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This is a place for news and announcements about trainings, grants, consultation opportunities, or current events relating to Superfund issues. It will be updated as new information is received so check back often!

February 1, 2017. 2:00- 3:30pm EDT. Superfund Cooperative Agreements: A Tribal Perspective Webinar. This webinar, brought to you by ITEP, will be focused on Superfund Cooperative Agreements available to Tribes working on Superfund sites. We will have presenters from three different Tribes talking about their experiences with Cooperative Agreements. This is the second of two webinars on this subject and will feature presenters from the Makah Tribe, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, and the Quapaw Tribe. Prior knowledge of the topic is not necessary. We look forward to having you join us for this special TSFWG webinar on February 1, 2017. To register for this webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8616068163669716227.

January 5, January 12, 2017. Soil Sampling and Decision Making Using Incremental Sampling Methodology - Parts 1 and 2, Webinars. This 2-part training course along with ITRC's web-based Incremental Sampling Methodology Technical and Regulatory Guidance Document (ISM-1, 2012) is intended to assist regulators and practitioners with the understanding the fundamental concepts of soil/contaminant heterogeneity, representative sampling, sampling/laboratory error and how ISM addresses these concepts. Through this training course you should learn:
  • basic principles to improve soil sampling results
  • systematic planning steps important to ISM
  • how to determine ISM Decision Units (DU)
  • the answers to common questions about ISM sampling design and data analysis
  • methods to collect and analyze ISM soil samples
  • the impact of laboratory processing on soil samples
  • how to evaluate ISM data and make decisions

The intended users of this guidance and training course are state and federal regulators, project managers, and consultant personnel responsible for and/or directly involved in developing, identifying or applying soil and sediment sampling approaches and establishing sampling objectives and methods. In addition, data end users and decision makers will gain insight to the use and impacts of ISM for soil sampling for potentially contaminated sites. To register for these webinars: https://clu-in.org/conf/itrc/register/new.cfm?date=747.

May 2-6, 2016. National Association of Remedial Project Managers (NARPM) Training Program. The National Association of Remedial Project Managers (NARPM) Training Program will be held Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Technical Support Project (TSP) Forums and Contaminated Sediment Forum will hold their business meetings in conjunction with the 24th NARPM Training Program. Daily plenary sessions will be held during the NARPM Training Program beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016. The Grand Plenary Session will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. The NARPM Training Program offers training sessions beginning on Monday, May 2, 2016, at 8:00 a.m. and ending on Friday, May 6, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. This year NARPM is offering more than 50 training courses and sessions including: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice Courses, Cleanup Optimization Courses, and Technology and Contaminate Specific Courses. For more information and to see the agenda please click on the links below.
NARPM Information Sheet [pdf]
NARPM Program Agenda [pdf]

May 12, May 24, June 8, 2016. 1:00-3:00PM EDT. NEPA-Mining 101 Webinar. The sessions will include three modules covering an overview of NEPA and how tribes can engage as well as the basics of Mining with case examples. This training will provide participants with an understanding of the NEPA process and key areas (acid rock drainage, water resources, and cultural resources) to focus on with commenting on mine projects. Part 1: Mining Fundamentals. The course is designed to provide an overview of mining and NEPA and is geared towards how tribes can participate in the NEPA process. Part 1 will educate participants on the major steps in mine development, exploration, types of hardrock mining, and mineral processing. Presenters will provide an engaging look into the world of hardrock mining. Participants will walk away with a basic understanding of the types of mining and gain a common language to communicate about mining in their geographic area of interest. Participants are encouraged to ask questions. To register for Part 1: https://clu-in.org/training/webinar/NEPAandMining101-1/. Part 2: Mining Environmental Concerns and Issues. The course is designed to provide an overview of mining and NEPA and is geared towards how tribes can participate in the NEPA process. Part 2 will explore environmental concerns at mine sites and how issues can be addressed. Specific topics include types of waste products, surface and groundwater concerns, water treatment, and potential air issues. Participants will walk away with a basic understanding of the types of issues that can occur at mine sites and have the ability to pose general questions of concern during mine proposal evaluations. Participants are encouraged to ask questions. To register: https://clu-in.org/training/webinar/NEPAandMining101-2/. Part 3: The Regulatory Process and How Tribes can Engage. The course is designed to provide an overview of mining and NEPA and is geared towards how tribes can participate in the NEPA process. Part 3 will lay out the regulatory process of mining with an in depth look into NEPA review process and major permits associated with mine operations. The session will also provide examples of key opportunities for tribal participation in the development process. Participants will walk away with an understanding and ability to engage in the NEPA process. Participants are encouraged to ask questions. To register: https://clu-in.org/training/webinar/NEPAandMining101-3/.

