US EPA TechDirect e-news, December 1, 2005
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SERDP Solicitation Open  
The DoD Strategic Environmental Research and Development  
Program (SERDP), will be funding environmental research and  
development.  The objective of this effort it to identify, develop,  
and transition environmental technologies that relate directly to  
defense mission accomplishment.  SERDP intends to fund multiple  
projects within each core thrust area.  Projects will be selected  
through a competitive selection process. Because both government  
and private sector parties may compete for SERDP funds, there are  
two announcements for each solicitation.  Proposals in the  
following areas are requested:  
Environmental Restoration   innovative technologies for the  
detection, characterization, containment, and remediation of a wide  
range of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water.  
Munitions Management   advanced geophysical sensor and signal  
processing technologies for the detection, discrimination, and  
remediation of Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and technologies for  
range clearance and reduced generation of UXO.  
Weapons Systems and Platforms   advanced alternative  
environmentally benign technologies and materials that reduce,  
control, or eliminate the waste and emissions associated with the  
manufacturing, maintenance, and use of DoD weapons systems and  
Pre-proposals from the non-federal sector are due by Thursday,  
January 05, 2006.  Proposals from the federal sector are due by  
Thursday, March 16, 2006.  Detailed instructions for federal and  
private sector proposers are available on .  
Internet Seminars  
ITRC Site Investigation and Remediation for Munitions  
Response Projects - December 6.  This training provides an  
introduction and overview of the processes, tools, and techniques  
used in investigation and remediation. These concepts are  
illustrated using an example munitions response site. Major steps  
in each process are identified and key regulatory considerations  
discussed. This training also identifies additional sources for more  
detailed information on key aspects of investigation and  
remediation. State regulators and others who need to understand  
the general processes involved in these critical aspects of the  
munitions response process will benefit from this training.  For  
more information and to register, see or .  
ITRC Perchlorate: Overview of Issues, Status, and Remedial  
Options - December 8.  There are an estimated 2,000 munitions-  
contaminated sites located in all 50 states and territories that may  
affect more than 10 million acres. State and tribal regulatory  
officials and community stakeholders are routinely required to  
evaluate DOD cleanup strategies with little, if any, environmentally  
oriented munitions response experience or guidance. State  
regulators are increasingly being charged with oversight  
responsibility for munitions response cleanup projects on other  
than operational ranges, such as formerly used defense sites  
(FUDS) and base realignment and closure (BRAC) sites.  In  
addition, DOD project managers and industry will benefit from a  
greater understanding of state regulator expectations.  For more  
information and to register, see or .  See related document, below.  
The Basics: Understanding the Behavior of Light  
Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (LNAPLs) in the Subsurface -  
December 12.  This seminar provides a basic description of the  
behavior of LNAPLs (specifically, petroleum hydrocarbon liquids)  
in the subsurface. It is offered by the Remediation Technologies  
Development Forum (RTDF)/Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL)  
Cleanup Alliance, a public-private partnership supported by the  
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Presenters begin by  
defining important terms to provide a foundation for discussing  
LNAPL behavior. They will explain how the general understanding  
of the behavior of LNAPL in the subsurface has changed over the  
years. The presenters will discuss the effect of aquifer properties  
such as porosity, saturation, and capillary pressure and the effect of  
fluid properties - like viscosity, density, and interfacial and surface  
tension - impact LNAPL distribution and recovery.  Presenters will  
introduce methods of predicting and evaluating LNAPL recovery,  
briefly discuss some assessment methods and techniques, and look  
at core photos taken from actual LNAPL plumes. Finally, five case  
studies will illustrate how the basic concepts conveyed in this  
training have been applied in the real world.  For more information  
and to register, .  
ITRC Geophysical Prove-Outs for Munitions Response  
Projects - December 13.  Geophysical systems are used to detect  
surface and subsurface anomalies, (i.e. unexploded ordnance  
(UXO) and/or discarded military munitions) during geophysical  
surveys of munitions response sites. These systems are tested,  
evaluated and demonstrated by a site-specific geophysical prove-  
out (GPO). Information collected during the implementation of the  
prove-out is analyzed and used to select or confirm the selection of  
a geophysical system that can meet the performance requirements  
established for the geophysical survey. or .  
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Groundwater Sampling and Monitoring with Direct Push  
Technologies (EPA 540-R-04-005). This EPA guidance document  
focuses on direct push technology (DPT) groundwater sampling  
issues.  It addresses two groundwater sampling methods (i.e.,  
point-in-time and grab sampling).  The cost saving potential of  
DPT groundwater sampling technologies coupled with a rapid  
method of analysis, provides new defensible opportunities for  
making site decisions and an efficient project management tool for  
on-site activities.  This guidance summarizes DPT groundwater  
sampling methods; the relevant data quality objectives;  
recommended methods for collecting representative groundwater  
samples; and recommended methods for minimizing the potential  
for cross-contamination. It is intended for environmental  
professionals who have basic scientific understanding of  
groundwater sampling and DPT equipment 
Posted: 04/12/2005 By: Professor Paul Bardos