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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!

May 30 2018: 2:00-3:00pm EST. Webinar: Tools for Assessing Lakes and Stream: Lake-Catchment (LakeCat) and Stream-Catchment (StreamCat) Datasets
EPA's Office of Research and Development hosts this webinar series to share current research and results. Through innovative science and engineering, EPA’s researchers are developing cost-effective, sustainable solutions to 21st century complex water issues. The scientific results and innovative technologies developed under the Safe and Sustainable WAter Resources Research Program support EPA’s mandate to protect the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of our Nation’s waters and to ensure safe drinking water and water systems.

May 30 2018: 11:00am-1:00pm. 2018 Tribal Energy Webinar: Understanding the Power Grid and Organized Markets
Understanding the power grid and organized markets is essential for tribes interested in developing energy projects and selling energy into the wholesale electricity market. Webinar attendees will gain knowledge of transmission markets, management, and ownership structures; interconnection request processes and timelines; transmission planning and operations; and fundamentals of the power grid.

May 8-10 2018: Warwick, RI. Native American Fish and Wildlife Society National Conference
The Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS) was incorporated in 1983 to develop a national communications network for the exchange of information and management techniques related to self-determined tribal fish and wildlife management. As a communication network organization, the NAFWS hosts a national conference each year. The conference is an opportunity for tribal natural resource managers, technicians, conservation law officers, government agencies, and many others, to receive training, network, share information, and discuss current technical information and legislative initiatives.

May 7-11, 2018: Atlanta, GA. Remedial Process Training
Remedial Process is a beginner-level training course that provides a comprehensive examination of the technical and regulatory issues that Remedial Project Managers (RPM) must address as they oversee remedial response efforts at Superfund sites.

May 7-9, 2018: Orlando, FL. Agricultural Plastics Recycling Conference & Trade Show (APRC 2018)
For the past 4 years, the Agricultural Plastics Recycling Conference & Trade Show (APRC), has been the premier conference dedicated to the recovery and recycling of agricultural plastics. Our desire is to provide you recycling solutions, valuable contacts and productive networking opportunities.

May 2-3, 2018: Hollywood, FL. Native Learning Center Grants Management Training
In this two-day grants management training you’ll get the skills and know-how to keep your project on track, comply with grant regulations, and protect your Tribe from the administrative and legal chaos that results from poor grants management. The sweeping changes in the new grant regulations known as 2 CFR Part 200 created a radically different landscape for Tribal governments and nonprofits competing for their share of the more than $600 billion in federal grants awarded each year. This presentation will show grant writers and grant managers how to model success by introducing practical strategies and real-life examples designed to showcase winning proposal design and proactive grant management.

May 2, 2018: EPA’s Request for Proposals from Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia for Nonpoint Source Management Grants
Section 319 base funds may be used for a range of activities that implement the tribe's approved NPS management program, including: hiring a program coordinator; conducting NPS education programs; providing training and authorized travel to attend training; updating the NPS management program; developing watershed-based plans; and implementing watershed-based plans and on-the-ground watershed projects.

April 30 - May 3, 2018: Philadelphia, PA. Best Practices for Site Characterization Throughout the Remediation Process
Best Practices for Site Characterization Throughout the Remediation Process is based on best management practices (BMP) implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), partnership organizations, federal and state partners, and consultants. Participants will learn how to streamline projects in a legal, technically sound, and cost-effective manner.

April 26, 2018: EPA’s Pollution Prevention Grant Program
The Pollution Prevention Grant Program is announcing the availability to fund grants and/or cooperative agreements to:
1. Provide technical assistance and/or training to businesses/facilities about source reduction techniques to help them adopt and implement source reduction approaches, and to increase the development, adoption, and market penetration of greener products and sustainable manufacturing practices.
2. Identify, develop, document and share P2 best management practices and innovations so this information may inform future technical assistance, and these P2 approaches and outcomes may be replicated by others.

April 16-18, 2018: Durham, NC. SETAC Focused Meeting: High Throughput Screening and Environmental Risk Assessment
Recently, significant advancements have been made in throughput screening programs and the subsequent generation, dissemination and application of high-throughput toxicology data. There is opportunity to use the data and tools from these programs to address ecological health. The overall purpose of this meeting is to provide environmental toxicologists and risk assessors an introduction to high-throughput data and tools. Through a diverse program of plenary presentations, round table discussions, poster socials, exhibits, genius bar tools demonstrations and story problems, participants will learn about the state of the science of high-throughput toxicology and be equipped with the background to critically evaluate how it could be employed in a broad range of environmental risk assessment scenarios.

April 16-18: 2018. Anaheim, CA. Interstate Technology Regulatory Council Annual Meeting
ITRC will build upon their largest Annual Meeting attendance to date, and will bring together environmental professionals from across the country for an opportunity to network and collaborate on advancing innovative environmental solutions.

April 9-11, 2018: Chicago, IL. OSC 201
OSC 201 is an intermediatelevel training course that expands on the Removal Process course to prepare On-Scene Coordinators (OSC) for the rigors of everyday removal action site activities. The instructional methodology will include a response case study to provide participants an opportunity to apply the skills learned during the course.

April 5, 2018: 1:00-3:15PM EST. Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management
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.

March 29, 2018: 1:00-3:15PM EST. Geospatial Analysis for Optimization at Environmental Sites
Optimization activities can improve performance, increase monitoring efficiency, and support contaminated site decisions. Project managers can use geospatial analysis for evaluation of optimization opportunities. Unlike traditional statistical analysis, geospatial methods incorporate the spatial and temporal dependence between nearby data points, which is an important feature of almost all data collected as part of an environmental investigation. The results of geospatial analyses add additional lines of evidence to decision making in optimization opportunities in environmental sites across all project life cycle stages (release detection, site characterization, remediation, monitoring and closure) in soil, groundwater or sediment remediation projects for different sizes and types of sites.

March 28, 2018: 1:00-3:00pm EST. Remediation Technologies for Radionuclides and Heavy Metals in Soil, Ground Water and Sediments
This free webinar focuses on remediation technologies for radionuclides and heavy metals in soil, ground water, and sediments. The 3/28 webinar will feature presentations by Cathy Amoroso (US EPA Region 4, Superfund Division) on “Incremental Sampling Methods & Best Practices for Lead Investigations;” as well as Cynthia Gilmour (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center) on “Application of an in situ activated carbon amendment for sediment and soil mercury remediation.” The webinar will conclude with a brief overview of the NIEHS Superfund Research Program’s current research and outreach activities related to remediation/monitoring strategies for heavy metals and radionuclides (Heather Henry, NIEHS Superfund Research Program).

March 27-29, 2018: Kansas City, MO. RPM 201
RPM 201, an intermediate-level training course, expands on the Remedial Process course. The course is offered as part of the ongoing effort to prepare RPMs for the challenges they will encounter during all aspects of a remedial action. The instructional methodology will include case studies to provide participants an opportunity to apply the skills learned during the course. The course will also include time for participants to ask specific questions about their own sites they currently are working on, as well as emerging technical and programmatic policy and guidance from EPA Headquarters.

March. The Tribal Waste Management Funding Resources Directory is now available online.
The Tribal Waste Management Funding Resources Directory is a searchable resource listing financial waste management assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to tribes and nonprofit organizations.

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell, Program Manager

Julie Jurkowski, Program Coordinator, Sr.