Upcoming Online Training Classes
Fall Team Meetings Recap
In October, the 1,4-Dioxane team had a very productive meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. The team got together for two days to plan and work on fact sheets, the guidance document, and future training activities. The team reviewed and discussed feedback and comments received on the 1,4-dioxane fact sheets. The team also reviewed comments and suggestions for the draft guidance document. The History and Use, Sampling and Analysis, Fate and Transport, Regulatory Framework, Remediation and Treatment Technologies, and Toxicology and Risk Assessment workgroups had time both days to work in smaller groups on sections of the guidance document and on fact sheets. The guidance document will be ready for external review next summer and the 1,4-Dioxane fact sheets will be finalized early 2020.
Green and Sustainable Remediation with Resiliency to Extreme Weather Events and Wildfires
In September, the GSR/Resiliency team held its first meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. On the first day, presentations and panel discussions provided grounding for all team members and allowed everyone to brainstorm and form a consensus about the final products. The updated ITRC guidance is now expected to include an online road map, toolkit, and fact sheets covering key topics. Subgroups were formed and subgroup members determined their preliminary objectives, goals, and approaches for the following topics: Importance and Value, Resiliency Guidance, Integrating Resiliency with GSR, Technical and Regulatory Barriers and Opportunities, Beneficial Reuse, and Best Management Practices.
Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms
In October, the Strategies for Preventing and Managing Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms (HCB) team met in St. Paul, Minnesota. The meeting began with an overview of the concepts for the team’s webpages, then moved into a general overview of the existing document outline to determine if there were topics which had not been included on the original outline. As this was primarily a working meeting for the team, the remainder of the meeting time was spent on writing and revising the various document sections in preparation for the first team review. This meeting provided a great opportunity for face-to-face work prior to the deadline for the team's first draft in early November.
Implementing Advanced Site Characterization Tools
In September, the ASCT team met in Cincinnati, Ohio to work on their training resources. The team spent two days finalizing their scripts and filming their video modules, which will be available later this year. Their document will be released in December 2019.
Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) Update
In October, the Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) Update team had a productive meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota. In their efforts to revise the 2012 ISM guidance document, team members reviewed comments provided on the internal draft version of the document. Members participated in a lively group discussion about refining their original objectives to ensure agreement and consistency throughout the meeting. Later the subgroups worked together to review specific section comments to identify those requiring input from the larger group. Small group breakout discussions were very productive and the Team completed the review of all internal comments and outlined follow-up steps by the end of their meeting.
Optimizing In Situ Remediation Performance & Injection Strategies
In September, the In Situ team met in Albuquerque, New Mexico to work on addressing comments received on their guidance document during external review. They also spent time reviewing their online training resources and practicing for the delivery of their online classes which will take place early next year!
In September, about 80 team members attended the PFAS team fall meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The team convened in their subgroups to work on the individual sections of the PFAS guidance document. They also made significant progress on the Risk Communication Toolkit and the slide decks for the PFAS video training modules. Co-Team Leaders presented new initiatives, including discussion of the scope for the extended PFAS team in 2020. The PFAS team has conducted 15 in-person workshops in 2018 and 2019, providing training to more than 2,400 people. Currently, the PFAS technical and regulatory guidance document is in the technical editing process and will be published in March 2020.
Vapor Intrusion Mitigation
In August, the Vapor Intrusion (VI) Mitigation Training team had a very productive meeting in Chicago with over 40 attendees! The team divided into six subgroups: VI Mitigation Conceptual Site Models, Public Outreach & Communication, Remediation & Institutional Controls, Active Mitigation Technologies, Passive Mitigation Technologies, and Rapid Response/Ventilation. The subgroups began developing a series of supplemental documents including fact sheets, technology information sheets, and checklists that will help regulators, consultants, and stakeholders navigate the VI mitigation process from beginning to end. Their next in-person meeting will be on November 18-19 in Long Beach, California, where the team will continue revising their documents.
ITRC Board of Advisors
New Board Member
ITRC welcomes its newest Board member Rebecca Higgins from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency! Rebecca will serve in the State Association Representative starting in January 2020. Before her position on the Board, Rebecca was the State Point of Contact from Minnesota and was a Co-Team Leader for two ITRC teams: Green and Sustainable Remediation (2009-2011) and Stormwater BMPs (2016-2018).
A Bittersweet Farewell
Upcoming Partnership Events
SERDP & ESTCP - 2019 Symposium, December 3-5, Washington DC
Emerging Contaminants - 2020 Emerging Contaminants Summit, March 10-11, Westminster, CO
Battelle - 2020 Chlorinated Conference, May 31-June 4, Portland, OR
ASTSWMO - 2020 Mid-Year Meeting, April 29-30, Birmingham, AL
ASTSMWO recently held its Annual Meeting in Washington DC. The theme of the meeting was States Leading the Way. Over 350 meeting attendees donated over $1,800 to the charity City Blossoms. ASTSWMO also held the election for Vice-President. ASTSWMO congratulates Brent Everett on becoming the new ASTSWMO Vice-President. He joins Conchita Taitano (President), Vernon “Chip” Crockett (Past-President), and Tim Ratsep (Secretary-Treasurer) on ASTSWMO’s Executive Committee.
ASTSMWO also held its LUST Workshop in New Orleans in mid-September with 125 attendees. At the August ASTSWMO Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training, ITRC PFAS Team members presented an overview of PFAS as well as more in-depth, customized training for attendees. ASTSWMO has recently released a publication from the CERCLA Post Construction Focus Group titled Optimizing for the Construction Phase of Superfund Sites which is now on the ASTSMWO website.