Triad is a Federal/State Interagency Partnership
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
- SRP Funding Opportunities Webinar – NIEHS Superfund Research Program
July 23, 2018, 1:00PM-2:30PM EDT, 17:00-18:30 GMT
The Superfund Research Program (SRP) is holding a webinar to provide information about the new "Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program (P42)" funding opportunity, RFA-ES-18-002. The RFA was released on July 3, 2018, and the application deadline is December 19, 2018.
On the webinar, NIEHS staff will provide information and answer questions about the P42 RFA to address the broad, complex health and environmental issues that arise from the multimedia nature of hazardous waste sites. SRP Center grants support problem-based, solution-oriented research Centers that consist of multiple, integrated projects representing both the biomedical and environmental science disciplines. The Center cores are tasked with administrative, community engagement, research translation, research support, and training functions.
The webinar will also focus on changes from previous solicitations. For more information about the RFA, see the SRP Funding Opportunities Multiproject Center Grants page.
- Superfund Redevelopment Initiative Series: Superfund and Cultural Competence - Building a Foundation for Effective Community Engagement – U.S. EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), Superfund Redevelopment Initiative
August 2, 2018, 2:00PM-3:30PM EDT, 18:00-19:30 GMT
EPA staff interact with impacted communities across the country. These communities may represent a broad range of cultures, including cultures based in race/ethnicity, class, place and other forms of identity. Each EPA site team may also represent a diverse range of cultural perspectives, skill sets and differing professional cultures. This webinar will show how understanding cultural competence skills and tools can help people connect across difference or perceived difference and work together more effectively. This webinar will deepen participants' understanding of what culture is and how it impacts Superfund work, and demonstrate through a series of case studies how becoming culturally competent can improve remedial outcomes, prepare job trainees for successfully entering the workforce, and improve dynamics of remedial teams whose members have different areas of expertise. The Superfund Redevelopment Initiative is hosting this webinar and is happy to answer any follow up questions about the webinar from the press or other interested parties.
- NARPM and OSC Academy Presents...NHPA for RPMs and OSCs – EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation
August 9, 2018, 1:00PM-3:00PM edt, 17:00-19:00 GMT
This webinar provides OSCs and RPMs with an overview of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the requirements of Section 106 under CERCLA. The focus will be on EPA's Emergency Response and Removal Program. NHPA applies to your response action if your action constitutes an undertaking and will have a potential effect on a property that is eligible for or included in the National Register of Historic Places.
The overview of the steps of the Section 106 consultation process includes: a review of NHPA under CERCLA; determining if a response action constitutes an undertaking; establishing the area of potential effects of the undertaking; identifying any historic properties within that area, and evaluating whether the undertaking will affect such properties, and if so, whether the effects may be adverse; and where there are adverse effects anticipated, identifying ways to minimize or mitigate any adverse effects.
The primary audience for this training is EPA OSCs and RPMs; however, it is open to other federal agencies, states, tribes and consultants who are interested in learning more about the NHPA statute.
- NARPM Presents...Using Bioavailability to Assess Contaminated Sediment Risk: Passive Sampling and Porewater Remedial Goals (PWRGs) – EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation
August 13, 2018, 1:00PM-3:00PM EDT, 17:00-19:00 GMT
This webinar will introduce the use of passive samplers to assess bioavailability and the development of Porewater Remediation Goals (PWRG). Passive sampling devices (PSD) are a technology with growing acceptance for measuring porewater concentrations and assessing bioavailability of contaminants in sediment, particularly for common sediment contaminants such as PCBs, PAHs, chlorinated pesticides and dioxin-like compounds. Instructors will explain the basics of what passive samplers are and how they work, as well as provide an overview of the deployment, analysis, and application of PSDs. The webinar will also discuss the derivation of Porewater Remediation Goals (PWRG) for the protection of the benthic organisms using exposures measured with PSDs. This section of the course will focus on the application of PSD data to ecological risk assessment, including the application of Final Chronic Values from Ambient Water Quality Criteria, use of PSD in toxicity and bioaccumulation testing, development of a site specific PWRG, and calculation of a sediment RG based on site-specific equilibrium partitioning. Instructors will also discuss the implementation of PWRGs as it relates to risk assessment and management at Superfund sediment sites.
By taking the webinar, participants will achieve the following objectives:
- Understand how PSD measures bioavailability of contaminants in sediment porewater,
- Be provided with an overview for planning and executing a PSD sampling event,
- Understand how to apply PSD data to ecological risk assessment,
- Learn how to develop a site-specific PWRG to protect the benthic organisms,
- Consider other uses of PSD methods for RI/FS, remedy selection, and remedy implementation at Superfund sediment sites.
The target audience is EPA Remedial Project Managers and risk assessors, as a well as other regulatory staff, contractors, and responsible parties.
- NARPM Presents...Stress and Environmental Contamination: Tips and Tools from ATSDR – EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation
October 10, 2018, 1:00PM-3:00PM EDT, 17:00-19:00 GMT
Environmental contamination can disrupt life as usual. Community members may feel stress for several reasons, including health and financial concerns. Join this webinar to learn more about stress, how it can affect health, and why environmental contamination can cause it. Well offer practical tips and tools for acknowledging stress with community members and helping them cope. The webinar will wrap up with suggestions for dealing with stress you may feel as a professional working with communities affected by environmental contamination.
Attendees may be interested in Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) stress-focused fact sheets and materials. Please see:
- Borehole Geophysics Applied to Bedrock Hydrogeologic Evaluations – EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation (OSRTI) Superfund Task Force and the Environmental Response Team
October 18, 2018, 1:00PM-2:30PM EDT, 17:00-18:30 GMT
This presentation introduces the viewer to borehole geophysical tools commonly used in hydrogeologic investigations. These tools include gamma, temperature, conductivity, caliper, borehole video, acoustic and optical televiewers, heat-pulse flowmeter, and borehole deviation.. Examples and case studies follow illustrating the usefulness of data obtained through the utilization of these tools, especially when used to design packer tests and multi-level discrete-zone sampling strings. In addition, borehole tools commonly used in shallow oil/gas well abandonment are presented.
- Long-term Contaminant Management Using Institutional Controls – Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council
August 14, 2018, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT, 17:00-19:15 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.
- Bioavailability of Contaminants in Soil: Considerations for Human Health Risk Assessment – Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council
August 16, 2018, 1:00PM-3:15PM EDT, 17:00-19:15 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
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)