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Basic Overview of Superfund Online Training Course

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CERCLA Education Center (CEC) Course News

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NARPM Presents Webinars

NARPM and OSC Academy Presents…NHPA for RPMs and OSCs
Thursday, August 9, 2018
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern
 
Instructor: Earl Liverman, Retired EPA Region 10 OSC, Acme
 
Session Description:
This webinar provides OSCs and RPMs with an overview of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the requirements of Section 106 under CERCLA. The focus will be on EPA's Emergency Response and Removal Program. NHPA applies to your response action if your action constitutes an undertaking and will have a potential effect on a property that is eligible for or included in the National Register of Historic Places. 
 
The overview of the steps of the Section 106 consultation process includes: a review of NHPA under CERCLA; determining if a response action constitutes an undertaking; establishing the area of potential effects of the undertaking; identifying any historic properties within that area, and evaluating whether the undertaking will affect such properties, and if so, whether the effects may be adverse; and where there are adverse effects anticipated, identifying ways to minimize or mitigate any adverse effects.
 
The primary audience for this training is EPA OSCs and RPMs; however, it is open to other federal agencies, states, tribes and consultants who are interested in learning more about the NHPA statute.
 
Registration is available at: https://clu-in.org/training/webinar/NARPMOSCAcadpresents1/

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NARPM Presents… Using Bioavailability to Assess Contaminated Sediment Risk: Passive Sampling and Porewater Remedial Goals (PWRGs)
Monday, August 13, 2018
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Instructors:

  • Rob Burgess, EPA Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL), burgess.robert@epa.gov
  • Lawrence Burkhard, EPA Office of Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL), burkhard.lawrence@epa.gov

Session Description:
This webinar will introduce the use of passive samplers to assess bioavailability and the development of Porewater Remediation Goals (PWRG). Passive sampling devices (PSD) are a technology with growing acceptance for measuring porewater concentrations and assessing bioavailability of contaminants in sediment, particularly for common sediment contaminants such as PCBs, PAHs, chlorinated pesticides and dioxin-like compounds. Instructors will explain the basics of what passive samplers are and how they work, as well as provide an overview of the deployment, analysis, and application of PSDs. The webinar will also discuss the derivation of Porewater Remediation Goals (PWRG) for the protection of the benthic organisms using exposures measured with PSDs. This section of the course will focus on the application of PSD data to ecological risk assessment, including the application of Final Chronic Values from Ambient Water Quality Criteria, use of PSD in toxicity and bioaccumulation testing, development of a site specific PWRG, and calculation of a sediment RG based on site-specific equilibrium partitioning. Instructors will also discuss the implementation of PWRGs as it relates to risk assessment and management at Superfund sediment sites.

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

  • Understand how PSD measures bioavailability of contaminants in sediment porewater,
  • Be provided with an overview for planning and executing a PSD sampling event,
  • Understand how to apply PSD data to ecological risk assessment,
  • Learn how to develop a site-specific PWRG to protect the benthic organisms, and
  • Consider other uses of PSD methods for RI/FS, remedy selection, and remedy implementation at Superfund sediment sites.

The target audience is EPA Remedial Project Managers and risk assessors, as a well as other regulatory staff, contractors, and responsible parties.

Registration is available at: https://clu-in.org/conf/tio/NARPMPresents42/

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NARPM Presents… Utilizations of the U.S. EPA - Environmental Response Team's Mobile Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzer Laboratories to Address Environment Issues
Thursday, August 30, 2018
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Instructor: Dave Mickunas, EPA Environmental Response Team

Session Description:
The U.S. EPA Environmental Response Team's (ERT) Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzer (TAGA) mobile laboratories have been utilized for numerous and varied monitoring and analysis operations. Over the years, the TAGA laboratories have been employed at traditional emergency responses, including chemical plant explosions, train derailments, pipeline breaks, oil spills, floods, hurricanes, etc., as well as terrorist events involving the World Trade Center attack and the weaponized anthrax assaults of the United States Hart Senate Office Building, United State Post Offices, and the American Media Incorporated Building. Additionally, the TAGA laboratories have been used to perform ambient air monitoring in highly industrial areas of Texas and Louisiana as part of the US EPA's Urban Air Toxic Program. Moreover, the TAGA labs have been implemented to investigate vapor intrusion at over 100 Superfund sites across the country involving hundreds of buildings using the instrumentation to provide analytical results for soil gas, sub-slab vapor, indoor air, and ambient air matrices. Furthermore, the laboratories have been involved in research and development operations for chemical warfare agents' detection and remediation effectiveness of materials, as well as, fumigant detection and containment during building remediation of biological agents.

