Tribal Waste and Response Assistance Program (TWRAP): This program is funded by US EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response and has a broader mandate. Although TSWEAP activities focus primarily on solid waste and solid waste reduction, TWRAP covers additional areas of concern, such as brownfields, contaminated sites, hazardous materials, Underground Storage Tanks, and emergency response programs conducted by Native American communities and Alaskan Native villages. As part of TWRAP activities, ITEP:

  • coordinates a national steering committee of tribal professionals,
  • conducts the annual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum,
  • coordinates the Tribal Superfund Working Group
  • has developed the Tribal Hazardous Substance Website, and
  • puts out Full Circle, a bimonthly newsletter highlighting success stories on Tribal lands, ITEP activities, and announcements

The first online courses to be developed under the Tribal Waste and Response Assistance Program will be focused on Tribal Brownfields' programs.

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The Brownfields Tribal Response Program (TRP) Fundamentals course has been developed to provide tribes with an overview of the CERCLA Section 128(a) State and Tribal Response Program funding. After taking this course tribes will have the information needed to request CERCLA Section 128(a) State and Tribal Response Program funds with a draft work plan as described in the current EPA funding guidance. This course is also useful for new brownfields tribal employees to gain a better understanding of the program they are working in. It is recommended that participants complete ITEP’s Introduction to Brownfields online course for an overview of brownfields and tribal examples prior to beginning this online course.

This online course is equivalent to 0.5 CEUs and requires approximately 5 hours of total learning time. CEUs are earned by completing the following course modules; course content is also available on-demand for the casual learner:

  • Brownfields 128(a) Tribal Response Program (TRP) Overview
  • Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities
  • Brownfields TRP Funding Uses and Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions

After completing this online course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose and scope of the CERCLA Section 128(a) State and Tribal Response Program (TRP).
  • Identify the four elements of a TRP.  
  • Establish and maintain a public record system.
  • Describe the terms and reporting requirements of the CERCLA Section 128(a) State and Tribal Response Program.
  • Identify technical assistance and training opportunities.
  • Identify possible brownfields sites.

Presenters Include:

Rachel Lentz, EPA HQ OBLR

Mary Goolie, EPA Region 10

José García, EPA Region 9

Amy Jean McKeown, EPA Region 1

Mickey Hartnett, Kansas State University

Colette Santasieri, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Inacio Dayrit, Center for Creative Land Recycling

This Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 8-hour online course provides refresher training tribal environmental professionals who are exposed or potentially exposed to hazardous substances or health hazards. This HAZWOPER 8-hour refresher meets OSHA’s mandated refresher requirements under 29 CFR 1910.120 for participants who have successfully completed 24-hour or 40-hour HAZWOPER training and have maintained 8-hour refresher training each year since their initial training. It is crucial that employees receive proper prior off-site training and on-the-job training specific to their job duties. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure workers remain competent in activities specific to their job functions and determine if this training meets the needs for annual refresher trainingAdditionally, participants require site-specific hands on training, this responsibility remains with employers. The employer may determine that hands-on training is unnecessary for a refresher course, however, must assess the employees’ skill level, and ensure that workers remain competent in their current and any newly assigned duties. See http://bit.ly/HAZWOPERTrainingRequirements for more information.    

This course has been developed in collaboration with highly qualified subject matter experts and an experienced development and delivery team. Online course facilitators are available to answer questions through online discussion forums. This online course is equivalent to 0.8 continuing education units (CEUs) and requires a minimum of eight hours of total learning timeCEUs and a certificate of completion are earned by passing the final exam with a 70% or better and completing the following course modules: 

  • HAZWOPER Regulations, Training Requirements, and Medical Surveillance
  • Identifying Site-Specific Hazards 
  • Health and Safety Plans, Personal Protective Equipment, and Site Control 
  • Emergency Response 

 After completing this online refresher course, participants who have successfully completed initial training and maintained annual refresher trainings will be reacquainted with how to: 

  • Locate current OSHA HAZWOPER and Hazard Communication regulations and requirements. 
  • Determine HAZWOPER training and medical surveillance needed for their job duties. 
  • Identify incidents that may be relevant to their job duties. 
  • Locate resources to identify hazardous material markings, labeling, and placards and the hazards they present.  
  • Use the Emergency Response Guidebook to help manage hazardous material incidents. 
  • Use the NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards to determine toxicological information and human exposure limits to hazardous substances.
  • Explain the importance of the Health and Safety Plan. 
  • Identify the types and methods of air monitoring. 
  • Identify the four levels of personal protective equipment (PPE) and locate resources for choosing the correct PPE. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of site characterization and emergency response actions.
  • Explain the importance of implementing an Incident Command System (ICS).
  • Recognize characteristics of a work zone and site security measures (work practices to minimize risk from site hazards; proper use of engineering controls and equipment on site). 
  • Locate resources to identify the principles and levels of decontamination needed specific to their work site.  
  • Identify principles and levels of decontamination.

