U.S. EPA Contaminated Site Cleanup Information (CLU-IN)


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division

HRSC Training

Ongoing Training Offerings

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Groundwater High-Resolution Site Characterization - As part of its focus on high-resolution site characterization (HRSC), EPA has developed a specialized training course for groundwater HRSC. This two-day training 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. The recommended audience for this course includes EPA, federal, state, tribal, and private industry technical project managers, practitioners and other stakeholders involved in groundwater investigation and remediation. There are no tuition costs for this course. View information on the course and potential future offerings.

Triad Training for Practitioners - Many of the best management practices (BMP) associated with the Triad Approach can support HRSC. This two and a half-day course is based on BMPs implemented by the EPA, partnership organizations, federal and state partners, and consultants. Participants will learn how the Triad Approach can be used to streamline projects in a legal, technically sound, and cost-effective manner. The recommended audience for this course includes EPA, federal, state, tribal, and private industry technical project managers and stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of BMPs at hazardous waste sites. There are no tuition costs for this course. View information on the course and potential future offerings.

Best Management Practices for Site Assessment, Remediation, and Greener Cleanups - This one-day course consists of three sessions. The recommended audience for this course includes EPA, federal, state, tribal, and private industry technical project managers and stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of BMPs to clean up hazardous waste sites. A portion of the course is devoted to HRSC and in situ treatment technologies. There are no tuition costs for this course. View information on the course and potential future offerings. View or download the participant manual.

Environmental Remediation Technologies is a 3-day introductory-level course that provides participants with an overview of the treatment technologies most frequently used for cleanups of contaminated media. While the course emphasizes the description, applicability, and limitations of appropriate treatment technologies, site characterization and innovative treatment technologies are also covered. View information on the course and potential future offerings.

Light Non-aqueous Phase Liquids: Science, Management, and Technology is a 2-day ITRC classroom training to enable participants to develop and apply an LNAPL Conceptual Site Model (LCSM), understand and assess LNAPL subsurface behavior, develop and justify LNAPL remedial objectives including maximum extent practicable considerations, select appropriate LNAPL remedial technologies and measure progress, and use ITRC’s science-based LNAPL guidance to efficiently move sites to closure. HRSC offers a systematic approach to identifying LNAPL distribution and migration pathways at a level of detail that minimizes uncertainty. View information on the course and potential future offerings.

Environmental Field Courses offered by the Nielsen Environmental Field School provide hands-on training in a variety of areas applicable to environmental sampling and monitoring. These courses offer up-to-date training on sampling methods and provide instruction on how innovative investigation methods can help reduce sources of error. View information on the courses and potential future offerings.

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Training Presentations

Presentations from previous trainings are available below, organized by topic.

High Resolution Site Characterization for Groundwater – This half-day abbreviated version of the two-day course that focuses on groundwater characterization discussed (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 strategies and tools that are available to overcome the impacts of subsurface heterogeneity.

Triad – BMPs associated with the Triad Approach are applicable to implementing and planning a typical HRSC effort. The seminars below provide further information on the Triad Approach.

Green Remediation – HRSC strategies and techniques support more effective treatment methods that allow for faster and more effective site cleanup. These new approaches promote green remediation by offering more targeted options for cleanup by supplying the detailed geologic, hydrogeologic and contaminant information necessary for decision making. The seminar includes a discussion of the concept of sustainability in cleanup programs and provides details on how green remediation concepts can reduce the environmental footprint of site cleanup.

Best Management Practices (BMPs) – The importance of BMPs in the collection of data using dynamic strategies and innovative HRSC measurement technologies is discussed in the seminar below.

Technologies – The seminars presented below include information on tools that have been used as part of HRSC efforts.

Soil Sampling Methodology – The following seminars provide information on sampling methodologies that support the collection of data in a manner that statistically reduces the variability associated with discrete sampling. These soil sampling methodologies are often used in conjunction with innovative field-based technologies.

3-Dimensional Visualization and Analysis – HRSC often generates large data sets and is often performed under a dynamic work strategy where data is processed in real-time. An effective platform for conducting comprehensive analysis of data is geostatistically-based, 3-D visualization software. This seminar provides information on how 3-D visualization and analyses can be utilized at cleanup sites and includes information on BMPs, quality control procedures, and guidelines for contracting 3-D visualization services.

Mass Flux – HRSC supports the design of targeted remedial approaches by identifying where contaminant mass is located spatially as well as how the mass resides and behaves hydrogeologically. The training below provides further information on the measuring and calculating of mass flux and mass discharge.

LNAPLs & DNAPLs – These liquids are present on numerous contaminated sites and how they behave in the environment presents challenges in effectively characterizing the extent of contamination. The use of HRSC at sites with LNAPLs and DNAPLs provides the means to collect environmental data at a scale appropriate scale to heterogeneities present in the subsurface. The courses below provide more information on LNAPLs and DNAPLs.

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For more information on High-Resolution Site Characterization, please contact:

Steve Dyment
Office of Research and Development

PH: (303) 312-7044 | Email: dyment.stephen@epa.gov
Carlos Pachon
Technology Integration and Information Branch

PH: (703) 603-9904 | Email: pachon.carlos@epa.gov