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> Open Solicitation
FY 2018 ESTCP Solicitation Released. The Department of Defense's (DoD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) released a solicitation
on January 5, 2017, requesting proposals for demonstrations of environmental technologies. Researchers from Federal organizations, universities, and
private industry can apply for ESTCP funding via the appropriate solicitation. All proposals must respond to a Topic Area associated with the solicitation.
Topic Areas for universities, private industry, and Federal organizations outside DoD differ from DoD Topic Areas. ESTCP projects are formal demonstrations
in which innovative technologies are rigorously evaluated. ESTCP demonstrations are conducted at DoD facilities and sites to document improved efficiency,
reduced liability, improved environmental outcomes, and cost savings. The due date for all pre-proposals is March 9, 2017 by 2:00 p.m. ET. For details for both
federal and non-federal submissions, see https://serdp-estcp.org/Funding-Opportun ...
> Upcoming Live Internet Seminars
ITRC Geospatial Analysis for Optimization at Environmental Sites - February 7, 2017, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST (18:00-20:15 GMT). The purpose of ITRC's Geospatial
Analysis for Optimization at Environmental Sites (GRO-1) guidance document and this associated training is to explain, educate, and train state regulators
and other practitioners in understanding and using geospatial analyses to evaluate optimization opportunities at environmental sites. With the ITRC GRO-1
web-based guidance document and this associated training class, project managers will be able to: evaluate available data and site needs to determine if geospatial
analyses are appropriate for a given site; for a project and specific lifecycle stage, identify optimization questions where geospatial methods can contribution
to better decision making; for a project and optimization question(s), select appropriate geospatial method(s) and software using the geospatial analysis
work flow, tables and flow charts in the guidance document; with geospatial analyses results (note: some geospatial analyses may be performed by the project
manager, but many geospatial analyses will be performed by technical experts), explain what the results mean and appropriately apply in decision making;
and use the project manager's tool box, interactive flow charts for choosing geospatial methods and review checklist to use geospatial analyses confidently
in decision making. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live.
SERDP & ESTCP Webinar Series, February 9, 2017. The upcoming SERDP & ESTCP webinars will feature award-winning Department of Defense (DoD) research efforts.
One webinar on February 9 will feature a talk about decision support tools for munitions response performance prediction and risk assessment. For more information
and to register for these free webinars, please visit https://www.serdp-estcp.org/Tools-and-Tr ... .
ITRC Long-term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls - February 9, 2017, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST (18:00-20:15 GMT). ITRC's Long-term Contaminant
Management Using Institutional Controls (IC-1, 2016) guidance and this associated training class focuses on post-implementation IC management, including
monitoring, evaluation, stakeholder communications, enforcement, and termination. The ITRC guidance and training will assist those who are responsible
for the management and stewardship of Ics. ITRC has developed a downloadable tool that steps users through the process of planning and designing IC management
needs. This tool can help to create a long lasting record of the site that includes the regulatory authority, details of the IC, the responsibilities of all parties,
a schedule for monitoring the performance of the IC, and more. The tool generates an editable Long Term Stewardship (LTS) plan in Microsoft Word. After attending
the training, participants will be able to: describe best practices and evolving trends for IC management at individual sites and across state agency programs;
use this guidance to improve IC reliability and prevent IC failures, improve existing, or develop new, IC Management programs, and identify the pros and cons
about differing IC management approaches; use the tools to establish an LTS plan for specific sites; and use the elements in the tools to understand the information
that should populate an IC registry or data management system. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live.
ITRC Remedy Selection for Contaminated Sediments - February 14, 2017, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST (18:00-20:15 GMT). ITRC developed the technical and regulatory
guidance, Remedy Selection for Contaminated Sediments (CS-2, 2014), to assist decision-makers in identifying which contaminated sediment management
technology is most favorable based on an evaluation of site specific physical, sediment, contaminant, and land and waterway use characteristics. The document
provides a remedial selection framework to help identify favorable technologies, and identifies additional factors (feasibility, cost, stakeholder concerns,
and others) that need to be considered as part of the remedy selection process. This ITRC training course supports participants with applying the technical
and regulatory guidance as a tool to overcome the remedial challenges posed by contaminated sediment sites. Participants learn how to: identify site-specific
characteristics and data needed for site decision making, evaluate potential technologies based on site information, and select the most favorable contaminant
management technology for their site. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live.
ITRC Issues and Options in Human Health Risk Assessment - A Resource When Alternatives to Default Parameters and Scenarios are Proposed - February 21, 2017,
1:00PM-3:15PM EST (18:00-20:15 GMT). After participating in this ITRC training course, the learner will be able to apply ITRC's Decision Making at Contaminated
Sites: Issues and Options in Human Health Risk (RISK-3, 2015) document when developing or reviewing site-specific risk assessments by: identifying common
issues encountered when alternatives to default parameters and scenarios are proposed during the planning, data evaluation, toxicity, exposure assessment,
and risk characterization and providing possible options for addressing these issues; recognizing the value of proper planning and the role of stakeholders
in the development and review of risk assessments; and providing information (that includes links to additional resources and tools) to support decision
making when alternatives to default approaches, scenarios and parameters are proposed. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org
Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders: Parks, Community Health, and the Arts - February 28, 2017, 1:00PM-2:30PM (18:00-19:30
GMT). Brownfield grants from the U.S. EPA are one of many sources of funds that can support redevelopment of contaminated sites. This webinar will highlight
a number of redevelopment resources available from the National Park Service (NPS), The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the National Endowment
for the Arts (NEA) to leverage your brownfield dollars. The webinar will also feature a presentation from a community that has successfully used grants, loans
and other support from these agencies for its revitalization efforts. It is the fourth in OBLR's webinar series on what communities need to know to successfully
leverage resources for brownfields revitalization. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live.
