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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!

March 28, 2018: Tucson, Az. WRRC Annual Conference
Water is everyone’s business and the business of water affects everyone. On Tuesday, March 28, 2018, The Business of Water will be front and center at the University of Arizona (UA) Water Resources Research Center’s Annual Conference, which will be held at the University of Arizona Student Union in Tucson, Arizona. We will explore the many facets of our topic, focusing on key questions. How will water exchanges, transfers and market-based transactions figure into our water future? What is the role of the private sector, including public-private partnerships? What factors and forces influence what we pay for water? Please plan to join us on March 28 as we consider these complex and dynamic issues vital to the reliability, safety, and cost of our future water supplies.

March 27-29, 2018: Orlando, FL. Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference
This conference is designed for Engineers, Managers or other individuals with operation, construction, Environmental, compliance, spill prevention or response, or management activities associated with aboveground storage tanks and piping. Nationally-recognized experts will provide the latest information available on tank management.

March 8, 2018. 1:00-3:15PM EST. Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization
The Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization Team has synthesized the knowledge about DNAPL site characterization and remediation acquired over the past several decades, and has integrated that information into a new document, Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization and Tools Selection (ISC-1, 2015). This guidance is a resource to inform regulators, responsible parties, other problem holders, consultants, community stakeholders, and other interested parties of the critical concepts related to characterization approaches and tools for collecting subsurface data at DNAPL sites.

March 6, 2018: The SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation
The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals. SERDP is DoD’s environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations. Proposals focused in the following areas are requested: Environmental Restoration, Munitions Response, Resource Conservation and Resiliency, Weapons Systems and Platforms.

March 1, 2018: 12 PM MST. TSFWG Webinar: Protecting the Health of Future Generations: Assessing and Preventing Exposures to EDCs & PCBs in Alaska Native Communities on St. Lawrence Island
Persistent chemicals bio-accumulate up the food web and concentrate in the body fats of walruses, seals, and whales. As a result, the marine mammals that are a mainstay of the traditional diet contain high levels of pollutants such as PCBs though these chemicals were banned globally decades ago. A National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) funded community-based participatory research project on the Island is working to document levels of PCBs, flame retardant chemicals, perfluorinated compounds, and chlorinated pesticides through sampling of freshwater fish, household dust and blood serum of residents. The research team collaborates with the leadership, elders, and youth of SLI to develop measures to prevent and mitigate environmental exposures through community educational programs and public policy actions, including community-based research institutes for college credit, health fairs for all community members, and workshops for health care providers.

February 22, 2018. 1:00-3:15PM EST. Characterization and Remediation of Fractured Rock
The basis for this training course is the ITRC guidance: Characterization and Remediation of Fractured Rock. The purpose of this guidance is to dispel the belief that fractured rock sites are too complex to characterize and remediate. The physical, chemical and contaminant transport concepts in fractured rock have similarities to unconsolidated porous media, yet there are important differences.

February 20, 2018: Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country Funding
This 3-year Notice of Funding Opportunity supports tribal practices identified by tribal health leaders that build resiliency and connections to community, family, and culture, which over time, can reduce risk factors for chronic disease among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

February 16, 2018: Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Funds
The FY 2018 EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving solicitation is now open! Ten awards will be made (one award per region) in amounts of up to $120,000 per award for a two-year project period. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to local community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations seeking to address environmental and public health concerns in local underserved communities through collaboration with other stakeholders, such as local businesses and industry, local government, medical providers, and academia.

February 13, 2018. 9 AM Pacific Time. Navigating the New EPA UST Rules on Indian Lands: What You Need to Know
This free one-hour webinar is a down-to-earth explanation of the 2015 US EPA UST rules and how they affect UST operators in Indian Country. Basically: What the rules mean, what's new and different and how to get ready today.

February 13, 2018: Bioavailability of Contaminants in Soil: Considerations for Human Health Risk Assessment

February 12-16, 2018. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Forum on the Environment (AFE)
In the past five years, AFE has offered technical sessions on a diversity of environmental issues such as; energy issues, alternative energy sources for rural villages, subsistence hunting, fishing, and gathering on federal lands, biological studies, bioterrorism, effects of climate change, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, military environmental restoration, and tribal and federal government-to-government policies.

February 6, 2018: Remediation Management of Complex Sites Online Training

February 1, 2018: Issues and Options in Human Health Risk Assessment – A Resource When Alternatives to Default Parameters and Scenarios are Proposed Online Training

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell, Program Manager

Julie Jurkowski, Program Coordinator, Sr.