Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC)
The ITRC is a coalition of state environmental regulators working with federal partners, industry, and stakeholders to advance innovative environmental decision making. In support of this goal, ITRC develops expertise, guidance, and training on an array of technical and regulatory topics. Training on the guidance is delivered via classroom, live internet seminars, archived webinars, publications, and web page delivery of guidance documents. For more information about ITRC, visit http://www.itrcweb.org
ADEC Involvement in the ITRC
ADEC's Contaminated Sites (CS) Program participates in ITRC in developing these guidances and training courses through assignment to nationwide technical work teams. In 2012, six CS staff are committing up to 10% of their time to develop guidance on key issues facing the regulatory community nationwide with respect to contaminated sites. As part of their responsibilities, they will serve as technical experts and trainers at the national level, as well as assist other CS project staff at ADEC as these guidances are implemented at sites across Alaska. All travel and expenses are covered by the ITRC organization.
Subject Areas and Responsibilites
ADEC/ITRC Point of Contact: Fred Vreeman
The State POC for Alaska serves as part of the ITRC State Engagement Team (State POCs). The POC represents ITRC in the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to ensure two-way communication between Alaska and ITRC. Duties include making sure that Alaska's environmental priorities are raised to ITRC and that ITRC tools and resources are made available to those in Alaska who can benefit from them. Monthly teleconferences and document reviews are also expected. Time Commitment: 10% FTE Out of State Travel: Spring and Fall meetings. Responsibilities are described below.
lead ITRC participation in Alaska
identify and communicate Alaska's priorities and emerging environmental issues
coordinate input on draft guidance documents and survey inputs
promote ITRC guidance documents and training
facilitate use and concurrence of ITRC guidance documents
report ITRC success and value
For more information, contact: Fred Vreeman
Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) is a structured sampling protocol that reduces data variability and increases sample representativeness. Earl is a member of the team that authored the ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance document for ISM, the ADEC Expert, and also a Trainer for ITRC on the topic of ISM. In 2012 Earl joined a new ITRC Team focused on dense, nonaqueous-phase liquid (DNAPL) site characterization methods. This team will develop a technical and regulatory guidance document and Internet-based training course summarizing emerging DNAPL site investigation techniques and where they fit into current regulatory processes. The project will provide objective guidance on emerging DNAPL site characterization methods and their applicability in various geologic settings. This work will help regulators, project managers, and stakeholders improve their understanding of these techniques prior to major site characterization decisions. Time Commitment: 10% FTE Out of State Travel: Spring and Fall workgroups (2), Trainings (3)
For more information, contact: Fred Vreeman
Risk Assessment (Commenced in 2012): Ted Wu, Alternate Team Member, with Marty Brewer, ADEC Expert & Trainer
This Team will develop a technical and regulatory guidance document and Internet-based training course on state-of-the-art principles and practices focusing on the risk of soil and groundwater contamination to human health. The project will include modules in four primary areas: hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, and risk characterization. Risk communication may also be included. The guidance document and training course will help to incorporate new state-of-the-art methods as they become available and maintain high-quality risk assessments for use in cleanups or other state regulatory needs. Time Commitment: 3% - 5% FTE Out of State Travel: One meeting.
For more information, contact: Ted Wu
Biochemical Reactors for Mining-Influenced Water (2013): Anne Marie Palmieri
The Mining Waste Team has developed a new Web-based technical and regulatory guidance document, Mining Waste Treatment Technology Selection, which helps regulators, consultants, industry, and stakeholders in selecting an applicable technology, or a suite of technologies, which can be used to remediate mining sites. These technologies may also be applicable to other sites.
In 2012, the Team will examine the background and current status of using biochemical reactors to treat mining-influenced water. A biochemical reactor (BCR) is a system that uses microorganisms to treat or remediate water contaminated with heavy metals. This project will produce technology and regulatory guidance describing the application, limitations, regulatory barriers, and best practices for using biochemical reactors. The guidance should lead to greater use of, and confidence in, this technology, as well as providing helpful background information. Time Commitment: 10% FTE Out of State Travel: Spring and Fall workgroups (2), Trainings (3)
For more information, contact: Anne Marie Palmieri
Geophysical Classification for Munitions Response (Commenced in 2011): Guy Warren
The Team will develop a guidance document and Internet-based training course that reflects recent technical and procedural advances in detecting and classifying geophysical anomalies for munitions response (MR) projects. Geophysical anomaly classification is a new, cutting-edge technology, in which geophysical anomalies (e.g. scrap metal, unexploded ordnance, etc.) are detected on a munitions response site, and then, with the use of new instruments and advanced geophysics, the anomalies are classified underground in order to determine whether or not the individual items will be removed. The guidance document and training course will provide guidance to environmental professionals concerning the design and execution of geophysical classification, including the geophysical detection and classification instruments, processing techniques, and quality control measures to support a successful MR project. This project will describe the science behind geophysical classification, the steps to be taken in the field and during the data processing, and provide measures to allow the quality of the work to be assessed, thereby increasing the scientific defensibility, effectiveness, and efficiency of MR projects. Time Commitment: 10% FTE Out of State Travel: Spring and Fall workgroups (2), Trainings (3)
For more information, contact: Guy Warren
Environmental Molecular Diagnostics (Guidance Document 2012): James Fish
Molecular biological tools (MBTs) and chemical diagnostic techniques have been developed over the last decade for applications in medicine, defense, and various industrial applications. These techniques consist of both laboratory and field methods, and some of these techniques have already been adapted for use in environmental restoration. Others are expected to be available for field application in the near future. MBTs can identify and quantify key microorganisms (taxonomy) and their genes (function). The chemical diagnostic techniques include compound specific isotope analysis (CSIA), which measures the relative abundance of different isotopes. These innovative sampling, analysis, and measurement techniques provide direct and unique measurement of specific biological and chemical processes. The results from MBTs and chemical diagnostic techniques are relevant to environmental restoration because they are expected to reduce uncertainty regarding natural attenuation and the performance of remediation technologies. Time Commitment: 10% FTE Out of State Travel: Spring and Fall workgroups (2)
For more information, contact: James Fish
Petroleum Vapor Intrusion Guidance (Commenced in 2012): Todd Blessing
This team will follow up the general Vapor Intrusion Guidance developed by ITRC and will produce a technical and regulatory guidance document and an Internet-based training course that describe a multiple-lines-of-evidence approach for evaluating petroleum vapor intrusion. The guidance document and training course will describe the differences between chlorinated and petroleum hydrocarbons, particularly the biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbon vapors in the vadose zone. A comprehensive practical methodology for evaluating and mitigating sites for petroleum vapor intrusion will be developed. Time Commitment: 10% FTE Out of State Travel: Spring and Fall workgroups (2)
For more information, contact: Todd Blessing