US EPA TechDirect May 1, 2009
SUBJECT: TechDirect, May 1, 2009  
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Special Announcement  
The U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division  
is looking for a few good people. Our Environmental Response  
Team (ERT) specializes in field support and technical expertise  
for EPA responses to oil spills, hazardous emergencies,  
potentially hazardous scenarios, environmental disasters and  
long-term remedial activities as well as detection and  
analytical method development for biological and chemical  
agents. ERT is active in providing both national and  
international assistance to remediate and limit damage to air,  
land and water and to evaluate threats to both human and  
ecological health. The ERT is prepared to respond to  
environmental emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365  
days a year.  
The following three positions are being advertised only at These positions are located in Las  
Vegas, Nevada. If interested, apply through USAJOBS. The intent  
of this announcement is to inform you that specific positions in  
our organization are being competed. Please do not send  
information to me. I will not respond. Do not call me for  
information about these positions. Again this information  
is provided as a service. Formal announcements of federal jobs  
occur on the USAJOBS site.  
Two (2) Environmental Scientists GS 12/13  
Announcement Number: HQOSWER-DE-2009-0037  
Anticipate announcement the week of May 4, 2009  
These two ERT environmental scientists will provide emergency  
response and air monitoring support for environmental  
emergencies across the US in support of the EPA emergency  
response, removal, remedial and homeland security programs.  
This involves providing on-site advice and technical support to  
EPA On-Scene Coordinators and Remedial Project Manager for site  
investigations, assessments, sampling and modeling projects.  
Recent projects include asbestos assessment, air modeling,  
perimeter monitoring and disaster response. Routine travel is  
over 10 days per month throughout the US in support of site  
clean up, national technical workgroups, and exercises.  
One (1) Chemist GS 12/13  
Announcement Number: HQOSWER-DE-2009-0039  
Anticipate announcement the week of May 11, 2009  
The Chemist position will be responsible for our Trace  
Atmospheric Gas Analyzer (TAGA) bus. This chemist needs to have  
MS/MS and GC/MS experience to be able to manage the TAGA MS/MS  
which provides real time monitoring for many organic and  
inorganic compounds at the ppbv level and the Agilent CG/MS for  
air sample analyses. In addition, this person will provide  
routine and emergency site advice and technical support on field  
analytical tools. Travel may be over 10 days per month  
throughout the US in support of site clean up, national  
technical workgroups and hazardous material and homeland  
security exercises.  
Upcoming Live Internet Seminars  
Cumulative Risk Assessment Seminar Series: May 5, 19, June 2,  
16, 30, and July 14. EPA's Office of Research and Development  
and Regions are sponsoring this series of seminars as a forum  
for discussing the current state of the art and practice of CRA.  
These seminars will provide information regarding guidance,  
resources, and recommendations for real world CRA for regulatory  
and non-regulatory applications. This seminar series is, in  
part, preparation for the EPA ORD/Regional Workshop on CRA being  
hosted by Region 5 in Chicago, IL for July 28-30, 2009. The  
seminar series is publicly open in support of advancing CRA  
while the workshop will primarily be internal to EPA to enhance  
policy and other deliberative discussions. For more information  
and to register, see .  
ITRC Risk Assessment and Risk Management: Determination and  
Application of Risk-Based Values - May 7, 11:00AM-1:15PM EDT  
(15:00-17:15 GMT). 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 screening values and their use in risk management.  
For more information and to register, see  
or .  
ITRC Use of Risk Assessment in Management of Contaminated Sites  
- May 12, 2:00PM-4:15PM EDT (18:00-20:15 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 .  
ITRC Phytotechnologies - May 14, 11:00AM-1:15PM EDT (15:00-17:15  
GMT). This training familiarizes participants with ITRC's  
Phytotechnology Technical and Regulatory Guidance and Decision  
Trees, Revised (Phyto-3, 2009). This document provides guidance  
for regulators who evaluate and make informed decisions on  
phytotechnology work plans and practitioners who have to  
evaluate any number of remedial alternatives at a given site.  
This document updates and replaces Phytoremediation Decision  
Tree (Phyto-1, 1999) and Phytotechnology Technical and  
Regulatory Guidance Document (Phyto-2, 2001). It has merged the  
concepts of both documents into a single document. This guidance  
includes new, and more importantly, practical information on the  
process and protocol for selecting and applying various  
phytotechnologies as remedial alternatives. For more information  
and to register, see or .  
Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (SRI) 10th Anniversary:  
Celebrating Success - May 21, June 18, July 16, September 17,  
and October 22. EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (SRI)  
celebrates its 10-year Anniversary in 2009! To mark this event,  
EPA is hosting a diverse series of seminars featuring Superfund  
site reuse success stories. This and successive webinars will  
present reuse case studies on multi-use, renewable energy,  
ecological reuse, and commercial reuse. For more information and  
to register, see http://clu-in.or 
Posted: 04/05/2009 By: Professor Paul Bardos