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Event Name: Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection Training
Hosted By: U.S. EPA
Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation
Event Description:

Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection (PA/SI) provides an introduction to the Superfund site assessment process and describes the preliminary assessment and site inspection phases of this process. By taking the course, participants will be better able to:

  • Explain when, where, why and how site assessments are performed under the authorities of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The course provides an overview of key provisions of CERCLA and the response process established by the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP). The purpose, scope and requirements for performing a remedial preliminary assessment (PA) and remedial site inspection (SI) at sites regulated by CERCLA are explained as well as recognizing if threats exist that could warrant a removal action.
  • Prepare for, conduct and report the results of a remedial PA. The course identifies and explains procedures for performing a remedial PA, including determining whether a PA is appropriate, planning for and conducting the remedial PA, preparing a preliminary Hazard Ranking System (HRS) score for the site, using checklists and documenting results so that a decision can be made about the site.
  • Determine the need for, conduct and report the results of a remedial SI. The course identifies the step-by-step activities for conducting a remedial SI, including discussion of health and safety considerations for field activities, establishing data quality objectives and developing sampling strategies to obtain data for HRS scoring, validating data and preparing a final report to document the decision-making process.
  • Identify and use guidance, software and other tools to successfully meet the requirements for conducting a remedial PA and SI. The course will identify guidance and policies issued by the EPA applicable to conducting a remedial PA and SI, explain the basic structure and scoring factors of the HRS and introduce site investigators on how to use EPA's Quickscore.

PA/SI is a 3-day 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, and tribal personnel who support site investigation programs. The course is also open to current U.S. EPA contractors that perform site investigation work. U.S. EPA contractors will need to provide approval from their EPA TOCOR to Barbara Charris, EPA CEC Program Manager ( to attend the training. THIS COURSE IS NOT OPEN TO ACADEMIA, NON-EPA CONSULTANTS, NON-EPA CONTRACTORS OR ANY PRIVATE ENTITIES.

It is recommended that you take the Hazard Ranking System training course prior to the Preliminary Assessment and Site Inspection training course.

Registration Status: Completed
Event Begins: February 24, 2009 at 9:00 AM
Event Ends: February 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM
For questions about this event, please contact: Jodi McCarty (Tetra Tech, EMI)
Phone: 513-333-3672
Fax: 703-391-5876
This event will be held at: U.S. EPA - Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd.
Room 2240 A-B-C
Lenexa, KS 66219
Location Map:
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Hotel Information
Hotel name and address: Hyatt Regency Crown Center
2345 McGee St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-421-1234
Map of Hotel: Click here to view 
Hotel Website:|1028967638
Hotel Room Information: Rooms can be reserved until Feb. 22, 2009 under the hotel block name "EPA-Environmental Protection Agency". Room rate $107 (single occupancy plus 15.225% tax and KC Development Fee of $1.73; extra persons are $25 each)

Room rate includes complimentary All American Breakfast Buffet in the Terrace Restaurant. Check-in time is 3PM. If rooms are available prior to this time, the hotel will be happy to accommodate an early check-in based on availability. Check-out time is Noon. Guests checking out later than Noon may be subject to a charge equal to one half the daily room rate. Reservations may be cancelled 24 hours prior to arrival without penalty. One night’s room and tax will be charged if a reservation is cancelled less than 24 hours to arrival. The Hyatt offers numerous amenities such as a pool and athletic club. Complimentary high-speed Internet access is available in the lobby area. WI-FI is available in all the guest rooms - a 24 hour pass can be purchased for $9.99 a day. Self parking for hotel guests is available in an attached garage for $14.50 per day with in-and-out privileges. They also offer Valet Parking for $18 per day with in-and-out privileges. The hotel is about 5 miles/10 minute drive from the EPA Region 7 offices.



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