Tech Direct Newsletter
The US EPA produces a very useful e-newsletter called Tech Direct.  
Here is a copy, reporoduced by kind permission of the EPA.  
Welcome to TechDirect.  Since the May 1 message, TechDirect  
gained 300 new subscribers for a total of 19,504.  If you feel the  
service is valuable, please share TechDirect with your colleagues.  
Anyone interested in subscribing may do so on CLU-IN at .  All previous issues of TechDirect are  
archived there.  The TechDirect messages of the past can be  
searched by keyword or can be viewed as individual issues.  
The purpose of TechDirect is to identify new technical, policy and  
guidance resources related to the assessment and remediation of  
contaminated soil and ground water.  
Mention of non-EPA documents or presentations does not  
constitute a U.S. EPA endorsement of their contents, only an  
acknowledgment that they exist and may be relevant to the  
TechDirect audience.  
Did you know??  
CLU-IN contains summaries of procurement and contract award  
notices issued by the federal government that pertain to hazardous  
waste, solid waste, underground storage tank remediation, and  
other environmental topics.  These Federal Business Opportunities  
(FedBizOpps) notices are updated on a weekly basis - see  
The CLU-IN Studio has nearly fifty Internet Seminars  
archived.  These come complete with slides and audio from  
previous live broadcasts.  They can be accessed anytime day or  
night.  See .  
Funding Opportunity  
Benchmarking the Integration of Sustainability into  
Engineering Curricula at U.S. Institutions of Higher  
Education. The EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD)  
announced a competition for benchmarking the integration of  
sustainability concepts into engineering curriculum at institutions  
of higher education in the United States. Providing fundamental  
engineering education with an awareness of the relationship of  
engineering to the cornerstones of sustainability, economy, society,  
and the environment, will build capacity for a future workforce that  
is prepared to address the technical challenges to simultaneously  
promote prosperity, benefit people, and protect the planet.  
Institutions of higher education and not-for-profit institutions  
located in the U.S., and Tribal, state and local governments, are  
eligible to apply.  Deadline is August 3, 2004.  For more  
information, see .  
Upcoming Internet Seminars  
ASTSWMO/EPA Land Disposal Restrictions - July 12.  This  
seminar will be broadcast live from the Association for State and  
Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials' State Hazardous  
Waste Conference. It consists of two one-hour sessions with a 15  
minute break in the middle.  For more information and to register,  
ITRC Design, Installation and Monitoring of Alternative Final  
Landfill Covers - July 13.    This training focuses on  
evapotranspiration (ET) covers and the decisions associated with  
their successful design, construction, and long-term care.  For more  
information and to register, see or .  
ITRC In Situ Chemical Oxidation - July 22.  This seminar  
provides technical and regulatory information to help practitioners  
understand, evaluate and make informed decisions on In Situ  
Chemical Oxidation proposals.  Included is a description of the  
various chemical oxidants, regulatory considerations, stakeholder  
concerns, case studies, and technical references.  For more  
information and to register, see or  
New Documents  
Survey of Technologies for Monitoring Containment Liners  
and Covers (EPA 542-R-04-013).  This report, published by the  
EPA Office Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation,  
provides information on innovative long-term monitoring  
technologies to detect contaminant releases beneath a liner  
containment system and identify potential problems with the  
integrity of final containment covers.  The report summarizes  
available information on these technologies and provides examples  
of where the technology has been used (June 2004, 64 pages).  
View or download at or  
Fingerprint Analysis of Contaminant Data: A Forensic Tool  
for Evaluating Environmental Contamination (EPA 600-5-04-  
054).  This issue paper was produced through EPA's Technical  
Support Center.  It describes a tool to identify detection monitoring  
parameters for specific industries.  The Fingerprint Analysis of  
Leachate Contaminants (FALCON), was developed in response to  
the need for identifying the source of contaminant plumes.  The  
objective of this paper is to demonstrate that FALCON is a  
quantitative, defensible fingerprinting process (May 2004, 27  
pages).  View or download at .  
Introduction to Energy Conservation and Production at Waste  
Cleanup Sites (EPA 542-S-04-001).  This issue paper, prepared  
by EPA's Engineering Forum under the Technical Support Project,  
provides an overview on the considerations for energy  
conservation and production during the design and operation and  
maintenance (O&M) phases of waste cleanup projects.  The paper  
presents  four case studies highlighting energy conservation or  
production, including a site using landfill generated methane gas  
directed to operate microturbines.  The issue paper also introduces  
an energy checklist as a suggested tool to help project managers  
consider energy conservation or production at their sites (May  
2004, 36 pages).  View or download at .  
Handbook of Groundwater Protection and Cleanup Policies  
for RCRA Corrective Action - April 2004 - Updated Version  
(EPA530-R-04-030).  This document was produced by the EPA  
Office of Solid Waste.  It contains the Environmental Protection  
Agency's (EPA's) latest interpretation of policies on such topics as  
cleanup goals, the role of groundwater use, point of compliance,  
source control, and monitored natural attenuation. This Handbook  
ties 15 different topics together with an overall Groundwater  
Protection and Cleanup Strategy that emphasizes a phased,  
results-based approach to cleaning up contaminated groundwater  
(April 2004, 102 pages).  View or download at ...  
Phytoremediation of Groundwater at Air Force Plant 4:  
Carswell, Texas (EPA 540-R-30-506).  This report was produced  
by the U.S. EPA Superfund Innovative Technology Evaluation  
(SITE) program.  This Innovative Technology Evaluation Report  
(ITER) describes demonstration results from an investigation of the  
ability of planted eastern cottonwoods to remediate shallow TCE  
groundwater in a subhumid climate.  The study was undertaken to  
determine the potential for a planted system to hydraulically  
control the migration of contamination as well as to biologically  
enhance the subsurface to promote in situ reductive dechlorination  
(September 2003, 89 pages).  View or download at ... .  
Cyclodextrin-Enhanced In Situ Removal of Organic  
Contaminants from Groundwater at Department of Defense  
Sites (CU-0113).  This cost and performance report was produced  
under the DoD Environmental Security Technology Certification  
Program (ESTCP).  This technology demonstration was intended  
to show the potential of cyclodextrin enhanced flushing (CDEF)  
under near full-scale operational conditions. The particular  
objectives of this demonstration were (1) evaluation of the cost and  
performance of cyclodextrin-enhance 
Posted: 27/07/2004 By: Paul Bardos