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Visualizing and Analyzing Environmental Data with R
RSTAT-400
Sep 03, 2019 - Sep 04, 2019
TBD, NJ

This course is designed for participants who wish to gain beginning to intermediate skills in using R for manipulating, visualizing and analyzing their environmental data. R is a comprehensive statistical programming language that is cooperatively developed on the Internet as an open source project. This freely available statistical package R is a powerful tool and is projected to become the most widely used statistical software.

This class is taught using real-world environmental data sets and is hands-on using instructor-led examples. It is applicable to anyone that conducts environmental monitoring or uses environmental data for research, management, or policy-making and is recommended for anyone needing to become proficient with R basics. Being proficient in R will help participants be competitive in their chosen fields.

After completing this course attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the uses of R for working with environmental data
  • Installing R and R libraries
  • Import and export data from a range of sources including Excel and Access
  • Sorting, merging, and aggregating, subsetting, and converting data
  • Query and display data and generate basic data summaries
  • Create a variety of high quality data visualization graphics
  • Perform common statistical tests including t-tests, ANOVA, and linear models
  • Develop basic scripts to automate and document procedures and analyses

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/rstat-400-may-7-8-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

Federal Facility RPM
Sep 10, 2019 - Sep 12, 2019 - POSTPONED
Chicago, IL

Federal Facility RPM, a 3-day training course, is geared toward Federal Facility (FF) Remedial Project Managers (RPM) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to facilitate an understanding of how the FF RPM role, responsibilities and authorities differ from a private or Fund-financed Superfund EPA RPM. By taking this course, participants will:

  • Discuss and examine best practices for managing the unique circumstances Federal Facility National Priority List (NPL) sites present.
  • Be exposed to the institutional knowledge of experienced FF RPMs and cover the history of the FF program and complexity of legacy DOD and DOE sites.
  • Review the statutory and regulatory authorities, executive orders and policy and guidance that are important to Federal Facilities.
  • Examine the programmatic organization unique to Federal Facilities and identify the programmatic differences between Federal Facility and private and Fund-financed Superfund sites.
  • Discuss in detail the Federal Facility Agreement (FFA), including negotiating and implementing the provisions of the FFA.
  • Examine and evaluate the unique technical and management issues presented by Federal Facilities.
  • Discuss current issues associated with emerging contaminants that may be present at Federal Facilities.
  • Obtain valuable materials and references for managing a Federal Facility NPL site.

This course is specifically designed for EPA FF RPMs of all experience levels. Participants with one to two years of experience and who have taken the Fundamentals of Superfund and Remedial Process courses may derive the most benefit. This course may also be taken by other EPA RPMs, DOD/DOE RPMs, EPA RCRA personnel, state personnel who manage Federal Facilities across the nation, tribal RPMs and managers. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, CONTRACTORS, CONSULTANTS OR OTHER PRIVATE ENTITIES.

The format of the course includes lecture, facilitated discussion, case study review, situational training with exercises, and use of multiple media. Short tests will be given at the end of each module to assess whether training objectives are met.

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

Important Notice: Due to the content presented during a CEC course and the restrictions in place for non-citizens to enter federal buildings, international attendees are not permitted to attend CEC courses.
 

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

This offering has been postponed. More information.

 

RCRA Organic Air Emission Standards Workshop
Sep 10, 2019 - Sep 12, 2019
Columbia, SC

This is a Workshop that targets the application and demonstration of RCRA Organic Air Emission Standards at RCRA facilities, overlap with CAA Subparts, inspection, monitoring, permitting and Standards legal and enforcement issues.

More information and registration

 

Fundamental Contaminant Chemistry in Soil and Groundwater
Chem-403a
Sep 11, 2019 - Sep 12, 2019
Arlington, VA

This two-day course includes an overview of key chemistry concepts associated with environmental contamination and provides a foundation for understanding contaminant fate and transport. The concepts discussed are essential for understanding soil and groundwater contamination along with the selection of appropriate remediation approaches.

The course begins with a review of basic chemistry concepts that are built upon as more complex topics are introduced. The first day includes a fundamental chemistry overview, covering chemical structure, properties, and reactions for metals and organic chemicals. On the second day, characteristics of subsurface systems are discussed along with detailed descriptions of contaminant transport and degradation mechanisms.

A key goal of the class is for participants to become comfortable with the terminology and parameters used in environment chemistry and contaminant transport literature and studies. Concepts are illustrated using examples and historical context. For some examples, participants will use calculators. Spreadsheet models are provided to those interested in using simplified contaminant transport models. Major uncertainties and limitations of modeling approaches will also be discussed.

Intended Audience:
This class is extremely useful for anyone looking to update, expand, and refresh their knowledge of environmental chemistry in relation to soil and groundwater contaminants. The course material will greatly enhance on-the-job training and is also recommended for project managers seeking a more thorough understanding of contaminant behavior. This subject matter is useful for scientists and engineers who would like to better understand contaminant fate and transport and provides a solid understanding of why certain contaminants are especially recalcitrant and difficult to remediate. This understanding will guide professionals when evaluating remedial options for contaminated sites.

