Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
December 2006
PECFA Hydrogeologist Gena Larson Presents at Navy Technology Seminar

Gena Larson, a Senior Hydrogeologist with the Petroleum Environmental Clean-up Fund Authority (PECFA), was invited to present at the U.S. Navy's Fall 2006 Remediation Innovative Technology Seminar (RITS). Larson represented the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council's (ITRC) Sampling, Characterization, and Monitoring Team as well as the State of Wisconsin when she presented the topic of Direct Push Wells for Long Term Monitoring, and was the first state regulator to participate in a RITS Seminar as a presenter. Larson gave presentations in San Diego, CA, Silverdale, WA and Arlington, VA.

ITRC is a state-led coalition working together with industry and stakeholders to achieve regulatory acceptance of environmental technologies. ITRC consists of 46 states, the District of Columbia, multiple federal partners, industry participants, and other stakeholders, cooperating to break down barriers and reduce compliance costs, making it easier to use new technologies, and helping states maximize resources. ITRC brings together a diverse mix of environmental experts and stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to broaden and deepen technical knowledge and streamline the regulation of new environmental technologies.

ITRC accomplishes its mission in two ways: it develops guidance documents and training courses to meet the needs of both regulators and environmental consultants, and it works with state representatives to ensure that ITRC products and services have maximum impact among state environmental agencies and technology users.

Gena has been a member of ITRC's Sampling, Characterization and Monitoring team since 2005. The team developed the guidance document on Direct Push Wells for Long Term Monitoring that the training presented at RITS was based off of.

Remediation Innovative Technology Seminar (RITS) provides training on new and innovative technologies, methodologies, and guidance under the Navy's Environmental Restoration Program. The Naval Facilities Engineering command (NAVFAC) sponsors RITS in coordination with its Facilities Engineering Commands (FECs) and its Engineering Service center. RITS trainins serves as one of many ways the Navy promotes innovative technologies to achieve site restorations more efficiently, and with higher performance.

While the RITS is primarily for the Navy's Environmental Restoration and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) professionals, it is also available to other DoD personnel, the Navy's environmental cleanup contractors, and environmental regulators.

The Fall 2006 RITS training was a full day seminar. In addition to Direct Push, topics included Anaerobic Bioremediation Using Biobarriers, Uniform Federal Policy for Quality Assurance Project Plans, and the Munitions Response Program.

-- Tony Hozeny

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