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

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EPA Awards $2.3 Million in Funding for Small Businesses to Develop Innovative Environmental Technologies

Posted: April 2, 2020

EPA is funding 23 contracts with small businesses through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to develop technologies that will help protect human health and the environment. This year's funded technologies are focused on clean and safe water, air quality monitoring, land revitalization, homeland security, sustainable materials management, and safer chemicals. These small businesses are receiving Phase I funding of up to $100,000. After receiving a Phase I award, companies are eligible to compete for a Phase II award of up to $400,000 to further develop and commercialize the technology.

Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council 2021 Team Proposals

Posted: April 2, 2020

The Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) is accepting proposals that address urgent environmental issues and advance innovative technologies and practices. Selected proposals will begin in January 2021. All applicable environmental topics will be considered, but evaluation criteria will give preference to proposals that address the needs listed in the 2021 ITRC Environmental Priorities list, or proposals which update ITRC documents that are outdated. Proposers are reminded to review the evaluation criteria and present a pre-proposal that is technical in nature, not policy-oriented, nor a research or demonstration project. The first round of pre-proposals are due by Tuesday, April 21, 2020.

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program (SRP) Optimizing Natural Systems for Remediation: Utilizing Innovative Materials Science Approaches to Enhance Bioremediation (R01 RFA-ES-20-004)

Posted: March 6, 2020

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) calls for teams including bioremediation and materials science (e.g. nanotechnology, microenvironmental engineering, etc.) expertise to submit applications to advance the knowledge and practice of bioremediation to address current and emerging recalcitrant hazardous substances and complex mixtures. Letters of Intent are due March 20, 2020, and applications are due April 20, 2020. For questions, please contact Dr. Heather Henry,, 984-287-3268.

Implementing Advanced Site Characterization Tools

Posted: March 5, 2020

This Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council document describes site characterization tools that can quickly deliver semi-quantitative or qualitative data to identify locations and depths where quantitative data should be collected and aid in visualizing and understanding the physical and environmental characteristics of a site. ASCTs in this document are divided into four general categories: direct sensing tools, downhole geophysical tools, surface geophysical tools, and remote sensing tools. An interactive ASCTs Selection Tool helps identify appropriate tools and information for collecting geologic, hydrologic, and chemical data. Once one or more prospective tools have been identified, more detailed information about a tool can be obtained by reviewing the description of the tool in the web-based document and the Tool Summary Tables, Case Studies, and Checklists.

FY 2021 Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)

Posted: January 31, 2020

The Department of Defense's (DoD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) released a solicitation on January 7, 2020, requesting proposals for demonstrations of environmental and installation energy technologies. Researchers from DoD, other Federal organizations, universities, and private industry can apply for ESTCP funding. All proposals must respond to a Topic Area associated with the solicitation. ESTCP projects are formal demonstrations in which innovative technologies are rigorously evaluated. ESTCP demonstrations are conducted at DoD facilities and sites to document improved efficiency, reduced liability, improved environmental outcomes, and cost savings. The due date for all pre-proposals is March 5, 2020 by 2:00 p.m. ET.

United Heckathorn Cleanup

Posted: January 10, 2020

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking action to fully understand and address the current extent and impacts of DDT contamination at the United Heckathorn Superfund site in Richmond, California. Recent sediment sampling in the harbor will help EPA identify the source of DDT that has been re-contaminating the Lauritzen Channel since earlier cleanup activities.

Del Amo Cleanup

Posted: January 10, 2020

Learn about the soil vapor extraction/bioventing system at the Del Amo Superfund Site, Waste Pits Area, in Los Angeles, California. See how it works to remove cancer-causing benzene from the soil, and how progress is measured.

Boston Harbor Cleanup

Posted: January 10, 2020

State, EPA personnel and Boston area activists recall the Boston Harbor cleanup. Highlights: EPA's role in the process, the dreadful condition of the harbor beforehand, the major construction projects it took to get the harbor clean and what having a clean harbor has meant to marine life and how the change has affected the average Bostonian's quality of life.

Using Bacteria to Clean Up Toxic Waste in California

Posted: January 10, 2020

US EPA's proposed enhanced biological treatment uses cheese whey and molasses as a food source for natural microbes that live in the soil and ground water. The video describes the use of this enhanced biological treatment (or bioremediation) at the Romic facility in East Palo Alto, California. These microbes break down the contaminants into carbon dioxide, water and salt.

Wyckoff Eagle Harbor Superfund Cleanup

Posted: January 10, 2020

The former creosote treating facility on Bainbridge Island in Washington State requires a coordinated effort to address contamination on the land and in the water. Three remedies are being used, groundwater treatment, a seawall to prevent chemicals from reaching Puget Sound, and a protective cap on the sea floor. Site investigation from the EPA Scientific Diving Team monitors how the sea floor is recovering. State, local and community partners are critical to the success of the cleanup efforts.

Pacific Coast Pipeline Superfund Site Cleanup

Posted: January 10, 2020

Learn about the soil and groundwater cleanup at the Pacific Coast Pipeline Superfund Site near Fillmore, CA, located at the southern end of Ventura County. A refinery operated there until 1950, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now overseeing the cleanup so the property can be restored and put to beneficial use.

How a Superfund Site Gets Cleaned Up: Fletcher's Paint Superfund Site Case Study

Posted: January 10, 2020

This video walks audiences through the Superfund cleanup process at the Fletcher's Paint Superfund Site in Milford, NH, where there has been significant work done to analyze and study the site, work with the State of New Hampshire and Responsible Parties to then design a cleanup and cleanup the site.

Green Remediation at Lawrence Aviation Site

Posted: January 10, 2020

The cleanup efforts at the Lawrence Aviation Superfund Site in Port Jefferson, NY embrace sustainable and green remediation practices. Green remediation practices for long term cleanup efforts make the cleanup more efficient and more sustainable for the surrounding community. The groundwater treatment plant at the site has a number of green features including sustainable sourcing, local labor and geo-thermal heating and cooling.