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Best Practices for Site Characterization Throughout the Remediation Process
Dec 03, 2019 - Dec 05, 2019
Lenexa, KS

Best Practices for Site Characterization Throughout the Remediation Process is based on best management practices (BMP) implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), partnership organizations, federal and state partners, and consultants. Participants will learn how to streamline projects in a legal, technically sound, and cost-effective manner. By taking the course, participants achieve the following objectives:

  • Integrate best practices into traditional project activities. This course illustrates how to use more effective sampling plan design, data collection, analysis, and management strategies at various entry points in a typical project time-line. The course highlights emerging quality assurance and quality control methods for evaluating data sufficiency and optimizing project sequencing. Case studies highlight benefits of using best practices at hazardous waste sites.
  • Effectively collect and communicate critical project information. The course stresses the use of the systematic planning process to involve key stakeholders and develop the conceptual site model (CSM). The course provides examples of CSMs and describes how they are used as the basis for project and sampling plan design, and as a tool for maintaining stakeholder consensus throughout the project life cycle. Participants will be shown how comprehensive systematic planning extends beyond normal data quality models. The course examines tools for managing the uncertainties associated with sampling, social, economic, and political factors that significantly impact hazardous waste cleanup and reuse projects.
  • Design dynamic work strategies. Systematic planning provides the foundation for designing effective dynamic work strategies (DWS). The course describes the components of a DWS, including (1) methods for verifying performance, (2) using collaborative data sets, (3) methods for real-time decision making, (4) managing sample and small-scale variability, (5) designing project and field decision logic, (6) implementing contingencies, and (7) creating streamlined work plans.
  • Recognize and overcome the challenges presented while implementing a dynamic work strategy. Controlling a project during a DWS is challenging and involves communication and planning. Participants will learn how to manage and adjust programs in the field while maintaining the project’s integrity. The course describes methods for controlling and directing work during dynamic work efforts, which include using unitized costing, setting project ceilings, and lowering project costs. Participants will examine how more focused characterization efforts can extend project funds and maximize the data collected.
  • Use BMPs to support all phases of the environmental cleanup life cycle. In addition to supporting site characterization, site characterization and remediation BMPs can directly support risk assessment, technology selection, remedial design, remedy implementation, long-term operations, and optimization efforts. The course describes specific ways practitioners can apply the BMPs to support these major project phases.

Course Outline

  1. Overview of Best Practices for Site Characterization and Remediation
  2. Systematic Project Planning
  3. Developing Dynamic Work Strategies
  4. Implementing a Dynamic Field Investigation
  5. Risk Assessment and Real-Time Data
  6. Best Practices for Remedy Design and Implementation

Daily Class Times:
Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Thursday - 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

More information and registration

 

CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
CESCL-101
Dec 03, 2019 - Dec 04, 2019
Renton, WA

CESCL certification is required by the Washington State Department of Ecology, Construction Stormwater General Permit for personnel responsible for monitoring stormwater at construction sites disturbing one or more acres of land, or are part of a larger common plan of development. NWETC’s 2-day CESCL course is a dynamic interaction between traditional classroom style lecture and hands-on field exercises. Interactive dialogue between the attendees and the trainers is also promoted, to encourage a shared learning environment.

Day 1, and the first part of day 2 is spent in the classroom, discussing regulations, discussing impacts to water quality and construction activity, learning the reporting and recordkeeping requirements of the permit, and examining the most up-to-date erosion and sediment control techniques using examples and case studies. Best Management Practices (BMP) products are brought into the class to allow students to see first hand the types of control measures there are available to them in the industry. At the end of the morning on Day 2, the required CESCL exam will be given. 

On the afternoon of day 2, the class will visit a field site to learn more about the BMP products and practice correctly installing a variety of erosion control BMPs. Other BMP demonstrations will also be conducted and the BMP installations performed by the students will be tested against a mock rain event.

Upon completion attendees will have met the requirements of BMP C160 certification and will receive a CESCL card valid for three years.

