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National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI) eLearning Center

The NETI eLearning Center, NETI’s Adobe Connect-based Learning Management System, provides online eLearning, live webinar, and classroom training opportunities to environmental enforcement personnel (including government inspectors, the legal community, and investigators) in federal, state, tribal and local governments.

Training for Federal, State, and Tribal Governments Personnel

NETI eLearning Center Account Registration

Instructions to register for a NETI eLearning Center Account 

EPA personnel may use their Adobe Connect user ID (EPA email address) and password to access the NETI eLearning Center Training Catalog. Obtain or reset your password.

Federal (non-EPA), state, local, and tribal personnel may register for a NETI eLearning Center account to access the Training Catalog.

Available Courses

  • Upcoming Classroom Courses and Live Webinars

    “Next Gen” - Compliance, Enforcement, Deterrence: Yesterday and Next Generation* (Classroom/Webinar)

    Join Attorney, Jon Silberman, “Next Gen” expert, as he discusses better ways to consider structuring effective regulations and strategies to improve compliance rates.

    CWA Coffee Break “30 Minute” Series (Classroom/Webinar)

    NPDES program --- Why is it called the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)?  Which facilities need NPDES permits to discharge wastewater? What are the key sections of the NPDES regulations?  Does the program rely heavily on self-reported information from the NPDES-permitted facilities?  Learn the answers to these questions and more in this session. Presenter: Kathy Greenwald, HQ, EPA, OECA, Office of Civil Enforcement.

    • Date:  September 21, 2016
    • Time:  10:00 am – 10:30 am EDT.
    • Location:  EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226
    • Register for NPDES

    On The Road to Green, Please Don’t Forget About Brown (Classroom Only)

    A documentary and discussion to commemorate the recent 62nd anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. The practice of law offers many wonderful opportunities and considerable challenges. We will discuss how Charles Hamilton Houston’s career path and strategic legal thinking led to major legal breakthroughs and helped to lay the foundation for what we do at EPA today. Join Mike Walker, Director of NETI, as we explore the higher ethical callings that face environmental professionals.

    • Date:  September 23, 2016
    • Time:  11:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT.
    • Location:  EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226

    Federal Indian and Environmental Law & Policy* (Classroom/Webinar)

    Join Jonathan Binder for a discussion of the United States’ relationship with federally recognized Indian Tribes and how that relationship impacts EPA’s efforts to protect human health and the environment in Indian country.

    CWA Coffee Break “30 Minute” Series (Classroom/Webinar)

    ECHO --- How much information is readily available to the public through the use of the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO)?  How can I find out which NPDES-permitted facilities are in violation or the compliance status of my hometown NPDES facilities? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this session. Presenter: Rebecca Kane, EPA, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Integration, Targeting and Access Branch.     

    • Date:  September 28, 2016
    • Time:  10:00 am – 10:30 am EDT.
    • Location:  EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226
    • Register for ECHO

    Overview of OECA and the Criminal Enforcement Program* (Classroom/Webinar)

    Join OECA Attorney James Morgan for an informative introduction to EPA’s criminal enforcement program.

    Finding a Job in a Tight Market: Sources and Strategies, “RÉSUMÉS, REFERENCES & RESULTS (Classroom/Webinar)

    Mike Walker, Director of NETI, will offer insights and will describe the “excepted service” hiring, “competitive” hiring, other entry level programs, networking and effective strategies for finding that dream job in a tight market.

    CWA Coffee Break “30 Minute” Series (Classroom/Webinar)

    NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule --- Why aren’t all NPDES permittees already reporting their information electronically? When will EPA have a complete set of electronically submitted data for all NPDES-regulated facilities?  Learn the answers to these questions and more in this session. Presenter: Carey Johnston.

    Celebrating 50 Years of the National Historic Preservation Act* (Classroom/Webinar)         

    Join Matt Nowakowski, MS, MSHP, who is responsible for assisting EPA in meeting National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) compliance goals, as he and Mike Walker, Director of the National Enforcement Training Institute, present a brief introduction to NHPA, as well as a refresher on Section 106 regulations and the review process. Participants will learn about the nature of historic properties and how to determine a project’s potential effect on such resources within the context of various EPA programs. They will also discuss the ways in which EPA works with consulting parties, including the public, tribes, and state historic preservation offices. NHPA turns 50 on October 2016! Attend this training to discover why this law is important for all federal agency programs.

