US EPA TechDirect, November 1, 2006
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Upcoming Live Internet Seminars  
ITRC Radiation Site Cleanup: CERCLA Requirements and  
Guidance - November 7. The focus of this ITRC training is  
EPA's guidance for remediating radioactively contaminated sites,  
which can facilitate cleanups that are consistent with how chemical  
contaminants are addressed, except where technical differences  
posed by radiation are addressed. This course also discusses long  
term stewardship (LTS) challenges related to the large  
radioactively contaminated sites. This understanding of LTS issues  
is integral to the cleanup process and decisions made at the  
radiation sites. For more information and to register, see or .  
Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in the  
Environment - November 8. Many public and private groups  
throughout the country are developing actions that can be taken  
right now to reduce the amount of pharmaceutical and personal  
care products entering the environment. Chen Wen of the Office of  
Prevention, Pesticides and Toxics will discuss EPA's stewardship  
program that helps hospitals reduce pharmaceutical waste. Karin  
North of the City of Palo Alto (California) will provide highlights  
and lessons learned from the May 2006 San Francisco Bay Region  
pharmaceutical take-back event for residential pharmaceutical  
waste. For more information and to register, see http://clu- .  
ITRC Characterization, Design, Construction and Monitoring  
of Bioreactor Landfills - November 9. 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 Real-Time Measurement of Radionuclides in Soil -  
November 14. This training introduces state regulators,  
environmental consultants, site owners, and community  
stakeholders to ITRC's Technology Overview document: Real-  
Time Measurement of Radionuclides in Soil: Technology and Case  
Studies (RAD-4, 2006), created by ITRC's Radionuclides Team.  
This training provides information on the basics of real-time  
measurement systems, how the technologies and data are used,  
acceptance issues, and case studies. For more information and to  
register, see or .  
ITRC Evaluating, Optimizing, or Ending Post-Closure Care at  
Municipal Solid Waste Landfills Based on Site-Specific Data  
Evaluations - November 16. This training, based on ITRC's  
Technical and Regulatory Guidance: Evaluating, Optimizing, or  
Ending Post-Closure Care at Municipal Solid Waste Landfills  
Based on Site-Specific Data Evaluations (ALT-4, 2006), describes  
a method to evaluate the performance of Post Closure Care at a  
landfill and determine when leachate recovery, landfill gas  
management, groundwater monitoring, and cap maintenance can  
be reduced or even ended based on threats (to human health and  
the environment) posed by the closed landfill. The training and  
document describe 'custodial care' as those requirements the  
property owner must follow after post closure care has been ended.  
For more information and to register, see  
or .  
ITRC Planning and Promoting of Ecological Reuse of  
Remediated Sites - December 5. This training is based on the  
ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guideline: Planning and  
Promoting Ecological Land Reuse of Remediated Sites (ECO-2,  
2006). The document presents a process to promote ecological land  
reuse activities considering natural or green technologies instead of  
more traditional remedies. The guidance demonstrates that natural  
or ecological end-uses are valuable alternatives to conventional  
property development or redevelopment. Ecological benefits and a  
process for calculating their value are included in the guidance and  
reviewed in this training. For more information and to register, see or  
ITRC Overview of Direct-push Well Technology for Long-  
term Groundwater Monitoring - December 7.  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. For more  
information and to register, see or  
Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup  
Grants - Request For Proposals/Availability of Funds.  The  
U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response  
announces the availability of funds and solicits proposals from  
eligible entities to help states and communities around the country  
clean up and revitalize brownfield sites (RFP# EPA-OSWER-  
OBCR-07-01).  Proposals may be sent through the U.S. Postal  
Service, commercial delivery service, or electronically through ? only one method should be used. Proposals sent  
through the U.S. Postal Service or sent via a commercial delivery  
service must be postmarked by 12/8/06; Proposals submitted  
through must be received by 12/8/06.  The total  
estimated funding expected to be available under this competitive  
opportunity is approximately $72 million. EPA anticipates  
awarding approximately 200 cooperative agreements.  See ... .  
OSWER Innovation Pilots - RFA NO: EPA-OSWER-IO-06-08  
- Closing Date: November 20, 2006.   This U.S. EPA notice  
announces the availability of funds and solicits creative proposals  
testing innovative and collaborative approaches to: restore  
contaminated properties to environmental and economic vitality;  
increase America?s homeland security; promote stewardship and  
resource conservation consistent with the Agency?s Resource  
Conservation Challenge, and; encourage voluntary efforts to clean  
up sites.  The total estimated funding available under this  
competitive opportunity is $500,000. EPA anticipates award of 5-  
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Posted: 04/11/2006 By: Professor Paul Bardos