US EPA TechDirect April 1 2006
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Special Notices   
EPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) solicitation   
open!  EPA invites small business firms to submit research   
proposals for its SBIR Phase I solicitation. EPA is interested in   
advanced technologies that address Great Lakes environmental   
problems, environmental problems in America's Heartland,   
drinking water and wastewater management for EPA's Office of   
Water  and critical EPA research topics (innovation in   
manufacturing, nanotechnology, solid and hazardous waste and   
homeland security).  The objective of the EPA Phase I SBIR is to   
determine the technical feasibility and preliminary   
commercialization potential of the proposed effort with a relatively   
small agency investment before consideration of further Federal   
support in Phase II.  The maximum award under this Phase I   
solicitation is $70,000 and the term of performance should not   
exceed six months. The solicitation opened March 23 and closes   
May 24.  See ...   
for full details.   
Lead Paint Test Kit Development; Request for Comments.   
EPA published Lead Paint Test Kit Development; Request for   
Comments in the Federal Register of March 16, 2006  (FRL-7760-   
3).  EPA is seeking information concerning the development of test   
kits or similar technologies for testing lead in paint that could be   
used by renovators, repair persons, and painters complying with a   
future regulation for renovation, repair, and painting activities.   
The information will be considered in formulating EPA's policy   
and research decisions regarding the development of lead paint test   
kits.  The Request for Comments is available under docket ID   
number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2006-0044 at   
The Request for Comments may also be accessed directly at ... .   
Comments must be received on or before April 17, 2006.  Directions   
for submitting comments are included in this linked document.   
Webcast Seminars   
ITRC Constructed Treatment Wetlands - April 4. This course,   
developed by the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council   
(ITRC), is based on Technical and Regulatory Guidance for   
Treating Storm Water and Wastewater Using Constructed   
Treatment Wetlands (WTLND-1). It describes the physical,   
chemical, and biological mechanisms operating in wetlands   
treatment systems, the contaminants to which they apply, the   
characteristics of sites suitable to treat in this fashion, and relevant   
regulatory issues.  For more information and to register, see or .   
ITRC Perchlorate: Overview of Issues, Status, and Remedial   
Options - April 6.  Improved analytical methodology has   
increased the known extent of perchlorate contamination in the   
U.S. A variety of remediation technologies are currently   
commercially available and being used for perchlorate remediation.   
This training, based on ITRC's Perchlorate: Overview of Issues,   
Status, and Remedial Options (PERC-1), explains why perchlorate   
is a hot topic in the environmental community including up-to-date   
information on sources, occurrences, toxicity and exposure,   
regulatory status and remediation alternatives.  For more   
information and to register, see or .   
ITRC Characterization, Design, Construction and Monitoring   
of Bioreactor Landfills - April 11.  Bioreactors are landfills   
where controlled addition of non-hazardous liquid wastes, sludges,   
or water accelerates the decomposition of waste and landfill gas   
generation. This training, based on the ITRC's Characterization,   
Design, Construction, and Monitoring of Bioreactor Landfills   
(ALT-3, 2006), teaches the principles used to make critical   
decisions during permitting, operating, and monitoring a bioreactor   
landfill. This training also provides a general understanding of the   
biological degradation of solid wastes under aerobic and anaerobic   
waste conditions and the degradation products associated with each   
process. For more information and to register, see or .   
ITRC An Overview of Direct-push Well Technology for   
Long-term Groundwater Monitoring - April 18.  Direct-push   
wells have been used for temporary groundwater monitoring   
purposes for many years but are generally prohibited for use as   
long-term groundwater monitoring wells. Recent research indicates   
that direct-push wells are as well suited for long-term environmental   
groundwater monitoring purposes as conventionally constructed wells.   
This training introduces ITRC's The Use of Direct-push Well Technology   
for Long-term Environmental Monitoring in Groundwater Investigations   
(SCM-2, 2006), provides a background in the principles of direct-push   
wells, and presents the state of the art regarding recent research.  See   
related document below.  For more information and to register, see or .   
ITRC Remediation Process Optimization Advanced Training -   
April 20.  Remediation Process Optimization (RPO) is the   
systematic evaluation and enhancement of site remediation to   
ensure that human health and the environment are being protected   
over the long term at minimum risk and cost.  The purpose of this   
ITRC training is to present an overview of the material covered in   
five technical fact sheets that ITRC's RPO Team produced to   
enhance site remediation optimization and decision-making.  The   
training modules provide additional information and techniques to   
improve project schedules, effectively manage resources,   
emphasize risk, and discuss tools to efficiently cleanup   
contaminated sites. For more information and to register, see or .   
Introduction to Environmental Insurance and Other Risk   
Management Tools - May 2.  This seminar is designed to be an   
introductory session on the role environmental insurance and other   
risk management mechanisms can play in property cleanup and   
reuse, considering both benefits and limitations. The presentation   
will provide an overview of risk management and redevelopment   
approaches, environmental insurance coverage, and negotiating   
environmental insurance coverage and claims. Real life examples   
and links to additional resources will also be provided. For more   
information and to register, .   
New Documents and Web Resources   
Superfund and Mining Megasites:  Lessons from the Coeur   
D'alene River Basin.  The National Academy of Sciences (NAS)   
performed an independent evaluation of EPA's scientific and   
technical practices related to the Coeur d'Alene Basin Superfund   
site in northern Idaho. This NAS report outlines the results of their   
evaluation study.  Areas of the cleanup examined include: site 
Posted: 10/04/2006 By: Professor Paul Bardos