As we conclude a successful and rewarding year with many important ITRC accomplishments including the completion of new Technical Regulatory Guidance documents on Institutional Controls and Geospatial Analysis for Optimization, as well as provided internet training to more than 10,000 individuals this year alone, we are thankful to all of you for your support. Our membership this year has grown to over 900 members and our network is now reaching over 25,000 people in the environmental community both nationally and internationally. We hope you will agree that through all of your combined support, the ITRC has played a significant role in advancing innovative environmental decision-making. In 2017 we will continue to be true to our mission of breaking down the barriers to the use of technically sound innovative solutions to address our environmental challenges, and we look forward to our future partnership with each of you.
ITRC Co-Chairs - Mike Murphy (VA DEQ) and Tom Schneider (OH EPA)
Registration Now Open for 2017 Teams
ITRC Announces New 2017 Team to
Develop Strategies to Address PFASs!
The Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) opened 2017 team registration on December 1st for 9 technical teams. One exciting new team – PFAS will focus on producing technical resources to help regulators and stakeholders improve their understanding of the current science regarding PFAS compounds. The team will be led by Dr. Ginny Yingling, MN Department of Health; and Mr. Bob Mueller, NJDEP. The scientific community’s understanding of PFAS sources, site characterization, environmental fate and transport, analytical methods, and remediation is growing rapidly. However, there is no one central clearinghouse available that presents this information in a manner conducive to those other than subject-matter experts. As a result, there is a gap in the broad technical understanding necessary for informed and expedited decisions by regulators. The ITRC will produce a series of six Fact Sheets, each synthesizing key information for one of the following core subjects: (1) History and Use of Environmental Sources, (2) Nomenclature Overview and Physicochemical Properties, (3) Fate and Transport, (4) Site Characterization Tools, Sampling Techniques, and Laboratory Analytical Methods, (5) Remediation Technologies and Methods, and (6) Regulatory Summary. Following the Fact Sheets will be the release of a technical-regulatory guidance document and a companion internet-based training course.
All are welcome to join one of the 9 active 2017 teams. State, tribal, public stakeholders and academic members participating on teams may be eligible for travel reimbursement to the 2 annual team meetings. For more information and to register for a team, please visit ITRC's team page.
2016 Team Documents Available
Geostatistics for Remediation Optimization (GRO-1)
ITRC recently made public its first of two documents to be released for 2016. Geospatial Analysis for Optimization at Environmental Sites (GRO-1) was published on November 2, 2016 by the Geostatistics for Remediation Optimization (GRO) team. The team finalized the document in a new ITRC web-based document format during its Fall team meeting, which took place from October 3-6 in Anaheim, CA. This guidance will help state regulators and other practitioners to understand, evaluate, and make informed decisions about geospatial analyses for optimizing activities at environmental sites. It includes common optimization questions that are connected with geospatial methods that may be used to support those questions, which are organized around the project lifecycle stages. The guidance also has specific information about methods and software for practitioners that will support site-specific implementation of geospatial analyses. Four fact sheets have also been developed to provide an overview of the value and use of geospatial analysis in optimization activities. A project manager’s tool box and overview of software packages round out the list of items offered within the GRO-1 document page. The team is slated to release its associated Internet Based Training course by the end of 2016 following improvements determined by a dry-run that took place on November 16.
Long Term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls Document Released in December
The ITRC's Institutional Control team will release its Tech Reg document this month. The team met in late October to respond to comments from external review and edited the report language generated from the LTS Tool in preparation for its release. This guidance addresses long-term contaminant management using administrative or legal restrictions called institutional controls (ICs). In many states, ICs may be used as the sole site remedy or in conjunction with other remedies, such as engineered controls (ECs). ICs, however, are sometimes overlooked as a vital component of the site remedy. Often, the long-term effectiveness of an IC is jeopardized since one or more of the critical management elements are missing or overlooked. Inadequate long-term management of ICs can in turn jeopardize the protection of human health and the environment.
ITRC Noteworthy News
ITRC Selects New Contractors
After careful deliberation, ITRC has selected four new contractors to fulfill the roles of State Engagement Coordinator, Website and Outreach Support, Internet Training Management, and the PFAS Team Program Advisor. Matt Placky from CSRA was selected to continue in his role as the State Engagement Coordinator. Laureen Fleming and her team at ACI will continue to manage our website and outreach materials, and the Yelken Group will be our training support contractor. The new PFAS Team Program Advisor will be Lesley Hay Wilson from Sage Consulting. The Board looks forward to working with all of these companies in 2017.
