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Remedial Design/Remedial Action (RD/RA)
Jul 09, 2019 - Jul 10, 2019
Lenexa, KS

Remedial Design/Remedial Action (RD/RA) focuses on aspects of the RD/RA phase of a Superfund project and the objectives, issues and challenges that Remedial Project Managers (RPM) face during response planning and implementation. By taking the course, participants will achieve the following objectives:

  • Identify steps for implementing and completing an RD/RA project under Superfund. The course provides a comprehensive examination of the RD/RA process.
  • Describe the overall effort needed to conduct an RD/RA project and identify and anticipate the difficulties that can arise during such an effort. The course provides practical guidance that helps both engineers and RPMs who have other backgrounds effectively implement the design and construction phases of a Superfund cleanup.
  • Describe the role of the RPM as a project manager. The course examines the crucial role of the RPM in planning an RD/RA project; effectively managing contracting, scheduling, budgeting and other aspects of the effort; coordinating activities with states and tribes; conducting effective community relations efforts; and more.
  • Apply the skills they have developed to real-life situations. The course provides RPMs the opportunity to work through realistic case studies that highlight actual issues and problems that can arise.

RD/RA is a 2-day training course and is intended primarily for RPMs who have two or more years of experience or who currently are or soon will be involved in an RD/RA project. The course is also open to other federal, state and tribal personnel. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO 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 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

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Introduction to Risk Assessment Guidance With Expanded Eco-Risk
Jul 16, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019
Chicago, IL

This 3.5-day course provides participants with the fundamentals of risk assessment as applied to the Superfund cleanup process. This course is designed to present an introduction to the Superfund risk assessment process to Project Managers, On-Scene Coordinators, Risk Assessment Reviewers, and potentially new Risk Assessors working at hazardous waste sites or treatment, storage, and disposal facilities. The course assumes little experience with toxicology and risk assessment or knowledge regarding Superfund risk assessment guidance.

The course is based on the following EPA documents:

The risk assessment process is presented in an introductory format. The overall goal of the course is for the student to have a good understanding of the risk assessment process associated with Superfund (and similar) sites. Additionally, the student is introduced to many of the primary EPA guidance documents used to prepare Superfund risk assessments.

Topics include: baseline risk assessment, screening level ecological risk assessment, preliminary remediation goals; applicable statutes, regulations, and guidance; data collection and evaluation; exposure assessment; toxicity assessment; risk characterization; uncertainty analysis, principles of ecological assessment; ecological risk assessment guidance for Superfund; and ecological data collection methods. Current technical and information resources will also be discussed.

Instructional methods include lectures, videos, class discussions, and group exercises.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe risk assessment and risk management.
  • Identify the applicable statutes, regulations, and guidance pertinent to human health and ecological risk assessments under Superfund.
  • Describe each of the four steps of the risk assessment paradigm.
  • Describe the eight step process for ecological risk assessment.
  • Identify and describe similarities and differences between human and ecological risk assessments.
  • Identify and describe some of the data collection methods specific to ecological risk assessments.
  • Review and have a better understanding of Superfund risk assessments.

In compliance with Executive Order 13589 - Promoting Efficient Spending, Section 5; the ERTP will not be regularly printing or providing students hard copies of the course manual. Students may obtain an electronic copy of the student manual for personal printing or e-reading at 

https://ertpvu.org/ClassroomCourseDetail.aspx?id=50

 Note: Calculators are highly recommended.

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.*

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Remedial Design (RD): Planning, Competing and Administering Task Orders Under the EPA Remedial Acquisition Framework (RAF) Contracts
Jul 16, 2019 - Jul 18, 2019
Boston, MA

This course is a training and practical applications course that provides a comprehensive overview and instruction of how to plan, compete, and administer RD task orders under the Design and Engineering Services (DES) suite of RAF contracts.

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

  • Understand the importance of early Remedial Design/Remedial Action (RD/RA) planning. The course discusses the importance of understanding how RA projects will be delivered to ensure the design task order is scoped and optimally executed.
  • Learn how to develop a RD project delivery strategy. The course discusses how to determine the most optimal project delivery for an RD project with a focus on comprehensive and thorough project planning. This course will highlight the importance of assembling and project team and using risk management to develop project requirements, consider the use of performance based acquisition approaches, and determine the most appropriate task order type based on these factors. This course will also discuss workload and funding considerations when assembling a RD task order.
  • Understand how to consider project-specific needs when completing the DES Task Order Initiation Form. The course focuses on the elements of the task order initiation form that are critical in project-specific planning. Specifically, this course will explain how to do use the Standard Form 330 database to conduct market research to analyze small business set aside opportunities, how the use the key personnel contract clause, and how to assemble technical evaluation factors based on key project needs.
  • Develop an awareness of the steps and time necessary to conduct DES fair opportunity. The course discusses the two-part process of DES fair opportunity and, through the application of a case study, provides lessons learned and best management practices for review boards.
  • Gain general knowledge of how to administer RI/FS task orders under DES. This course discusses task order administration with a focus on the process and requirements for task order amendments, invoice review and approval, and how to evaluate contractor performance.
  • Apply the knowledge gained during the course. Participants are encouraged to attend their course with their project team and bring an actual RD project to the course. Participants will take part in several breakout sessions that will provide them an opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge to their RD project.