Registration: Earlybird pricing for registrations $350-$375; $375/$400* thereafter.  Click the registration link below for specific tuition information. (*reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes; government employees; nonprofits; students; and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members).

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/cescl-101-mar-19-20-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-Hour
Dec 09, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019
Lakewood, CO

This 5-day course is designed for personnel involved with the investigation and remediation of uncontrolled hazardous waste sites and, to a lesser extent, response to an accident involving hazardous materials. It provides basic information needed to meet the forty hours training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.120 (e)(3)(i) Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER).

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify methods and procedures for recognizing, evaluating, and controlling hazardous substances.
  • Identify concepts, principles, and guidelines to properly protect site or response personnel.
  • Discuss regulations and action levels to ensure health and safety of the workers.
  • Discuss fundamentals needed to develop organizational structure and standard operating procedures.
  • Select and use dermal and respiratory protective equipment.
  • Demonstrate the use, calibration, and limitations of direct-reading air monitoring instruments.

Participants will be more knowledgeable in hazardous waste operations, team functions, personnel health and safety procedures, and operation of field monitoring equipment. In some segments of the course, participants are required to wear respiratory equipment, which precludes wearing eyeglasses. Individuals who are severely restricted without their glasses should be aware that their participation may be limited unless they have contact lenses, their own spectacle kit or spectacle-equipped respirator facepiece. During some exercises, participants are required to wear chemical protective clothing, which may be stressful to certain individuals.

NOTE: A medical evaluation in accordance with the Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134 is necessary in order to attend this course. Each student must include with their registration a letter from their supervisor or a copy of a medical certificate that clearly states that a medical evaluation has been completed and that the student is medically able to wear respiratory protection equipment. This must be received prior to the course start date. Registration will not be completed, nor will confirmation be sent, until such proof is received by the HazTrain Registrar. If registration done on-line, fax a copy of the respiratory document to the HazTrain Registrar at 301-934-9584.

It is highly recommend you complete the FEMA Incident Command Classes 100, 200, 700 and 800. This training is available for free on the FEMA website. Per EPA direction: Manuals are no longer issued in class. Students will be provided information on where they can go to download a copy to bring to class.

COURSE MANUAL: can be downloaded by registered students. Information will be provided.

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=39

THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.

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

Tuition:  This course is limited to personnel from EPA, Other Federal Agencies, Tribes, and State and Local Government, and is free of charge for them.  Personnel not directly employed by a government agency ( e.g privae indusry or contractor) cannot be accepted into this course.

NOTE:  A medical evaluation in accordance with the Resporatory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134 is necessary in order to attend this course.  Each student must include with their registration a letter from their supervisor or a copy of a medical certificate that clearly states that a medical evaluation has been completed and the student is medically able to wear respiratory protection equipment.  This must be received prior to the course start date.  Regisration will not be completed, nor will confirmation be sent, until such proof is received by the HazTrain Registrar.  If registration done on-line, fax a copy of the respiratory document to the HazTrain Registrar at 301.934.9584.

Highly recommend you complete the FEMA Incident Command Classes 100, 200, 700, and 800.  This training is available for free on the FEMA website. 

Per EPA directions:  Manual are no longer issued in class.  Students will be provided information on where they can download a copy to bring to class.

Course Manual: can be downloaded by registered students.  Information will be provided.

More information and registration

 

Superfund 101
Dec 09, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019
Washington, DC

Superfund 101 consists of two introductory-level courses: Fundamentals of Superfund and Enforcement Process Overview. The target audience for each course is On-Scene Coordinators (OSC) and Remedial Project Managers (RPM).

