Welcome to TechDirect! Since the October 1 message, TechDirect gained 258 new subscribers for a total of 39,041. If you feel the service is valuable, please
share TechDirect with your colleagues. Anyone interested in subscribing may do so on CLU-IN at http://clu-in.org/techdirect . All previous issues of TechDirect
are archived there. The TechDirect messages of the past can be searched by keyword or can be viewed as individual issues.
TechDirect's purpose is to identify new technical, policy and guidance resources related to the assessment and remediation of contaminated soil, sediments
and ground water.
Mention of non-EPA documents or presentations does not constitute a U.S. EPA endorsement of their contents, only an acknowledgment that they exist and may
be relevant to the TechDirect audience.
> Special Announcements
FY 2012 EPA Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup Grant Guidelines - Request for Proposals. 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 November 28, 2011. Proposal guidelines are available at http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/applicat. ... .
FY 2013 SERDP Solicitations Released. The Department of Defense's Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking environmental
research and development proposals for funding beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 in response to the Core and SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) solicitations.
Projects will be selected through a competitive process. Details for both Federal and non-Federal submissions are available on the web site under Funding
Opportunities at www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportunities/SERDP-Solicitations.
> Upcoming Live Internet Seminars
ITRC Use and Measurement of Mass Flux and Mass Discharge - November 3, 2011, 11:00AM-1:15PM EDT (15:00-17:15 GMT). The ITRC technology overview, Use and
Measurement of Mass Flux and Mass Discharge (MASSFLUX-1, 2010), and associated Internet-based training provide a description of the underlying concepts,
potential applications, description of methods for measuring and calculating, and case studies of the uses of mass flux and mass discharge. This Technology
Overview, and associated Internet-based training are intended to foster the appropriate understanding and application of mass flux and mass discharge estimates,
and provide examples of use and analysis. The document and training assumes the participant has a general understanding of hydrogeology, the movement of chemicals
in porous media, remediation technologies, and the overall remedial process. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live
The New Science of Sophisticated Materials: Nanomaterials and Beyond - November 8, 2011, 2:30PM-4:30PM EST (19:30-21:30 GMT). Dr. Maynard is a leading
authority on the responsible development and use of emerging technologies. His research interests span identifying, assessing and managing emergent risks,
to exploring innovative solutions, to established and emerging human health and environmental risks, to equipping people with the tools they need to make
informed decisions in the face of risk and uncertainty. In addition, Dr. Maynard serves on numerous review and advisory panels around the world, and has testified
on a number of occasions before U.S. Congressional committees. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live .
NARPM Presents...ORD Scientific and Engineering Technical Support for RPMs (and Others) - November 9, 2011, 1:00PM-3:00PM EST (18:00-20:00 GMT). ORD
Scientific and Engineering Technical Support for RPMs (and Others) is a session that focuses on the technical support available from EPA's Office of Research
and Development (ORD) to RPMs and other EPA cleanup program staff. Examples of technical support may range from providing a detailed review with recommendations
for a single technical document to performance of complex multi-site investigation and remediation activities. The session includes: an overview of the
ORD Superfund and Technology Liaison (STL) program to provide RPMs with information on how to access free scientific and engineering technical support from
an ORD staff member stationed right alongside them in the regional offices, an overview of the three ORD Technical Support Centers (TSCs) to provide RPMs with
information on center capabilities and how to request technical support, and case study examples that are included in the above discussions to show how RPMs
have used ORD technical support to make informed decisions during management of their sites. The target audience for this course is all EPA RPMs and other EPA
cleanup program staff. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live .
ITRC Project Risk Management for Site Remediation - November 10, 2011, 11:00AM-1:15PM EST (16:00-18:15 GMT). Remediation Risk Management (RRM) is a course
of action through which all risks related to the remediation processes (site investigations, remedy selection, execution, and completion) are holistically
addressed in order to maximize the certainty in the cleanup process to protect human health and the environment. Remediation decisions to achieve such a goal
should be made based on threshold criteria on human health and ecological risks, while considering all the other potential project risks. Through this training
course and associated ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance Document: Project Risk Management for Site Remediation (RRM-1, 2011), the ITRC RRM team presents
tools and processes that can help the site remediation practitioner anticipate, plan for, and mitigate many of the most common obstacles to a successful site
remediation project. Examples of project risks include remediation technology feasibility risks; remedy selection risks; remedy construction, operation
and monitoring risks; remedy performance and operations risks; environmental impacts of systems during their operation; worker safety risk, human health
and ecological impacts due to remedy operation; as well as costs and schedules risks including funding and contracting issues. For more information and to
register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live .
SRI: Reusing Superfund Sites for Recreational Purposes - November 10, 2011, 2:00PM-4:00PM EST (19:00-21:00 GMT). Through the efforts of communities and
local governments, Superfund sites across the country are supporting a wide range of recreational reuses. EPA currently tracks over 100 instances of recreational
reuse. These land uses range from hiking trails and open space parks to sports complexes, playgrounds and sports fields to Academy of Model Aeronautics flying
fields. EPA's Superfund Redevelopment Initiative (SRI) is helping communities reclaim and reuse contaminated lands for a wide range of purposes. SRI provides
various tools, partnerships and activities to assist local communities pursue new opportunities to grow and prosper. This webinar will take an in-depth look
at several sites from around the country that are providing recreational amenities to communities and share the tools and resources that SRI provides to help
communities interested in reusing their Superfund site get started. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live .
ITRC Development of Performance Specifications for Solidification/Stabilization - November 15, 2011, 2:00PM-4:15PM EST (19:00-21:15 GMT). The ITRC