Training Classes and Materials
Information on Triad training classes and associated presentation materials are available via this section.
- CLU-IN Upcoming Courses and Conferences – USEPA, This section of CLU-IN lists information on upcoming courses and conferences related to hazardous waste characterization and remediation. It allows you to search by event name, description, location, and date.
- Trainex: EPA's Classroom Training Website – USEPA, This website lists training opportunities for federal, state, tribal, and local government staff involved in hazardous waste management and remediation. Included are schedules for deliveries of many courses, both classroom and Internet-based.
- Best Management Practices for Site Assessment, Remediation, and Greener Cleanups - November 15, 2011, New York, New York – USEPA, The Best Management Practices for Site Assessment, Site Remediation, and Green Remediation Footprint Reduction course is comprised of the following three Best Management Practices (BMP) sessions: BMPs for Site Assessments, BMPs for Site Remediation, and BMPs for Green Remediation Footprint Reduction.
- Triad Training for Practitioners - November 16 - 18, 2011, New York, New York – USEPA, This course is based on best management practices (BMP) implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), partnership organizations, federal and state partners, and consultants. Participants will learn how the Triad Approach can be used to streamline projects in a legal, technically sound, and cost-effective manner.
Upcoming Internet Seminars
- Effectiveness of Point of Entry Systems to Remove Select Per- and Poly- fluoroalkyl Substances from Drinking Water – U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development, Office of Science Policy
November 26, 2018, 1:00PM-2:30PM EST, 18:00-19:30 GMT
Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) contamination of groundwater sources in the U.S. is a widespread problem for the drinking water industry. Well water supplies in the municipalities of Fountain, Security, and Widefield, Colorado, contain Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) greater than U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) health advisory level of 70 nanograms/liter (ng/L). The source of PFAS in the well water has been associated with aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) at Peterson Air Force Base (AFB). Several public water systems and numerous private well owners use the impacted Widefield Aquifer as their sole source of drinking water. To assist property owners and limit exposure of PFAS in residential drinking water systems, treatability studies were conducted by EPA on the PFAS removal effectiveness of commercially available Point-of-Use (POU)/Point-of-Entry (POE) units using Reverse Osmosis (RO) treatment and Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) adsorbents. Household water systems were tested with a representative test water with the water quality characteristics and six PFAS contaminants found in Widefield Aquifer region groundwater samples. The study also documented the ease of use during installation, startup, and continuous/intermittent operation of the water systems.
- Military Munitions Support Services - MR-QAPP Module 1 RI/FS: How to Document Your Investigation and an Overview of Data Usability Assessment – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
February 20, 2019, 1:00PM-3:00PM EST, 18:00-20:00 GMT
The Intergovernmental Data Quality Task Force (IDQTF) has developed the Munitions Response Quality Assurance Project Plan (MR-QAPP) Toolkit to assist project teams in planning for the characterization and remediation of buried munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) at Department of Defense (DoD) installations and formerly used defense sites (FUDS). MR-QAPP Module 1 illustrates approaches for planning and implementing the Remedial Investigation (RI)/Feasibility Study (FS) phase of investigation. This webinar will provide an review of the document and provides overview of the data usability assessment for an example site.
- Bioavailability of Contaminants in Soil: Considerations for Human Health Risk Assessment – Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council
November 27, 2018, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST, 18:00-20:15 GMT
Risk-based cleanup goals are often calculated assuming that chemicals present in soil are absorbed by humans as efficiently as the chemicals dosed during the toxicity tests used to determine regulatory toxicity values (such as the Reference Dose or Cancer Slope Factor). This assumption can result in inaccurate exposure estimates and associated risks for some contaminated sites because the amount of a chemical absorbed (the chemicals bioavailability) from contaminated soil can be a fraction of the total amount present. Properly accounting for soil-chemical interactions on the bioavailability of chemicals from soil can lead to more accurate estimates of exposures to soil contaminants and improve risk assessments by decreasing uncertainty.
The basis for this training course is the ITRC guidance: Bioavailability of Contaminants in Soil: Considerations for Human Health Risk Assessment (BCS-1). This guidance describes the general concepts of the bioavailability of contaminants in soil, reviews the state of the science, and discusses how to incorporate bioavailability into the human health risk assessment process. This guidance addresses lead, arsenic, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) because evaluating bioavailability is better understood for these chemicals than for others, particularly for the incidental ingestion of soil.