Fundamentals of Superfund, a 3-day introductory training course, provides an overview of the purpose, legal framework and implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP) for newly hired OSCs and RPMs. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Understand the evolution of the Superfund program. The course explores the origin, accomplishments and future of the Superfund program.
  • Understand the statutory and regulatory basis for the authorities of OSCs and RPMs. The course provides an overview of the roles of the OSC and RPM as they are defined in laws, regulations, policy and guidance, including a comparison of authorities and liabilities.
  • Learn about the three types of response activities defined under CERCLA. The course discusses the components of the removal, remedial and enforcement programs and the major responsibilities of OSCs and RPMs in their work on Superfund responses, site cleanups and enforcement activities.

Enforcement Process Overview, a 2-day course, provides an overview of the EPA’s Superfund enforcement process for OSCs and RPMs. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Learn about the goals, priorities, and actions of the Superfund enforcement program. The course provides an introduction to response actions and enforcement authorities under Superfund; illustrates the relationship between major enforcement actions and remedial and removal actions; defines Superfund enforcement goals and principles; identifies objectives of Superfund enforcement reforms; and highlights current enforcement priorities of the EPA.
  • Understand the EPA’s fundamental principles and policies related to enforcement, the four types of potentially responsible parties (PRP), common defenses against liability and other enforcement policies. The course examines the four classes of PRPs, identifies PRP’s defenses and exemptions to liabilities, and identifies major enforcement discretionary policies.
  • Understand the Superfund enforcement process and the roles of states, tribes, Federal agencies and communities in the enforcement process. The course examines and applies EPA’s cost recovery strategy and discretionary enforcement policies, as well as the roles of administrative and judicial law in the enforcement process.
  • Develop their ability to use the tools available to encourage settlements. Participants will learn about the various types of enforcement tools, such as alternative dispute resolution, that are used in the settlement process.

Superfund 101 is mandatory for OSCs and RPMs to meet the inspector training requirements set forth under EPA Order 3500.1. The target audience is OSCs and RPMs as well as other programmatic and field support staff (i.e., enforcement personnel, HQ regional coordinators, Special Team members). THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. In addition, the Superfund 101 course is a prerequisite for EPA employees who would like to attend the Removal and Remedial Process courses.

Please note: For OSCs/RPMs to receive your certificate for this training, you will need to attend class until 3:00 p.m. local time on Friday. Please plan your travel accordingly.

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

Daily Class Times:
Monday - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday - 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Friday - 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

More information and registration

 

BASIC NEPA: THE LAW, LOGIC, AND LANGUAGE OF THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT
POL-302
Dec 10, 2019 - Dec 11, 2019
Lone Tree, CO

Attendees will learn the basic and fundamental principles of NEPA practice in this 2-day course all the way from what NEPA is and where it came from, through how it works and when it applies, all the way through scoping NEPA documents and techniques to review the adequacy of NEPA documents. Completion of this course is excellent preparation for getting the most out of our Advanced NEPA** course.

All NEPA processes are explained: Categorical Exclusion, Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI), and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Included is a substantial handout with graphic models, updated case lists that support the models, and sample documents. All materials are based on statutes, regulations, and NEPA case law. Attendees may wish to keep the course material to serve as a reference in the workplace.

Major themes include: how to make the findings required by law; how to make the finding of no significant impact in particular; the giving of reasons; timing the NEPA process to the decision making process; all good legal reasons not to prepare an EIS; scoping a reasonable range of alternatives; and an approach to the cumulative impacts analysis that complies literally with the regulatory definition of cumulative impacts. Discussions and questions are encouraged.

DID YOU KNOW

The NEPA-implementing regulations have not been significantly amended since they were first published in 1978. But NEPA case law is constantly evolving as new issues are presented to the courts and new judicial opinions are published. This course is updated according to the latest judicial opinions.

DID YOU KNOW

The categorical exclusion is an exclusion from an EIS but it is not an exclusion from NEPA. Instead, it is one of three processes for compliance with NEPA, along with the EA/FONSI and the EIS. This course covers the NEPA process including scoping, supplementation, and tiering.

