US EPA TechDirect November 1, 2009
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Upcoming Live Internet Seminars   
Vapor Intrusion Site Issues - November 2, 2009 1:00PM-3:00PM EST   
(18:00-20:00 GMT). This two-hour course based on an 8 hour class   
delivered at the OSC Readiness conference, teaches techniques   
for addressing sites that have vapor intrusion issues   
originating from contaminated ground water or soils. The   
migration and accumulation of chemical vapors in an indoor   
environment may pose a significant risk to human health. The   
course will include the following topics: Vapor intrusion   
overview including current guidance from EPA, Interstate   
Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC), states, and API,; Sampling   
procedures: Subslab, soil gas, indoor air, outdoor air; Ground   
water issues: Permanent wells, temporary wells, nested wells,   
and sampling; Chlorinated site: Behr Site Case Study; Petroleum   
site: Hartford Site Case Study; Health issues and screening   
levels. The course includes lectures, case studies, and   
question and answer sessions. For more information and to   
register, see .   
ITRC Quality Considerations for Munitions Response Projects -   
November 3, 2009, 2:00PM-4:15PM EST (19:00-21:15 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 (UXO) 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 or .   
Elemental Mercury Basics and Response - November 4, 2009   
1:00PM-3:00PM EST (18:00-20:00 GMT). This course provides   
information on the misunderstood properties of mercury and   
insight into addressing issues related to sites contaminated   
with mercury: regulations, response, monitoring, health   
concerns, toxicology, and cleanup. The seminar focuses primarily   
on complex residential contamination sites. Participants will be   
able to download a detailed guidebook and checklist that will   
assist them through all phases of a cleanup at a residential   
site contaminated with mercury, from initial notification   
through final restoration. The seminar will discuss the   
complexities of issues associated with mercury cleanups, and the   
difficulties responders have encountered and successes they have   
achieved. Participants will also be able to download guidance   
and examples of mercury outreach and education materials that   
have been prepared over the years to better educate responders,   
health professionals, and the public. For more information and   
to register, see or .   
ITRC Enhanced Attenuation of Chlorinated Organics: A Site   
Management Tool - November 5, 2009, 11:00AM-1:15PM EST   
(16:00-18:15 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 Phytotechnologies - November 10, 2009, 2:00PM-4:15PM EST   
(19:00-21:15 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 .   
Green Remediation: Applying Strategies in the Field - November   
12 and December 15. In June 2009, EPA held its annual National   
Association of Remedial Project Managers meeting in Atlanta, GA,   
and for the second year in a row, one of our most attended   
sessions was on Green Remediation (GR). And like last year, we   
are offering those talks again to an online audience! EPA's   
definition of GR includes the practice of considering the   
environmental effects of a remediation strategy (i.e., the   
remedy selected and the implementation approach) early in the   
process, and incorporating options to maximize the net   
environmental benefit of the cleanup action. Since last year,   
experience has increased and policies are more developed, and   
this is a chance to share that with an online audience. EPA's   
Technical Support Project, led by the Engineering Forum, has   
taken this full-day session and has held one session on October   
8th. Tthe other two sessions will follow on November 12th and   
December 15th. For more information and to register, see .   
SERDP Funding Opportunities - November 13, 2009, 1:00PM-2:30PM   
EST (18:00-19:30 GMT). This seminar will provide a summary of   
the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program   
(SERDP) development and opportunities for interested researchers   
to conduct research and development. This 'how to play' briefing   
will offer essential info 
Posted: 01/11/2009 By: Professor Paul Bardos