I do hope to remember to use 14 instead of 13 for the next few days. Some of the interesting news that came out of 2013 and leading us into 2014 happened to be a new tools from EPA to include diagnostics, funding opportunities, green remediation, Toxcast, updated haz-waste guidance, screening level updates for residential and commercial/industrial exposures to soil, air, and drinking water and last but not least the FIPA 2014 Spring Workshop will be held in Central Florida at the end of April.
ITRC Environmental Molecular Diagnostics: New Tools for Better Decisions -January 7, 2014, 2:00PM-4:15PM EST (19:00-21:15 GMT). Environmental molecular diagnostics (EMDs) are a group of advanced and emerging analytical techniques used to analyze biological and chemical characteristics of environmental samples. Although EMDs have been used over the past 25 years in various scientific fields, particularly medical research and diagnostic fields, their application to environmental remediation management is relatively new and rapidly developing. The ITRC Environmental Molecular Diagnostics Fact Sheets (EMD-1, 2011), ITRC Environmental Molecular Diagnostics Technical and Regulatory Guidance (EMD-2, 2013) and this companion Internet-based training will foster the appropriate uses of EMDs and help regulators, consultants, site owners, and other stakeholders to better understand a site and to make decisions based on the results of EMD analyses. At the conclusion of the training, learners will be able to determine when and how to use the ITRC Environmental Molecular Diagnostics Technical and Regulatory Guidance (EMD-2, 2013); define when EMDs can cost-effectively augment traditional remediation data sets; and describe the utility of various types of EMDs during remediation activities. For more information and to register, see http://www.itrcweb.org or http://clu-in.org/live.
SRP (EPA’s Site Remediation program, yes I had to look it up.) Funding Opportunities Web Seminar – January 16, 2014, 1:00PM-2:30PM EST (18:00-19:30 GMT). The SRP will be holding a web seminar to provide information about current “Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program (P42)” funding opportunities. Primary focus will be on the new multi-project center grant announcement (P42), including an emphasis on changes compared to previous solicitations. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions. For more information and to register, see http://clu-in.org/live .
Green Remediation Best Management Practices: Materials and Waste Management (EPA 542-F-13-003). The process of cleaning up a contaminated site often involves purchasing and consuming large volumes of manufactured items as well as raw or processed resources. Site cleanup can also generate significant volumes of waste that could be recycled or salvaged for reuse rather than disposed of at landfills. To help cleanup decision-makers reduce environmental footprints associated with materials and waste, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a new “green remediation BMP” fact sheet on materials and waste management. The best management practices (BMPs) involve various approaches to purchasing greener products and expanding capability for material reuse or recycling rather than disposal (December 2013, 4 pages). View or download at http://clu-in.org/techpubs.htm .
EPA Releases Chemical Screening Data on 1,800 Chemicals/Agency Improves Access to Chemical Data and Announces ToxCast Data Challenges. EPA’s use of cost effective advanced chemical screening techniques has transformed this country’s knowledge of the safety of almost 2,000 chemicals currently in use, said Lek Kadeli, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. As part of this data release, EPA is announcing the ToxCast Data Challenges, a series of challenges inviting the science and technology community to work with the data and provide solutions for how the new chemical screening data can be used to predict potential health effects. Challenge winners will receive awards for their innovative research ideas. View the Interactive Chemical Safety for Sustainability (iCSS) Dashboard at http://actor.epa.gov/
Updated Guidance for RCRA Subtitle C Permit Writers and Permittees (EPA 530-R-11-006). EPA has released an update (Version 3, October 29, 2013) to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) program guidance document entitled Hazardous Waste Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities (TSDF) Regulations: A User-Friendly Reference Document for RCRA Subtitle C Permit Writers and Permittees. The document consolidates and streamlines the TSDF regulatory requirements into a helpful reference tool with a user-friendly format that includes hyperlinked references to the regulations. There are also links to Federal Register notices, flow charts, checklists, and other guidance documents (October 2013, 64 pages). View or download at http://www.epa.gov/osw/hazard/
2013 Fall Update of the Regional Screening Levels (RSLs) for Chemical Contaminants at Superfund Sites. The 2013 Fall update to the Regional Screening Levels (RSLs) for Chemical Contaminants at Superfund Sites is complete. The RSLs are a merger of the EPA Region 3 Risk-Based Concentration (RBC) Table, Region 6 Human Health Medium-Specific Screening Levels (HHMSSL) Table and the Region 9 Preliminary Remediation Goals (PRG) Table. Screening levels for every EPA region are available on the RSL website. The RSL tables provide comparison values for residential and commercial/industrial exposures to soil, air, and tapwater (drinking water). The unified use of the RSLs to screen chemicals at Superfund sites promotes national consistency. The update includes risk-based screening levels that were calculated using the latest toxicity values, default exposure assumptions and physical and chemical properties, and a calculator where default parameters can be changed to reflect site-specific risks. View and use at http://www.epa.gov/reg3hwmd/