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September 2013 – The agenda for the EPA Region 3 Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Workshop included many sessions that align with ITRC teams, including Vapor Intrusion, Biofuels, Green and Sustainable Remediation, Incremental Sampling Methodology, and LNAPL. Specific references to ITRC guidance documents and training classes are included in the agenda.
July 2013 – The Columbia Technologies Webinar series included a presentation entitled "Tips for Identifying Contaminant Transport and Storage Zones." During the webinar, the speaker and CEO, John Sohl, thanks ITRC several times and instructed the audience to visit the Clu-in website or to download ITRC's Use and Measurement of Mass Flux and Mass Discharge (MASSFLUX-1, 2010) document for additional information. The Columbia Technologies webinar is an overview of the ITRC document and includes several (credited) figures from the document as well.
June 2013 – Connecticut is currently conducting a major rewrite of guidance documents under its remediation program, and the state is relying heavily on ITRC guidance documents. One specific example of this is the reference to the ITRC document A Decision Flowchart for the Use of Monitored Natural Attenuation and Enhanced Attenuation at Sites with Chlorinated Organic Plumes as well as public notice templates and updates.
May 2013 – The ITRC Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR-2, 2011) document was featured at a panel discussion at this year's National Brownfields Conference, which was held May 15–17, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. The panel explored the new American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International cleanup standard that aims to provide a systematic process for reducing the environmental footprint of contaminated site cleanups. The session featured speakers with various experiences creating, implementing or advocating for the standard.
May 2013 – In the past, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has been hesitant to use incremental sampling methodology in its sampling protocol. However, Nebraska DEQ is using ISM to address contamination at a sports field in Omaha. Nebraska DEQ is using the ITRC ISM Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM-1. 2012) guidance document to sample lead that is causing issues again at the site. Nebraska DEQ conducted a review of the ITRC ISM document and will use them to address the site.
May 2013 – The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Storage Tank Program published a guidance titled "Case Closure Evaluation of Sites with Free Product." According to the authors, the guidance is strongly based on the two 2009 ITRC Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (LNAPL) guidance documents. The writers of the guidance stated they referenced the two ITRC documents to address key topics, including, site characterization, LNAPL conceptual site model, transmissivity, and lines of evidence for LNAPL site closures. Both ITRC 2009 LNAPL documents are mentioned throughout the guidance and are listed in its resource list. The following is the link to the Virginia Storage Tank Program Guidance:
April 2013 – The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) developed a Waste Training Sub-committee and the state ITRC Point of Contact (POC), Larry Syverson, was named to the committee. The committee values the training of ITRC and believes that Mr. Syverson will be an asset to the committee due to his extensive experience with ITRC training products.
April 2013 – The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) are using the ITRC Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) team's research as a part of their life-cycle analysis (LCA) for the GSR environmental decision making process. SERDP and ESTCP, the Department of Defense's environmental research programs, harness the latest science and technology to develop and demonstrate innovative, cost-effective and sustainable solutions.
February 2013 – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is using the ITRC Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM-1, 2012) guidance document on a site in Key West to conduct sampling. The state is using the project as a training opportunity on how to incorporate ISM guidance into its protocols. In addition, the state attended ITRC's ISM training including 25 DEP staff members in February.
February 2013 – The Colorado ITRC Point of Contact worked on a cleanup response with an engineer from the local County Health Department. During the cleanup activities, the engineer stated that the county staff use ITRC internet-based training courses and that he was impressed with the quality of training.
February 2013 – An application for the 2010 European Responsible Care award, from a manufacturing facility in Belgium, titled Sustainable Groundwater Remediation for a Former Production Site, referenced and used the ITRC In Situ Bioremediation of Chlorinated Ethene: DNAPL Source Zones (BIODNAPL-3, 2008) document in the cleanup of the property.
January 2013 – The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the U.S. Air Force have been in discussion over the exposure levels on 11 former Air Force bases in Alaska. The initial extent of the closure plan included a large discrete sampling strategy for several years. For further clarification and direction, the issue was sent to EPA Region 10. In EPA's letter to the Air Force and Alaska DEC, it specifically states that the ITRC Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM-1, 2012) guidance document should be used to assess and monitor the former bases for closure.
December 2012 – The EPA Engineering Forum highlighted ITRC's Development of Performance Specifications for Solidification/Stabilization (SS-1, 2011) document on its website ( This is a great recognition and accomplishment.
December 2012 – The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) reported that the National Research Council released a report called "Alternatives for Managing the Nation's Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites" ( Several ITRC documents were referenced, as well as individual members, including Rula Deeb, Chuck Newell, and others. In addition, NAS held a free webinar on the contents of the report on December 12, 2012.
December 2012 – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hosted a Green Day event on December 4, 2012. As a part of the event, the ITRC Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) team held a condensed version of the ITRC GSR Internet-based training course.
November 2012 – John Cargill, the ITRC Contaminated Sediments Co-Team Leader, was invited to attend an International Pellston Workshop, sponsored by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), related to "Guidance on Bioavailability/Bioaccessibility Measurements using Passive Sampling Devices (PSD) and Partitioning-Based Approaches for Management of Contaminated Sediments." The workshop was held in Long Beach, CA on November 7-9, 2012; and comprised 45 individuals from around the world representing academia, government, and the private sector. The goal is to complete four manuscripts that will be published in a special SETAC publication in 2013. The ITRC Incorporating Bioavailability Considerations into the Evaluation of Contaminated Sediment Sites (CS-1, 2011) document will be referenced within these manuscripts. Mr. Cargill was invited because of his involvement with the ITRC Team.
November 2012 – The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is updating a number of its guidance documents, using ITRC documents as a guide, and referencing ITRC documents in the actual guidances. Several of the New Jersey guidances are already completed and include ITRC references.

