TechDirect September 1, 2008
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Open Solicitation and Services  
FY09 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup   
Grants. These grants may be used to address sites contaminated   
by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or   
contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with   
petroleum). Opportunities for funding are as follows:   
Brownfields Assessment Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over   
three years), Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Grants (each   
funded up to $1,000,000 over five years) and Brownfields Cleanup   
Grants (each funded up to $200,000 over three years). The   
proposal deadline is November 14, 2008. Proposal guidelines are   
available at ... .  
EcoTools Technical Assistance Service. This is an exclusive   
resource for Remedial Project Managers (RPM) at Superfund sites.   
Through this service, RPMs can connect with experts in the   
ecological land reuse field and get answers to related questions   
in a variety of subjects, including: Ecological reuse of   
contaminated sites, Soil amendments, Native plants, invasive   
species, and revegetation. RPMs can learn more about this   
service and submit questions at .  
Upcoming Live Internet Seminars  
ITRC In Situ Bioremediation of Chlorinated Ethene - DNAPL Source   
Zones - September 9. Treatment of dissolved-phase chlorinated   
ethenes in groundwater using in situ bioremediation (ISB) is an   
established technology; however, its use for DNAPL source zones   
is an emerging application. This training course supports the   
ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance document In Situ   
Bioremediation of Chlorinated Ethene: DNAPL Source Zones   
(BioDNAPL-3, 2008). This document provides the regulatory   
community, stakeholders, and practitioners with the general   
steps practitioners and regulators can use to objectively   
assess, design, monitor, and optimize ISB treatment of DNAPL   
source zones. For more information and to register, see or .  
A Systematic Approach for Evaluation of Capture Zones at Pump   
and Treat Systems - September 11 and October 8. This seminar   
presents a systematic approach for the evaluation of capture   
zones at pump and treat systems, and provides an overview of a   
recently published USEPA document on the topic (EPA   
600/R-08/003, January 2008). The target audience is project   
managers who review those analyses and/or make decisions based   
on these types of analyses. This course will highlight: the   
importance of capture zone analysis during ground water   
remediation, particularly for sites requiring containment; key   
concepts of capture, such as 'target capture zones' and   
'converging lines of evidence;' and typical errors made in   
capture zone analysis. Examples will be used to demonstrate key   
aspects of capture zone analysis. For more information and to   
register, see .  
ITRC Enhanced Attenuation of Chlorinated Organics: A Site   
Management Tool - September 11. This training on the ITRC   
Technical and Regulatory Guidance for Enhanced Attenuation:   
Chlorinated Organics (EACO-1, 2008) describes the transition   
(the bridge) between aggressive remedial actions and MNA and   
vise versa. Enhanced attenuation (EA) is the application of   
technologies that minimize energy input and are sustainable in   
order to reduce contaminant loading and/or increase the   
attenuation capacity of a contaminated plume to progress sites   
towards established remedial objectives. Contaminant loading and   
attenuation capacity are fundamental to sound decisions for   
remediation of groundwater contamination. This training explains   
how a decision framework which, when followed, allows for a   
smooth transition between more aggressive remedial technologies   
to sustainable remedial alternatives and eventually to Monitored   
Natural Attenuation. This training will demonstrate how this   
decision framework allows regulators and practitioners to   
integrate Enhanced Attenuation into the remedial decision   
process. For more information and to register, see or .  
Triad: Beyond Characterization to Long-term Management of   
Groundwater Contaminant Plumes - September 12. This workshop is   
similar to one presented at the June 2008 Triad Conference. It   
will cover field analytical approaches, followed by LTM network   
design and implementation, then integration of sensors and   
logistics into the development of the CSM, and will finally wrap   
up with examples of automated monitoring (which includes   
contouring and model update). This workshop will cover   
best-of-class approaches for CSM development with an emphasis on   
direct-push technologies, then integrate new approaches to   
update this in the most time/cost-effective manner. While the   
models are conceptual, the workshop will discuss analytical   
components to the model to make quantification possible. For   
more information and to register, see .  
Understanding the EPA Brownfields Proposal Guidelines -   
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 Risk Assessment and Risk Management: Determination and   
Application of Risk-Based Values - September 16. This training   
course describes the development and application of risk-based   
screening values. The first module provides a review of key risk   
assessment concepts related to risk management. The second   
module focuses on the process by which risk-based levels are   
derived in different states. The third module examines the   
application of risk assessment to remediation operations in two   
case studies providing examples of how risk assessment has   
actually been implemented, based upon research and case studies   
conducted by the ITRC Risk Assessment Resources team. This   
training course describes a number of the reasons behind   
variations in risk-based scre 
Posted: 04/09/2008 By: Professor Paul Bardos