US EPA TechDirect June 1, 2009
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Special Announcement  
The U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division  
is still looking for two 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.  
Last month we posted information on three positions that were to  
be announced on USAJobs ( The  
announcement for the two physical scientists is now closed. The  
Chemist position remains open through June 4. The ERT is now  
seeking a health physicist through USAJobs. 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.  
One (1) Chemist GS 12/13  
Announcement Number: HQOSWER-DE-2009-0039  
Announcement Open Period: Thursday, May 14, 2009 to Thursday,  
June 4, 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. This position is located in Las Vegas,  
One (1) Health Physicist GS 13/14  
Announcement Number: HQOSWER-DE-2009-0042  
Announcement Open Period: Friday, May 29, 2009 to Thursday June  
18, 2009 ...  
This Health Physicist position will provide radiological  
emergency response support for environmental emergencies  
throughout the US and abroad, in support of the EPA emergency  
response program, removal program, and homeland security. This  
involves providing on-site advice and technical support to  
Federal On-Scene Coordinators, Incident Commanders, and Remedial  
Project Managers for investigations, assessments, sampling, and  
modeling projects. Routine travel is over 10 days per month  
(throughout the US and abroad) in support of response  
operations, national technical workgroups and exercises. This  
position is located in the Cincinnati area (Erlanger, Kentucky).  
Upcoming Live Internet Seminars  
Cumulative Risk Assessment Seminar Series - June 2, 16, 30, 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 Enhanced Attenuation of Chlorinated Organics: A Site  
Management Tool - June 4, 2009, 11:00AM-1:15PM EDT (15:00-17:15  
GMT). 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 .  
ITRC Protocol for Use of Five Passive Samplers - June 9, 2009,  
2:00PM-4:15PM EDT (18:00-20:15 GMT). This training supports the  
understanding and use of the ITRC Protocol for Use of Five  
Passive Samplers to Sample for a Variety of Contaminants in  
Groundwater (DSP-5, 2007). The five technologies included in  
this document include diffusion samplers, equilibrated grab  
samplers, and an accumulation sampler. The training starts with  
information common to all five samples then focuses on each  
sampler as instructors describe the sampler and explain how it  
works; discuss deployment and retrieval of the sampler;  
highlight advantages and limitations; and present results of  
data comparison studies. For more information and to register,  
see or .  
ITRC In Situ Bioremediation of Chlorinated Ethene - DNAPL Source  
Zones - June 11, 2009, 11:00AM-1:15PM EDT (15:00-17:15 GMT).  
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 .  
Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (SRI) 10th Anniversary:  
Celebrating Success - June 18, July 
Posted: 01/06/2009 By: Professor Paul Bardos