|Date:||Fri, 24 Jul 1998 16:51:04 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Registration Materials: National Stakeholders' Forum on Monitored Natural Attenuation|
National Stakeholders' Forum on Monitored Natural Attenuation To: Individuals, representing diverse constituencies, who are interested in learning about, and discussing, the policies and processes regarding natural attenuation. From: Center for Public Environmental Oversight Date: August 31 and September 1, 1998 (Two full days) Location: Westin Hotel, Milbrae, CA (Near the San Francisco International Airport) Fee: There is NO fee for participation, however, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please fill out and return the enclosed forms. Travel: To ensure broad participation, a limited number of travel scholarships will be made available to community advisory board members and tribal representatives. Please see the attached Community Travel Scholarship Application for details. This forum is designed to help community stakeholders become familiar with the science of natural attenuation and actively influence regulatory oversight policies on monitored natural attenuation. Some topics that will be discussed are: * Introduction to groundwater and policy * Site characterization and monitoring * Regulatory issues * Stakeholder comments and concerns * Agency policies on natural attenuation More and more, responsible parties are proposing to address groundwater and soil contamination by relying upon monitored natural attenuation. Depending upon the conditions, regulatory agencies have accepted this approach for the remediation of petroleum products, volatile organic compounds (such as TCE), and even inorganics such as heavy metals and short-lived radionuclides. To provide a systematic regulatory framework, U.S. EPA is developing a policy on Monitored Natural Attenuation. Thus far, however, there have been few opportunities for public stakeholders-the people who live at or near contamination sites-to express their views. To bring the public into the process, CPEO is hosting a two-day national stakeholders' forum on monitored natural attenuation at hazardous waste sites. This forum will present state-of-the-art research on the technologies of natural attenuation, clarify national policy issues on the use of natural attenuation as a remedy, and offer stakeholders from all constituencies the opportunity to comment upon the growing reliance upon natural remedies. This forum will address natural attenuation in the following context: When is natural attenuation appropriate as part of the remedy? How, over time, will we know if natural attenuation is working? What will be done in the event that natural attenuation does not work as planned? At the end of the forum, CPEO will compile a summary report of citizen concerns and comments for regulatory agencies, responsible parties, and stakeholder groups. The report will help to ensure that the use of natural attenuation in cleanup programs will meet the needs of affected communities. Please see the following pages for information on registration, travel, lodging, and travel scholarships. ------------------------------------------------------------------- PROGRAM SCHEDULE* Sunday, August 30-Advisory Board Members' Symposium 2 - 5 PM How Can Local Community Members Influence National Policy? CPEO is sponsoring this special session, for public stakeholder participants, as a discussion devoted to national issues affecting local communities . . . and, if everyone is good, we'll try to organize a dinner in the city after the symposium! Monday, August 31-Day 1 8 - 9 AM Registration 9 AM - 12 PM Morning Session, Welcome & Introduction, Panel I, Q&A, General Discussion 12 - 1 PM Lunch 1:15 - 5:30 PM Afternoon Session, Panel II, Q&A, General Discussion, Breakout Groups, Report Back 5:30 PM Reception Tuesday, September-Day 2 8:30 AM - 12 PM Morning Session, Brief Re-Cap of Day 1, Panel III, Q&A, General Discussion 12 - 1 PM Lunch 1:15 - 5 PM Afternoon Session, Panel IV, Q&A, General Discussion Breakout Groups, Final Report Back 5 PM Adjourn Panel Discussions* Natural Attenuation of Contaminants-fuels, VOCs, inorganics, stakeholder perspective Introduction to Groundwater Contamination-groundwater overview, groundwater regulatory policy history, the importance of cleaning up groundwater Regulator and Community Response-federal-, state-, and local-government, and stakeholder experience Groundwater Cleanup Technologies-conventional methods, bioremediation, monitoring technologies, technologies & stakeholders Speakers Invited forum speakers include: Tad McCall (Deputy Asst. Sec. for the Air Force, Envir. Safety and Occup. Health), Felicia Marcus (USEPA Region IV Administrator ), Todd Weidemeier (Assoc. Tech. Dir., Parsons Engineering Science), Lenny Siegel (Dir., CPEO), and many others. -------------------------------------------------------------------- TRAVEL & LODGING INFORMATION Lodging Arrangements A block of rooms for this event are being held at the Westin Hotel. We have negotiated a group discount rate of $92 per night. To ensure this rate, all lodging reservations at the Westin must be made by