April 5-6, 2016. Tribal Environmental Impacts Round Table Discussion. This forum will talk about issues impacting Tribal lands including how Tribal Risk Scenarios are being applied and if they ensure adequate protections for Tribal members practicing cultural and customary activities. Tribal regulations, how they are being applied on tribal lands, and policies impacting our natural resources will also be discussed. For more information and to register:
Click HERE [pdf]

December 1, 2015 2:00-3:00 pm EDT. Tribal Consultation: DRAFT Pre-CERCLA Screening Guidance. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to announce a consultation and coordination period with federally recognized tribes on EPA’s draft Pre-CERCLA Screening guidance. We will accept comments and conduct direct discussions with tribes to the end of business on Monday December 29, 2015. There will be a tribal consultation call on December 1, 2015 from 2:00-3:00 EDT. The call-in number is 1-866-299-3188, access 703-603-8829. The web conference link is http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/pcsguidanceQAsession/. The web conference will be recorded and posted on EPA’s Tribal Consultation Opportunities Tracking System. For more information, see:

November 17, 2015, 12:00PM-2:00PM EST. Implementing Greener Cleanups through ASTM's Standard Guide Webinar. The U.S. EPA and other agencies encourage use of the ASTM International Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups (E2893-13), which offers a step-wise approach for reducing the environmental footprint of site cleanup activities. This two-hour webinar sponsored by the U.S. EPA will provide participants with an overview of the Guide, show how the Guide can inform project decisions, and describe experiences in using the Guide at sites across the U.S. under state or federal cleanup programs. The webinar also will provide a virtual exercise in prioritizing greener best management practices (BMPs) based on their anticipated environmental footprint reductions. For more information and to register, see:

November 13, 2015. Tribal Consultation Period Extended. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to announce an additional extension to the consultation and coordination period with federally recognized tribes on EPA’s Policy on Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribes: DRAFT Guidance for Discussing Tribal Treaty Rights. We will continue to accept comments from tribes through the end of business on Friday, November 13, 2015. For more information, see:

Applications due November 13, 2015 for the 2016 Exchange Network Grants. Please click on the link below for more details, including the solicitation notice, what’s new, do’s and don’ts, and required documents:

November 2, 2015, 11:00AM-1:00PM EST. Nanotechnology for Site Remediation Webinar. This is a follow-up to the Inaugural Conference on the Applications of Nanotechnology for Safe and Sustainable Environmental Remediations which was held in Hammond, Louisiana in the Summer ‘13. In this 2 hr webinar, the expert panel will give an update about the current state of engineered nanoparticles (ENP) workers' exposure scenarios in environmental remediation; an update of the U.S. EPA Superfund sites experience with the use of ENPs; an update on nano-zero-valent iron-based remediation experience in Europe; and an overview of ways to harness "informatics 4 impact" to meet your mission goals. For more information and to register, see:

Tribal Consultation Extended until October 30, 2015. DRAFT Guidance for Discussing Tribal Treaty Rights. Consultation Calls: September 22, 2015 2:00-3:30pm EDT and October 6, 2015 2:00-3:30pm EDT. The call-in number for both calls is 1-866-299-3188, access 202-564-6633. For more information on this and other consultation opportunities please visit TCOTS for updated information.

Save the date: October 29, 2015. Webinar on Assessment and Treatment of Contaminated Sediments. The following speakers will present in the webinar: Dr. Todd Bridges (U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center) and Dr. Kevin Sowers (University of Maryland). For more information on this and other webinars in the series, please visit:

October 8, 2015, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT. ITRC Remedy Selection for Contaminated Sediments. ITRC developed the technical and regulatory guidance, Remedy Selection for Contaminated Sediments (CS-2, 2014), to assist decision-makers in identifying which contaminated sediment management technology is most favorable based on an evaluation of site specific physical, sediment, contaminant, and land and waterway use characteristics. The document provides a remedial selection framework to help identify favorable technologies, and identifies additional factors (feasibility, cost, stakeholder concerns, and others) that need to be considered as part of the remedy selection process. This ITRC training course supports participants with applying the technical and regulatory guidance as a tool to overcome the remedial challenges posed by contaminated sediment sites. Participants learn how to: identify site-specific characteristics and data needed for site decision making, evaluate potential technologies based on site information, and select the most favorable contaminant management technology for their site. For more information and to register, see:
http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live

October 6, 2015, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT. ITRC Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management. Chemical contaminants in soil and groundwater can volatilize into soil gas and migrate through unsaturated soils of the vadose zone. Vapor intrusion (VI) occurs when these vapors migrate upward into overlying buildings through cracks and gaps in the building floors, foundations, and utility conduits, and contaminate indoor air. If present at sufficiently high concentrations, these vapors may present a threat to the health and safety of building occupants. Petroleum vapor intrusion (PVI) is a subset of VI and is the process by which volatile petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs) released as vapors from light nonaqueous phase liquids (LNAPL), petroleum-contaminated soils, or petroleum-contaminated groundwater migrate through the vadose zone and into overlying buildings. The ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance Web-Based Document, Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management (PVI-1, 2014) and this associated Internet-based training provides regulators and practitioners with consensus information based on empirical data and recent research to support PVI decision making under different regulatory frameworks. The PVI assessment strategy described in this guidance document enables confident decision making that protects human health for various types of petroleum sites and multiple PHC compounds. This guidance provides a comprehensive methodology for screening, investigating, and managing potential PVI sites and is intended to promote the efficient use of resources and increase confidence in decision making when evaluating the potential for vapor intrusion at petroleum-contaminated sites. By using the ITRC guidance document, the vapor intrusion pathway can be eliminated from further investigation at many sites where soil or groundwater is contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons or where LNAPL is present. For more information and to register, see:
http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live

Tribal Consultation on EPA’s National Enforcement Initiatives: September 15th-October 16th. Consultation Calls: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 from 3:00 pm. – 4:00 p.m. EDT and Wednesday, October 7, 2015 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT. The call-in number for both calls is 1-866-299-0772, access 1474305787#.

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell, Program Manager

Julie Jurkowski, Program Coordinator, Sr.