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FRTR Fall 2021 Meeting, Two Part Series on Remedy Protectiveness and Climate Resilience in Site Cleanups

Sponsored by: Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable (FRTR)

Archived: Monday, November 15, 2021
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Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, sets forth U.S. policy to build resilience against the impacts of climate change. Federal agencies recently released associated action plans that describe steps the agencies are taking with regard to their facilities and operations to bolster adaptation and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. Anticipating and recovering from the impacts of climate change will require all levels of government to work together.

The Fall 2021 meeting of the Federal Remediation Technologies Roundtable will focus on remedy protectiveness and climate resilience in site cleanups. The meeting will be held as a two-part webinar on Monday, November 8, and Monday, November 15, 2021. As always, FRTR meetings are open to the public.

FRTR's objectives for this meeting are to:

  1. Review the state of federal agency policies and directives on building climate resilience in context of site cleanups.
  2. Share information on federal agency approaches and tools to evaluate climate resilience and screen climate vulnerabilities of site cleanup projects.
  3. Review brief case studies demonstrating the steps being taken by federal agencies to assure remedy protectiveness in light of climate change impacts.

Agenda:

Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation at Contaminated Sites: Tools and Case Studies
November 15, 2021, 1:00 to 3:30 PM (EDT)


1:00
Meeting Opening
Kent Glover (FRTR Steering Committee Chair)


1:05
EPA Welcome
Speaker: Larry Douchand (Director, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation)


1:10
Recap from November 8th meeting
Speaker: Cynthia Frickle (US EPA Superfund Program)


1:20
ARC X: Cross-Agency tools for screening climate vulnerability and assessing climate resilience
Speaker: Joel Scheraga (US EPA Senior Advisor for Climate Change Adaptation)


1:50
Protocol for Climate Vulnerability Screenings at Contaminated Sites
Speaker: Carlos Pachon (US EPA Superfund Program) and Sean Dubois (ICF)


2:05
Break


2:15
Climate Futures in Central New Mexico Transportation Planning
Speakers: Benjamin Rasmussen and Chris Cutler-Wood (US DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center)


2:40
Impacts of a Saltwater Intrusion Barrier at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, CA
Speaker: Sophia Lee (Naval Facilities Engineering Command)


3:05
Adaptation Measures Implemented at Superfund Sites
Speaker: Carlos Pachon (US EPA Superfund Program)


3:20
Open Discussion: Commonalities and Leverage Across FRTR
Moderator: Dan Powell (US EPA Superfund Program)


3:30
Adjorn


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Presenters:

Kent Glover, Ph.D.Kent Glover, Ph.D., U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) (kent.glover@us.af.mil)
Dr. Glover has been involved in groundwater and vadose zone remediation since the early 1980s. Currently, he is the Air Force Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Remediation Systems and provides technical leadership in remedy selection, implementation, performance evaluation and optimization. He also provides expertise in numerical modeling of contaminant fate and transport, and remediation of non-aqueous phase liquids. Before coming to the Air Force in 2010, he was a Principal Scientist for several engineering firms providing consulting services to private sector and governmental clients. From 1976 until 1989, he served in the U.S. Geological Survey as a hydrologist for groundwater contamination and water resources projects across the western United States. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a B.S. in Watershed Science from Colorado State University.


Larry Douchand, Director, Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation


Cindy Frickle, U.S. EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (frickle.cynthia@epa.gov or 202-566-0927)
Cindy Frickle is a physical scientist with EPA's Superfund program where she reviews and propagates technical information to site cleanup professionals through Clu-In, EPA forums, and interagency channels. Prior to joining EPA, she spent time characterizing contaminated sites, coring sediments, studying microbes, and teaching. She completed her Biogeology MS and Geology BS in the University of Minnesota's School of Earth Sciences.


