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CLU-IN's ongoing series of Internet Seminars are free, web-based slide presentations with a companion audio portion. We provide two options for accessing the audio portion of the seminar: by phone line or streaming audio simulcast. More information and registration for all Internet Seminars is available by selecting the individual seminar below. Not able to make one of our live offerings? You may also view archived seminars.

 
 
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ERT Presents Development of Ecological Preliminary Remediation Goals

This seminar provides an overview of Ecological Preliminary Remediation Goals (PRGs) for common terrestrial and aquatic receptors. The seminar begins with a general discussion and background information about ecological PRGs. Topics included in the presentation include description of performance measures, criteria with which PRGs must comply, how PRGs are derived and used, and how background is incorporated into the PRG process. In addition, there will be a brief discussion pertaining to how risk management in considered in the PRG process.

NARPM Presents...Evaluating Completion of Groundwater Restoration Remedial Actions

This session is designed to assist RPMs, EPA technical support staff, and states in understanding EPA's new guidance for evaluating remedial action completion for groundwater restoration projects. The training will be based on the "Guidance for Evaluating Completion of Groundwater Restoration Remedial Action," November 2013; "Recommended Approach for Evaluating Completion of Groundwater Restoration Remedial Actions," August 2014; and the Groundwater Statistical Tool, August 2014.

This training will assist participants in understanding how groundwater contaminant well data and site-specific conditions may be evaluated to assess whether restoration of a contaminated aquifer is complete. By taking this webinar, participants will achieve the following objectives:
  • Understand EPA's recommendations for determining if a groundwater restoration remedial action is complete;
  • Understand recommendations for evaluating contaminant of concern concentration levels on a well-by-well basis;
  • Be exposed to the groundwater statistics tool and understand how it may be used to evaluate well-specific data; and
  • Understand how well-specific conclusions may be used to make a determination that the restoration remedial action is complete.

NARPM Presents...ICs in Decision Documents

Join in this seminar to learn about effective documentation of Institutional Controls (ICs) in Superfund decision documents. This webinar will help Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) and IC Coordinators better understand the specific requirements for formally documenting ICs in Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD), Record of Decision (ROD) Amendments, and RODs. Participants will hear both the regional and headquarters' perspective on the appropriate use of ICs in remedy decisions, as well as be provided with site-specific examples. The presenters will identify the expectations of the NCP, as well as explore additional policy and guidance to assist RPMs in documenting ICs. Finally, participants will understand how properly documented ICs can help ensure meaningful public involvement as well as facilitate the development of the Institutional Control Implementation and Assurance Plans (ICIAPs).

NARPM Presents...Interactions between Superfund and RCRA - Case Studies and Review

The interface between RCRA and Superfund is diverse, whether it is waste analysis and disposal or an adjacent RCRA Corrective Action site with co-mingling plumes. The goal of this webinar is to inform Superfund RPMs, and others, of the RCRA process be it regulation, guidance or personal interactions between the programs. Case Studies from Superfund RPMs and RCRA Corrective Action PMs will provide real world examples of this interaction. In addition, a high-level overview of RCRA is provided to set up each case study example.

Porewater Concentrations and Bioavailability: How You Can Measure Them and Why They Influence Contaminated Sediment Remediation - Session II - PSDs for Organic Contaminants

This is the second session of the Porewater Concentrations and Bioavailability: How You Can Measure Them and Why They Influence Contaminated Sediment Remediation seminar series. This session is titled: PSDs for Organic Contaminants. NARPM Presents and Risk e-Learning are offering a four-part webinar series to help you understand why, how, and when to measure porewater concentrations and bioavailability as part of contaminated sediment assessment and management. Hosted jointly by the EPA Contaminated Sediments Forum and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science’s Superfund Research Program, this webinar series will also focus on the use of passive sampling devices (PSD) and what they tell us about contaminant bioavailability. Previously held as a course at the National Association for Remedial Project Managers (NARPM) Training Program meeting, the webinar series features experts in the field of porewater and bioavailability and includes lectures and case studies, including practical tips to maximize the utility of porewater and bioavailability measurements. Presenters will explain the basics of chemical fate, transport, and uptake, with a focus on porewater as a key route of exposure and a strong indicator of bioavailability. PSDs are a promising technology for measuring porewater concentrations and assessing bioavailability, particularly for common sediment contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), chlorinated pesticides, and dioxin-like compounds. The webinar series will include information about direct measurements of porewater, such as centrifuging sediment samples or Henry Samplers, which may also be used and are particularly useful for measuring metals.

