US EPA TechDirect January 1, 2009
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TechDirect's purpose is to identify new technical, policy and  
guidance resources related to the assessment and remediation of  
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acknowledgment that they exist and may be relevant to the  
TechDirect audience.  
  
New Year, New CLU-IN!  
  
The new year will bring about a few changes to the Clean Up  
Information Network. EPA's Technology Innovation Program staff  
will highlight some of these new changes to the CLU-IN website  
and internet seminars during a free session on January 30th  
2009. Participants will help beta-test the new interface for  
CLU-INs live internet seminars while learning about its expanded  
features. In addition, this seminar will provide a unique sneak  
peak to the new face to the CLU-IN website expected to go live  
in February 2009. Furthermore, throughout 2009, CLU-IN will  
highlight several important issues and technologies such as  
Green Remediation by promoting important documents, seminar  
series, and other online resources. We welcome your comments and  
suggestions on the updates to CLU-IN as well as our other  
services such as internet seminars.  
  
Upcoming Live Internet Seminars  
  
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  
http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/studio .  
  
ITRC Quality Considerations for Munitions Response Projects -  
January 15, 11:00AM-1:15PM EST (16:00-18:15 GMT). This training  
introduces state regulators, environmental consultants, site  
owners, and community stakeholders to Quality Considerations for  
Munitions Response Projects (UXO-5, 2008), created by the ITRC's  
Unexploded Ordnance Team. In this document, quality is defined  
as 'conformance to requirements.' To manage quality, the quality  
requirements of the project must first be understood.  
Requirements must be precisely stated and clearly understood by  
everyone involved. A plan is then put in place to meet those  
requirements. The UXO Team emphasizes taking a whole-system  
approach to designing, planning and managing a munitions  
response (MR) project to optimize quality. This training course  
is intended for an intermediate audience and assumes a basic  
understanding of specialized processes associated with MR  
projects. For more information and to register, see  
http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/studio .  
  
ESTCP Funding Opportunities - January 15, 2009, 2:00 PM - 4:00  
PM, EST (19:00-21:00 GMT). This seminar will provide a summary  
of the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program  
(ESTCP) funding opportunities for interested investigators to  
conduct innovative technology demonstrations/validations. This  
'how to play' briefing will offer essential information for  
those who wish to understand new funding opportunities within  
ESTCP. The FY09 ESTCP solicitation was released on January 10  
and attendees may use this time to ask general questions about  
the solicitation. For more information and to register, see  
http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/studio .  
  
ITRC Perchlorate Remediation Technologies - January 22,  
11:00AM-1:15PM EST (16:00-18:15 GMT). This training introduces  
state regulators, environmental consultants, site owners, and  
community stakeholders to Remediation Technologies for  
Perchlorate Contamination in Water and Soil (PERC-2, 2008),  
created by ITRC's Perchlorate Team to assist reviewers in  
assessing the adequacy of perchlorate remediation projects. This  
course gives the student a background in the available  
remediation technologies to treat perchlorate contamination,  
discusses emerging technologies, and presents case studies of  
applications. For more information and to register, see  
http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/studio .  
  
EPA A New Year, A New CLU-IN! - January 30, 2009, 1:00 PM - 2:00  
PM, EST (18:00-19:00 GMT). Technology Innovation and Field  
Services Division (TIFSD) staff will highlight new changes to  
the CLU-IN website and internet seminar platform during this one  
hour event. Participants will help beta-test the new interface  
for CLU-INs free live, internet seminars while learning about  
its expanded features. In addition, this seminar will provide a  
unique sneak peak to the new CLU-IN website expected to go live  
in February 2009. TIFSD staff will also solicit comments and  
suggestions for future improvements to CLU-IN. For more  
information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or  
http://clu-in.org/studio .  
  
New Documents and Web Resources  
  
Green Remediation Web. This CLU-IN platform serves as EPA's  
primary vehicle for sharing information about green remediation  
(GR) and inspiring novel ways to employ GR best management  
practices. Since its Earth Day 2008 introduction, GR Web has  
grown to accommodate a new user-friendly 'toolbox' of best  
practice, contracting, decision-making, and partnership tools;  
22 brief 'profiles' of green remediation strategies already used  
at specific sites; nearly 80 key documents or related  
organizational links; and a mechanism for requesting GR details  
or technical assistance. GR Web's technical information focuses  
on holistic sustainability of existing or anticipated remedies;  
guidance and policy issued by government agencies; integration  
of renewable energy resources; green strategies for design,  
construction, and operation of remedies; and treatment system  
optimization resulting in green cleanups. View and use at  
http://clu-in.org/greenremediation/ .  
  
Green Remediation: Best Management Practices for Excavation and  
Surface Restoration (EPA 542-F-08-012). This quick-reference  
fact sheet provides examples of planning and field strategies  
for increasing sustainability of contaminated soil or sediment  
excavation and subsequent land restoration under any regulatory  
framework. The document focuses on opportunities to reduce the  
negative impacts of excavation, such as high rates of fuel  
consumption, transport of air-borne contaminants, uncontrolled  
stormwater runoff, soil erosion, and ecosystem disturbance.  
Green remediation encourages decision-makers to weigh the  
environmental and economic tradeoffs of implementing remedies  
such as excavation and to closely coordinate remedy  
implementation with long-term site use (December 2008, 4 pages).  
View or download at http://www.clu-in.org/techpubs.htm .  
  
Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program Materials  
Management and Remediation Center. The ETV Program is pleased to  
announce the 
Posted: 01/01/2009 By: Professor Paul Bardos



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