The courses included asbestos, lead, environmental chemistry, respirators, HAZWOPER, environmental site assessments, and others. Before this, he was Director of the Continuing Education and Publications Office for the Environmental Safety and Health Division at Georgia Institute of Technology/GTRI. There he helped develop and present hundreds of environmental and occupational health course offerings nationally and internationally.

While at The Environmental Institute and Georgia Tech he helped write 5 Model Courses for U.S. EPA. He has helped teach courses for University of Indiana, Tufts University, Emory University, Georgia State University, Texas A&M, The Institute for Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences, The OSHA Training Institute, and Georgia Tech. Prior to his Georgia Tech employment, he worked for the U.S. Department of Labor/OSHA for nearly 7 years. He progressed from a GS 9 Field Industrial Hygienist, to a State Monitor Industrial Hygienist, to a Technical Support Industrial Hygienist, and then to a GS 13 Industrial Hygiene Supervisor working in their Saint Louis, Birmingham, and Raleigh area offices and Atlanta Regional Office. Mr. Spain’s first full time employment was as an Industrial Hygienist in the Medical Department of McDonnell Douglas Corporation in Saint Louis. There he acquired valuable experience in air monitoring, noise measurement and control, respirators, medical investigations, and other Industrial Hygiene activities.

Mr. Spain has dozens of refereed publications in sources such as the American Industrial Hygiene Journal, the National Asbestos Council Journal, Occupational Health and Safety Magazine, and Pediatrics. He was Technical Advisor and Assistant Editor for Occupational Safety and Health Magazine for 5 years. He is the co-author of two published book chapters. He has a Magna Cum Laude joint B. I. S. Degree in Chemistry/Management/Communications from Georgia State University. He performed Industrial Hygiene Internship at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory/University of California.