Message #72: February 2003
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EPA RFA. This Request for Applications seeks a non-profit
organization or educational institution to enter into a cooperative agreement
to jointly sponsor an international conference on the remediation of contaminated
ground water in fractured rock with EPA's Technology Innovation Office
(TIO). The application can be viewed and downloaded from the PDF file
below. Any questions concerning this application should be posted in the
Question and Answer Area. The question and answer will be available for
public view. For More Information, see http://clu-in.org/fracrock/proposal/rfa.pdf
Proposal instructions and other related information, is available at http://www.estcp.org/opportunities/solicitations/ .
ETC2 Environmental Incubator Business Plan Competition. Have your business plan analyzed by experts. The National Environmental Technology (NET) Incubator, with support from Battelle's Environmental Technology Commercialization Center (ETC2) and the Energy and Environmental Capital Network (ECN), is presenting its second Annual Business Plan Competition in April 2003. First prize will be $10,000 and an expense-paid trip to present the business plan to the equity investors at a national forum presented by the Energy and Environmental Capital Network. Details of the Business Plan Competition and application forms can be found at ttp://www.centralstate.edu/netincubator . ETC2, a U.S. EPA technology transfer center managed by Battelle, makes EPA-developed technologies and expertise available to the private sector. For more information, contact (513) 362-2600 or visit http://www.etc2.org .
Vapor Intrusion Guidance February 11 and 12. In the December TechDirect we highlighted the release of EPA's Draft Guidance for Evaluating the Vapor Intrusion to Indoor Air Pathway From Groundwater and Soils (RCRA-2002-033). It is currently in an open comment period. In this seminar, EPA staff will present the contents of the document and discuss the main issues for which the Agency is seeking comment. The seminar will be offered on February 11 and REPEATED on February 12. There is no need to sign up for both. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/studio .
Annual Status Report Remediation Database. The U.S.
EPA Technology Innovation Office released a searchable database of treatment
technology applications for soil, groundwater, and other media at Superfund
sites. It documents the status, as of the summer of 2000, of treatment
technology applications at sites. The information in this database was
gathered from Superfund decision documents and project managers at Superfund
remedial and removal sites. It contains information about source control
technologies (addressing soil, sludge, sediment, and other solid-matrix
wastes), innovative (in situ) groundwater treatment technologies, and
subsurface barrier groundwater containment technologies (vertical engineered
barriers). The database is searchable by site name, site identification
number (CERCLIS ID), state, technology type, contaminant, and media. View
the database at http://www.epa.gov/tio/technologies/
1. Tri-Service Site Characterization and Analysis Penetrometer System
(SCAPS) Membrane Interface Probe (January 2002, 35 pages)
2. Cost & Performance Report for Multi-Site In Situ Air Sparging
(December 2000, 42 pages)
3. Cost & Performance Report for Matched Filter Processor for Detection
and Discrimination of Unexploded Ordnance (February 2002, 31 pages)
Conferences and SymposiaITRC Phytotechnologies Course, Raleigh, February 19-20. This two-day course provides scientific, engineering and regulatory information on how phytotechnologies are used in a variety of real world applications. The participant will learn advantages, limitations and uncertainties for a variety of situations. The curriculum includes an introduction to the science, case studies, hands-on group exercises, and an open discussion of the regulation of phytotechnologies. The training is intended to reduce or eliminate barriers to appropriate use of innovative treatment. For more information, see http://www.itrcweb.org .
Reminder!! International Applied Phytotechnologies Conference, Chicago, March 3-5. Environment Canada and EPA's Office of Research and Development and TIO are co-sponsoring a FREE conference on the state of science and engineering advances in pytotechnologies worldwide. The conference is designed to assist professionals in the regulatory community in determining feasibility of using phytotechnologies at contaminated sites, and explore designing, implementing, and monitoring site cleanups with plants. For agenda, logistics information and to register, see http://www.epa.gov/ttbnrmrl . For information on displaying a poster or exhibit or on becoming a Conference Sponsor, contact Jordan Radin at (765) 496-2436 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Third Annual FIeld EnvironmentaL Decision Support (FIELDS)/SADA Conference, Chicago, March 5-7. This conference, sponsored by the U.S. EPA, will provide training in the use of the FIELDS Tools and the SADA software. In addition, training and/or demonstrations will be given for Visual Sample Plan (VSP), FORMS II Lite, STORET, Query Manager (NOAA), and Argonne National Laboratory's Adaptive Sampling and Analysis Programs (ASAPs). Case studies will highlight projects that have used the FIELDS tools, SADA or other environmental decision support software. For agenda and registration information, see http://dts-32web.volpe.dot.gov/conference/fields.htm .
Reminder!! Advancing Risk-Based, Scientifically Sound Approaches for Evaluation of Sediment Management Decisions, San Diego, April 8-10. Several Federal agencies are hosting a three-day workshop on the important biogeochemical and physical factors that modify the stability, mobility, and/or bioavailability of inorganic and organic contaminants in aquatic sediments; to explore the fate, effects and risks of sediment bound contaminants; to agree on general yet pragmatic guidelines for the assessment and management of contaminated sediments that may pose an unacceptable human health and/or environmental risk. For agenda and registration information, see http://www.smwg.org/ .
NOTE: We prefer to concentrate mainly on new documents and the internet live events. However, we do support an area on CLU-IN where announcement of conferences and courses can be regularly posted. We invite sponsors to input information on their events at http://clu-in.org/courses . Likewise, readers may visit this area for news of upcoming events that might be of interest. It allows users to search events by location, topic, time period, etc.