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> Open Solicitation
ESTCP FY2013 Environmental Technologies Solicitation. The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification
Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental requirements. The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer
of innovative environmental technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance. Projects conduct
formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings. ESTCP is seeking
proposals for innovative environmental technology demonstrations as candidates for funding beginning in FY2013. This solicitation requests pre-proposals
via Calls for Proposals to Federal organizations and via a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Private Sector organizations. Pre-proposals are due by Thursday,
March 15, 2012. More information and detailed instructions for DoD, Non-DoD Federal, and BAA proposers at http://www.serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Oppor ...
> Upcoming Live Internet Seminars
Incremental-Composite Sampling Designs for Surface Soil Analyses - February 16, 21, 24, 27. This is a four part seminar series based on a 1-day classroom
course on incremental-composite sampling (ICS). The topics covered in four modules will include: fundamental concepts underlying ICS practices, terminology
and existing guidance, incremental averaging, composite searching, limitations, caveats and quality control (QC) and case studies. For more information
and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live .
Early-life Exposures - Long-term Health Consequences: Part 1 Brominated Flame Retardants - February 3, 2012, 1:00PM-3:00PM EST (18:00-20:00 GMT).
This series 'Early-life Exposures - Long-term Health Consequences' features SRP research in revealing the vulnerability of a developing child by identifying
how biological systems are disturbed in this early period of life. The series will showcase cutting edge research findings that illuminate the consequences
of early life exposures to metals and organic contaminants of emerging concern. The first session 'Early-life Exposures - Long-term Health Consequences:
Part 1 Brominated Flame Retardants' features Dr. Linda Birnbaum (Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), Dr. Heather Stapleton
(Duke University) and Dr. Prasada Kodavanti (US EPA). The seminar will feature work with brominated flame retardants, compounds that are frequently added
to consumer products (such as furniture and electronics) to improve fire safety. Polybrominated flame retardants (PBDEs) can cross the placental barrier
from mother to fetus and influence childhood development years later. PBDEs have been associated with alterations in thyroid hormone levels, reduced fertility,
and neurodevelopmental deficits. Dr. Stapleton will present a recent study exploring the association between PBDEs exposure measured in serum levels and
thyroid hormone levels among a cohort of pregnant women. Additionally, she will highlight new research insights into possible mechanisms of thyroid hormone
dysregulation. Dr. Kodavanti will discuss a study evaluating the neurobehavioral, hormonal, and reproductive effects of perinatal exposure to a commercial
PBDE mixture, DE-71, in a population of rats. PBDE was demonstrated to cross the blood-placenta and blood-brain barriers, resulting in subtle changes in some
parameters of neurobehavior, dramatic changes in thyroid hormone levels, and alterations in both male and female reproductive endpoints. The seminar will
be moderated by Dr. William A. Suk, Director of the Superfund Research Program at NIEHS. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live
Decision Trees for Screening Potentially Contaminated or Underutilized Site for Solar and Wind Potential - February 7, 2012 1:00PM-2:30PM EST (18:00-19:30
GMT). This webinar will give an overview of two draft decision trees that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory
(NREL) created to screen potentially contaminated and underutilized sites for solar and wind potential. These decision trees were created to guide state
and local governments and other stakeholders through a process for screening sites for their suitability for solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind energy. Targeted
sites include underutilized 'greyfields', commercial/industrial rooftops, brownfields, Superfund sites, RCRA sites, publicly owned facilities, abandoned
parcels, and landfills. EPA encourages the development of these targeted sites, instead of green space.
For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live .
ITRC Green & Sustainable Remediation - February 14, 2012, 2:00PM-4:15PM EST (19:00-21:15 GMT). Many state and federal agencies are just beginning to assess
and apply green and sustainable remediation into their regulatory programs. This training provides background on Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR)
concepts, a scalable and flexible framework and metrics, tools and resources to conduct GSR evaluations on remedial projects. The training is based on the
ITRC's Technical & Regulatory Guidance Document: Green and Sustainable Remediation: A Practical Framework (GSR-2, 2011) as well as ITRC's Overview Document,
Green and Sustainable Remediation: State of the Science and Practice (GSR-1, 2011). Beyond basic GSR principles and definitions, participants will learn
the potential benefits of incorporating GSR into their projects; when and how to incorporate GSR within a project's life cycle; and how to perform a GSR evaluation
using appropriate tools. In addition, a variety of case studies will demonstrate the application of GSR and the results. The training course provides an important
primer for both organizations initiating GSR programs as well as those organizations seeking to incorporate GSR considerations into existing regulatory
guidance. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live .
ITRC Use and Measurement of Mass Flux and Mass Discharge - February 16, 2012, 11:00AM-1:15PM EST (16:00-18:15 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
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