US EPA TechDirect September 1, 2009
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Grant Opportunities and Awards  
FY 2010 EPA 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; coalitions are funded up to $1,000,000 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 October 16, 2009. Proposal guidelines are  
available at ... .  
EPA Announces Brownfields RLF and Environmental Job Training  
Grants. Communities in 55 state or local governments will  
receive $55 million in supplemental funding for brownfields RLF  
grants to help communities carry out cleanup activities,  
redevelopment projects, and create jobs for local residents  
living near brownfields sites. The grants include $42 million  
from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that  
President Obama signed into law on February 17, 2009, and $13  
million from the EPA brownfields general program funding.  
Fourteen communities in eight states will share $6.8 million in  
Brownfields Job Training Grants geared toward cleaning up  
contaminated properties and turning them into productive  
community assets. These grants are funded through the American  
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The U.S. EPA, under its  
Brownfields Program, is awarding grants of up to $500,000 each  
to eligible governmental entities and non-profit organizations.  
For more information, see ... .  
ASTM Green Cleanup Standards - Call for Participation. ASTM has  
established a workgroup to initiate the development of green  
cleanup standards. The first meeting for the ASTM E50.04 Green  
Cleanup Task Group will take place in conjunction with the  
regularly scheduled E50 meetings on Thursday, October 22, 2009  
8am-4pm in Atlanta at the Hyatt Regency. The purpose of this  
meeting will be to review proposed core elements for the  
standards as well as a draft outline for the ASTM Guide (Guide  
to be distributed prior to the meeting). If you interested in  
serving on the Green Cleanup task group or for further  
information on the effort see the Green Clean Up Announcement  
under 'Additional Information' at ... or contact Daniel  
Smith at 610-832-9727 or  
Upcoming Live Internet Seminars  
Solar Energy on Closed Landfills: Regulatory and Technical  
Considerations - September 9, 2009, 10:00AM-11:00AM EDT  
(14:00-15:00 GMT). The briefing provides an overview of  
technical and regulatory facets of constructing solar farms on  
closed landfills. It summarizes the findings of a draft paper  
covering a combination of case study evidence and literature  
research. The target audience for this study includes project  
managers, owners, developers, operators, regulators, and various  
levels of stakeholders with an interest in revitalizing  
contaminated lands. The author is a National Network for  
Environmental Management Studes Fellow with EPA's Office of  
Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation. For more  
information and to register, see .  
Computational Toxicology: ToxCast and the Comparative  
Toxicogenomics Database (CTD) - September 9, 2009, 2:00PM-4:00PM  
EDT (18:00-20:00 GMT). The National Institute of Environmental  
Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program (SRP), in  
collaboration with U.S. EPA/OSRTI, presents the Risk eLearning  
session 'Computational Toxicology: ToxCast and the Comparative  
Toxicogenomics Database (CTD).' This seminar will indicate the  
utility of computational approaches to achieving a better  
understanding of the potential risks of contaminants and is a  
must see as a follow up to the Cumulative Risk seminars. Dr.  
David J. Dix, Acting Deputy Director of EPA/ORD's National  
Center for Computational Toxicology will present 'ToxCast -  
Screening and Prioritization of Environmental Chemicals Based on  
Bioactivity Profiling and Predictions of Toxicity.' NIEHS  
grantee and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory  
investigator, Dr. Carolyn Mattingly, will present 'The  
Comparative Toxicogenomics Database: A resource for predicting  
chemical-gene-disease networks.' For more information and to  
register, see .  
ITRC In Situ Bioremediation of Chlorinated Ethene - DNAPL Source  
Zones - September 10, 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 .  
TABEZ - Free, Online Tool to Facilitate Writing EPA Brownfields  
Assessment and Cleanup Grants - September 14, 2009,  
1:00PM-2:30PM EDT (17:00-18:30 GMT). This tool takes the 'fear  
factor' out of EPA brownfields grant applications. Learn how to  
use TABEZ to produce a quality proposal, including helpful tips  
for your proposal preparation. For more information and to  
register, see .  
EPA Region 8 Brownfields Grant Guidelines Q&A Session for  
Potential Applicants - September 15, 2009, 11:00AM-1:00PM EDT  
(15:00-17:00 GMT). The US EPA is currently accepting proposals  
for (approx.) $79.4 million under its Assessment, Revolving Loan  
Fund and Cleanup (ARC) grant programs. Brownfields Program staff  
in the EPA Denver office will provide a brief overview of this  
funding opportunity and be available to answer questions from  
potential applicants. For more information and to register, see .  
Collaborative Research on Environmental Toxicants in Rapidly  
Developing Settlements of the U.S.-Mexico Border - September 16,  
2009, 2:00PM-3:00PM EDT (18:00-19:00 GMT). This project aims to  
improve environmental public health in the San Diego-Tijuana  
city-region. The objective is twofold: (1) develop new  
watershed-based strategies/models that can help the National  
Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) address  
Global Environmental Health (GEH), and (2) share the science and  
technology contributions of of University of California San  
Diego's (UCSD) Superfund Basic 
Posted: 01/09/2009 By: Professor Paul Bardos