Registration: Earlybird pricing for registrations $545/$495*; $595/$545* 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/chem-403a-jun-11-12 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

Advanced NEPA-An Intensive One-Day Seminar With Solutions to the Most Difficult NEPA Problems
POL-500
Sep 12, 2019 - Sep 12, 2019
Sacramento, CA

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

 

Contaminant Vapor Migration and Intrusion
VAQM-401
Sep 17, 2019 - Sep 18, 2019
Lone Tree, CO

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

 

CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
CESCL-101
Sep 18, 2019 - Sep 19, 2019
Mt. Vernon, 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

 

Basic Environmental Geophysics (BEG)
Sep 24, 2019 - Sep 25, 2019
Seattle, WA

This 2-day course provides individuals who have little or no geophysical exploration experience with practical information on the strengths and limitations of the most used geophysical techniques on hazardous waste sites. It is intended to enable students to select the appropriate methods and to effectively supervise geophysical surveys during hazardous waste site investigations. This course bridges the gap between the 1-day Overview of Environmental Geophysics and the 3-day Introduction to Environmental Geophysics courses by providing more hands-on field equipment operating time than the 1-day course, while not requiring students to travel to a fixed facility, as with the 3-day course.

The course emphasizes three geophysical methods --magnetics, electromagnetics, and ground-penetrating radar -- most commonly employed for site characterization and waste location throughout the U.S. The course also introduces other methods --seismic refraction, gravity, resistivity, and borehole geophysics --that may be effective depending on regional or site-specific conditions, and for all methods provides examples of situations where they may be applicable. It is intended for personnel responsible for inspections, site characterization, site investigations, and removal and remedial actions at Superfund sites. The course focuses on investigation plan design; types of equipment suitable for hazardous waste site characterization; and, equipment operation and characteristic data displays for the three main methods.

The course includes lectures and field exercises. The field exercises focus on the most common techniques used for site assessment. Exercises will be conducted using Cesium Magnetometers, Time-domain and Frequency-domain Electromagnetic methods, and Ground Penetrating Radar.

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the various geophysical methods available for shallow environmental characterization that involves locating and resolving buried objects or evaluating site geology and hydrogeologic characteristics.
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of the magnetic, electromagnetic, seismic refraction, gravity, resistivity, borehole geophysics and ground-penetrating radar methods in environmental applications.
  • Design a field survey and operate the most frequently used types of geophysical instrumentation under field conditions.
  • Collect geophysical field data for use in resolving buried objects.

This course is a road version of a longer and more involved course usually offered at a specially constructed field site. The road course includes outdoor exercises. Participants should dress for field work.

Continuing Education Units: 1.3

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=46

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.*

The exercise is conducted regardless of weather. 

More information and registration

 

Basic Statistics for Environmental Professionals
STAT-102
Sep 24, 2019 - Sep 25, 2019
Arlington, VA

Description:

In this two-day course, the principles of statistics as applied to the analysis of environmental data will be discussed, with as little mathematical detail as posssible. Examples will be drawn from environmental remediation and characterization, engineering and other sciences. These examples will demonstrate the results of different techniques, giving attendees a greater understanding of situations when each of the various techniques for environmental data analysis should be used.

Topics and techniques discussed will include:

  • Statistical Principles & Probabilistic Data Models
  • Sample Design
  • Estimating Means, Medians & Variances& Other Parameters
  • Dealing with Non-detects
  • Fitting Data to Distributions
  • Functions of Random Variables
  • Statistical Intervals
    • Confidence Intervals
    • Tolerance Intervals
    • Prediction Intervals
      • Parametric Methods
      • Non-Parametric Methods
  • Hypothesis testing
    • Parametric
    • Non-Parametric
    • Bootstrapping & Randomization
  • Analysis of variance
  • Linear regression
  • Logistic regression
  • Contingency tables
  • Statistical graphics
  • Multivariate methods

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for environmental professionals who have the need to analyze data using various statistical methodologies. The course is intended to familiarize attendees with commonly used statistical techniques, without using an overwhelming amount of mathematical detail.

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/stat-102-apr-16-17-2019 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

CESCL: Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead Training
CESCL-101
Sep 24, 2019 - Sep 25, 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

 

Environmental Forensics Techniques
CHEM-540
Sep 24, 2019 - Sep 25, 2019
TBD, NJ

This course provides useful information for a large range of professionals dealing with environmental contamination issues, especially legal liability and complex site contamination characterization and cleanup. The goal of the course is to provide the audience with an understanding of the main environmental forensic techniques available to "fingerprint" and track a variety of contaminants (e.g., oil spills, petroleum and chlorinated solvents, metals, PCBs, PAHs, perchlorate) released into the environment, thereby enabling attendees to reconstruct past contamination events. Some of these techniques can reveal multiple releases and are effective when tracking old contamination that may have started decades ago. This course will include both a formal presentation as well as interactive discussions and practice involving the audience. Alternative discussion topics (based on majority vote) may include more information on certain fingerprinting or certain contaminants as well as brainstorming sessions on case studies – including any from the audience if interested.
 
Intended Audience:
This course is intended for environmental professionals including, but not limited to, environmental consultants, industrial site owners and operators (e.g., manufacturers, mining companies, foundry operators, refineries, dry cleaners), insurance agency employees, environmental lawyers, governmental employees, and environmental students.
 

Please visit https://nwetc.org/course-catalog/chem-540-september-17-18-2015 for more details. Leaving Trainex

 

 

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