    Environmental Justice: Challenges & Opportunities* (Classroom/Webinar)

    Join Attorneys Suzi Ruhl and Stanley Buzzelle, from the EPA, Office of Environmental Justice, for an overview and updates on Environmental Justice. A safe and healthy environment for all Americans! Join us to consider the wide range of issues confronting this important topic. 

    CWA Coffee Break “30 Minute” Series (Classroom/Webinar)

    Effluent Guidelines --- How important are the effluent guidelines in determining the appropriate NPDES permit limits for a facility? For what types of facilities have effluent guidelines been developed?  How are effluent guidelines developed? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this session. Presenter: Carey Johnston, EPA, Office of Compliance.

    Superfund:  Cleaning up Contaminated Sites* (Classroom/Webinar)

    Join EPA, OSRE’s Senior Attorney Mike Northridge for a discussion of EPA’s major site-cleanup statute.

    CWA Coffee Break “30 Minute” Series (Classroom/Webinar)

    Vessels --- What standards apply to discharges from water-going vessels and do they need NPDES permit coverage? Do cruise ships have to meet particular requirements regarding their discharges? Are all sizes of vessels regulated by EPA? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this session. Presenter: Juhi Saxena, an attorney-advisor, EPA, Office of Water and Jack Faulk, environmental protection specialist and technical lead for vessel general permits, EPA, Office of Water.

    • Date:  October 19, 2016
    • Time:  10:00 am – 10:30 am EDT.
    • Location:  EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226
    • Register for Vessels

    The Toxic Substances Control Act* (Classroom/Webinar)

    Join EPA Attorney, Mark Garvey as he discusses topics from PCB’s Asbestos and Residential Lead Paint to nanotechnology and green chemistry. He will also cover the changes made to TSCA as part of TSCA Reform signed into law on June 22, 2016.  TSCA’s broad reach has implications for domestic producers, importers and anyone who manufactures, buys or uses chemicals or chemical substances.

    ECHO – Enforcement and Compliance History Online (Classroom/Webinar)

    The Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) Website is a publicly available resource, designed and operated by OECA. ECHO was designed to track permits, inspections, violations, and enforcement actions of facilities holding a CAA, CWA, RCRA, and SDWA. Join Jessica Johnson, EPA ECHO expert, discuss how ECHO is used by inspectors and enforcers to target facilities for inspection and track enforcement actions and how the public and non-government agencies use ECHO to learn more about their community. This is an opportunity to learn how to get the most out of an ECHO search.

    • Date:  October 21, 2016
    • Time:  11:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT.
    • Location:  EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226
    • Register for ECHO

    CWA Coffee Break “30 Minute” Series (Classroom/Webinar)

    CAFOs --- What are Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)?  What are some of the possible environmental problems at CAFOs? What are some of the impediments to effective violation detection and enforcement at CAFOs? Did your lunch today likely grow up at a CAFO? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this session. Presenters: Kathy Greenwald and Rebecca Roose, EPA HQ, OECA, Office of Civil Enforcement.  

    • Date: October 26, 2016.  
    • Time:  9:30 am – 10:00 am EDT. (note:  time change)
    • Location:  EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226. 
    • Register for CAFOs

    The Clean Air Act: It’s Not Necessarily Gone With the Wind* (Classroom)/Webinar)

    Join EPA Expert Mario Jorquera and Attorney Mike Walker for an in-depth assessment of one of the most far reaching environmental statutes administered by EPA – from tail pipe emissions to major stationary sources.     

    CWA Coffee Break “30 Minute” Series (Classroom only)

    CWA Section 311 Enforcement - Spills of Oil or Hazardous Substances.  EPA enforcement of spills or threatened spills of oil or hazardous substances. How did this evolve?  How does the Agency use its authority in response to oil and hazardous waste spills?  How does EPA work with other agencies?  What does EPA do to prevent spills and promote cleanups?  Learn the answers to these questions and more in this session. Presenter: EPA Attorney, David Drelich.

    • Date:   November 2, 2016
    • Time:  10:00 am – 10:30 am EDT.
    • Location:  EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226

    Water: Current Developments and Challenges* (Classroom/Webinar)

    Join Attorneys, Sarah Gonzalez, Kristin Buterbaugh, and Jeffrey Speir, Water Enforcement Division, Office of Civil Enforcement, EPA, as they provide a comprehensive presentation covering, municipal CWA issues, industrial CWA issues, and the SDWA, respectively - statutes designed to preserve and protect water.

