Upcoming ITRC Training
Below are the upcoming online training courses for March. Online classes are co-hosted by ITRC and EPA and are 100% free.
March 8: Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization
March 22: Quality Considerations for Multiple Aspects of Munitions Response Sites
March 27: Groundwater Statistics for Environmental Project Managers
March 29: Geospatial Analysis for Optimization at Environmental Sites
Learn more about our training courses and see our full 2018 schedule HERE.
PFAS Fact Sheets
ITRC is releasing the next set of PFAS fact sheets on March 8! The fact sheets are:
• Environmental Fate and Transport
• Site Characterization Tools, Sampling Techniques, and Laboratory Analytical Methods
• Remediation Technologies and Methods
The series of fact sheets summarize the latest science and emerging technologies for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The fact sheets are tailored to the needs of state regulatory program personnel who are tasked with making decisions regarding PFAS-impacted sites. The content is also useful to consultants and parties responsible for the release of these contaminants, as well as the general public.
Find the fact sheets HERE.
Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) Report to Congress: On October 16, 2017, Ms. Ellen M. Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)), signed the AFFF Report to Congress. The report provides information regarding DoD’s efforts to address elevated levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) on military bases and in neighboring communities due to the use of AFFF. The signed report is available on the DoD Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Network and Information Exchange (DENIX) at: http://www.denix.osd.mil/derp/home/documents/aqueous-film-forming-foam-report-to-congress/.
Installation Restoration Program (IRP) Response Complete (RC) Report: In January 2018, Ms. Ellen Lord, USD(A&S), signed a report detailing DoD’s efforts to achieve RC at all its IRP sites. Specifically, the report provides:
1. A list of IRP sites that have not yet achieved RC;
2. A total estimated cost for achieving RC at these sites;
3. The number of years that it will take at current annual funding levels to achieve RC at these sites; and
4. Current efforts the Department is taking to ensure the IRP is resourced to maximize efficiency and minimize the total time required to reach RC at these sites, including the feasibility of public-private partnerships to expedite cleanup.
The report will be available on the DENIX website soon.
Defense and State Memorandum of Agreement (DSMOA) Steering Committee Land Use Controls (LUCs) Webinar: The DSMOA Steering Committee is planning to host a webinar on LUCs to share information with states. For the presentations, DoD will pair a DoD Component presenter with a DSMOA Steering Committee state representative to give a brief overview of the DoD Component’s LUCs management strategy, as well as provide examples of and discuss how the DoD Component implements LUCs at specific sites. More information on the time and date of the webinar is forthcoming.
Stephen Cobb (AL), an ASTSWMO Past-President, testified on behalf of the Association at a hearing on “Modernizing the Superfund Cleanup Program”, held on January 18, 2018 by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment. Cobb’s testimony, as well as other ASTSWMO Congressional testimony on various issues over the last five years, is available in a new area of the ASTSWMO website. Click here for links to webpages for U.S. House and U.S. Senate hearings at which ASTSWMO has provided testimony.
Webinar: Subsurface Contaminants
States are invited by The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, to attend, by webcast, their series "Environmental Dynamics and Exposure Pathways of Subsurface Contaminants".
Through a series of 4 complementary topical sessions, explore scientific issues concerning transport, transformation, and exposure pathways of subsurface contaminants, such as metals, organics, and radionuclides. Examples from a wide range of potential applications include waste site management decision-making, characterizing the spread of contaminants from abandoned mines, and pollution prevention planning for energy development.
The sessions are intended to identify common needs, concerns, and challenges across disciplines and sectors, to highlight research and technology advances and gaps, and to determine how the Academies can best contribute to this topic. Each session will be webcast and posted onto the Academies’ website. In addition, a brief written document is planned that summarizes the four sessions.
BCST Session, March 2, 2018 (Part I of 4)
This session will focus on the complex chemistry of the subsurface environment and how it affects contaminant transport. A specific example will be considered to illustrate the use of advanced synchrotron and other techniques to elucidate mechanisms and inform decision makers. The topic of how molecular-level information and small-scale models can be incorporated into larger-scale transport models will be discussed.
For more information on this series, please visit our website.