The TAGA mobile laboratories are currently comprised of analytical instrumentation, which includes but is not limited to a PE Sciex 365 triple quadrupole mass spectrometer (MS/MS) with a low pressure chemical ionization (LPCI) source and an atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) source, an Agilent Gas Chromatograph (GC) 7890 and Mass Spectrometer (MS) 5975C with a loop injection system, and an Agilent MicroGC. Additionally, the TAGA laboratories are equipped with a global positioning system (GPS) and a geographic information system (GIS). The stated equipment was incorporated to perform the above analytical services. In this webinar, we will discuss high resolution site characterization using direct-sensing and data visualization tools to rapidly build the conceptual site model in an adaptive process. We strive for timeframes of months, not years, by starting with the end in mind and employing a collaborative team approach, including our state, tribal, industrial and community counterparts. Goal one is to gain a confident understanding of the spatial and matrix distribution of contaminants of concern. Goal two is to rapidly gather information essential to informing potential remedy choices focused on root causes. Goal three is to minimize mobilizations and transaction costs by evaluating data and identifying data gaps in real-time while the investigation team is still in the field. By including all project stakeholders in the investigation and decision-making process, the report becomes a reflection of the team’s findings, interpretations and decisions, rather than one party’s opinion piece subject to debate. This presentation will briefly describe the approach and focus on recent work at sites of different scales to showcase the process and workflows that demonstrate its effectiveness.

Registration is available at: https://clu-in.org/conf/tio/NARPMPresents44/

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NARPM Presents…Tools for Estimating Groundwater Contaminant Flux to Surface Water
Wednesday, September 5, 2018
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Instructors:

  • Robert Ford, EPA Office of Research and Development
  • Bob Lien, EPA Office of Research and Development
  • Steven Acree, EPA Office of Research and Development
  • Randall Ross, EPA Office of Research and Development

Session Description:
Surface water bodies adjacent to sites with contaminated groundwater may receive impacts that impair otherwise functional ecosystems and create new exposure pathways, increasing human health risks. Optimizing site characterization protocols to improve the remedy design effort is best achieved by developing knowledge of the potential extent and magnitude of contaminated groundwater discharge into the surface water body. Through field-based research, EPA’s Office of Research and Development has developed several approaches to more reliably characterize system hydrology and assess contaminant flux. A series of standard methods and spreadsheet-based calculation tools have been developed to facilitate data collection and analysis, and all in an affordable and consistent manner. A case study example will be used to highlight these novel approaches to improve understanding of the spatial and temporal dynamics of contaminant transport across the groundwater-surface water transition zone.

Registration is available at: https://clu-in.org/conf/tio/NARPMPresents43/

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NARPM Presents… Stress and Environmental Contamination: Tips and Tools from ATSDR
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern
 
Instructors:

  • Pam Tucker, MD, Medical Officer, ATSDR 
  • Ben Gerhardstein, MPH, Environmental Health Scientist, ATSDR Region 9
  • Jamie Rayman, MPH, Health Educator and Community Involvement Specialist, ATSDR Region

Session Description:
Environmental contamination can disrupt life as usual. Community members may feel stress for several reasons, including health and financial concerns. Join this webinar to learn more about stress, how it can affect health, and why environmental contamination can cause it. We’ll offer practical tips and tools for acknowledging stress with community members and helping them cope. The webinar will wrap up with suggestions for dealing with stress you may feel as a professional working with communities affected by environmental contamination.
Attendees may be interested in Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) stress-focused fact sheets and materials. Please see:

  • Coping with the stress that environmental contamination can cause - explains why contamination can cause stress and suggests steps people can take to cope (also available in Spanish)
  • Blog post - on using the Stress Fact Sheet in Tucson, AZ
  • Stress from Relocation - tips for helping families deal with stress from relocation after a disaster

Registration is available at: https://clu-in.org/conf/tio/NARPMPresents41/



New Requirements for Entering Federal Buildings

The government has issued new guidelines regarding access to federal buildings.  In the future it will be important to pay close attention to the location listed for a class, and if you are not sure whether or not the location is in a federal building, please contact the logistics/facility contact listed or the class information contact listed for further clarification.  Please click here to review these new requirements and see what form(s) of identification you will need in the future.




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Upcoming Internet Seminars
Superfund Research Program Progress in Research Webinar Part 1: Duke University and University of Arizona
August 23, 2018 at 01:00 PM
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Vapor Intrusion (VI) Investigation using the Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzer (TAGA) Mobile Laboratories
August 29, 2018 at 01:00 PM
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NARPM Presents...Utilizations of the U.S. EPA - Environmental Response Team's Mobile Trace Atmospheric Gas Analyzer Laboratories to Address Environment Issues
August 30, 2018 at 01:00 PM
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Superfund Research Program Progress in Research Webinar Part 2: University of Louisville, University of New Mexico, and University of Washington
September 04, 2018 at 01:00 PM
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NARPM Presents…Tools for Estimating Groundwater Contaminant Flux to Surface Water
September 05, 2018 at 01:00 PM
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Superfund Research Program Progress in Research Webinar Part 3: Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and University of Rhode Island
September 10, 2018 at 01:00 PM
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Groundwater Statistics for Environmental Project Managers
September 13, 2018 at 01:00 PM
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Geophysical Classification for Munitions Response
September 18, 2018 at 01:00 PM
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