Porewater Concentrations and Bioavailability: How You Can Measure Them and Why They Influence Contaminated Sediment Remediation - Session IV - Case Studies: PSDs for Organic Contaminants

This is the fourth session of the Porewater Concentrations and Bioavailability: How You Can Measure Them and Why They Influence Contaminated Sediment Remediation seminar series. This session is titled Case Studies: PSDs for Organic Contaminants. NARPM Presents and Risk e-Learning are offering a four-part webinar series to help you understand why, how, and when to measure porewater concentrations and bioavailability as part of contaminated sediment assessment and management. Hosted jointly by the EPA Contaminated Sediments Forum and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science’s Superfund Research Program, this webinar series will also focus on the use of passive sampling devices (PSD) and what they tell us about contaminant bioavailability. Previously held as a course at the National Association for Remedial Project Managers (NARPM) Training Program meeting, the webinar series features experts in the field of porewater and bioavailability and includes lectures and case studies, including practical tips to maximize the utility of porewater and bioavailability measurements. Presenters will explain the basics of chemical fate, transport, and uptake, with a focus on porewater as a key route of exposure and a strong indicator of bioavailability. PSDs are a promising technology for measuring porewater concentrations and assessing bioavailability, particularly for common sediment contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), chlorinated pesticides, and dioxin-like compounds. The webinar series will include information about direct measurements of porewater, such as centrifuging sediment samples or Henry Samplers, which may also be used and are particularly useful for measuring metals.

Porewater Concentrations and Bioavailability: How You Can Measure Them and Why They Influence Contaminated Sediment Remediation - Session III - Metals and PSDs

This is the third session of the Porewater Concentrations and Bioavailability: How You Can Measure Them and Why They Influence Contaminated Sediment Remediation seminar series. This session is titled: Metals and PSDs. NARPM Presents and Risk e-Learning are offering a four-part webinar series to help you understand why, how, and when to measure porewater concentrations and bioavailability as part of contaminated sediment assessment and management. Hosted jointly by the EPA Contaminated Sediments Forum and the National Institute of Environmental Health Science’s Superfund Research Program, this webinar series will also focus on the use of passive sampling devices (PSD) and what they tell us about contaminant bioavailability. Previously held as a course at the National Association for Remedial Project Managers (NARPM) Training Program meeting, the webinar series features experts in the field of porewater and bioavailability and includes lectures and case studies, including practical tips to maximize the utility of porewater and bioavailability measurements. Presenters will explain the basics of chemical fate, transport, and uptake, with a focus on porewater as a key route of exposure and a strong indicator of bioavailability. PSDs are a promising technology for measuring porewater concentrations and assessing bioavailability, particularly for common sediment contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), chlorinated pesticides, and dioxin-like compounds. The webinar series will include information about direct measurements of porewater, such as centrifuging sediment samples or Henry Samplers, which may also be used and are particularly useful for measuring metals.

Remedial Action Framework (RAF): Overview of Remedial Action Framework (RAF)

USEPA's Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation and the Office of Acquisition Management will host this webinar on the new Remedial Action Framework (RAF). The primary purpose of the contracts awarded under the Remedial Acquisition Framework will be to provide national support through multiple award contracts to the EPA remedial program and its responsibilities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); the Superfund Act of 1980, as amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA); and the Robert T. Stafford Natural Disaster Act pursuant to the Federal Response Plan (FRP) and other laws. This webinar will provide a general overview of the RAF and will clarify to the contractor community the three suites of contracts under the RAF umbrella:
  • Design and Engineering Services (DES);
  • Remediation Environmental Services (RES); and
  • Environmental Services and Operations (ESO).

Estimating Environmental Footprints Using SEFA (Spreadsheets for Environmental Footprint Analysis)

In 2012, the EPA released the "Methodology for Understanding and Reducing a Project's Environmental Footprint," which presents green remediation metrics associated with contaminated site cleanup and a process to quantify those metrics in order to achieve a greener cleanup. In conjunction with the Methodology, the EPA developed a set of analytical workbooks known as "SEFA" (Spreadsheets for Environmental Footprint Analysis), which can be used to quantify the environmental footprint of a site cleanup. An August 2014 update to the workbooks now offers greater consolidation of data entry, greater flexibility for specifying site-specific parameters, new charts and graphics for presenting results, and expanded user instructions.

This 2-hour internet seminar will provide an overview of SEFA, demonstrate how to use the workbooks, and highlight the updated features. Opportunities will be provided throughout the seminar for participants to submit questions and observations regarding SEFA. Prior to attending this seminar, participants are strongly requested to: (1) read the Methodology or the introductory fact sheet (PDF), and (2) download and review the updated SEFA workbooks.

Overview of New EPA Superfund Groundwater Guidance and Tools

Groundwater remediation is a component of more than 90 percent of active Superfund sites and achieving remedial action objectives can take years or even decades. Collectively federal agencies, states and potentially responsible parties (PRPs) spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year to address contaminated groundwater. Given the importance of groundwater, the challenges and costs associated with groundwater remedies, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently issued a new suite of guidance and tools to help focus resources on the information and decisions needed to effectively complete groundwater remedies and to ensure that these remedies protect human health and the environment. This 1 hour webinar will describe the benefits and utility of the following recently issued EPA guidance and tools:

  • Guidance for Evaluating Completion of Groundwater Restoration Actions (Nov. 2013)
  • Groundwater Remedy Completion Strategy (May 2014)
  • Recommended Approach for Evaluating Completion of Groundwater Restoration Remedial Actions at a Groundwater Monitoring Well (Aug. 2014)
  • Groundwater Statistical Tool (Aug. 2014)

The above EPA groundwater guidance and other resources are available on EPA's website at http://www.epa.gov/superfund/health/conmedia/gwdocs/.

