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CLU-IN's ongoing series of Internet Seminars are free, web-based slide presentations with a companion audio portion. We provide two options for accessing the audio portion of the seminar: by phone line or streaming audio simulcast. More information and registration for all Internet Seminars is available by selecting the individual seminar below. Not able to make one of our live offerings? You may also view archived seminars.

 
 
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CEC Preliminary Assessment/Site Inspection (PA/SI) Webinar Series, Module 8: SI Sampling Strategies for Groundwater and Surface Water

The CERCLA Education Center (CEC) is offering a nine-part Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection (PA/SI) Webinar Series in June and July 2014. PA/SI is an intermediate training course designed for personnel who are required to compile, draft and review PA, SI and HRS documentation records and packages submitted for sites proposed for the National Priorities List (NPL). This course is open to EPA, federal, state, tribal and contractor personnel who support site investigation programs.

The PA/SI Webinar Series provides an introduction to the Superfund site assessment process and describes the preliminary assessment and site inspection phases of this process. The course will incorporate a mix of lecture and exercises using Quickscore for each of the four pathways. The objective of the exercise is to give participants the opportunity to evaluate and score PA information using the HRS Quickscore software. Participants will use information from a fictitious site to (1) evaluate and calculate a preliminary HRS score, and (2) develop release and target hypotheses that should be pursued in an SI.

In order to receive credit for taking the course, participants must participate in each session. If you are unable to make one of the sessions, archived versions will be made available at www.clu-in.org that you can take to receive credit for the missed live session. In order to receive credit for a missed session, you must complete the missed session within 2 months of the originally scheduled date and submit an evaluation form from that archived module.

This module will provide an overview of SI sampling strategies for the groundwater migration pathway and the surface water migration pathway.

CEC Preliminary Assessment/Site Inspection (PA/SI) Webinar Series, Module 9: SI Sampling Strategies for Soil and Air

The CERCLA Education Center (CEC) is offering a nine-part Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection (PA/SI) Webinar Series in June and July 2014. PA/SI is an intermediate training course designed for personnel who are required to compile, draft and review PA, SI and HRS documentation records and packages submitted for sites proposed for the National Priorities List (NPL). This course is open to EPA, federal, state, tribal and contractor personnel who support site investigation programs.

The PA/SI Webinar Series provides an introduction to the Superfund site assessment process and describes the preliminary assessment and site inspection phases of this process. The course will incorporate a mix of lecture and exercises using Quickscore for each of the four pathways. The objective of the exercise is to give participants the opportunity to evaluate and score PA information using the HRS Quickscore software. Participants will use information from a fictitious site to (1) evaluate and calculate a preliminary HRS score, and (2) develop release and target hypotheses that should be pursued in an SI.

In order to receive credit for taking the course, participants must participate in each session. If you are unable to make one of the sessions, archived versions will be made available at www.clu-in.org that you can take to receive credit for the missed live session. In order to receive credit for a missed session, you must complete the missed session within 2 months of the originally scheduled date and submit an evaluation form from that archived module.

This module will provide an overview of SI sampling strategies for the soil exposure pathway and the air migration pathway.

If Cells Could Talk, What Would They Tell Us About Environmental Exposures? Applications of Cell-Based Bioanalytical Methods

This two-part seminar will feature Dr. Michael Denison of the University of California Davis Superfund Research Program (SRP) and Dr. Scott Boitano from the University of Arizona SRP, and will focus on applications of cell-based bioanalytical methods to better understand environmental toxicities.

The ability of toxic chemicals, such as dioxin-like chemicals and endocrine disruptors, to modulate intracellular receptor-mediated signal transduction is one way that diverse toxicants can produce common responses. In the laboratory, these cellular mechanisms can be taken advantage of and used to develop screening methods to better detect and quantitate such chemicals in a variety of sources to which people may be exposed. Dr. Denison will describe the development, validation, and screening applications of Chemically-Activated LUciferase eXpression (CALUX) cell bioassays.

Diseases associated with the airway often contain living cells with compromised cellular physiology. Thus, traditional cellular toxicity assays that measure cell death as a single toxicity endpoint may miss the more subtle sub-cytotoxic changes seen in airway epithelial cells. To better evaluate both cytotoxic and sub-cytotoxic changes, researchers have adapted a human airway epithelial cell line for use in the xCELLigence real time cell analyzer to evaluate concentration- and time-dependent effects of toxic compounds. Dr. Boitano will discuss these findings and how they allow us to better understand the toxicity impact of nanoparticles, metals and metalloids, as well as other toxicants, on airway health and disease.

Using Biosolids and Coal Combustion Products for Soil Remediation at Mining Sites

This webinar in the CLU-IN mining webinar series will focus on using biosolids, coal combustion products, and other soil amendments for soil remediation and revegetation at mining sites. The following topics will be presented:

Utilizing biosolids as a soil amendment for mined land reclamation. This presentation will include an overview of the history of land application of biosolids to coal mined lands and other applications to mineral sands and sand and gravel mining, with a particular focus on predicting nitrate-N leaching losses.

Remediation and revegetation of phytotoxic materials with biosolids and lime. This presentation will focus on the presenter's work in Poland and Virginia on the stabilization and revegetation of coal refuse, Pb/Zn smelter slags and tailings, and acid sulfate soil materials via the application of relatively high rates of biosolids and lime.

Potentials and issues for use of coal combustion residuals (CCRs) in mined land reclamation. This presentation will focus on the potential benefits and risks of using CCRs such as fly and flue gas desulfurization (FGD) material in mined land reclamation as either surface soil amendments or bulk alkaline additions to acid-forming materials. This will include a brief synopsis of current regulatory development issues.

All three presentations will include case study data and findings that are supported by publications available from the presenter and collaborators' website www.landrehab.org

Military Munitions Support Services - Explosives Safety

This is one of the monthly webinar sessions for the Military Munitions Support Services (M2S2) community. During this session, speakers will provide updates on explosives safety policy, processes, best practices, and incident review.
Interstate Technology Regulatory Council
Seminars Sponsored by the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council


Groundwater Statistics for Environmental Project Managers

Interstate Technology Regulatory Council Statistical techniques may be used throughout the process of cleaning up contaminated groundwater. It is challenging for practitioners, who are not experts in statistics, to interpret, and use statistical techniques. ITRC developed the Technical and Regulatory Web-based Guidance on Groundwater Statistics and Monitoring Compliance (GSMC-1, 2013, http://www.itrcweb.org/gsmc-1/) and this associated training specifically for environmental project managers who review or use statistical calculations for reports, who make recommendations or decisions based on statistics, or who need to demonstrate compliance for groundwater projects. The training class will encourage and support project managers and others who are not statisticians to:

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.
The Training Exchange (Trainex)

The Training Exchange website (Trainex) is designed to provide a wide range of training information to EPA, other federal agency, state, tribal, and local staff involved in hazardous waste management and remediation. Trainex focuses on free training directed to federal and state staff. This site includes training schedules for deliveries of many courses, both classroom and Internet-based.

EPA works in partnership with organizations, such as the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC), and other agencies, such as the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), to offer training relevant to hazardous waste remediation, site characterization, risk assessment, emergency response, site/incident management, counter-terrorism, and the community's role in site management and cleanup.

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