2016 ERIS/ITRC State Environmental Priorities Survey
Summary – November 2016
An ERIS and ITRC survey of states this fall generated responses that show state agency leaders and technical staff are closely aligned in their thinking about state research needs. In the top five issues cited by both groups are water and groundwater quality, emerging contaminants, and remediation of contaminated sites.
ERIS received 31 responses from 29 states and territories directors or designated science contact, reflecting the leadership of the agency. ERIS will use the results of the survey to communicate state needs to U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development and other federal and non-federal researchers.
ITRC distributed the survey to their State Points of Contact that coordinate state involvement in ITRC and are commonly more technical staff. 37 states responded to ITRC’s request and identified over 100 environmental priorities. They will use the results of the survey in out-year planning of new projects.
The top priorities identified by each group are listed below.
Idaho Rounds Out National Representation in ITRC’s State Engagement Program
ITRC’s State Engagement Program now includes a full roster of POCs representing all 50 States and DC and Puerto Rico
In early November, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) appointed a POC to ITRC’s State Engagement Program (SEP). The SEP now contains fifty-two (52) POCs, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The SEP works with state environmental agencies to foster good decision-making regarding the use of innovative environmental technologies for more effective environmental protection. The core purpose of the SEP is to ensure that ITRC documents and training courses are available, promoted, and used by staff at state environmental agencies and other applicable stakeholders. The POCs play an integral role by serving as advocates for ITRC in their state’s environmental agency and by communicating their state’s environmental priorities back to ITRC. The POCs are also instrumental in marketing and promoting ITRC tools and resources to other government agencies, industry, academia, and community and tribal groups.
2016 ITRC Fall Team Meeting Outcomes Report
Bioavailability in Contaminated Soil
During the Bioavailability Team Meeting on October 24-26, members created draft case studies for IBT, addressed comments from U.S. EPA Technical Review Workgroup on Bioavailability, and reviewed and improved case studies. The Bioavailability Co-Team Leaders submitted an abstract for the Battelle 4th International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies, which will be held on May 22-25, 2017. On November 14, the Bioavailability guidance document went out for external review.
Characterization and Remediation in Fractured Rock
The Fractured Rock Team revisited the Chapter on developing a conceptual site model for fractured rock environments during their Team Meeting on October 26-28. This helped focus the subgroup members and resulted in a reorganization and focus of the chapter. This has been the most difficult- but also the most important- chapter to prepare. In addition, the attending members were able to spend time in workgroups addressing internal comments from the review completed prior to the team meeting.
Evaluation of Innovative Methane Detection Technologies
The Methane Team had many new members since its April meeting that were brought up-to-speed during its Team Meeting in Denver on October 26-28. The team spent considerable time level-setting to bring everyone to the same point conceptually by reviewing the purpose, objectives, and expected audience of its overall document, as well as each subsection’s objectives. The group reviewed the document outline and edited a generic outline before breaking into individual document sections to scope, organize, edit the outline and apportion writing assignments among the team members.
During LNAPL's Fall Team Meeting in Denver, Colorado, the team reviewed the draft and provided feedback to the chapter subgroups. The LNAPL Update team will use the feedback to complete an internal draft by the ITRC Annual Meeting in March 2017. In addition, the LNAPL Update team created a survey to obtain feedback from state agencies. The team will distribute the survey to the ITRC State POC Network, with feedback expected in February 2017.
Long Term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls
Quality Considerations for Multiple Aspects of Munitions Response Sites
The Munitions Team arrived on-site in Denver on October 25th to discuss team comments on its guidance document draft. During the meeting, the team gained a consensus on the best path forward for content and updates to the draft.
Remediation Management of Complex Sites
ITRC's Remediation Management of Complex Sites Team was tasked to develop a technical and regulatory guidance (TechReg) document synthesizing existing guidance, compiling case studies and provide a consensus on strategies to manage complex sites. The team is in the final stages of finalizing the TechReg for external review. The team's Fall meeting in Denver was very productive. Over 45 team members reviewed comments received by the team on the draft TechReg and agreed on a path forward to address these comments and finalize the draft.
Stormwater BMP Performance Evaluation Team
The Stormwater Team met on October 4-5, 2016 in Denver, CO. During the meeting, the team finalized the design of a web-based tool that drives users to the existing performance data and information from Stormwater verification programs throughout the US. The team also completed review and revision of the detailed outlines and writing assignments for each section of the guidance. They also established a detailed schedule for completion of the first draft of the guidance document by January 20th 2017. Notably, the team determined that their name should be changed from Stormwater BMP Verification Team to Stormwater BMP Evaluation Team.
