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> Special Announcements
EPA announces Apps for the Environment challenge!
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency has challenged software developers to step up to the forefront of innovation and create applications that help
communities make informed decisions about the environment and human health. If you are not a developer, you can still participate by submitting ideas for apps,
and by passing on this announcement to others you believe may be interested in this exciting effort! Submissions are due September 16, 2011. For more information
follow #GreenApps on Twitter or check out the website at http://www.epa.gov/appsfortheenvironment ... where you can enter the challenge, submit ideas for
apps, join the developer mailing list, and find about weekly webinars (Wednesdays 2:00 PM eastern time).
Open Positions Supporting EPA.
The following employment opportunities, which may of interest to hazardous waste professionals, are being advertised as a public service for the CLU-IN
audience: 1 Chemist Position with EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division, Analytical Services Branch in Arlington, VA and 1 Chemist Position
with EPA's Environmental Response Team in Las Vegas, NV. For more information and application instructions, see http://www.clu-in.org/jobs/ .
> Upcoming Live Internet Seminars
Addressing the Potential Liabilities Associated with Siting Renewable Energy on Contaminated Lands - July 6, 2011, 2:00PM-3:30PM EDT (18:00-19:30 GMT).
This webinar will focus on addressing the potential liabilities associated with siting renewable energy on current and formerly contaminated lands and mining
sites including thousands of acres of Brownfield, Superfund, mining, and other potentially contaminated sites with potential for utility scale renewable
energy facilities. Siting renewable energy on these types of sites also offers significant benefits to the communities as well as the states in which they are
located. Many current and formerly contaminated sites have infrastructure in place such as transmission lines and roads, thereby reducing the need for local
government investments. Renewable energy can provide a reuse option for contaminated sites that don't have other viable uses, or are located in sensitive
communities. It also avoids development of greenfields that might otherwise be used to site these facilities. In addition, these facilities may generate
tax, land use, and royalty revenues and provide construction and maintenance jobs. During this session, representatives from the U.S. EPA's Center for Program
Analysis and Office of Site Remediation and Enforcement will present an update on EPA's RE-Powering America's Land initiative as well as introduce a new fact
sheet explaining tools available for liability relief at sites where the re-use is intended to be renewable energy generation. Lastly, the session will feature
a case study from Pittsfield, MA where renewable energy projects and their associated liabilities were successfully developed and addressed. For more information
and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live .
Community Engagement: Train the Trainer - July 7, 2011, 1:00PM-3:00PM EDT(17:00-19:00 GMT). NIEHS-funded programs have played cutting edge roles in the
development and implementation of 'Train the Trainer' strategies. Superfund Research Program grantees at the University of Arizona have trained community
health advocates (promotoras) on topics including pesticides, arsenic, environmental toxicology, and fate and transport of environmental contaminants.
Denise Moreno Ramirez will discuss her work to develop and test training modules appropriate for promotora groups in Arizona, Sonora, and the US-Mexico Border
region. Worker Education and Training grantees provide hazardous materials first responder training to Native American Tribes. Kenny Oldfield from Jefferson
State Community College and April Sells from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Alabama, will discuss their work in building an emergency response capability
not just for the tribe but also for their region of the state. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live .
ITRC Decision Framework for Applying Monitored Natural Attenuation Processes to Metals and Radionuclides in Groundwater - July 12, 2011, 2:00PM-4:15PM
EDT(18:00-20:15 GMT). Sites contaminated with metals and radionuclides present unique challenges to the development of effective remedial alternatives
that also provide long-term protection to human health and the environment. The high costs of ongoing conventional treatment, total removal, and/or management
combined with the scale of potential health and environmental risks make it important to evaluate attenuation-based remedial alternatives. This training
and the associated ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance document, A Decision Framework for Applying Monitored Natural Attenuation Processes to Metals
and Radionuclides in Groundwater (APMR-1, 2010), is intended for anyone involved with evaluating, investigating, remediating or managing a site that involves
metal and radionuclide contaminants in groundwater. This training and document provides: introduction to key attenuation processes for metals and radionuclides;
information on incorporating MNA into remedial alternatives for metals/rads; and an overview of the decision framework on MNA for metals and radionuclides
in groundwater within the larger evaluation framework of a contaminated site. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live
OSC Readiness Presents...RCRA for OSCs - July 13, 2011, 1:00PM-3:00PM EDT (17:00-19:00 GMT). RCRA for OSCs explains the Resource Conservation and Recovery
Act (RCRA) requirements that apply or are relevant and appropriate to most cleanups under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability
Act (CERCLA). This session will focus on specific technical and regulatory issues that OSCs address in treating, transporting, and disposing of waste. For
more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live .
ITRC Incorporating Bioavailability Considerations into the Evaluation of Contaminated Sediment Sites - July 14, 2011, 11:00AM-1:15PM EDT (15:00-17:15
GMT). ITRC's web-based Technical and Regulatory Guidance, Incorporating Bioavailability Considerations into the Evaluation of Contaminated Sediment
Sites (Sed-1, 2011) and associated Internet-based training are intended to assist state regulators and practitioners with understanding and incorporating
fundamental concepts of bioavailability in contaminated sediment management practices. This guidance and training describe how bioavailability considerations
can be used to evaluate exposure at contaminated sediment sites, the mechanisms affecting contaminant bioavailability, available tools used to assess bioavailability,
the proper application of those tools, and how bioavailability information can be incorporated into risk-management decisions. This guidance and training
also contain summaries of case studies where bioavailability has been assessed and considered in the