Federal Facilities Online Academy: Groundwater Policy Overview
Sponsored by: US EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO)
Groundwater Policy and Federal Facilities Overview is a two-hour webinar course that provides an overview of U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) groundwater policies and guidance with emphasis on cleanups at federal facilities. By taking this course, participants will achieve the following objectives:
- Identify EPA groundwater policies;
- Understand groundwater classification and beneficial use in restoration objectives;
- Understand nature and extent considerations from groundwater contaminant plumes;
- Explore applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements (ARARs) commonly associated with groundwater remedies;
- Identify groundwater considerations for monitored natural attenuation (MNA), institutional controls, and technical impracticability waivers; and,
- Discover information on major groundwater policies from other federal agencies, such as Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DoE).
Emerald Laija, EPA Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office (Laija.emerald@Epa.gov or 202-564-2724)
Emerald Laija is an Environmental Scientist who works on Superfund cleanups of hazardous waste sites through the EPA Federal Facility Restoration and Reuse Office (FFRRO) in Washington, DC. Her position includes implementing national policy, promoting consistency in cleanups, developing training, and developing relationships with other federal agencies and stakeholders. Before working in FFRRO, Emerald worked as a Remedial Project Manager for 8 years in EPA's Hanford Project Office in Richland, WA and continues to serve as a Hanford subject matter expert. She earned a Master's Degree focused in Environmental Studies from University of Nevada-Las Vegas and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.
David Bartenfelder, EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, Science Policy Branch (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-566-1066)
David has over 30 years of environmental remediation experience. He joined EPA in 1991 and has worked in RCRA Corrective Action, Hazardous Waste Identification, Mixed Waste and Bioreactor Landfills. He joined Superfund in 2005, he has mainly worked in the areas of vapor intrusion and groundwater; specifically remedy selection, MNA, TI and remedy completion.
Prior to working for EPA, he worked in the private sector engaged in merger & acquisition consultation, conducting corporate environmental regulatory analysis, site assessments and cleanups.
He has degrees from the University of Delaware (BS), Auburn University (MS) and the University of Kentucky (PhD).
Lisa Raterink, EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, Science Policy Branch (Raterink.Lisa@epa.gov or 202-566-1055)
Lisa Raterink is a Physical Scientist at the EPA in the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) in Washington, DC. Lisa has been working in OSRTI since 2020 and primarily works on groundwater topics related to remedy selection, MNA, and TI. Prior to working for EPA, she worked in the private sector conducting environmental site investigations and remediation. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Geology-Chemistry from Grand Valley State University and a Master's Degree in Geological Sciences from Wright State University.
Michael McCarroll, EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, Science Policy Branch (email@example.com or 202-566-1056)
Michael McCarroll is a Physical Scientist at the EPA in the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) in Washington, DC. Michael has been working in OSRTI since 2021 and primarily works on groundwater topics related to remedy selection, MNA, and TI. Prior to working in OSRTI, he worked as a Chemical Review Manager in the Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) conducting reviews on antimicrobial pesticides. He earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Wilkes University and a M.S. in Applied Geosciences from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kate Amrhein, U.S. Department of Energy Richland Operations Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kate Amrhein joined the Richland Operations Office (RL) in 2015 as a member of the Soil and Groundwater Division. She is a subject matter expert for the 200 West Pump and Treat, as well as for the 200-UP-1 and 200-ZP-1 Groundwater Operable Units. Prior to working at RL, Kate began her federal career at the Office of River Protection in 2014 as part of the Pathways Recent Graduate Program. She was a member of the One System Division, part of the Hanford Tank Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant Start-Up, Commissioning and Integration group, working with flowchart and operational research modeling. Kate holds a Master's Degree in Geology from Kansas State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Geology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Jean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (email@example.com or 202-566-0832)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.
Webinar Slides and References:
- 2022 Groundwater Policy Overview Participant Manual (1.61MB/PDF)
- 2022 Groundwater Optimization DOE Hanford Case Study (840KB/PDF)
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Rehabilitation Act Notice for Reasonable Accommodation
It is EPA's policy to make reasonable accommodation to persons with disabilities wishing to participate in the agency's programs and activities, pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 791. Any request for accommodation should be made to at or , preferably one week or more in advance of the webinar, so that EPA will have sufficient time to process the request. EPA would welcome specific recommendations from requestors specifying the nature or type of accommodation needed. EPA welcomes specific recommendations from requestors specifying the nature or type of accommodation needed. Please note that CLU-IN provides both alternate phone call-in options and closed captioning for all webinars, and requests for these specific accommodations are not necessary.
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