TPH Risk Evaluation at Petroleum-Contaminated Sites
The TPH Team received very positive feedback from team members regarding what was accomplished and the direction the Tech-Reg is going during their October team meeting. Their meeting resulted in better alignment of chapters, agreement of TPH definition, and identification of gaps/action items.
The Metabolites Workshop, hosted by TPH co-team leader Tom Booze, was attended by approximately 40 people. This provided attendees with a good opportunity to learn about the current state of knowledge on the toxicity of metabolites and regulatory trends. The first session discussed the nature and estimated toxicity of polar metabolite mixtures in groundwater quantified as extractable TPH at biodegrading fuel release sites. The second session, by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board, focused on accounting for metabolites at petroleum release sites.
2017 ITRC Annual Meeting
The 2017 ITRC Annual Meeting will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans, LA from March 27-30, 2017. The agenda and additional information, as well as registration for the meeting will be available on the ITRC website in mid-January, 2017.
ITRC Lifetime Achievement Award
Beginning annually starting in 2017, ITRC will select a recipient for its Lifetime Achievement Award for those who have shown outstanding service to ITRC throughout their time with ITRC. Nomination packages will be accepted beginning now though March 1st, with the winner to be announced at the Annual Meeting on March 27, 2017. Criteria for nominations and further details are under News on the ITRC website.
ITRC Year in Review
March 21-24: AEHS Foundation's 26th
Annual International Conference
on Soil, Water, Energy, & Air
Naji Akladiss, Michael Smith, Barrie Seloe, Michael Sieczkowski, John Price, and Claudio Sorrentino represented ITRC during the 2016 Battelle Conference. Naji and Michael presented a well-attended 4 hr. short course on integrated site characterization. John provided an overview of the ITRC Complex Sites Team Document in a session moderated by team member Linda Fiedler of EPA and ITRC Program Advisor Rula Deeb. Barrie presented "ITRC's Upcoming Guidance on Bioavailability in Contaminated Soil" within a session on "Bioavailability of Contaminants in Soil" that was co-chaired by both Barrie and Claudio.
June 23: 2016 Alabama Department of Environmental Management 16th Annual Groundwater Conference & 3rd Annual Brownfields Conference
August 18th: California Professional Environmental Marketing Association Meeting
September 15: ITRC Board Briefs
EPA Senior Management
ITRC Co-Chairs Tom Schneider and Mike Murphy, and Methane Team Leader Lisa Dorman briefed EPA leadership on the work of ITRC, and sought EPA assistance in identifying EPA participation on the Methane and Stormwater teams.
Late September: Training in China
David Tsao, Industry Representative on ITRC's Board of Advisors, gave a 1 day ITRC Phyto training course in China in late September. Forty attendees from China, India, Iran, Taiwan, Brazil, and US participated in the course, including students, academics, industry leaders, members of the Academy of Sciences, and consultants.
October 26: RCRA 40th
ITRC partnered with ASTSWMO and The Horinko Group to host the RCRA Summit on October 26th. The summit was designed for experts in the field to exchange ideas and shape the debate about the future of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). ITRC Co-Chair Michael Murphy welcomed guests to the Summit, which was held in Washington, D.C. ECOS Executive Director Alexandra Dunn also spoke during the Sustainable Operations panel about importance of smart tools & collaboration.
October 27 & 28: ASTSWMO Annual Meeting
Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) held its 2016 Annual Meeting on October 26-7 in Washington, D.C., which focused on “Adapting to a Changing Environment.” ITRC At Large State Representative Board Member Richard Spiese provided opening remarks and spoke on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) during the meeting’s Joint Federal Facilities and CERCLA Session. Executive Director Patricia Reyes and Co-Chair Mike Murphy also spent an afternoon meeting with the ASTSWMO Board to develop future partnership agreements. Watch a portion of the meeting and learn more about the organization.
November 3: SERDP Webinar
Bioavailability in Contaminated Soil team members Hans Stroo, Yvette Lowney, and Nick Basta presented as part of a SERDP webinar on "Bioavailability of Contaminants of Concern in Soils at DOD Impacted Sites."
November 10: Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Conference
Andrew Pawlisz' final poster was presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) conference in Orlando, Florida. SETAC is considered one of the preeminent conferences for environmental scientists, attracting hundreds of participants from around the world.
2016 Overall Statistics
Happy New Year to everyone and we look forward to your participation with us next year!