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Federal Facilities Online Academy: Role of Superfund Performance Measures

Sponsored by: US EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO)

Archived: Monday, April 6, 2020
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Role of Superfund Performance Measures is a two-hour webinar course that will identify the role of performance measures, including environmental indicators, how to justify their status, and how to achieve an under-control status at Superfund sites. By taking this course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Discover the origin and role of Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Measures;
  • Explore the different types of internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) planning targets reported through the Superfund Enterprise Management System (SEMs) database; and,
  • Learn about Environmental Indicators for Human Exposure and Groundwater Migration and how they are determined.

The instructional methodology for this course includes lecture, group discussion, and quizzes. There will also be an opportunity for participants to ask questions. The target audience for this course is federal, state, and tribal representatives who work on Federal Facility cleanups. Ideally, students should have a basic understanding of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) process. This course is part of the Federal Facilities Academy training program. Please consider registering for other Federal Facility Academy courses and obtain a certificate upon completion of the entire Federal Facility Academy series (12 courses total).

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Rehabilitation Act Notice for Reasonable Accommodation

It is EPA's policy to make reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities wishing to participate in the agency's programs and activities, pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 791. Any request for accommodation should be made to Emerald Laija at 202-564-2724 or, preferably one week or more in advance of the webinar, so that EPA will have sufficient time to process the request. EPA would welcome specific recommendations from requestors specifying the nature or type of accommodation needed. Please note that CLU-IN provides both alternate phone call-in options and closed captioning for all webinars, and requests for these specific accommodations are not necessary.

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By participating in this CLU-IN webinar, you automatically agree to authorize recording of audio and visual content presented during this live event and consent to subsequent use of this recording in the public domain by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This recording may include questions, comments and poll responses provided by you during the live event in addition to your name, voice, image or likeness. This recording will be made available after the conclusion of the live event as part of the CLU-IN webinar archives, and will remain available indefinitely. If you do not wish to consent to the recording, please do not join the live event, and contact Jean Balent at 202-566-0832 or to discuss your concerns.

Content Disclaimer

This webinar is intended solely to provide information to the public. The views and opinions expressed as part of this webinar do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is not intended, nor can it be relied upon, to create any rights enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States, or to endorse the use of products or services provided by specific vendors. With respect to this webinar, neither the United States Government nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.


A photograph of Emy LaijaEmy Laija, EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office ( or 202-845-3198)
Emy Laija is an Environmental Scientist who works on Superfund cleanups of hazardous waste sites through the EPA Federal Facility Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO) in Washington, DC. Her position includes implementing national policy, promoting consistency in cleanups, developing training, and developing relationships with other federal agencies and stakeholders. Before working in FFRRO, Emerald worked as a Remedial Project Manager for 8 years in EPA's Hanford Project Office in Richland, WA and continues to serve as a Hanford subject matter expert. She earned a Master's Degree focused in Environmental Studies from University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.

A photograph of John BurchetteJohn Burchette, U.S. EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office ( or 202-564-3338)
John Burchette is a physical scientist in the Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO) of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM). John has a BS in Earth Science, a BS in Environmental and Geosciences and an MS in Geoenvironmental Studies. John has 2-years private industry experience as an environmental consultant conducting and overseeing various field work activities prior to starting with the EPA in 2007. Since joining EPA, John has worked as a Remedial Project Manager overseeing NPL and BRAC Federal Facilities sites in Region 3 for eight years prior to joining the Federal Facility Restoration and Reuse Office at EPA HQ in 2015. John currently serves as FFRRO's lead POC for Work Planning and Program Measures.

A photograph of Jim SferraJim Sferra, Ohio EPA
Jim Sferra, prior to joining the Ohio EPA worked many years as a private consultant specializing in human health and ecological risk assessment. Since joining the Ohio EPA, he has worked as front line hazardous waste inspector and risk assessor for RCRA Closures Corrective Actions. Subsequent to that, he has held numerous management positions overseeing operations at both the District and Division levels. As Chief of the Southeast District Office he helped coordinate all Ohio EPA divisions (e.g., air, surface water, remediation, etc.). At the Division level he helped oversee numerous programs including CERCLA, RCRA C, Voluntary Action Program, and Brownfields. Related to this presentation, he has a decade of experience helping oversee remediation at Department of Energy's Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

A photograph of Boone O'NeilBoone O'Neil, U.S. EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) ( or 202-566-1094)
Boone O'Neil is a program analyst in the Budget, Planning and Evaluation Branch (BPEB) and is the designated Environmental Indicator Coordinator for OSRTI in Washington, D.C. This role gives him the responsibility of coordinating with EPA's 10 regions to ensure consistency and accuracy in reporting Human Exposure and Groundwater Migration details on all National Priority List (NPL) sites to the public. Fairly new to the EPA, Boone finished a Master of Public Administration degree at Syracuse University in the Spring of 2019, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Georgia.


A photograph of Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division ( or 202-566-0832)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.

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