US EPA TechDirect, November 1, 2007
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Upcoming Live Internet Seminars   
Implementing RCRA Land Revitalization Measures - November 6.    
This session is primarily for EPA and State RCRA Program Staff.    
It will focus on approaches to implementing the RCRA Land    
Revitalization Indicators and Performance Measures. A summary of    
the February 2007 guidance on implementing land revitalization    
performance measures will be provided, followed by a discussion    
from EPA regional staff on the approaches they have used in    
collecting information and implementing the measures and their    
experiences. A question and answer period will follow. For more    
information and to register, see .   
Nanotechnology and Superfund: Looking Ahead - November 8. The    
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' Superfund    
Basic Research Program (NIEHS/SBRP), in collaboration with the    
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), presents 'Nanotechnology    
and Superfund - Looking Ahead.' The seminar will focus on    
policy and future research directions in nanotechnology, with a    
particular focus on Superfund-related issues. Dr. David    
Rejeski, Director, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, Woodrow    
Wilson Center, will present 'Where Does the Nano Go?' discussing    
end-of-life regulation of nanomaterials and possible regulation    
under RCRA or CERCLA. Dr. Randy Wentsel, National Program    
Director, Contaminated Sites/Resource Conservation, ORD/EPA,    
will provide an 'Overview of ORD Draft Nanotechnology Research    
Strategy (NRS)' covering its development, research themes, and    
anticipated outcomes. For more information and to register, see .   
ITRC Planning and Promoting of Ecological Land Reuse of    
Remediated Sites - November 15. 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 .   
Resources for Ecological Revitalization at Federal Agencies -    
November 27. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s    
Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation    
(OSRTI) produces various resources on ecological revitalization    
for EPA site managers, state agency site managers, consultants,    
and others interested in restoring disturbed sites. These    
resources include fact sheets (see ... and Internet seminars on    
ecological revitalization (see archived seminars on ... In an effort to provide    
information on various ecological revitalization resources    
available at federal agencies, OSRTI is sponsoring this Internet    
seminar. In this Internet seminar, resources available through    
federal agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric    
Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and    
the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be discussed. For    
more information and to register, see .   
ITRC Protocol for Use of Five Passive Samplers - November 29.    
This training supports the understanding and use of the ITRC    
Protocol for Use of Five Passive Samplers to Sample for a    
Variety of Contaminants in Groundwater (DSP-5, 2007). The five    
technologies included in this document include diffusion    
samplers, equilibrated grab samplers; and an accumulation    
sampler. The training starts with information common to all five    
samples then focuses on each sampler as instructors describe the    
sampler and explain how it works; discuss deployment and    
retrieval of the sampler; highlight advantages and limitations;    
and present results of data comparison studies. For more    
information and to register, see or .   
Ecological Restoration Resources Available through EPA - Part 1    
- December 3. Ecological revitalization can return damaged land    
to a state of health, vitality, and diversity. This presentation    
will identify fact sheets, papers and training available on    
revitalization through EPA's OSRTI; and present ongoing work    
such as compilation of resources available ? web-based,    
terrestrial carbon sequestration potential on amended sites,    
future internet seminars and case studies, and an OSWER document    
on converting disturbed sites to green space. Although OSRTI    
conducts research in the interest of the Superfund program, it    
believes that these resources on ecological restoration can be    
useful to any site restoration project. This seminar will also    
feature a case study about the Hog Island and Newton Creek    
Ecological Restoration project on the restoration of natural    
communities and ecosystem processes for Newton Creek, the Hog    
Island Inlet, and Hog Island in Superior, Wisconsin. The    
ecological restoration process for this site along with    
information on a template that can be used for other projects    
will be discussed. For more information and to register, see   
ITRC Vapor Intrusion Pathway: A Practical Guideline - December    
4. The ITRC Vapor Intrusion Team developed the ITRC Technical    
and Regulatory Guidance document Vapor Intrusion Pathway: A    
Practical Guideline (VI-1, 2007), companion document Vapor    
Intrusion Pathway: Investigative Approaches for Typical    
Scenarios (VI-1A, 2007), and this Internet-based training course    
to be used by regulatory agencies and practitioners alike. This    
training course provides an overview of the vapor intrusion    
pathway and information on the framework (evaluation process),    
investigative tools, and mitigation approaches. The training    
course uses typical scenarios to illustrate the process. For    
more information and to register, see or .    
Ecological Restoration Resources Available through EPA - Part 2    
- December 5. Ecological Restoration at hazardous waste sites,    
including RCRA sites, can provide many benefits to surrounding    
community. The speaker will cover some of the resources    
available on ecological restoration, including EPA?s GreenScapes    
program. The speaker will also provide a few examples of    
ecological restoration at RCRA sites. The second presentation    
will focus on the use of biosolids for restoration of    
contaminated sites/reclamation of drastically disturbed lands.    
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Posted: 01/11/2007 By: Professor Paul Bardos