    EPCRA – America’s Largest Neighborhood Watch Program (or How EPA Reduced Chemical Emissions Without Really Trying”)* (Classroom/Webinar)

    Toxics Release Inventory (TRI), a national database of chemical use and storage is mandated by the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA). Join Attorney Mike Walker, Director, NETI, as he discusses one of the most powerful tools that EPA and the public have for identifying and reducing the use of toxic and hazardous chemicals.

    • Date:    November 8, 2016
    • Time:   11:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT.
    • Location:  EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226
    • Register for EPCRA

    CWA Coffee Break Series “30 Minute” Series (Classroom/Webinar)

    Pretreatment --- If NPDES-permitted facilities have to meet certain standards and permit limits, what applies to facilities that discharge to the city’s sewer system? What is the pretreatment program? What could happen if facilities do not comply with pretreatment regulations?  Learn the answers to these questions and more in this session. Presenter: Attorney, Rebecca Roose.

    • Date:  November 9, 2016
    • Time:  9:30 am – 10:00 am EDT. (note: time change)
    • Location:  EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226

    Suspension & Debarment: An Administrative Tool for Addressing Non-Compliance* (Classroom/Webinar)

    Join Attorney, Jamie Lemley, EPA and OECA Suspension & Debarment Official. EPA OARM, as he discusses Suspension & Debarment: An Administrative Tool for Addressing Non-Compliance.

    Uncle Sam as Polluter?  Enforcement Activities at Federal Facilities* (Classroom/Webinar)

    Federal installations from the Department of Defense military installations to your corner Post Office must comply with federal environmental law through a series of Executive Orders and federal statutes. Join attorneys Sally Dalzell and Gracie Garcia Pendleton as they explain the process to ensure compliance at our federal facilities.  

    CWA Coffee Break “30 Minute” Series (Classroom/Webinar)

    Wetlands --- How does EPA regulate wetlands? What’s the importance of wetlands ecologically? If you wanted to fill in that swampland to build your tennis courts, what Statutes and regulations would apply? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this session. Presenter: EPA Attorney, JT Morgan.

    • Date:  November 16, 2016
    • Time:  10:00 am – 10:30 am EDT.
    • Location:  EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226
    • Register for Wetlands

    FIFRA - Pesticide Registration and Enforcement* (Classroom/Webinar)

    Toxic terrors are balanced against economic considerations and health protection. Pesticide use has a wide range of implications for society and the global ecosystem. Join Attorney, Mike Walker, Director of the National Enforcement Training Institute, and Environmental Protection Specialist Brian Dyer, for an in-depth discussion of this important national practice area.

    The Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA)* (Classroom/Webinar)

    What does it really mean to manage waste from “cradle to grave?” Join Senior Attorney Pete Raack to learn how this important, cross-cutting regulatory program manages the toxic refuse of a great consumer society.

    • Date: November 18, 2016
    • Time:  11:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT.
    • Location: EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226
    • Register for RCRA

    NEPA - The National Environmental Policy Act * (Classroom/Webinar)

    Join us as attorney Candy Schaedle and EPA expert Matt Nowakowski discuss The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NEPA is a United States environmental law that established a U.S. national policy promoting the enhancement of the environment. Additionally, it established the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Learn how the Act establishes national environmental policy and goals for the protection, maintenance, and enhancement of the environment and provides a process for implementing these goals within the federal agencies.  

    CWA Coffee Break “30 Minute” Series (Classroom/Webinar)

    Fracking -- Hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, is a drilling technique used for extracting oil or natural gas from deep underground. Fracking is a hotly debated environmental and political issue. Some insist it is a safe and economical source of clean energy; some, however, claim fracking can destroy drinking water supplies, pollute the air and contribute to the greenhouse. Presenter: EPA Attorney, Jeffrey Speir.

    • Date:  November 23, 2016
    • Time:  10:00 am – 10:30 am EDT.
    • Location:  EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226
    • Register for Fracking

    CWA Coffee Break “30 Minute” Series (Classroom/Webinar)

     Construction Stormwater --- What regulations apply to stormwater leaving a construction site? What are the key best management practices (BMPs) for a construction site to reduce stormwater flow or reduce the likelihood that stormwater will pick up pollutants? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this session.  Presenter: Seth Heminway.

