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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 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. https://www.epa.gov/environmental-justice/environmental-justice-collaborative-problem-solving-cooperative-agreement-0#tab-2 .

February 13, 2018: Bioavailability of Contaminants in Soil: Considerations for Human Health Risk Assessment http://www.itrcweb.org/ .

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. http://www.akforum.org/.

February 6, 2018: Remediation Management of Complex Sites Online Training http://www.itrcweb.org/.

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

January 30 - January 31, 2018. Tallahassee, FL: Groundwater High-Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC) The Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) is leading the Groundwater High-Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC) training course. This course focuses on groundwater characterization and discusses (1) the impacts of subsurface heterogeneity on the investigation and cleanup of groundwater and related media, (2) the need for scale-appropriate measurements and adequate data density, and (3) the tools and strategies that are available to overcome the impacts of subsurface heterogeneity. https://trainex.org/classdetails.cfm?courseid=1389&classid=7726 .

January 31, 2018: WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Grant 2018 This FOA is seeking proposals for activities to develop a watershed group, complete watershed restoration planning activities, and to design watershed management projects. This FOA is for Phase I of the Cooperative Watershed Management Program. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html .

January 30, 2018 1:00-3:15PM EST: Geospatial Analysis for Optimization at Environmental Sites Online Training

January 29 - February 2, 2018. Denver, Co: Superfund 101 Training Superfund 101 consists of two introductory-level courses: Fundamentals of Superfund and Enforcement Process Overview. Fundamentals of Superfund, a 3-day introductory training course, provides an overview of the purpose, legal framework and implementation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). Enforcement Process Overview, a 2-day course, provides an overview of the EPA’s Superfund enforcement process. https://trainex.org/classdetails.cfm?courseid=254&classid=7720 .

January 24, 2018: PA-16-083: Research to Action Grant: Assessing and Addressing Community Exposures to Environmental Contaminants (R01) This Funding Opportunity Announcement encourages applications using community-engaged research methods to investigate the potential health risks of environmental exposures of concern to the community and to implement an environmental public health action plan based on research findings. The overall goal is to support changes to prevent or reduce exposure to harmful environmental exposures and to improve the health of a community. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-16-083.html .

January 23, 2018: Groundwater Statistics for Environmental Project Managers Online Training This ITRC training class will encourage and support project managers and others who are not statisticians to:
1. Use the ITRC Technical and Regulatory Web-based Guidance on Groundwater Statistics and Monitoring Compliance (GSMC-1, 2013) to make better decisions for projects
2. Apply key aspects of the statistical approach to groundwater data
3. Answer common questions on background, compliance, trend analysis, and monitoring optimization

ITRC's Technical and Regulatory Web-based Guidance on Groundwater Statistics and Monitoring Compliance (GSMC-1, 2013) and this associated training bring clarity to the planning, implementation, and communication of groundwater statistical methods and should lead to greater confidence and transparency in the use of groundwater statistics for site management. https://clu-in.org/conf/itrc/GSMC/ .

January 17, 2018: Native American Affairs: Technical Assistance Funding to Tribes for 2018 The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a funding opportunity for technical assistance to Indian tribes and tribal organizations. This program is intended to establish cooperative working relationships, through partnerships with Indian tribes and tribal organizations, to ensure that tribes have the opportunity to participate fully in Reclamation’s Program as they develop, manage, and protect their water and related resources. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297999.

January 11, 2018. 1:00-3:15PM EST. Long-term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls Online Training. ITRC has developed a downloadable tool that steps users through the process of planning and designing Institutional Controls (IC) management needs. This tool can help to create a long lasting record of the site that includes the regulatory authority, details of the IC, the responsibilities of all parties, a schedule for monitoring the performance of the IC, and more. The tool generates an editable Long Term Stewardship (LTS) plan in Microsoft Word.

After attending the training, participants will be able to:
Describe best practices and evolving trends for IC management at individual sites and across state agency programs
Use this guidance to
Improve IC reliability and prevent IC failures
Improve existing, or develop new, IC Management programs
Identify the pros and cons about differing IC management approaches
Use the tools to establish an LTS plan for specific sites
Use the elements in the tools to understand the information that should populate an IC registry or data management system. https://clu-in.org/conf/itrc/lcmuic/.

January 9, 2018. 1:00-3:15PM EST. Remedy Selection for Contaminated Sediments Online Training 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. https://clu-in.org/conf/itrc/ContSedRem/.

January 4th, 2018: Funding Opportunity from the Core Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) The Department of Defense’s (DoD) (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 .

For more information please contact:
Todd Barnell, Program Manager

Julie Jurkowski, Program Coordinator, Sr.