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Monthly Engineering Forum Virtual Training
Jul 07, 2021 - Jul 07, 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, tribes, 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.*

Gary Riley from the National Park Service Pacific West Region will discuss contaminated site response on NPS-managed lands in the western United States. NPS uses delegated CERCLA and other authorities to respond to legacy sites ranging from underground storage tanks, landfills, former mining/mineral processing facilities, and prior industrial uses. NPS also responds using time-critical authority to releases from spills, wildfires, and other natural disasters.

While the sites themselves may have relatively straightforward releases of hazardous substances, their broader settings are often anything but. The presentation will discuss the NPS Contaminated Site Program, with examples of unique settings and resource protection challenges for site investigation and cleanup. Project examples will include abandonment in place of five fuel storage tanks at the historic Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park. While underground storage tank closure is relatively commonplace, conducting such work inside a National Register listed historic structure, only feet from priceless museum items, and at a remote site required careful management to simultaneously meet project goals and resource protection requirements that also apply to CERCLA responses elsewhere in the park. Other examples will include planning and executing site investigation (PA/SI) and cleanup alternative selection (EE/CA or FS) at mining and landfill sites in Death Valley and other park units in a manner that reduces risks, protects natural and cultural resources, and complies with applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements (ARARs). These requirements include the National Park Service Organic Act of 1916 “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Presenter: LCDR Gary Riley, Environmental Engineer, U.S. National Park Service 

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Introduction to Groundwater Investigations
Jul 20, 2021 - Jul 22, 2021 - POSTPONED
Lenexa, KS

This 3-day introductory course is designed to provide participants with information concerning hydrogeological processes and the necessary elements of an effective and efficient groundwater site investigation. It is intended for personnel who are involved in groundwater contamination investigations but have little to moderate prior hydrogeological experience
Topics that are discussed include hydrogeological definitions and concepts; discussion of aquifer types and settings; geophysics; drilling, construction, and placement of monitoring wells; collection of soil and groundwater data while drilling; groundwater modeling; determining hydrogeologic parameters from aquifer tests; and vapor intrusion.
Instructional methods include lectures, group discussions, case studies, and class problem-solving exercises.
After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components of a groundwater system.
  • List the primary hydrogeological parameters to be considered in a site investigation.
  • Construct a groundwater flow net and calculate hydraulic gradient at a site.
  • Discuss common geophysical survey methods.
  • Identify common aquifer stress tests and the information obtained from each.
  • Describe monitoring well drilling and construction techniques.

A PDF file of all course presentation Powerpoint slides in a 3-to-a-page/notes format will be made available online for download no later than one week prior to the scheduled course start date.

A scientific calculator is required.

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

 Continuing Education Units: 2.2


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



This offering has been postponed. More information.


Advanced Groundwater Investigations
Jul 23, 2021 - Jul 23, 2021 - POSTPONED
Lenexa, KS

This one-day, advanced groundwater course is designed to provide participants an opportunity to apply their geologic and hydrogeologic skills to solve a challenging site investigation problem in eastern Washington. The course is intended for on-scene coordinators, remedial project managers, and other site professionals with extensive groundwater investigation backgrounds.

(Note - AGWI is typically offered sequentially in the same week and location as the Introduction to Groundwater Investigations (IGWI) course; however, it is not a direct follow-up course.  AGWI requires application of additional skills and practical experience beyond the introductory concepts learned in the IGWI course. Participants must work as teams to review and interpret a variety data sources, with minimal instruction. For these reasons, the AGWI course will be best suited to participants who have additional career experience or training in conducting groundwater investigations.)

Participants will construct geologic cross-sections, subsurface lithology maps of aquifers and water-level and potentiometric groundwater surface maps using soil boring logs, geophysical logs, and groundwater data from wells. The participants will compare this data and aquifer stress-test data to establish the contamination source detected in a municipal water supply well.

At the beginning of the course, the instructors will supply brief descriptions of hydrogeologic concepts and borehole geophysical logs. They will then divide the participants into small groups. An hour before the end of the session, each group will present its results to the others.

The students will accomplish the following objectives:

  • Refresh basic geologic/hydrogeologic concepts
  • Apply geologic/hydrogeologic skills
  • Solve challenging problems incorporating geologic analysis, aquifer test analysis, well log analysis, cross sections, and subsurface mapping.

Continuing Education Units: 0.7

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 by contacting the ERTP Registrar (


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

This offering has been postponed. More information.


How to Comply with EPA's EPCRA and 112(r) Reporting Requirements for Chlorine
Jul 27, 2021 - Jul 27, 2021
Live Online Class, Internet Based

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region V is sponsoring a series of web-based training programs this year for water and wastewater plant operators, and other facilities that have chlorine in a process. These FREE training programs will provide participants with the information and tools necessary to comply with EPA’s emergency planning, notification, and reporting requirements for chlorine.


At the completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify entities that need to be notified about the amount of chlorine being used or stored at their facility;
  • Explain chlorine release notification procedures;
  • Explain what should be included in a Risk Management Program and submitted in a Risk Management Plan;
  • Describe common compliance deficiencies; and
  • Describe best management practices.


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

Webinar times listed are for CENTRAL time zone, so please plan accordingly.

Login details will be provided to participants one week prior to the webinar.

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