    Former Law Clerks tell it like it is! (Classroom only)

    Former Law Clerks tell it like it is! Views from former EPA Summer Interns: Environmental Law in Government, Private Practice, Corporate America and Beyond.  John Cossa, Tim Serie, Anthony Pappetti, Beveridge & Diamond; Jim Chen, Tesla Motors; Jerry Gidner, Department of the Interior; Lorraine Baer, Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Catherin Giljohann, Council on Environmental Quality; Michael Kellerman, FERC; Kelly Brantner, EPA; Brian K. Thompson, EPA; Stephanie Rich, EPA-OGC; Evan Belser, EPA; Keith Bartlett, EPA; Kristin Buterbaugh, EPA; Sarah Gonzalez, EPA; David Smith-Watts, EPA; Scott Yager, American Cattleman’s Association; Todd Stedeford, EPA.

    • Date: December 2, 2016
    • Time:  3:00 pm – 4:45 pm EDT. 
    • Location: EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226

    CWA Coffee Break “30 Minute” Series (Classroom/Webinar)

    Biosolids - What are biosolids and why can’t you find any mention of that word in the regulations?  Which facilities are required to comply with biosolids regulations?  How many tons of biosolids are produced each year?  Can cities actually sell their biosolids to supplement their budget?  Learn the answers to these questions and more in this session.  Presenter: Peter Bahor.

    • Date:  December 7, 2016
    • Time:  11:00 am – 11:30 pm EDT. (note: time change)
    • Location:  EPA, HQ, WJCS, 6226  
    • Register for Biosolids

    *NOTE: For each webinar, NETI will provide, upon request, attendance confirmation documentation (for classroom and webinar attendance) and any other documentation you may need for submission to your respective states, including, but not limited to, speaker bios and classroom materials for submission to your respective states for your Continuing Legal Education (CLE).

    CLE for webinars are allowed in many states.  Some states allow attorneys to earn credit through self-submission. Please contact your state Mandatory CLE (MCLE) regulatory entity for specific questions about your MCLE rules. To view requirements for MCLE information for your state go to: American Bar Association  

    Basic Inspector Training

    This is a mandatory course for EPA inspectors and is generally intended for state or federal inspectors with 3 or less years of inspection experience. It is also a good refresher for those interested in the latest methods. Meets the requirements specified in EPA Executive Order 3500.1 Maximum Number of Participants:  60 with priority given to Region 7 and its states Audience Information:  Any state or federal inspector

  • On-Demand eLearning Training Courses

    Use your Adobe Connect ID and password to view and enroll in the on-demand elearning training courses.

    New Courses!!

    ICIS Air Training ModulesThis course contains six ICIS-Air online training modules. These training modules provide EPA’s headquarters, regional, delegated agency, and Local Control Region (LCON) staff with an introduction of best practices and tools used to manage data entry in the ICIS-Air application.  This course is available to all ICIS users in state, local, and tribal environmental agencies, as well as users in the private sector. Additional modules will be available in the near future.  No certificate is offered for these modules.

  • Recorded Webinars

    Recorded Webinars

    Clean Water Act

    Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)/Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)/Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

    Safe Drinking Water Act

    Other

Training for the Public and the Regulated Community

  • On-Demand eLearning Training Courses

    Financial Model Training

    • Basic ABEL Training (CST101W)
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    • INDIPAY Training (CST114W)
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    • Intermediate ABEL Training
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    • Advanced BEN Training (CST306W)
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    • Introduction to the Economic Benefit Model (BEN)
      This course will enable users with little or no economic background to use the BEN enforcement economic model in calculating the economic benefit portion of the penalty in enforcement cases. The course consists of three modules: Module 1 introduces the user to the basic concept of economic benefits it fits into EPA’s penalty approach; Module 2 is an introduction to the financial theory and concepts necessary to use the BEN enforcement economic model: and Module 3 is an introduction in how to use the BEN enforcement economic model. (Please note: that these modules are not interactive, but students can run the BEN model at the same time as the course if they want to work through the in-class exercise in Module 3.) 
    • Ethics of Environmental Enforcement
      This course, offered by Project ENCRIPT of the Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT) will identify the ways in which unethical behaviors, by white collar criminals, might affect the course of an inspection or an investigation. The course objective are to: define ethics as it is related to the environmental enforcement professional, understand the concept of environmental justice, understand the difference between ethics and morals, understand the ethical issues for the environmental enforcement professional.
      Register at: LEMIT website

    Integrated Compliance Information System (ICIS) Training Modules

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