US EPA TechDirect, February 1, 2011
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Open Solicitation  
ESTCP FY 2012 Solicitation for Demonstration of Environmental  
Technologies. The Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental  
Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) released its  
annual solicitation on January 13, 2011. This solicitation  
requests pre-proposals via Calls for Proposals to DoD  
organizations and Federal (Non-DoD) organizations as well as a  
Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Private Sector  
organizations. The DoD Call for Proposals requests pre-proposals  
related to: (1) environmental restoration; (2) munitions  
response; (3) resource conservation; and (4) weapons systems and  
platforms. The BAA and Non-DoD Federal Call for Proposals  
request pre-proposals in the following topics only: (1)  
management of contaminated groundwater; (2) in situ management  
of contaminated sediments; (3) military munitions detection,  
classification, and remediation; (4) recovery of threatened and  
endangered and sustainment of at-risk plant species; (5)  
inventory and monitoring technologies for vertebrate  
populations; (6) environmentally sustainable energetic materials  
and manufacturing processes. The submission deadline for  
pre-proposals is March 8, 2011. More information and detailed  
instructions at ...  
ons .  
Upcoming Live Internet Seminars  
Financing Reuse of Contaminated Properties - February 3, 2011,  
2:00PM-4:00PM EST (19:00-21:00 GMT). How can EPA OSWER and its  
partners finance reuse of contaminate properties in a downturned  
economy? This session will present current challenges and  
forecasts with general redevelopment and its relation to  
contaminated properties. The presentation will discuss the  
critical role of partnerships in achieving success and share a  
lot of examples. For more information and to register, see .  
CARE National Webinar - February 8, 23, and March 2. The  
national web cast provides an opportunity for potential CARE  
cooperative agreement applicants to learn more about the CARE  
program and ask questions about the 2011 CARE RFP. For more  
information and to register, see .  
Your Role in Green Remediation Implementation and Case Studies  
in Green Remediation - This Year's Models and Tools (The 2010  
NARPM Green Remediation Session Follow-on Webinars) - February  
10, 2011, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST (18:00-20:15 GMT). In May 2010, EPA  
held its annual National Association of Remedial Project  
Managers (NARPM) meeting in Crystal City, VA, and for the third  
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. We've got more case studies and maturing policy and  
guidance that we'd like to share with an online audience. EPA's  
Technical Support Project, led by the Engineering Forum, has  
taken this full-day session and split it into three separate  
sessions that started in December. This last session is  
scheduled to be two hours and fifteen minutes long and will  
include policy and case studies, with time for Q&A along the  
way. For more information and to register for the last session,  
see .  
Contaminated Sediments: New Tools and Approaches for in-situ  
Remediation - Session IV - February 14, 2011, 2:00PM-4:00PM EST  
(19:00-21:00 GMT). This seminar will feature SRP grantees Dr.  
Harold D. May and Dr. Danny Reible. Dr. May, Professor,  
Microbiology and Immunology, Medical University of South  
Carolina will present 'Integrating Microbial Biostimulation and  
Electrolytic Aeration to Degrade POPs' and Dr. Reible, Bettie  
Margaret Smith Professor of Environmental Health Engineering,  
Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental  
Engineering, University of Texas will present 'Enhancing  
Biodegration in Sediment Caps Using Carbon Cloth Electrodes.'  
Dr. May will discuss bioaugmentation of Fox River (WI) sediment  
contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and  
persistent organic pollutants (POPs), and testing with bioactive  
granulated activated carbon (GAC) containing PCB dechlorinating  
and degrading bacteria. He will also describe how electron  
donors and acceptors for microbial PCB dechlorination and  
degradation can be delivered electrochemically to further  
stimulate the biodegradation of these POPs. These methods show  
significant reductions in the concentration of weathered PCBs.  
Dr. Reible will show that although sediment capping is normally  
considered strictly a contaminant containment technology, it can  
trigger microbial processes to transform or detoxify both  
inorganic and organic contaminants. He will describe research  
exploring these microbial processes and ways of improving their  
effectiveness. The presentation will focus on how to enhance  
microbial transformation of hydrophobic organic compounds in  
sediment caps through the use of electrodes to change terminal  
electron acceptors and redox conditions. For more information  
and to register, see .  
ITRC Quality Considerations for Munitions Response Projects -  
February 15, 2011, 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 .  
ITRC In Situ Bioremediation of Chlorinated Ethene - DNAPL Source  
Zones - February 17, 2011, 11:00AM-1:15PM EST (16:00-18:15 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 w 
Posted: 01/02/2011 By: Professor Paul Bardos