ITRConnect FALL 2018

Welcome to the fourth edition of ITRC's biannual newsletter, showcasing Summer & Fall 2018's key events. This holiday season we are thankful to all our members who volunteer their time and expertise to help ITRC advance innovative environmental solutions!

Save the Date!

The ITRC Annual Meeting will be in Boston, MA on March 25-28, 2019.

Registration will open in December.

2019 Team Registration

Registration for 2019 Project Teams will open on December 3, 2018!

1,4-Dioxane - NEW

Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) Update - NEW

Strategies for Preventing and Managing Harmful Cyanobacteria Blooms - NEW

Implementing the Use of Advanced Site Characterization Tools

Optimizing In Situ Remediation Performance & Injection Strategies


Industry can now register to join ITRC's Industry Affiliates Program for 2019!

New ITRC Documents

The Methane guidance provides an overview of existing and emerging methane detection technologies and their applications. Although primarily for use in the oil and gas supply chain, certain technologies may be applicable in other areas as well, which the document does not cover. The document provides the framework for industry and the regulatory community to evaluate and select the best methods to identify leaks or reduce emissions.

ITRC has developed a series of fact sheets that summarize the latest science and emerging technologies regarding Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). The latest fact sheet on Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) outlines how to properly identify, handle, store, capture, collect, manage, and dispose of AFFF. This fact sheet is targeted to local, state, and federal regulators and tribes in environmental, health, and safety roles as well as AFFF users at municipalities, airports, and industrial facilities.

The TPH guidance assists state regulators and practitioners with evaluating risk and establishing cleanup requirements at petroleum release sites. This guidance builds on long-standing and current research, presents the current science and understanding of TPH risk characterization, and provides methods and procedures to evaluate risk and establish cleanup requirements at petroleum release sites. This information will assist decision makers in developing and implementing a technically defensible approach to evaluate TPH risk and provides information and supplemental references to assist practitioners in the assessment of fate, transport, exposure, and toxicity of TPH.

The Stormwater guidance offers the user details on post construction BMP lifecycle processes including contracting, cost considerations, installation factors including construction challenges, inspection checklists, quality control and record drawings. It goes on to address long-term technology- and performance-based operational strategies, including aspects such as routine and non-routine maintenance. Data and information from existing publicly available BMP performance programs has been incorporated into an online BMP Screening Tool.

Watch our Stormwater BMP introduction video below

Upcoming Training Events

PFAS Training Classes

The ITRC PFAS team has planned a series of training events led by experts from state and federal agencies, academia, and private industry. The training events will explore the key elements for characterizing and managing PFAS impacted sites. The last ITRC PFAS training in 2018 will be held in Grand Rapids, MI on December 13.

State and federal environmental and health agencies, tribes, local governments, communities and others interested in learning about PFAS are encouraged to attend. The training events are FREE for state and federal employees, academics, and public stakeholders. Travel scholarships are available for state staff in limited quantity for each of the events.

Online Training Classes

November 27, 1:00-3:15pm EST

Bioavailability of Contaminants in Soil: Considerations for Human Health Risk Assessment

November 29, 1:00-3:15pm EST

Long-term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls

December 4, 1:00-3:15pm EST

Characterization and Remediation in Fractured Rock

Fall Team Meetings Recap


Over 100 team members attended the ITRC PFAS Team fall meeting in San Antonio, TX in September! The team convened in their subgroups to work on the individual sections of the PFAS guidance document. They also made significant progress on the AFFF Fact Sheet and Risk Communications Toolkit. Co-team leaders presented new initiatives, including the upcoming PFAS Training events. Currently, the PFAS guidance document is out for external review.

Advanced Site Characterization Tools

In October, the Advanced Site Characterization Tools (ASCT) Team had an extremely productive meeting in San Antonio, TX! On the first day, the team reviewed general comments on the first draft of the technical regulatory guidance document and developed the framework for a tool that will help regulators learn more about site characterization options. On both days, workgroups for chapter two, direct sensing, remote sensing, downhole geophysics, and surface geophysics split up to work on their section of the guidance document. Currently, the ASCT Team is addressing the internal reviews for their guidance document, which will go out for external review mid-2019.

Optimizing In Situ Remediation Performance & Injection Strategies

The In Situ Team met in San Antonio, TX in October to work on their guidance document and training resources. The first day began with a discussion about the overarching issues of the first draft of the guidance document. Later, team members gave a presentation on Surfactant Flooding Fuel Recovery. Over the two days, the team's workgroups made significant progress on each section of their guidance document! Currently, the In Situ Team is addressing the internal reviews for their guidance document, which will go out for external review in Spring 2019.

Upcoming Partnership Events

SERDP & ESTCP - 2018 Symposium, November 27-29, Washington DC

RemTEC - 2019 RemTEC Summit, February 26-28, Denver CO

Battelle - 2019 Bioremediation Symposium, April 15-19, Baltimore MD

ASTSWMO - 2019 Mid-Year Meeting, Date TBD, Location TBD


ASTSWMO held their 2018 Annual Meeting October 25-26, the theme of which was “Modernizing Environmental Protection”. ASTSWMO hosted 322 members from 49 States and Territories, for one of their largest ever turnouts. During this meeting ASTSWMO raised over $1,500 and presented it to the “Earth Conservation Corps”, the selected charity for “ASTSWMO Gives Back”. Learn more about this year’s ASTSWMO annual meeting here.

ASTSWMO also held officer elections for their Board of directors and are happy to welcome Conchita Taitano of Guam as the new Vice-President and Tim Ratsep of Delaware as the new Secretary-Treasurer, as well as welcome back Chip Crockett of Alabama as he now becomes President and Ken Kloo of New Jersey in his new role of Past-President.

Best Wishes in Retirement to Longtime ITRC Supporters!

John Boyer (NJ) - Team Leader since 2004

Ted Dragovich (IL) - POC since 1997

John Mitchell (KS) - ITRC and ERIS Board Member since 1995

Carl Spreng (CO) - Team Leader since 1995

A Warm Welcome to Our New State POCs!

From left to right: Jorge Espinosa (AZ), Greg Dunn (IL), and Scout Munday (KY)

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