This course is a 3-day course and is designed for RPMs, program support staff and management, and contracting officers who will be planning and competing a RD task order in the next twelve months. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES, STATES, TRIBEs, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS, OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. It is strongly encouraged that all attendees be knowledgeable on the basics of RAF and have preferably taken RAF 101.

*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 4:00 PM

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Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 40-Hour
Jul 22, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019
Willowbrook, IL

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 dieectly employed by a government agency (e.g. private industry or contractor) cannot be accepted into this course.

NOTE:  A medical evaluation in accordance with the Respiratory Protection Standard, 29CFR1910.134 is necessary in order to attend this course.  Each student must inclued 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.  Highly recommend you complete the FEMA Incident Command Classes 100,200,700, aand 800.  This training is available for free on the FEMA website.

Per EPA directions:  Manuals are not longer issued in class.  Students will be provided information on where they can download a copy to bring to class.

Course Manuals:  can be downloaded by registrered students.  Information will be provided.  

More information and registration

 

Remedial Process
Jul 22, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019
Arlington, VA

Remedial Process is a beginner-level training course that provides a comprehensive examination of the technical and regulatory issues that Remedial Project Managers (RPM) must address as they oversee remedial response efforts at Superfund sites.

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

  • Learn the process to implement remedial response activities at Superfund sites and methods to conduct such activities effectively. The course discusses strategies for site characterization, oversight and enforcement, applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements (ARAR), contracts and resources, Superfund decision documents, remedial design and remedial action (RD/RA) and community involvement.
  • Understand and identify the various regulatory and administrative aspects of the Superfund program. The course examines a number of contracting issues, identifies resources that support contracting efforts, and reviews requirements for operation and maintenance activities, site close-out, five-year reviews and remedy optimization.
  • Develop an awareness of the role of community involvement in the remedial process. The course discusses the principles of community involvement, the role of community involvement plans and various methods of dealing with problems related to community involvement, including conflict management and effective negotiation.
  • Apply the knowledge RPMs gain 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 working in the Superfund program.

The Remedial Process course is a 4 ½-day course and is designed for RPMs and other environmental professionals who have one to three years of experience in the Superfund program and who are responsible for or need to know about remedial response activities under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONSULTANTS, CONTRACTORS OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES. The Fundamentals of Superfund course is a prerequisite for EPA employees who would like to attend the Remedial Process course. Please note, non-EPA registrants may be asked to cancel their registration if the course reaches capacity, as priority to attend this course is given to EPA RPMs.

*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 4:30 PM
Thursday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Friday - 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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Mercury Response and Cleanup
Jul 25, 2019 - Jul 25, 2019
San Francisco, CA

The course will discuss responding to and cleaning up spills involving Mercury. The class is designed for local, county, state, tribal and federal response teams. The newest “EPA Mercury Response Guidebook” will be provided as part of the class. The class agenda includes:

  1. EPA Emergency Response Program
  2. EPA Mercury Program
  3. Chemical Characteristics and Behavior
  4. Sources and Uses of Mercury
  5. Human Health Effects
  6. Ecological Effects
  7. Action Levels
  8. Worker Health and Safety
  9. Instruments
  10. Initiation of a Response
  11. Initial Assessment and Screening
  12. Additional Media Screening, Assessment and Analytical Methods
  13. Indoor Elemental Cleanup Process
  14. Outdoor/Soil/Mine Sites Cleanup Process
  15. Non-Elemental Mercury Assessment and Cleanup Process
  16. Post Cleanup Clearance
  17. Disposal
  18. Community and Public Relations
  19. Enforcement
  20. Cost Recovery
  21. Case Studies

The class will be limited to two persons per agency. Additional classes will be added if there is enough demand.
 

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Best Practices for Site Characterization Throughout the Remediation Process
Jul 29, 2019 - Jul 31, 2019
San Francisco, CA

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:
Monday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuesday - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday - 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

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