US EPA TechDirect December 1, 2008
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Open Solicitations  
AFCEE Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Open for FY 2009. The Air   
Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE)   
released its annual Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for FY 2009   
on November 4. This announcement seeks out technologies to   
reduce environmental impacts from current and past USAF   
operations and apply to USAF installations worldwide. The key   
focus of this effort is to further develop field-tested   
remediation, contaminated site characterization and monitoring,   
and pollution prevention technologies and methodologies that   
serve as an innovative means to save money and time while   
achieving compliance with all air, soil, and water regulatory   
requirements and USAF policies and technical guidance. The goal   
is to identify more technically advanced, efficient, effective,   
environmentally friendly, and cost-effective solutions than are   
currently available. Such technologies and methodologies should   
aid the US Air Force in reaching the remedy-in-place (RIP) goal   
of 2012 or optimizing current remediation or monitoring systems   
already in place. Phase I submittals are due by December 8,   
2008. Detailed instructions and the BAA form are available at ... .  
SERDP Core Solicitation. The DoD Strategic Environmental   
Research and Demonstration Program (SERDP) released its annual   
Core solicitation for FY 2010 on November 6. Both federal and   
non-federal organizations may participate. The Core Solicitation   
provides funding opportunities for projects that vary in cost   
and duration. SERDP has four areas in its Statements of Need   
(SON), which include: environmental restoration, munitions   
management, sustainable infrastructure, and weapons systems and   
platforms. For the CORE solicitation, pre-proposals from the   
non-federal sector are due by January 8, 2009. Proposals from   
the federal sector are due by March 12, 2009. SONs and detailed   
instructions for federal and non-federal sector proposers are   
available at .  
SERDP SEED Solicitation. SERDP released its annual SERDP   
Exploratory Development (SEED) solicitation for FY 2010 on   
November 6. Both federal and non-federal organizations may   
participate. The SEED Solicitation is designed to provide   
limited funding for high technical risk and/or high payoff   
projects. SEED proposals are, by definition, limited to a   
maximum of $150K and a period of performance of one year. SERDP   
has three areas in its SON, which include: munitions management,   
sustainable infrastructure, and weapons systems and platforms.   
All SEED proposals are due by March 12, 2008. SONs and detailed   
instructions for federal and non-federal sector proposers are   
available at .  
Upcoming Live Internet Seminars  
ITRC Performance-based Environmental Management - December 2,   
2:00PM-4:15PM EST (19:00-21:15 GMT). 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 .  
USEPA-ILEPA Green Remediation Update - December 3,   
11:00AM-1:00PM EST (16:00-18:00 GMT). As part of the U.S. EPA's   
goal of improved environmental stewardship across its programs,   
the Agency has begun examining opportunities to integrate   
sustainable practices into the strategies used to remediate and   
manage contaminated lands. Four related topics will be discussed   
in this seminar; 1) The broader concept of sustainability in our   
cleanup programs, 2) placing renewable energy on contaminated   
lands, 3) reducing the environmental footprint of implementing   
site cleanups thru green remediation and 4) the evolving concept   
for a national voluntary green remediation standards program.   
For more information and to register, see .  
ITRC An Overview of Direct-push Well Technology for Long-term   
Groundwater Monitoring - December 11, 11:00AM-1:15PM EST   
(16:00-18:15 GMT). 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 .  
ITRC Use of Risk Assessment in Management of Contaminated Sites   
- January 6, 2:00PM-4:15PM EST (19:00-21:15 GMT). This training   
course identifies how various risk-based approaches and criteria   
are applied throughout the processes of screening,   
characterization, and management of contaminated sites. The   
training course and associated overview document, Use of Risk   
Assessment in Management of Contaminated Sites (RISK-2, 2008),   
are intended for risk assessors and project managers involved   
with the characterization, remediation, and/or re-use of sites.   
The training and overview document provide a valuable tool for   
federal and state regulatory agencies to demonstrate how site   
data collection, risk assessment, and risk management may be   
better integrated. For more information and to register, see or .  
Green Remediation: Opening the Door to Field Use Session C   
(Green Remediation Tools and Examples) - January 13,   
1:00PM-3:00PM EST (18:00-20:00 GMT). In July, EPA held its   
annual National Association of Remedial Project Managers meeting   
in Portland, OR and one of our most attended sessions was on   
Green Remediation (GR). Because of its success, members of EPA's   
Technical Support Project, led by the Engineering Forum, have   
taken this full-day session and are bringing back a number of   
the same talks as online seminars this fall and winter. There   
Posted: 02/12/2008 By: Professor Paul Bardos