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Training Opportunities

A series of training modules have been created to support the remedial design, remedial action, and post construction program areas. Any number of modules can be combined to create a valuable training experience for a wide audience, including Regional management, RPMs, technical support staff, IMCs and data entry staff, State program and project managers, and attorneys.

To create a customized training program for your office, please contact David Cooper, Branch Chief of the Construction and Post Construction Management Branch.

Remedial Design and Remedial Action Training


Fund-Lead Remedial Design (45 min)
This training will explain the RPM’s role in the following activities: choosing designers, preparing the scope of work and cost estimate, obtaining design assistance from the Corps, and reviewing design documents.

Value Engineering (VE) During Fund-Lead RD/RA (1 hr)
This training will explain the RPM’s role in the following activities: carrying out an independent review of the preliminary design, conducting a VE screen and VE study during the design process, and reviewing a contractor-submitted value engineering change proposal (VECP) during RA.

RA Funding Trends and the Priority Panel (45 min)
This training provides a historical perspective on program policies and trends that have affected the evolution of the current practices and processes associated with conducting remedial actions. The presentation includes an explanation of the National Risk-Based Priority Panel and its functions.

RA Contracting Considerations (1 hr)
This training provides an overview of construction contracting topics for RPMs and program managers in Superfund. The presentation includes considerations for design and pairing contract vehicles to site characteristics.

Technical Impracticability Decisions in the Superfund Program (45 min)
This training provides RPMs and others with information to better understand the process of making technical impracticability (TI) decisions for restoration of ground water. Included are the regulatory background, components of the TI evaluation, and how the process is working. The training relies on the Guidance for Evaluating the Technical Impracticability of Ground-Water Restoration.

Superfund Site and Operable Unit Completion Workshop (3 hr)
This training outlines the requirements to achieve several significant milestones along the Superfund pipeline - RA completion, Construction Completion, Site Completion, and Deletion. RPMs will learn about the content, schedule, and approval process for key documents, including the RA report, PCOR, FCOR, and Notice of Intent to Delete. This training module was developed using the Close Out Procedures for National Priorities List Sites.

Post Construction Completion Training


Restoration vs. Non-Restoration for Fund-Financed Ground Water and Surface Water Remedies (45 min)
This training explains special considerations for ground water and surface water remedies at Fund-lead NPL sites. This module will emphasize the distinction between restoration and non-restoration remedies, and will provide useful examples to assist RPMs in choosing the appropriate action for their sites. This training also provides helpful language that clearly describes a site's remedial goal and explains why a concise goal can minimize future problems in the post-construction phase of the remedial pipeline.

Transfer of Long-Term Response Actions (LTRA) to States (45 min)
This training module provides guidance to RPMs and others who have responsibilities for transferring LTRA projects from EPA to States. It gives practical information on planning for the transfer of a remedy from the LTRA to the O&M stage, including roles and responsibilities, documentation, and record keeping. The training module was developed using the July 2003 guidance document Transfer of Long-Term Response Action (LTRA) Projects to States.

Remedy Optimization in the Superfund Program (1 hr)
This module provides an overview of remedy optimization and it’s many benefits at both the site and program level. Managers, RPMs and technical support staff will learn their role & responsibilities in all phases of optimization, from site selection to the implementation of recommended remedy improvements.

Post Construction Data Management in CERCLIS (45 min)
This training will help both IMCs and RPMs navigate the complex CERCLIS data rules associated with tracking and reporting post construction activities. This training does not involve hands-on CERCLIS data entry, rather it relies on visual depictions of the post-construction pipeline to convey the relationships between various data elements (e.g., actions, subactions, lead codes, durations).

Five Year Review Training (3 hr)
This training is designed to assist RPMs in evaluating remedy performance through the CERCLA Five-Year Review process. This comprehensive course covers the entire Five-Year Review process, from determining the ‘trigger date’ for a review to making a final protectiveness determination. This training module was developed using the Comprehensive Five-Year Review Guidance.

Institutional Controls Training


Institutional Controls 101 (3 hr)
This introductory training provides basic information about ICs with which all RPMs and site attorneys should be familiar. This includes the four categories of ICs, the advantages and disadvantages of each, and examples of various ICs.

Evaluation of Institutional Controls during the Five-Year Review (2 hr)
This training serves as a supplement to the FYR guidance and training. It provides RPMs and site attorneys with a guide to conducting an in-depth review of existing ICs at their site and determining if there is a need for new, different, or improved ICs. The training also includes a section of example scenarios and corresponding protectiveness statements.

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