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Monthly Engineering Forum Virtual Training
May 05, 2021 - May 05, 2021
Live Online Class, Internet Based

The Engineering Forum (EF), established in the late 1980s, is a group of engineers and scientists that supports the Superfund and RCRA programs in each of the ten EPA Regional Offices. As one of the EPA Technical Support Project’s (TSP) three technical forums, the EF is a medium for exchanging technical information regarding innovative site cleanup and characterization technologies. Monthly technical talks focus on site-specific engineering problems encountered, alternatives and solutions, and lessons learned. After each presentation, information regarding upcoming events and training are discussed and time for an Open Mic discussion is provided. If you are a Superfund, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Brownfields, state or federal environmental professional who is interested in solving technical issues, register for any technical talks listed below that interest you and join the discussion!

Presentations are specifically designed for EPA staff including RPMs, OSCs, Corrective Action Managers, Superfund and Technology Liaisons, Chemists, Biologists, Physical Scientists, and Engineers from within EPA regions, program offices, laboratory system, and headquarters personnel as well as environmental professionals from state agencies, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Dept. of Energy, and other federal agencies of all experience levels. THIS TRAINING IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONTRACTORS, CONSULTANTS OR OTHER PRIVATE ENTITIES.

We will try to meet any special accommodations necessary for our participants as possible if given a minumum of two weeks notice. You will be prompted to indicate if you need any special accommocations upon registering for these events.

*This training is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend. One CLP will be issued for each session attended when you register and log on with the registration link provided to enable your attendance to be confirmed.*

Emerald Laija from the Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office will discuss groundwater remediation at the central portion of the Hanford Site located in south-eastern Washington state. The presentation will provide a brief overview of the remedies for two groundwater operable units (OUs), the 200 West pump-and-treat (P&T) facility, and an optimization study being conducted for these remedies.

The 200 West P&T facility and associated well network is one of the key components of the final remedy selected for the 200-ZP-1 OU (2009) and the 200-UP-1 OU interim remedial action (2012). The selected remedy for both the 200-ZP-1 and 200-UP-1 OUs is a combination of P&T, monitored natural attenuation (MNA), flow-path control, and institutional controls (ICs). The 200-ZP-1 OU COCs include carbon tetrachloride, total chromium, hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)), nitrate, trichloroethene (TCE), iodine-129, technetium-99, and tritium. The 200-UP-1 OU also has uranium. The 200-ZP-1 OU includes several groundwater contaminant plumes collectively covering an area of approximately 18 km2 (7 mi2). The major waste streams that contributed to groundwater contamination were associated with plutonium-finishing operations. The sediment thickness in the area above the water table ranges from 40 to 75 m (132 to 246 ft).

The 200 West P&T facility was originally designed with a capacity to treat 2,500 gallons per minute (gpm) of extracted groundwater using two treatment trains - one for radionuclides and the other for biological treatment. Biological treatment included use of fluidized bed reactors (FBRs), membrane bioreactors (MBRs), and air strippers. An optimization study is being conducted during the operations and maintenance (O&M) phase to suspend biological treatment using the FBRs and MBRs while adding an additional air stripper to increase the 200 West P&T capacity to approximately 14,200 L/min (3,750 gal/min).


Times listed are Eastern.

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Introduction to Remedial Action Management when using EPA Contracts
May 11, 2021 - May 14, 2021 - POSTPONED
Denver, CO

Introduction to Remedial Action (RA) Management when using EPA Contracts is an intermediate level project management course that provides a comprehensive examination of the technical, contracting, and regulatory requirements that the Superfund Remedial Program and EPA contracting offices must address as they plan for and oversee the execution on remedial action projects at Superfund sites under EPA contracts. This course discusses how planning for and using project management principles during RD/RA planning, RD execution, RA solicitation, and RA implement will help the project team manage change with a focus on controlling scope, schedule, and budget.

By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of why RA management requirements have changed for work executed under EPA contracts. This course explains how direct management of remedial design and remedial action project requires the Agency to fundamentally restructuring the way the Superfund program manages these projects.
  • Understand that effective RA management starts early in the design phase. Controlling and understanding the scope of the RD and the content of the plans and specifications has a direct impact on how a RA project will be executed and the effort it will take to oversee RA activities.
  • Understand that successful RA management requires proactive planning and project management throughout the process. The RPM must assemble an team to support RD and RA implementation. This team can include Superfund and contracting staff and managers, as well external resources, such as EPA Headquarters, other Federal Agencies, States/Tribes, or contractors. The RPM is the leader of this team and must establish a culture of collaboration and teamwork through clear roles and responsibilities and established communication protocols.
  • Understand the importance of change management. In Superfund RD and RA projects, changes will occur that impact scope, schedule, and budget. Have a process and tools to identify, track, and manage change. A lack of process or timely identification and management of change in RD and RA can lead to costly and timely issue resolution.
  • Apply the knowledge gained during the course. Participants take part in several activities that give them the opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge to realistic situations that reflect the real-life experiences of RPMs and contracting officers preparing for and managing RA projects.

This course is a 4-day course and is designed for EPA project teams (Superfund and contracting staff and managers) who will be initiating and RD/RA project under EPA contracts in the next 12 months or EPA project teams that are in the process of implementing an RD and planning for an RA under EPA contracts. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, STATES, TRIBES, ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.

*This course is offered free of charge to all registrants who are confirmed to attend.*

Daily Class Times:
Tuesday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

This offering has been postponed. More information.



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