Joel Scheraga, Ph.D., US EPA Senior Advisor for Climate Change Adaptation


Carlos PachonCarlos Pachon, U.S. EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (pachon.carlos@epa.gov or 703-603-9904)
Carlos manages EPA's Brownfields and Land Revitalization Technology Support Center which has an overall goal of advancing best practices and new technologies in cleaning up Brownfield sites. The Brownfields Road Map is a product of the BTSC, which in turn is a collaborative effort between the Superfund Program and the Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization. Carlos has a broad cross-program perspective on innovative practices in site assessment and cleanup, and he generates and manages knowledge and information on the use of technologies in the Superfund Program. He is currently leading a cross-Agency effort to advance EPA's Principles for Green Remediation.

In recent years he has held other positions including Deputy Director for Environmental Reviews with the United States Trade Representative, and as a special assistant to EPA Administrator Johnson. He has a BS from Colorado State University in Watershed Management and graduate degrees in Environmental and Management from Duke University and an MBA from Georgetown University in DC.


Sean Dubois, ICF


Benjamin Rasmussen, US DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center


Chris Cutler-Wood, US DOT Volpe National Transportation Systems Center


Sophia Lee, PG, Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center (sophia.a.lee@navy.mil)
Sophia Lee is a project manager and hydrogeologist for the Navy Facilities Engineering Command's Expeditionary Warfare Center (NAVFAC EXWC). While only recently joining the NAVFAC family, she previously spent 8 years working as a consultant in Denver and Boulder, CO. Her experience in the design, construction, and calibration of both regional and site-specific MODFLOW models has helped her to develop the opinion that when it comes to modeling, the "Less is More" philosophy is usually apt for assessing most groundwater problems. In addition to groundwater modeling, Ms. Lee has also been involved in well installation and aquifer testing of groundwater wells for both remote and urban environments. Ms. Lee received her undergraduate degrees in Geology and Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College and her Master's in Hydrological Sciences and Engineers from the Colorado School of Mines. She is currently a member of the Environmental Restoration team and supports groundwater remediation and supply projects for the Navy throughout the world.


Dan PowellDan Powell, U.S. EPA (powell.dan@epa.gov or 703-603-7196)
Dan Powell leads efforts to promote awareness and use of best practices and innovative technologies for site clean-up at hazardous waste sites across EPA's waste programs. He manages education, technology support, and information programs to support site project managers within EPA, States and at the local level through a coordinated program of information development and dissemination, training, and direct site support. Among the key initiatives Dan is currently leading or supporting are efforts to:

  • Develop a National strategy and implement green remediation principles in the Superfund program,
  • Develop a National strategy and advance innovative and state-of the practices techniques to optimize site clean-up processes from characterization through remediation,
  • Advocate sampling and analytical strategies to improve the understanding of site conditions and improve remedy performance, and
  • Continually improve the delivery of information and education to hazardous waste site clean-up professionals inside and outside of EPA.

For over 20 years, Dan has developed waste site cleanup information resources for both technical and non-technical audiences, and managed a number of projects to support the application of the innovative and streamlined approaches for investigation and remediation at a variety of hazardous waste cleanup and reuse sites. Dan has been with the Technology Innovation Program, now part of the Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation, since 1990. Dan came to the Agency in 1988 as a Presidential Management Intern with the Headquarters waste programs office (Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response) and has worked in the program budget and information management offices; the Office of Underground Storage Tanks; the Region 4 Superfund Program; and the Congressional Office of Rep. Michael Bilirakis (FL). Prior to coming to EPA, Dan worked on the investment portfolio of a large Regional bank, analyzing and trading, among other instruments, municipal bonds, Federal Funds, and government-backed securities.

Dan received his Masters of Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School of Government at the University of Virginia in 1988, and he graduated summa cum laude with his Bachelor of Arts degree in both political science and urban studies from Roanoke College (Salem, VA) in 1985.


Moderators:

Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (balent.jean@epa.gov 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.


Cindy Frickle, U.S. EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (frickle.cynthia@epa.gov or 202-566-0927)
Cindy Frickle is a physical scientist with EPA's Superfund program where she reviews and propagates technical information to site cleanup professionals through Clu-In, EPA forums, and interagency channels. Prior to joining EPA, she spent time characterizing contaminated sites, coring sediments, studying microbes, and teaching. She completed her Biogeology MS and Geology BS in the University of Minnesota's School of Earth Sciences.



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