November 2012 – A Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (DPHE) staff member recently attended several ITRC internet-based trainings (IBT):

The staff member reported that the IBTs were very educational and provided leading-edge information relative to LNAPL and DNAPL to which he had not been exposed. Of note were the new technologies that have been developed for characterizing the extent of LNAPL contamination as well as the technologies that could be applied towards remediating DNAPL under differing site conditions. Both of these notable points, as well as the entirety of the information shared in these IBTs, are applicable to future or continued remediation of LNAPL and DNAPL at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Project.

October 2012 – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is currently updating its regulatory guidance. The guidance will include multiple references to ITRC guidance documents.
July 2012 – The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is currently updating its Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP) Guidance Manual after 10 years. As a part of the update, DEP is including ITRC references in relevant sections especially in the Remedial Action and the Vapor Intrusion sections.
June 2012 – wrote an article about and review of the ITRC Biofuels: Release Prevention, Environmental Behavior, and Remediation (BIOFUELS-1, 2011) guidance document and Internet-based training course. The article provided a good review and great exposure for the Biofuels products. The article is now linked on the ITRC Biofuels team's Resources and Links webpage at:
June 2012 – The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently developed a Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR) Policy and Best Management Practices (BMP) guidance. The DEQ utilized the ITRC POC network to obtain information from other states to assist in developing their policy and BMPs. In addition, the DEQ guidance referenced the ITRC GSR products.
May 2012 – The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) uses and references the ITRC Vapor Intrusion Pathway: A Practical Guideline (VI-1, 2007) often and linked the Maine DEP website to the ITRC document.
May 2012 – The Connecticut Licensed Professionals Training Committee attended the ITRC LNAPL Classroom Training Course in Massachusetts and discussed the possibility of scheduling a modified one-day course in Connecticut for their licensed environmental professionals.
May 2012 – Shell Oil is developing its Global Sustainability Plan, which will reference the ITRC document, Green and Sustainable Remediation: A Practical Framework (GSR-2, 2012).
May 2012 – The ITRC Green and Sustainable Remediation: A Practical Framework (GSR-2, 2012) guidance document will be used at the Wisconsin Training Day to discuss the development of the state's GSR documents. The Wisconsin GSR rules will come out soon and they will rely heavily on the ITRC GSR products.
May 2012 – The LNAPL Investigation Plan for Holly Refinery (Tulsa, OK) used four ITRC products in its investigation plan. The ITRC products used are:
April 2012 – The ITRC Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM-1, 2012) guidance document is receiving a lot of exposure. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is referencing the ITRC ISM guidance document in its Incremental Composite Sampling (ICS) guidance. In addition, the ITRC ISM team is garnering a lot of interest internationally from Bolivia, Columbia, and other countries.
April 2012 – The ITRC Biofuels Team recently presented a training short course at the National Tanks Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The short course was well attended and received positive feedback. In addition, wrote an article and review of the ITRC Biofuels: Release Prevention, Environmental Behavior, and Remediation (BIOFUELS-1, 2011) guidance document and training course. The article provided a good review and great exposure for the ITRC Biofuels products.
April 2012 – In April 2012, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Land Protection Division organized an Environmental Panel Presentation. One of the presenters was Dr. Paul C. Johnson, Dean of the Ira Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University. Part of his presentation included his work on assessing source zone natural attenuation and source zone longevity that was used in the ITRC Guidance Document – Evaluating Natural Source Zone and Sites with LNAPL (LNAPL-1, 2009). This was great exposure and marketing for ITRC within the Oklahoma DEQ.
March 2012 – The ITRC Green and Sustainable Remediation (GSR): A Practical Framework (GSR-2, 2011) guidance document is garnering a lot of exposure and support. In February 2012, the ITRC GSR Internet-based training courses started and the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) referenced the ITRC GSR products at their workshops.
March 2012 – Several staff from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment attended the EPA Trainex Program on environmental remediation. ITRC and its products were referred and promoted several times during the training.
March 2012 – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is extremely interested in the ITRC Development of Performance Specifications for Solidification/Stabilization (SS-1, 2011) guidance document and is looking to develop a state guidance document that summarizes and references this ITRC document.
February 2012 – There is great interest from Connecticut regarding the ITRC Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) products and Connecticut may look to use the ITRC Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM-1, 2012) document as a model for the state guidance.
February 2012 – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division Director made it mandatory for staff to attend the ITRC Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) Internet-based training course. Florida's response to the course was great; a large group attended the training in a conference room and the group held a discussion about the training after the training concluded.
January 2012 – In Virginia, the ITRC Integrated DNAPLs Site Strategy (IDSS-1, 2011) guidance document was referenced in a corrective action plan for one of the state's federal facilities sites.
January 2012 – The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Director of Waste encouraged staff to participate on ITRC project teams. The endorsement from the upper management within Virginia DEQ shows great support for ITRC and hopefully leads to additional ITRC participation from Virginia DEQ staff.
January 2012 – A geology organization in Tennessee asked if ITRC courses can be used for continuing education credits for their professional development. The Tennessee ITRC Point of Contact provided the organization with ITRC training certifications and approval and the organization is now using ITRC training courses for professional development credits.

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