Participants may also be interested in the webinar on Evaluating Completion of Groundwater Restoration Remedial Actions on November 12, 2014, 1:00PM-3:00PM, EDT (18:00-20:00 GMT).

EPA's MIW Treatment Technology Report, INAP's Sustainable Mining Program, and Barrick Gold's Remediation and Sustainable Mining Efforts in the Dominican Republic

This webinar features three presentations delivered at the 2014 National Conference on Mining Influenced Waters (MIW). The session highlights EPA's efforts to identify lower-maintenance and innovative MIW treatment technologies, work being conducted by the International Network for Acid Prevention (INAP), and efforts undertaken by Barrick Gold Corporation to clean up and implement best industry practices at a mining-impacted river in the Dominican Republic.

Water Treatment: Iron Mountain Mine and Bunker Hill Mining and Metallurgical Complex Superfund Sites

This webinar features three presentations on mining-influenced water (MIW) treatment delivered at the 2014 National Conference on Mining Influenced Waters. The session focuses on approaches to MIW treatment, operations and maintenance (O&M) challenges, and characterization and remediation of MIW treatment issues at two Superfund sites.
Interstate Technology Regulatory Council
Seminars Sponsored by the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council


Soil Sampling and Decision Making Using Incremental Sampling Methodology - Part 1

Interstate Technology Regulatory Council When sampling soil at potentially contaminated sites, the goal is collecting representative samples which will lead to quality decisions. Unfortunately traditional soil sampling methods don't always provide the accurate, reproducible, and defensible data needed. Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) can help with this soil sampling challenge. ISM is a structured composite sampling and processing protocol that reduces data variability and provides a reasonable estimate of a chemical's mean concentration for the volume of soil being sampled. The three key components of ISM are systematic planning, field sample collection, and laboratory processing and analysis. The adequacy of ISM sample support (sample mass) reduces sampling and laboratory errors, and the ISM strategy improves the reliability and defensibility of sampling data by reducing data variability.

ISM provides representative samples of specific soil volumes defined as Decision Units. An ISM replicate sample is established by collecting numerous increments of soil (typically 30 to 100 increments) that are combined, processed, and subsampled according to specific protocols. ISM is increasingly being used for sampling soils at hazardous waste sites and on suspected contaminated lands. Proponents have found that the coverage afforded by collecting many increments, together with disciplined processing and subsampling of the combined increments, yields consistent and reproducible results that in most instances have been preferable to the results obtained by more traditional (e.g. discrete) sampling approaches.

This 2-part training course along with ITRC's web-based Incremental Sampling Methodology Technical and Regulatory Guidance Document (ISM-1, 2012) is intended to assist regulators and practitioners with the understanding the fundamental concepts of soil/contaminant heterogeneity, representative sampling, sampling/laboratory error and how ISM addresses these concepts. Through this training course you should learn:

  • basic principles to improve soil sampling results
  • systematic planning steps important to ISM
  • how to determine ISM Decision Units (DU)
  • the answers to common questions about ISM sampling design and data analysis
  • methods to collect and analyze ISM soil samples
  • the impact of laboratory processing on soil samples
  • how to evaluate ISM data and make decisions

In addition this ISM training and guidance provides insight on when and how to apply ISM at a contaminated site, and will aid in developing or reviewing project documents incorporating ISM (e.g., work plans, sampling plans, reports). You will also be provided with links to additional resources related to ISM.

The intended users of this guidance and training course are state and federal regulators, project managers, and consultant personnel responsible for and/or directly involved in developing, identifying or applying soil and sediment sampling approaches and establishing sampling objectives and methods. In addition, data end users and decision makers will gain insight to the use and impacts of ISM for soil sampling for potentially contaminated sites.

Recommended Reading: We encourage participants to review the ITRC ISM document(http://www.itrcweb.org/ISM-1/) prior to participating in the training classes. If your time is limited in reviewing the document in advance, we suggest you prioritize your time by reading the Executive Summary, Chapter 4 "Statistical Sampling Designs for ISM," and Chapter 7 "Making Decisions Using ISM Data" to maximize your learning experience during the upcoming training classes.

Project Risk Management for Site Remediation

Interstate Technology Regulatory Council 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. You should learn: the principles and elements of Remediation Risk Management (RRM); the importance and benefits of RRM; how to implement RRM based on a discussion of case studies: how RRM can help you achieve more successful remediation; and how to use the ITRC RRM information to your benefit.
The Training Exchange (Trainex)

The Training Exchange website (Trainex) is designed to provide a wide range of training information to EPA, other federal agency, state, tribal, and local staff involved in hazardous waste management and remediation. Trainex focuses on free training directed to federal and state staff. This site includes training schedules for deliveries of many courses, both classroom and Internet-based.

EPA works in partnership with organizations, such as the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC), and other agencies, such as the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), to offer training relevant to hazardous waste remediation, site characterization, risk assessment, emergency response, site/incident management, counter-terrorism, and the community's role in site management and cleanup.

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