ITRC Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization - March 2, 2017, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST (18:00-20:15 GMT). The Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization Team has
synthesized the knowledge about dense nonaqueous phase liquid (DNAPL) site characterization and remediation acquired over the past several decades, and
has integrated that information into a new document, Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization and Tools Selection (ISC-1, 2015). This guidance is a resource
to inform regulators, responsible parties, other problem holders, consultants, community stakeholders, and other interested parties of the critical concepts
related to characterization approaches and tools for collecting subsurface data at DNAPL sites. After this associated training, participants will be able
to use the guidance to develop and support an integrated approach to DNAPL site characterization, including: identify what site conditions must be considered
when developing an informative DNAPL conceptual site model (CSM); define an objectives-based DNAPL characterization strategy; understand what tools and
resources are available to improve the identification, collection, and evaluation of appropriate site characterization data; and navigate the DNAPL characterization
tools table and select appropriate technologies to fill site-specific data gaps. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live.
> New Documents and Web Resources
Best Practices for Environmental Site Management: Recommended Contents of a Groundwater Monitoring Report (EPA 542-F-16-005). The purpose of this issue
paper is to recommend information to include in groundwater monitoring reports that will lead to improved report consistency and a useful, readable format.
Incorporation of the recommended information will standardize groundwater monitoring report deliverables, which may in turn inform site characterization
strategies, analysis of remedial alternatives, monitoring network optimization, remedy performance evaluation, continual refinement of the conceptual
site model (CSM), and technical evaluation of groundwater data in five-year reviews (September 2016, 10 pages). View or download at https://semspub.epa.gov/src/document/11/ ...
Travis Environmental Restoration Program Gets Greener Cleanup Certification. Travis Air Force Base (AFB) was added to the National Priorities List in
1989 because of contaminated landfills, disposal and spill sites, firefighting training and storage tank areas and 23 contaminated groundwater sites. Since
2008, the Travis AFB environmental restoration program has pursued a green and sustainable (GSR) approach to addressing the contamination. This effort includes
use of the ASTM Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups (E2893) as a means to demonstrate efficiencies of innovative cleanup technologies intended to minimize
energy consumption and waste generation while reducing costs. Travis AFB is now the first U.S. Department of Defense installation to certify use of the ASTM
standard for these purposes. Analysis of footprints associated with remediating the contaminated groundwater indicates that the GSR approach helped reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by about 1.8 million pounds each year and is saving the Air Force approximately $37,000 in electricity costs annually. For more information
about the GSR approach at Travis AFB, see http://www.militaryspot.com/news/travis- ...
For more information about the ASTM standard, see http://www.epa.gov/greenercleanups/green ...
Superfund Research Program (SRP) Research Briefs. To get monthly updates on research advances from the SRP you can subscribe to their Research Brief mailing
list at https://list.nih.gov/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBE ...
Technology Innovation News Survey Corner. The Technology Innovation News Survey contains market/commercialization information; reports on demonstrations,
feasibility studies and research; and other news relevant to the hazardous waste community interested in technology development. Recent issues, complete
archives, and subscription information is available at https://clu-in.org/products/tins/. The following resources were included in recent issues:
In-Situ Capping of Contaminated Sediments
Long-Term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls
Geospatial Analysis for Optimization at Environmental Sites
NORDROCS 2016: The 6th Joint Nordic Meeting on Remediation of Contaminated Sites -- Short Papers and Abstracts
IP 2016: 4th International Workshop on Induced Polarization -- Abstracts
Guidance on Assessing the Impacts of Cemeteries on Groundwater
EUGRIS Corner. New Documents on EUGRIS, the platform for European contaminated soil and water information. More than 8 resources, events, projects and
news items were added to EUGRIS in January 2017. These can be viewed at http://www.eugris.info/whatsnew.asp . Then select the appropriate month and year for
the updates in which you are interested. The following resource was posted on EUGRIS:
> Conferences and Symposia
Groundwater High-Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC), Dallas, TX, February 22-23, 2016. This training course focuses on groundwater characterization
and discusses (1) the impacts of subsurface heterogeneity on the investigation and cleanup of groundwater and related media, (2) the need for scale-appropriate
measurements and adequate data density, and (3) the tools and strategies that are available to overcome the impacts of subsurface heterogeneity. After taking
this course, participants will be armed with information that will allow them to improve their subsurface investigation approaches and develop more realistic
and comprehensive conceptual site models (CSM). CSMs developed based on HRSC strategies and tools will decrease site uncertainty, improve the remedy selection
process for groundwater remedies, and better enable the evaluation, design, and implementation of targeted in situ and ex situ groundwater remedies. The
Groundwater HRSC course is an advanced 2-day course. The recommended audience includes EPA, federal, state, tribal and private industry technical project
managers, practitioners and other stakeholders involved in groundwater investigation and remediation. For more information and to register, see https://trainex.org/hrsc.
Call for Ideas! 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, December 5-7, 2017. Submit your ideas for dynamic educational sessions
that encourage conversation and participation from attendees. The
Brownfields 2017 educational program will motivate brownfields stakeholders to engage, learn, and share their experiences and knowledge of community
revitalization challenges and solutions. The conference planning committee is looking for ideas in eight topic areas/tracks with seven session formats.
Submissions are due by March 17, 2017. For more information and to submit an idea, see http://brownfields2017.org/education/cal ...