US EPA: TechDirect July 1, 2010
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Special Announcements  
Rapid Response Research Grants Available for Gulf of Mexico Oil  
Spill Research. The National Science Foundation (NSF) posted a  
special announcement concerning the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill  
using their Rapid Response Research (RAPID) mechanism on May 27,  
2010. To ensure that all resources and possible innovations are  
available to help solve this disaster, NSF is encouraging all  
companies that have viable solutions to help solve this problem  
to submit a one time only proposal to this special announcement.  
This Rapid Response Research (RAPID) mechanism has been  
regularly used to enable research on unanticipated events such  
as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, or any other event where a  
timely presence is required to enable the research. A number of  
RAPID awards were made to support research on the earthquakes  
earlier this year in Haiti and Chile, and awards are being made  
related to the oil spill. All proposals must be submitted on or  
before September 30, 2010. Proposal information is available at ... .  
Senior Environmental Employee (SEE) Program Position with EPA's  
Environmental Response Team. If you are over 55, live in the  
vicinity of Erlanger, Kentucky, and are interested in  
contributing to EPA's Environmental Response Team mission,  
please read on! EPA has a formal relationship with the National  
Older Workers Career Center (NOWCC) to support the Senior  
Environmental Employee (SEE) Program which provides positions  
for individuals aged 55 and older. The SEE employee in this  
position will maintain handheld radiation and chemical survey  
equipment; alpha, beta, gamma and neutron monitoring  
instrumentation; portable gamma spectroscopy instrumentation;  
ambient air samplers; alpha-beta scalers; floor monitors;  
PID/FID chemical contaminant monitoring equipment; and,  
coordinate outside vendor calibration of monitoring and  
analytical equipment. This position is located in Erlanger,  
Kentucky. To learn more about this particular position, see ... . If  
this is your first time applying for positions administered by  
NOWCC, please submit an Initial Application Form to the South  
Central Field Office at ... . For  
questions about NOWCC or this advertised position, contact NOWCC  
at (703) 558-4200.  
Upcoming Live Internet Seminars  
Brownfields Nonprofit Outreach Training - July 6, 2010,  
1:00PM-3:00PM EDT (17:00-19:00 GMT). The purpose of this meeting  
is to learn about the different types of grants and assistance  
available through the Brownfields Program specifically targeting  
nonprofits and their partners. For more information and to  
register, see .  
US and EU Perspectives on Green and Sustainable Remediation -  
July 12, 2010, 10:00AM-12:00PM EDT (14:00-16:00 GMT).  
Sustainable remediation is the practice of considering  
environmental, social, and economic impacts when restoring  
contaminated sites to productive use. During ConSoil 2010  
(September 22-24, 2010, in Salzburg, Austria) a special session  
entitled 'Sustainable Remediation: International Developments'  
will take place, focusing on the state of international  
implementation of sustainable environmental remediation  
( On July 12th, an interactive Internet Seminar  
will be hosted as a primer to the ConSoil session, wherein  
international leaders of sustainable and green remediation  
efforts will discuss their drivers and constraints as well as  
the impacts of these opportunities and issues on their efforts.  
An open forum will be held after the presentations in which  
participants will be able to submit questions to the speakers.  
The panel will include representatives from the following  
organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA);  
Environment Canada; Sustainable Remediation Forum (SURF) United  
States, United Kingdom, and the Netherlands; EURODEMO+; Network  
for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe (NICOLE); and the  
Common Forum on Contaminated Land in Europe. For more  
information and to register, see .  
ITRC Use of Risk Assessment in Management of Contaminated Sites,  
July 20, 2010, 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 Quality Considerations for Munitions Response Projects,  
July 27, 2010, 2:00PM-4:15PM EDT (18:00-20:15 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 .  
New Documents and Web Resources  
OSWER Discussion Forum Focus on Green Remediation. This online  
forum provides an opportunity for private citizens,  
environmental groups, businesses, community groups, and local  
and tribal governments to discuss topics relating to EPAs  
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. This most recent  
post asks: What green remediation practices have you seen put to  
good use? What practices do you think should be used more often?  
View online and submit your comments at ... .  
Technology News and Trends (EPA 542-N-10-003). This issue  
provides selected updates on innovative technology applications  
described in past issues. Some applications moved toward  
full-scale implementation at previous study sites while others  
drew sites much nearer to cleanup closure ( 
Posted: 02/07/2010 By: Professor Paul Bardos