United States Environmental Protection Agency
TechDirect, June 1, 2017
EPA Announces Superfund Task Force. As part of his continued effort to prioritize Superfund cleanups, Administrator Scott Pruitt announced on May 22 the creation of a Superfund task force to provide recommendations within 30 days on how the EPA can streamline and improve the Superfund program, including:
expediting the cleanup process;
reducing the burden on cooperating parties; incentivizing parties to remediate sites;
encouraging private investment in cleanups and sites; promoting the revitalization of properties across the country; and
establishing and strengthening partnerships.
This action follows Administrator Pruitt's recent directive that authority to select remedies estimated to cost $50 million or more be retained by the Administrator to help revitalize contaminated sites faster. Read the full press release for more information about the Superfund Task Force at https://go.usa.gov/xNXYR.
Board of Scientific Counselors Nominations Now Open.
The U.S. EPA is seeking nominations for technical experts to serve on its Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), a federal advisory committee to the Office of Research and Development (ORD). The BOSC provides independent scientific and technical peer review, consultation, advice, and recommendations for each of its research programs.Information on the BOSC can be found at http://www.epa.gov/bosc. Individuals and organizations can nominate themselves or others by using the nomination form on the BOSC website at http://www.epa.gov/bosc/invitation-nominations-bosc-executive-committee-and-subcommittees. The nomination period is open until June 30, 2017. Details regarding areas of expertise sought, process for submitting nominations, and selection criteria can also be found in the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/25/2017-10672/request-for-nominations-of-experts-to-the-epa-office-of-research-and-developments-board-of. Please contact the BOSC De!
signated Federal Officer, Tom Tracy (tracy.tom**At_Symbol_Here**epa.gov), for assistance.
Upcoming Live Internet Seminars
SERDP & ESTCP Webinar on Classification of Military Munitions using Electromagnetic Induction Data - June 1, 2017, 12:00PM-1:30PM EDT (16:00-17:30 GMT). Join SERDP and ESTCP on Thursday, June 1 for a webinar detailing results from Department of Defense funded research to improve the classification of buried metal as unexploded ordnance (UXO) or non-UXO, based on the analysis of multi-coil electromagnetic induction (EMI) data. Dr. Dean Keiswetter, a chief scientist and program director at Acorn Science and Innovation, will present the technical approach and results of a research project to improve the existing data analysis and software toolset for UXO classification. For more information and to register, see https://www.serdp-estcp.org/Tools-and-Training/Webinar-Series.
Filing EPA Information in AES Targeted at Current Exporters Only - June 5, 2017, 1:30PM-2:00PM EDT (17:30-18:00 GMT). Exporters of manifested hazardous wastes, spent/used lead-acid batteries, universal wastes and cathode ray tubes for recycling should now be transitioning to an electronic border process using the Automated Export System (AES) or AESDirect. This 30-minute webinar will provide detailed filing instructions for exporters and their authorized filing agents (e.g., customs brokers) on how to file the RCRA information about their shipments in AES and AESDirect. For more information and to register, see https://clu-in.org/live.
Requirements That Apply to Import and Export Shipments That Go to Both an Interim and Final Destination Facility - June 5, 2017, 3:00PM-4:00PM EDT (19:00-20:00 GMT). Exports and imports of hazardous wastes, including those managed as universal waste and spent lead-acid batteries, are required to follow import and export procedures under 40 CFR Part 262 Subpart H. But shipments going first to an interim facility for temporary holding or consolidation prior to being shipped to a final disposal or recycling facility have special procedures to follow. This 1-hr webinar will walk through the additional information to provide in your notices and the shipment-specific tracking procedures you must follow to comply with 40 CFR Part 262 Subpart H. For more information and to register, see https://clu-in.org/live.
ITRC Issues and Options in Human Health Risk Assessment - A Resource When Alternatives to Default Parameters and Scenarios are Proposed - June 6, 2017, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT (17:00-19:15 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 a!
nd parameters are proposed. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live.
ITRC Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization - June 8, 2017, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT (17:00-19:15 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.
Analytical Tools and Methods: Session III - Fate and Transport of Contaminants - June 12, 2017, 1:00PM-3:00PM EDT (17:00-19:00 GMT). This webinar series highlights innovative analytical tools and methods developed and used by Superfund Research Program (SRP) grantees. During the third session of the series, speakers will highlight tools and methods to detect contaminants and measure their fate and transport in the environment. The speakers will highlight work related to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), chlorinated solvents, and other chemicals in the environment. Presenters include: Keri Hornbuckle, Ph.D., University of Iowa SRP Center; Jennifer Guelfo, Ph.D., Brown University SRP Center; and Mark Brusseau, Ph.D., University of Arizona SRP Center. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live.
Superfund Redevelopment Initiative Series: Opportunities for Reuse at Capped Sites - June 14, 2017, 2:00PM-3:30PM EDT (18:00-19:30 GMT). Former landfills, abandoned dumps, and other contaminated sites throughout the United States, once thought to be of limited value, are being transformed into viable commercial and industrial developments, parks and other recreational areas, and wildlife areas. With forethought and effective planning, communities and site stakeholders can return sites to productive use without jeopardizing the effectiveness of a remedial cap. This webinar will share lessons learned from the successful reuse and assessment of capped sites. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live.
Military Munitions Support Services - Stakeholder Collaboration on MMRP Projects - June 15, 2017, 1:00PM-3:45PM EDT (17:00-19:45 GMT). This session will discuss challenges and successes of interagency collaborative efforts on munitions response projects. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live.
Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable (FRTR) Spring Meeting Summary. The May 2017 FRTR Meeting focused on the characterization and treatment of heavy metals at mining sites. A webinar series will be hosted this summer based on some of the topics covered at this meeting including risk assessment, biochemical and biogeochemical remediation treatments, modelling techniques, and the use of unmanned aircraft systems for biological surveying. Meeting materials and additional information can be found at https://frtr.gov/meetings.htm.
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?SUBED1=SRP-BRIEF&A=1.
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