The target audience for this guidance and training course are:
- Project managers interested in decreasing uncertainty in the risk assessment which may lead to reduced remedial action costs.
- Risk assessors new to bioavailability or those who want additional confidence and training in the current methods and common practices for using bioavailability assessment to more accurately determine human health risk at a contaminated site.
As a participant in this training you should learn to:
- Value the ITRC document as a go-to resource for soil bioavailability
- Apply the decision process to determine when a site-specific bioavailability assessment may be appropriate
- Use the ITRC Review Checklist to develop or review a risk assessment that includes soil bioavailability
- Consider factors that affect arsenic, lead and PAH bioavailability
- Select appropriate methods to evaluate soil bioavailability
- Use tools to develop site-specific soil bioavailability estimates and incorporate them into human health risk assessment
- Long-term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls – Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council
November 29, 2018, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST, 18:00-20:15 GMT
Institutional controls (ICs) are administrative or legal restrictions that provide protection from exposure to contaminants on a site. When ICs are jeopardized or fail, direct exposure to human health and the environment can occur. While a variety of guidance and research to date has focused on the implementation of ICs, ITRCs Long-term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls (IC-1, 2016) guidance and this associated training class focuses on post-implementation IC management, including monitoring, evaluation, stakeholder communications, enforcement, and termination. The ITRC guidance and training will assist those who are responsible for the management and stewardship of Ics. ITRC has developed a downloadable tool that steps users through the process of planning and designing IC management needs. This tool can help to create a long lasting record of the site that includes the regulatory authority, details of the IC, the responsibilities of all parties, a schedule for monitoring the performance of the IC, and more. The tool generates an editable Long Term Stewardship (LTS) plan in Microsoft Word.
After attending the training, participants will be able to:
- Describe best practices and evolving trends for IC management at individual sites and across state agency programs
- Use this guidance to
- Improve IC reliability and prevent IC failures
- Improve existing, or develop new, IC Management programs
- Identify the pros and cons about differing IC management approaches
- Use the tools to establish an LTS plan for specific sites
- Use the elements in the tools to understand the information that should populate an IC registry or data management system.
The target audience for this guidance includes environmental regulators at all levels of government, private and public responsible or obligated parties (Ops), current site owners and operators, environmental consultants, and prospective purchasers of property and their agents. Other stakeholders who have an interest in a property can also use this guidance to help understand how to manage Ics.
- Characterization and Remediation of Fractured Rock – Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council
December 4, 2018, 1:00PM-3:15PM EST, 18:00-20:15 GMT
Characterization and remediation of contaminated groundwater in fractured rock has not been conducted or studied as broadly as groundwater at unconsolidated porous media sites. This unfamiliarity and lack of experience can make fractured rock sites perplexing. This situation is especially true in portions of the U.S. where bedrock aquifers are a primary source of drinking and process water, and demands on water are increasing. As a result, remedial activities often default to containment of contaminant plumes, point of use treatment and long-term monitoring rather than active reduction of risk. However, this attitude does not incorporate recent advances in the science and technology of fractured rock site characterization and remediation.
The basis for this training course is the ITRC guidance: Characterization and Remediation of Fractured Rock. The purpose of this guidance is to dispel the belief that fractured rock sites are too complex to characterize and remediate. The physical, chemical and contaminant transport concepts in fractured rock have similarities to unconsolidated porous media, yet there are important differences. These differences are the focus of this guidance.
By participating in this training class, you should learn to:
- Use ITRCs Fractured Rock Document to guide your decision making so you can:
- Develop quality Conceptual Site Models (CSMs) for fractured rock sites
- Set realistic remedial objectives
- Select the best remedial options
- Monitor remedial progress and assess results
- Value an interdisciplinary site team approach to bring collective expertise to improve decision making and to have confidence when going beyond containment and monitoring - - to actually remediating fractured rock sites.
Case studies of successful fractured rock remediation are presented to provide examples of how fractured rock sites can be evaluated and available tools applied to characterization and remediation.
