January 28, 2003
3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

On January 28, 2003, the following members of the Remediation Technologies Development Forum's (RTDF's) Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) Cleanup Alliance Core Team met in a conference call to discuss the NAPL Training package outline that has been developed by a group led by BP America, Inc. and the American Petroleum Institute (API) and involving some Alliance Core Team members:

Mark Adamski, BP America, Inc.
Jerry Breed, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Harley Hopkins, API
Jeff Hostetler, TriHydro CorporationMark Lyverse, ChevronTexaco Energy Research and Technology Company
John Meyers, The Retec Group, Inc.
Ali Tavelli, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality
Dick Woodward, Sierra Environmental Services, Inc.
Kathy Yager, EPA Technology Innovation Office (TIO)

Also participating were Dawn Kaback, Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), Carolyn Perroni of Environmental Management Support, Inc., and Christine Hartnett of Eastern Research Group, Inc. The call was held to prepare for a full Alliance Training Workgroup conference call that was scheduled for later in the week.


During the summer of 2002, Mark Adamski said, some RTDF NAPL Cleanup Alliance team members delivered presentations at a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Refinery conference held in Denver, Colorado. Several Region 6 and Region 8 regulators attended the conference. These regulators, Adamski said, indicated that there is much need for a training program that (1) describes the technical aspects of NAPL distribution and mobility, (2) corrects common misconceptions about NAPL, and (3) outlines the most recent thinking on NAPL conceptual models. Adamski said that some NAPL Alliance members who were present at that meeting decided to respond to this need; in fact, late in the year, they, along with regulators from several states that currently do not participate in the Alliance, started meeting regularly (via conference call) to develop a training program. Through these conversations, the team decided that the training should consist of four modules: Module 1 (The Basics), Module 2 (NAPL Management), Module 3 (Advanced Topics), and Module 4 (Modeling).

Until now, Adamski said, only a few of the NAPL Cleanup Alliance's Core Team members (primarily the industry representatives who went to the Region 6/8 meeting and Randy Breeden) have been involved with the training program's development. The most up-to-date version of the training program's outline was presented at the Alliance's Core Team meeting, which was held in Austin, Texas, in late January 2003. During the meeting, the Alliance's Core Team agreed that, since the final training package is intended to be an Alliance product, the Core Team should become more involved to ensure that the final training package is consistent with the Alliance's NAPL Management Decision Framework (NMDF) and can receive the RTDF's stamp of approval. Thus, a formal RTDF Training Workgroup was formed; it includes members of the original training development group and additional Alliance Core Team members. Workgroup members scheduled this conference call to discuss the status of Modules 1 and the content and organization of Module 2, and to identify a path forward for the training program's development.


Adamski said that an outline has been created for Module 1 and that Barbara Padlo (of BP America, Inc.) is creating a script and a set of presentation slides. BP America, Inc., has agreed to deliver technical NAPL training to Region 4 in the near future and expects to use the material Padlo is producing. As a result, BP is interested in completing Module 1 soon. If the RTDF Core Team is not comfortable endorsing the version that BP America submits to Region 4, Adamski said, Module 1 can be revised and re-released later. Ali Tavelli said that she has reviewed the outline for Module 1 and does not have comments at this time. She and other call participants agreed to review Module 1 after receiving a complete set of the module's slides and script.


Adamski and Mark Lyverse provided background information on Module 2's evolution. This module, they said, was not included in the training program's original strawman. After developing some of the technical content, some of the training program's developers recommended including information about NAPL management, arguing that this information would help put the technical information into context. The intent of Module 2, Adamski said, is to show trainees why it is important to understand the technical material presented in Module 1. A draft strawman for Module 2 was reviewed and discussed on January 7, 2003. During the review, Lyverse said, regulators said that the strawman was slanted toward industry's perspective and that it failed to address dissolved phase and vapor issues. Given these concerns, Lyverse said, the regulators suggested redeveloping the strawman. This task, which has already been initiated, has been assigned to Tom Sale (of Colorado State University).

Adamski asked the RTDF Training Workgroup call participants for some feedback on the "January 7" version of the Module 2 strawman. The following was offered:

Lyverse noted that members of the Training Workgroup plan to meet (via conference call) on January 30, 2003. Call participants agreed to look at the Module 2 outline in more detail prior to the call and to offer additional comments at that time. The comments offered during the January 30th call will be used to create a revised Module 2 strawman. This new strawman will then be circulated for review. Tavelli recommended waiting until there is consensus on the new strawman before translating the outline into a slide presentation.