August 10th. After that date, we cannot guarantee the group rate and rooms will be reserved only on a space-available basis. Please call the Westin Hotel at 650-692-3500, weekdays 7 AM - 5 PM (PDT); at other times call 800-228-3000 to reserve a room. For the group discount rate, please state that you are calling about the Center for Public Environmental Oversight event. CPEO will arrange all lodging for those receiving travel scholarships. Travel Information For those arriving by plane, the Westin Hotel is located 2 miles south of the San Francisco International Airport. The hotel has a free shuttle to and from the airport every 30 minutes. A hotel courtesy phone is located at each baggage claim area. Traveling north or south on Highway 101 take the Millbrae Avenue East exit to the Old Bayshore Highway and then right to the hotel (see map below). Check-in for the forum will be outside the Westin Ballroom beginning at 8:00 AM. Please be there early to take advantage of a continental breakfast We hope this helps. We look forward to seeing you. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Green at 415-904-7751, or by Email at email@example.com. ------------------------------------------------------------------- REGISTRATION FORM In order for us to know how much food to order, have name tags made up for everyone, and to compile a comprehensive list of attendees, we need your RSVP. After registering, you will receive a confirmation packet with a detailed agenda, and travel and scholarship materials. Due to funding we are limiting the number of attendees to 400 people. If you are able to attend please fill out the form below and return it via post, fax or Email as soon as possible. If you are applying for a Travel Scholarship, you must register by August 10, 1998. Attn. Jeff Green Center for Public Environmental Oversight 425 Market St. 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94105 Phone: 415-904-7751 Fax: 415-904-7765 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please put an (X) next to the days that you plan to attend: Sunday, Aug. 30-Advisory Board Members' Symposium Monday, Aug. 31-Conference Day 1 Tuesday, Sept. 1-Conference Day 2 Name: Title: Affiliation (or Advisory Board): Address: City: State: Zip: Day Phone: Day Fax: Home Phone: Home Fax: Email: Are you requesting a travel scholarship? No Yes (see Scholarship Application) Do you have any special needs (e.g. vegetarian meals, special accommodations)? Please explain: Please put an X next to appropriate categories: RAB/SSAB Member Envir. Organization Tribal Representative State/Fed. Regulator Federal Agency State/Local Govt. Military Tech Developer Contractor Academia Other: ---------------------------------------------------------------------- COMMUNITY TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION CPEO wishes to encourage community stakeholder representation from each state. To ensure broad participation, there is NO registration fee for this conference. We are offering a LIMITED number of travel scholarships on a first-come-first-served basis to community participants, RAB/CAB/SSAB members,and members of a sovereign Indian Nations. Travel scholarships will be provided in the form of government travel orders: Travel CPEO and USAF will subsidize and book air travel, and provide tickets directly to scholarship recipients at no charge. The Westin Hotel provides a free airport shuttle service that runs every 30 minutes. Lodging CPEO will make lodging arrangements based on arrival and departure dates. Scholarship recipients must pay the up-front lodging costs at a group rate of $92/night, but will be fully reimbursed. Meals Scholarship recipients must also cover up-front meal costs, but will be reimbursed at the government rate of $42/day. Important: Scholarships are limited to 3 days/2 nights for western U.S. participants, and 4 days/3 nights for eastern U.S. participants. The scholarships do not provide for car rentals, phone calls, or other incidental expenses. Please contact Jeff Green at 415-904-7751 or by Email email@example.com with any questions on travel scholarships or registration. Please complete and return this form with your registration by 12 PM (EST) on August 10. 1998. Name: Social Security No. (required *): Full Address: Phone: Fax: Email: Affiliation (or Advisory Board): The following information will be used to facilitate the booking of flights. Our travel agent will try to accommodate preferred flight times and seating, but we cannot guarantee availability. The agent will contact recipients directly to make final reservations. Home Airport: Seating Preference: Window Aisle Please put an X next to the flight date and preferred time for both your departing and returning flights: Departure Date: Sun 8/30 Tue 9/1 Preferred Time: before 10AM 10AM - 2PM 2 PM - 6 PM after 6 PM Return Date: Mon 8/31 Wed 9/2 Preferred Time: before 10AM 10AM - 2PM 2 PM - 6 PM after 6 PM * A Social Security number is required for reimbursement of any individual traveling on government travel orders. Without this information, we will be unable to process your application.
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