DID YOU KNOW

Determinations of compliance with other environmental statutes are integral to the preparation of an EA or an EIS. Thus the Endangered Species Act and the National Historical Preservation Act, for example, are woven into the course material along with other statutes and Executive Orders.

** For an advanced, seminar-style discussion of NEPA issues, attend our one-day Advanced NEPA Workshop, immediately following this course. There is a $50 discount when purchasing the 2 courses together. **

Intended Audience:

This workshop is designed to serve both as a comprehensive introduction for those new to NEPA and a refresher for more experienced professionals. The course is beneficial for federal agency staff and decision makers, attorneys, consultants, as well as members of environmental organizations and interested citizens who are concerned about the environmental effects of federal actions. Those who have taken this course in years past will benefit from updated materials based on the newest judicial opinions. Even those who have worked with NEPA their entire careers will stand to learn more about the secrets to successful NEPA compliance.

Registration: Earlybird pricing for registrations $595 / $545*; $645 / $595* thereafter. (*Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members).

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/pol-302-may-14-15-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

Contaminant Vapor Migration and Intrusion
VAQM-401
Dec 11, 2019 - Dec 12, 2019
Dallas, TX

This course provides an overview of the vapor intrusion exposure pathway including its scientific foundation, regulatory framework, and the technical aspects of investigating and remediating contaminated vapor sites. The class will cover topics such as: screening sites for potential vapor intrusion concerns, conducting field investigations, sampling techniques, data analyses, exposure point calculations, the Johnson and Ettinger predictive model, vapor intrusion risk assessment, vapor intrusion mitigation, and remediation. Participants will work through practical problems and typical site scenarios based on case studies of established vapor intrusion sites. This course provides a comprehensive introduction for those new to the field, and will also provide insights, data analysis techniques, and the latest research for more advanced participants.

Intended Audience:

Environmental professionals seeking an improved understanding of vapor migration and intrusion with an emphasis on vapor assessment and modeling. The material is intended for practitioners working on remediation of hazardous substance release sites and brownfields redevelopment.

Registration: Early bird rate $645 / $595*; $695 / $645** thereafter. *Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/vaqm-401-apr-24-25-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

Advanced NEPA-An Intensive One-Day Seminar With Solutions to the Most Difficult NEPA Problems
POL-500
Dec 12, 2019 - Dec 12, 2019
Lone Tree, CO

You’ve been to training on the basics, the fundamentals, the essentials, the step-by-step. You’ve been to refreshers and updates. It’s time to take the National Environmental Policy Act to the next level – Advanced NEPA.

NEPA is often criticized for costing too much, taking too long, and accomplishing too little. If you have any role in the NEPA process, you have a stake in the answers discussed in this seminar.

You are encouraged to bring your own questions for discussion and resolution. This is a seminar format with significant time reserved for discussion rather than lecture. Handout materials are substantial and based on statutes, regulations, and case law rather than on opinion or past practice.

Expect a fast-paced day. During this seminar the questions that do not arise in the basic courses will be asked and answered – questions related to the categorical exclusion, the environmental assessment, the finding of no significant impact, and the environmental impact statement.

Intended Audience:

Since this is an advanced course, it will be assumed that attendees will know the vocabulary, the acronyms, and the basic NEPA process. Attendees should be at least vaguely familiar with the statute, the regulations, and the guidance memoranda. Attendees should have substantial experience in the preparation of NEPA documents, their approval, or litigation over their adequacy. Project managers, senior environmental professionals, seasoned NEPA practitioners, writers and editors, legal counsel, and decision makers themselves will get the most out of this seminar.

** This course is designed to be attended AFTER our 2-day presentation of "National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): Writing the Perfect EA/FONSI, or EIS". We recommend registering for that course prior to registering for this workshop. When registering for both courses together, there is a $50 discount. ** 

Registration: Early bird rate $595 / $545*, $645 / $595* thereafter. *Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members

For general information contact NWETC by telephone at 425-270-3274 or via e-mail at info@nwetc.org

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/pol-500-mar-14-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

 

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