US EPA TechDirect, October 1, 2006
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Upcoming Live Internet Seminars  
Jump-Starting Ecological Restoration - Soil Health - October 5.  
This Internet Seminar will provide site managers with the basics  
of soil science and available tools to build a beautiful soil in a  
single season. Examples of projects where different residuals have  
been used to create a healthy soil environment on contaminated  
sites will be presented. Participants will gain the tools necessary to  
evaluate the conditions of the soils at their sites, identify locally  
available and cost-effective residuals that would effectively  
improve these soils, and gain familiarity with a number of different  
application options for incorporating these amendments into site  
soils. For more information and to register, see .  
Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the  
Environment: Part 2 of 3 - October 10.  What pharmaceuticals and  
personal care products (PPCPs) are being detected and which ones  
among the thousands of these chemicals should be targeted for  
monitoring?   This second session of the EPA webinar on PPCPs  
looks at two research projects on this issue done within EPA's  
Office of Research and Development.  Mitch Kostich will talk  
about an innovative approach to better identify the PPCPs that  
have the most critical need for further research and Susan  
Glassmeyer will talk about PPCPs in wastewater discharges  
from sewage treatment plants.  For more information and to  
register, see .  
Uses of Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA) -  
October 11.  Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA) is  
free software that incorporates tools from environmental  
assessment fields into an effective problem solving environment.  
These tools include integrated modules for visualization, geospatial  
analysis, statistical analysis, human health risk assessment,  
ecological risk assessment, cost/benefit analysis, sampling design,  
and decision analysis. This seminar will highlight the tools used,  
but is not a tutorial for the software. For more information and to  
register, see .  
ITRC Site Investigation and Remediation for Munitions  
Response Projects - October 12. 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 .  
Three Sediment Remedy Webcasts:  Technical Considerations  
for Evaluating and Implementing Capping, Dredging, and  
Monitored Natural Recovery - October 17, 23, and 30.  EPA is  
hosting a series of three internet seminars that will provide  
practical information on how to evaluate the technical suitability of  
capping (October 17), dredging (October 23), and monitored  
natural recovery (MNR) (October 30) for contaminated sediments.  
Each seminar focuses on the issues and limitations associated with  
each option including information on designing remedies that  
maximize long-term effectiveness and minimize short-term  
impacts.  Participants will learn about the equipment for and  
design/implementation of capping and dredging, discuss key issues  
in evaluating and monitoring capping, dredging, and MNR, and  
become familiar about resources, references, and web sites useful  
in evaluating sediment remedies. For more information and to  
register, see .  
ITRC Guidance for Characterization, Design Construction  
and Monitoring of Mitigation Wetlands - October 19. This  
seminar is the second in a series of wetland trainings beginning  
with the ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance Document for  
Constructed Treatment Wetlands (WTLND-1). To improve the  
success of wetland mitigation projects, this training presents  
comprehensive guidance for regulators, environmental  
professionals, or owners to use to understand, characterize, design,  
construct, and monitor mitigation wetlands. For more information  
and to register, see or  
Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the  
Environment: Part 3 of 3 - October 24.  This third webcast will  
describe work done by a California Publicly Owned Treatment  
Works (POTW) that showed potential endocrine disrupting effects  
from wastewater discharges as well as research results showing  
endocrine effects on aquatic organisms. Jeffrey Armstrong of the  
Orange County, California Sanitation District will present  
Wastewater Treatment Plant Perspectives: Preliminary Data  
Suggesting ED Effects of Discharge to the Pacific Ocean and  
Marsha Black of the University of Georgia will cover Endocrine  
Effects of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) on  
Aquatic Organisms.  For more information and to register, see .  
ITRC Environmental Management at Operating Outdoor  
Small Arms Firing Ranges - October 31. The training uses a  
logic diagram to describe the appropriate steps an environmental  
professional or range manager should use to establish an  
operational understanding of a range and the impact it can have on  
the environment if left unattended. It assists the user to define the  
environmental characteristics at a range that could potentially  
impact the environment and lists the appropriate questions that  
range operators should ask when evaluating the potential for  
environmental impact. The training briefly describes a variety of  
new and conventional technologies and techniques (i.e., best  
management practices) available to prevent environmental impact  
on the range. For more information and to register, see or .  
New Documents and Web Resources  
Considerations Regarding Application of Permanganate for  
Remedies in Tennessee.  This white paper was put together by  
Tennessee members of the State Coalition For the Remediation of  
Drycleaners.  The paper presents their program's experience using  
in-situ chemical oxidation as a remediation technology in the  
Tennessee Drycleaner remediation program (June 2006, 11 pages).  
View or download at ... .  
The Remediation Technologies Development Forum: Major  
Accomplishments: 1992-2006 (EPA 542-F-06-005).  The U.S.  
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the  
Remediation Technologies Development Forum (RTDF) in 1992  
to enhance the development and application of innovative  
hazardous waste characterization and treat 
Posted: 03/10/2006 By: Professor Paul Bardos