It is the employer's responsibility to ensure workers remain competent in activities specific to their job functions. 

Presenter: 

Eric Lindeman, Hazardous Materials Specialist

This short course will provide participants with: an understanding of what brownfields are, tribal examples of brownfields sites, a summary of brownfields funding sources, how tribes may be able to access brownfields funding, who was using brownfields grant money as of 2013, and contact information for free brownfields technical assistance available to tribes. 

This course has been developed from a public webinar delivered during ITEP’s 2014 Tribal Environmental and Planning online course. Special thanks to Campbell Environmental Group for the coordination of presenters, development, and delivery of the original webinar. This course is equivalent to 0.4 CEUs and requires approximately 4 hours of total learning time. CEUs are earned by completing the following course modules; course content is also available on-demand for the casual learner:

  • What are Brownfields?
  • Tribal Brownfields Examples
  • Tribal Brownfields Funding

After completing this online course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what Brownfields are.
  • Locate resources for identifying possible Brownfields sites.
  • Identify Brownfields grant programs that may be applicable to their tribe.
  • Understand the distribution of Brownfields funding.

Presenters include:

Dale Mitchell, Brownfields Program Coordinator, Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe

Amy Jean McKeown, Brownfields Project Officer, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Rich Campbell, Geologist, Campbell Environmental Group

Glenn Daukas, Campbell Environmental Group

Introduction to Rural Alaska Landfill Administrator (RALA) provides tribal environmental professionals in rural Alaska an introduction to the landfill management and operations and resources for additional training. The development of this short course was a collaborative effort between the Alaska Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA AK Chapter), Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), the Alaska Forum, Inc., Green Star, and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals. The presentations in this online training are part of an 8-hour RALA training and were originally recorded during the Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management in 2016. In-depth courses for Rural Alaska Landfill Administrator training are offered annually at the Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management by SWANA AK Chapter instructors. This online course is equivalent to 0.5 continuing education units (CEUs) and requires approximately five hours of total learning time. CEUs can be earned by completing the following course modules:

  • Introduction to Landfills, Administration, and Operations in Rural Alaska
  • Solid Waste Administration, Planning, and Budgeting Basics
  • Minimizing Waste in Your Landfill

After completing this online course, participants in rural Alaska will be able to:

  • Identify the classification and type of landfill in their community.
  • Recognize the top ten landfill issues.
  • Define landfill administrator’s and operator’s roles.
  • Identify basic administrative, planning, and budgeting needs for managing landfills.
  • Identify strategies for minimizing waste that fits their communities’ needs.
  • Identify best management practice for burning waste.

Instructors Include:

Ted Jacobson, Solid Waste Tribal Liaison, EPA/SEE Program/Alaska

Doug Huntman, Green Star Program Director, Alaska Forum

Stephen Price, Rural Landfill Specialist, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Solid Waste Program

Introduction to Hazardous Waste provides tribal environmental professionals with an introduction to identifying and managing hazardous waste that the tribe and facilities on tribal land generate. Additionally, this course will provide an overview of the three classes of generators for tribes to determine how the hazardous waste must be managed and includes a module specific to household hazardous waste. The development of this course was a collaborative effort between the US Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, Gila River Indian Community, the Alaska Forum, Green Star, NRC Alaska, Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals. This online course is equivalent to 1.5 continuing education units (CEUs) and requires approximately fifteen hours of total learning time. CEUs can be earned by completing the following course modules:

  • Identifying the Waste
  • Managing Hazardous Waste
  • Managing Household Hazardous Waste

 

After completing this online course, participants will be able to:

  • Locate resources for determining which wastes are regulated as solid waste, hazardous waste, and excluded.
  • Identify EPA and state regulations for managing the type of waste identified, including alternative management standards for special wastes.
  • Explain hazardous waste generator rules.
  • Understand the need for determining proper handling, storage, and shipment for hazardous waste generated on tribal land.
  • Inform their community about the risks associated with household hazardous waste.
  • Initiate best management practices for collecting, storing, and shipping household hazardous waste.
  • Locate resources for US Department of Transportation hazardous waste requirements.

Instructor:

Liz Blackburn, EPA Region 7 Air and Waste Management Division

Presenters Include:

Rudy Mix, Waste Program Manager, Gila River Indian Community Department of Environmental Quality

Dale Anderson, Environmental Quality Specialist, Gila River Indian Community Department of Environmental Quality

Paul Nielsen, Director of Sales & Marketing, NRC Alaska, LLC

Samarys Seguinot-Medina, DrPHc, MSEM, Environmental Health Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics