ITRC Announces New 2021 Project Teams
After a competitive application process, and much deliberation, ITRC is proud to announce next year's selected project teams. Kicking off in 2021 and ranging between one and two years in length, ITRC's 2021 projects are staggered between two start dates within the upcoming year.
Projects starting in January of 2021 are:
• Environmental Data Management for Best Practices: a 12-18 month project designed to bring data users together through development of a clear set of Data Management Best Practice guides focused on data interoperability, and creation of an online data forum on ITRC's website.
• Effective Application of Multiple ITRC Guidance Documents to Hydrocarbon Sites: a 12 month project developing trainings focused on the application of key concepts in 5 team documents; LNAPL, PVI, TPH, Massflux, and IDSS.
• Microplastics: an 18 month project developing fact sheets, training materials and training courses providing information and best management practices on most important issues surrounding microplastics.
Projects slated to begin in July 2021 are:
• Performance-Based Optimization of Pump and Treat Systems: a 24 month project developing a guidance document and corresponding online training for Pump and Treat system optimization.
• ITRC QUEST – Quickening Environmental Solutions and Training: an 18-24 month project developing modular educational products led by state leaders, focused on bridging knowledge gaps to quicken individual competency and professional decision making among new state employees.
Selection will start soon for team leaders and members for these new projects! For more information, or to get involved in these projects, please visit us at https://itrcweb.org/ or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The U.S. EPA Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS Challenge
EPA is partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP); the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and the Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS); Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy; and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, to co-sponsor a technical challenge regarding the destruction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The challenge asks solvers to submit detailed plans for a non-thermal way of destroying PFAS in concentrated film forming foam (AFFF), while creating the least amount of potentially harmful byproducts.
Learn more about the challenge here.
EPA FFRRO News:
National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse
FFRRO is excited to announce the third annual “National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse” awardees! Please check out the 2020 National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse Award Video, produced in an exciting effort to celebrate both the Site Reuse Award winners and Federal Facility cleanups as part of EPA’s 50th Anniversary, by Emy Laija (director/video editor) with help from Jyl Lapachin and Dianna Young.
FFRRO established the award to recognize the teams who have supported the reuse and restoration of Federal Facility sites through outstanding efforts to ensure that sites are remediated to promote continued property use or support a site reuse, as well as provide an educational opportunity about how the awardees’ sites were remediated and reused to serve as an example to other site remediators. The award is divided into four categories: NPL sites; Non-NPL Cleanup; NPL Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC); Non-NPL BRAC. 2020 Awardees include:
NPL Award: Weldon Spring, Missouri
NPL BRAC Award: Former Fort Ord, California
Non-NPL BRAC Award: Former Naval Training Center Orlando, Florida
Non-NPL BRAC Award: Valley Forge Asbestos Release Site, Pennsylvania
Federal Facilities Academy
The EPA Federal Facilities Academy is a voluntary training program developed for EPA RPMs, project managers from other federal agencies, State government, and Tribal groups who work on federal facility Superfund cleanups. To access webinars offered through the Federal Facilities Academy, visit https://www.trainex.org/FFacademy. Participants can receive credit for reviewing the archived webinar by completing a survey at the end of the viewing. The In-Person Training has been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic and the schedule for the next round of webinar delivery is being determined. Please contact Emy Laija with any questions.
DoD has postponed the 2020 National Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) Forum and 2021 Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) Forum due to COVID-19. DoD anticipates hosting the FUDS Forum in calendar year (CY) 2021 and DERP Forum in CY 2022.
The FUDS Forum Working Group is planning to host a FUDS 101 webinar for State regulators. The Working Group met on August 4, 2020 to begin reviewing slides for the webinar. The Working Group will meet again in early September 2020 to continue reviewing slides.
The Munitions Response Dialogue (MRD) held a two-day virtual meeting August 18-19, 2020. The meeting focused on running case studies through the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) Risk Management Method (RMM). The MRD will meeting monthly to continue discussing and providing input on the RMM through CY 2020.
The Defense and State Memorandum of Agreement (DSMOA) Steering Committee has held three calls in 2020. The next call is planned for October 6, 2020. In addition to regular discussion topics such as updates on the DSMOA Cooperative Agreement process and chemicals of emerging concern, the Steering Committee has focused on developing Defense Environmental Restoration Program 101 and DSMOA 101 webinars for new State and regulatory personnel. The Steering Committee has not selected dates for these webinars but will share that information with all States when it is available.
The PFAS Task Force continues to meet regularly. Visit defense.gov/PFAS for more information.
DoD finalized the FY 2019 Defense Environmental Programs Annual Report to Congress on May 25, 2020. The report, the FY 2019 status tables, and the FY 2019 Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) Fast Facts are available on the DoD Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Network and Information Exchange (DENIX).
DoD also finalized the “DoD Remediation Plan for Cleanup of Water Impacted with Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)” and the “DoD Phytoremediation to Clear Heavy Metal Contaminants” reports to Congress, which are available on DENIX.
Congress requested that DoD provide a briefing with a plan to increase execution of the MMRP and a funding plan for addressing both PFAS remediation and MMRP across the future years defense plan (i.e., over the next 5 years). The plan is due to Congress by March 1, 2021.
ASTSWMO congratulates Ms. Maureen Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense (Environment), on her upcoming retirement. We thank her for her many years of service and partnership with our members, the 50 States, 5 Territories and the District of Columbia (States). We wish her the best as she retires from DOD on September 25, 2020.
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