US EPA TechDirect August 1, 2008
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Open Solicitations   
EPA & National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business    
Innovation Research Opportunities in Environmental Technologies.    
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SBIR Phase I    
Solicitation is now closed and the next SBIR solicitation will    
open in March 2009. However, there are nearer term opportunities    
for SBIR funding of environmental technologies in the National    
Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR Phase I Solicitation closing on    
December 4, 2008. Nearly all of EPA's technology needs have    
significant synergy with this NSF Solicitation. More information    
and a link to the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)    
and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are    
available at .   
NIST-Technology Innovation Program Announces Competitive R&D    
Proposal Funding Opportunity. The Commerce Department's National    
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that it    
is seeking proposals for high-risk research projects to develop    
innovative technologies for inspecting, monitoring and    
evaluating critical components of the nation's roadways,    
bridges, and drinking and wastewater systems. The competition    
for cost-shared research and development (R&D) support is the    
first to be announced by NIST's newly established Technology    
Innovation Program (TIP) in an effort to address critical    
societal challenges. Proposals for the current TIP competition    
must be received by NIST by 3 p.m. EDT, Thursday, September 4,    
2008. Review, selection, and award processing is expected to be    
completed by the end of November 2008. More information and a    
proposal preparation kit are available at ... .   
Upcoming Live Internet Seminars   
X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Seminar Series - August 4, 7, 11, 14,    
18, 21, 25, 28. This 8-part internet seminar series covers    
material that generally is not presented in XRF presentations or    
training courses. This is an applications course: how can a    
FP-XRF be used so that its data are highly dependable and    
defensible. Sampling design and sample handling options for    
FP-XRF will be covered, along with the benefits and limitations    
of each. Analytical and QC concerns common to using XRF are also    
discussed. This course will be of interest to staff developing    
XRF sampling and analysis plans, reviewing the plans for quality    
assurance, field operators, and users of XRF data for making    
project decisions. Concepts and practice will be illustrated    
using experiences from actual field projects. The capabilities    
of newer FP-XRF instruments will be described. Participants may    
register for any session of interest, but are highly encouraged    
to attend all 8 sessions for the full benefit of the course. For    
more information and to register, see .   
ITRC Decontamination and Decommissioning of    
Radiologically-Contaminated Facilities - August 5. This training    
introduces ITRC's Technical/Regulatory Guidance, Decontamination    
and Decommissioning of Radiologically-Contaminated Facilities    
(RAD-5, 2008), created by ITRC's Radionuclides Team. The    
curriculum is composed of four modules: Introduction and    
Regulatory Basis for Decontamination and Decommissioning (D&D),    
Factors for Implementing D&D, Preliminary Remediation Goal (PRG)    
Calculators, and Case Studies and Lessons Learned. For more    
information and to register, see or .   
Recycling Regulations and All That - August 12. This session    
will provide participants information on hazardous waste    
recycling issues. Recycling determinations have always been open    
for wide differences in interpretations. The discussion will be    
geared to the federal regulations with the understanding that    
authorized states can be and often are more restrictive or have    
differing interpretations. Areas to be discussed include the    
importance of making correct solid waste determinations from CFR    
Part 261 Table 1, separate solid waste exclusions, separate    
hazardous waste exclusions, scrap metal, and other more esoteric    
recycling issues. There will be some time to discuss recycling    
cases. For more information and to register, see .   
Understanding the EPA Brownfields Proposal Guidelines - August    
13 and September 15. The EPA Region 8 Grant Writing Workshop is    
designed to assist local governments, tribes and nonprofit    
organizations to better understand the proposal criteria and    
selection process for EPA's Brownfields Assessment, Cleanup and    
Revolving Loan Fund grants. EPA Region 8 is comprised of    
communities in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota,    
Utah, Wyoming, and 27 tribal nations. Major workshop agenda    
topics will include: What are the different grant types EPA    
provides for brownfields?; Who is eligible to apply?; What is    
the grant application process?; What are threshold and ranking    
criteria and how have they changed this year?; What makes a good    
application?; and grant writing tips. For more information and    
to register, see .   
ITRC Performance-based Environmental Management - August 26.    
Performance-based environmental management (PBEM) is a    
strategic, goal-oriented methodology that is implemented through    
effective planning and decision logic to reach a desired end    
state of site cleanup. The goal of PBEM is to be protective of    
human health and the environment while efficiently implementing    
appropriate streamlined cleanup processes. This ITRC training    
presents an overview of what PBEM is, explains how and when to    
implement it, and describes the issues that regulators are    
concerned about throughout PBEM's implementation. Case studies    
will be presented to illustrate successful PBEM projects. The    
course is valuable not only because PBEM is being proposed and    
implemented at many federal and private sites throughout the    
country, but also because PBEM provides an opportunity to    
enhance all site remediation. For more information and to    
register, see or    
Treatment of Heavy Metals and Elimination of Sulfur with a Novel    
Sulfate Reducing Permeable Reactive Barrier Containing ZVI -    
August 27. Acid mine drainage and acid rock drainage contain    
sulfuric acid together with heavy metals. Biological treatment    
often relies on sulfate reducing bacteria, which use organic    
electron donating substrates to enable bacteria to reduce    
sulfate to sulfide. Subsequently, sulfides precipitate heavy    
metals. However, excess sulfides are released from the treatment    
system, so the process is not very effective in removing sulfur.    
Excess sulfides have oxygen demand, are corrosive and    
malodorous. A process developed at the Univer 
Posted: 01/08/2008 By: Professor Paul Bardos