Training participants are encouraged to view the associated ITRC guidance, Characterization and Remediation of Fractured Rock
prior to attending the class.
Archived Internet Seminars
- Dynamic Data Collection Strategy Using Systematic Planning and Innovative Field-Based Measurement Technologies – USEPA & USACE, This seminar reviews the importance of systematic planning as a prelude to dynamic work strategies and innovative measurement technologies. Case studies illustrate site characterization, removal/remedial action and treatment system optimization.
- The Triad Approach to Better Cleanup Projects: Illustrated with the Tree Fruit Case Study – USEPA, This seminar introduces the importance of systematic project planning to ensure the quality of project decisions. Dynamic work strategies and field measurement technologies simultaneously bring down project costs while increasing decision confidence.
- Field Analytical Technologies for VOCs in Groundwater – USEPA, This seminar describes an evaluation the ETV Program did for five different technologies for generating field analytical measurements of VOCs in groundwater. Basic principles of operation underlying the various technologies is presented, along with a summary of the performance of each of the technologies with their advantages and limitations.
- Field-Based Analytical Methods for Explosive Compound – USEPA, This seminar covers field-based methods for explosives residues in soil and water, including the analytical challenges posed by compounds with a short review of fixed-lab methods. Sampling considerations for water and soil matrices are also covered, with particular emphasis on the extreme spatial heterogeneity generally found in soils.
- Field-Based Geophysical Technologies – USEPA, This 2-hr seminar starts with the basic science behind geophysical technologies and how they fit into smarter approaches to cleaning up hazardous waste sites. Throughout the seminar, instructors describe how the use of systematic planning, dynamic work strategies, and field technologies are applied to developing a CSM that can reliably guide site cleanup activities.
- Uses of Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA) – USEPA, Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA) is free software that incorporates tools from environmental assessment fields into an effective problem solving environment. These tools include integrated modules for visualization, geospatial analysis, statistical analysis, human health risk assessment, ecological risk assessment, cost/benefit analysis, sampling design, and decision analysis. This seminar highlights the tools uses, but is not a tutorial for the software.
Training Presentation Slides
The links below lead to Triad training materials (PowerPoint presentations, video clips, etc.) developed by members of the Triad working group.
- Modules from the Field-based Technologies Training Program – USEPA, This website provides access to training materials used for deliveries of Triad-related training courses.
- Triad Course Delivery at the National Site Assessment Symposium, June 28, 2004, San Diego, – USEPA, PPT slides for modules of the full-day delivery of training and case studies.
- Is the Triad Approach Really Something New? (Presenter: Deana Crumbling, USEPA) (319 KB)
- Triad's Systematic Planning Process (Presenter: Andrianne Saboya, US Navy PWC Environmental Dept.) (206 KB)
- Evolving Conceptual Site Models (CSMs) in Real-time for Cost Effective Projects (Presenter: Kira Lynch, USACE, Seattle District) (8.0 MB)
- Building A Second-Generation Data Quality Model (Presenter: Deana Crumbling, USEPA) (1.7 MB)
- Introduction to 3-D Mapping Techniques (Presenter: Timothy Shields, Anteon Corp./US Navy PWC) (6.7 MB)
- Video Clip of in-situ downward direct-push deployed GeoVIS moving downward beginning at the base of grassy soil surface to the top of the capillary fringe (25.7 MB/AVI)
- Video Clip of in-situ downward direct-push deployed GeoVIS moving downward through the capillary fringe (11.7 MB/MPG)
- Video Clip of in-situ downward direct-push deployed GeoVIS moving into NAPL contaminated groudwater (35.7 MB/AVI)
- Accelerated VOC Source Investigation Pairing SCAPS/MIP with EPA Triad, Camp Pendleton, California (Presenter: Karen Collins, Anteon Corp./US Navy PWC) (2.4 MB)
- East Palo Alto Case Study: Pesticide Investigation using the Triad Approach (Presenter: Deana Crumbling, USEPA and Lily Lee, USEPA Region 9 Brownfields Program) (1.5 MB)
- Wrap-Up & Questions (Presenter: Deana Crumbling, USEPA) (244 KB)