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Basic Overview of Superfund Online Training Course

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Borehole Geophysics Applied to Bedrock Hydrogeologic Evaluations

This presentation introduces the viewer to borehole geophysical tools commonly used in hydrogeologic investigations. These tools include gamma, temperature, conductivity, caliper, borehole video, acoustic and optical televiewers, heat-pulse flowmeter, and borehole deviation. Examples and case studies follow illustrating the usefulness of data obtained through the utilization of these tools, especially when used to design packer tests and multi-level discrete-zone sampling strings. In addition, borehole tools commonly used in shallow oil/gas well abandonment are presented.

Instructor: Don Bussey, EPA Environmental Response Team

Date and Time: Monday, September 29, 2014, 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM EDT

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PA/SI Webinar Series

The CERCLA Education Center (CEC) is offering a nine-part Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection (PA/SI) Webinar Series in June and July 2014. PA/SI is an intermediate training course designed for personnel who are required to compile, draft and review PA, SI and HRS documentation records and packages submitted for sites proposed for the National Priorities List (NPL). This course is open to EPA, federal, state, tribal and contractor personnel who support site investigation programs.  For more information and links to register, please visit

HRS Webinar Series

The CERCLA Education Center's (CEC) HRS webinar series is an intermediate-level course designed for personnel who are required to compile, draft and review preliminary assessments (PA), site inspections (SI), and HRS documentation records/packages submitted for proposal to the National Priorities List (NPL). The course is intended for EPA Regional, state, tribal and contractor personnel, who support EPA in the Superfund site assessment/NPL listing process.  To view the archives of the HRS webinars series, click here.

*New Requirements* for Entering Federal Buildings

The government has issued new guidelines regarding access to federal buildings.  In the future it will be important to pay close attention to the location listed for a class, and if you are not sure whether or not the location is in a federal building, please contact the logistics/facility contact listed or the class information contact listed for further clarification.  Please click here to review these new requirements and see what form(s) of identification you will need in the future.

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Biofuels: Release Prevention, Environmental Behavior, and Remediation
September 30, 2014 at 02:00 PM EDT
Biofuels and biofuel blends are a new category of transportation fuels and are defined as liquid fuels and blending components produced from renewable biomass feedstocks used as alternative or supplemental fuels for internal combustion engines. Their.... [more] Leaving Trainex

Green & Sustainable Remediation
October 02, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT
The ultimate goal of remediation systems is to protect human health and the environment from contaminants. Historically, remedies have been implemented without consideration of green or sustainable concepts in order to meet this goal. This includes t.... [more] Leaving Trainex

Porewater Concentrations and Bioavailability: How You Can Measure Them and Why They Influence Contaminated Sediment Remediation - Session I - Introduction to Porewater, Bioavailability, and PSDs
October 06, 2014 at 12:30 PM EDT
This is the first session of the Porewater Concentrations and Bioavailability: How You Can Measure Them and Why They Influence Contaminated Sediment Remediation seminar series. This session is titled: Introduction to Porewater, Bioavailability, and P.... [more] Leaving Trainex

Groundwater Statistics for Environmental Project Managers
October 07, 2014 at 02:00 PM EDT
Statistical techniques may be used throughout the process of cleaning up contaminated groundwater. It is challenging for practitioners, who are not experts in statistics, to interpret, and use statistical techniques. ITRC developed the [more] Leaving Trainex

Remedial Action Framework (RAF): Overview of Remedial Action Framework (RAF)
October 08, 2014 at 02:30 PM EDT
USEPA's Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation and the Office of Acquisition Management will host this webinar on the new Remedial Action Framework (RAF). The primary purpose of the contracts awarded under the Remedial Acquisition .... [more] Leaving Trainex

Incorporating Bioavailability Considerations into the Evaluation of Contaminated Sediment Sites
October 09, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that approximately 10 percent (over a billion cubic yards) of the sediment underlying our nation's surface water is sufficiently contaminated with pollutants to pose potential risks to fish and to hu.... [more] Leaving Trainex

Managing Contaminants in Urban Vegetable Gardens to Minimize Human Exposure
October 15, 2014 at 01:00 PM EDT
The following topics will be presented: Common Contaminants and Human Exposure Risks of Urban Gardening. This presentation will provide an overview of common contaminants found in urban soils, plant uptake of contaminants and bioa.... [more] Leaving Trainex

Remedy Selection for Contaminated Sediments
October 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT
The sediments underlying many of our nation’s major waterways are contaminated with toxic pollutants from past industrial activities. Cleaning up contaminated sediments is expensive and technically-challenging. Sediment sites are unique, complex, and.... [more] Leaving Trainex

NARPM Presents...Exploring Recreational and Educational Opportunities at the Picayune Wood Treating Site
October 21, 2014 at 01:00 PM EDT
Three major ways that EPA's Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (TIFSD) provides technical assistance for ecological revitalization and reuse of sites is through informat.... [more] Leaving Trainex

Use and Measurement of Mass Flux and Mass Discharge
October 21, 2014 at 02:00 PM EDT
Most decisions at groundwater contamination sites are driven by measurements of contaminant concentration -- snapshots of contaminant concentrations that may appear to be relatively stable or show notable changes over time. Decisions can be improved .... [more] Leaving Trainex

Estimating Environmental Footprints Using SEFA (Spreadsheets for Environmental Footprint Analysis)
October 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM EST
In 2012, the EPA released the "Methodology for Understanding and Reducing a Project's Environmental Footprint," which presents green remediation metrics associated with contaminated site cleanup and a process to quantify those metrics in order to ach.... [more] Leaving Trainex

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