Regional Technology
   Transfer Through
      October 1988
        Developed by the
   Human Resources Development Division
   Office of Human Resources Management
   U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


    EPA has a number of ways of transferring its technology to others;
training is probably our premier tool.  Earlier this year I made a
commitment to find out what's going on in the Regions in the area of
technology transfer  through   training,  and  this compendium
represents the results  of our first effort.  The amount and variety of
training activities occurring in the Regional offices is truly impressive.

     We wish to express our appreciation to the Regional Institute
contacts,  technology transfer focal points,  program office  training
coordinators, State contacts and others who provided much  of the
information contained in this compendium.  We  have  included two
appendices which list the Institute contacts and technology transfer
focal points for your information.

    The Human  Resources  Development Division has been given the
lead responsibility to manage the training component of the Agency's
technology transfer effort, and we work  closely with the Agencywide
Technology Transfer  Staff.  We have created  this  compendium
primarily to serve the needs of Agency personnel who are involved  in
the technology transfer  effort and need to know the status of our
ongoing training activities with the States.

     The  compendium's purpose is to make you aware of training
activities that other offices and Regions are engaged in that may be of
interest to you  or your State partners.   We expect the  EPA-State
partnerships in your offices  and  Regions to be strengthened by  taking
advantage  of training others have developed and found useful.  The
whole  effort  of transferring technology  and  training to the States
depends on your willingness to find new ways to meet your own and
the States' needs. This compendium should provide you with  ample
opportunity to identify  different approaches to sharing training.
Please  feel free to share this compendium with the States.

     We recognize that this effort may not have captured all  of the
training activities taking place between the Regions  and  States.  For
that reason, this compendium will  be updated as we learn of new and
different training efforts  occurring.   Our  goal is to present this
information so that it is most  useful to you.  Please call  us with
suggestions for improving the compendium and with any additions you
have to it.
                                      Weiss, Director
                      Human Resources Development Division
                      Office of Human Resources Management


Institute Activities
    Region I has a solid Institute in place which coordinates training
for all offices in  the Region.  The Institute publishes a comprehensive
catalog  of training offered in the Region and will produce a separate
"mini- catalog" of courses that  are  open to State participants.  The
Region is working to create an information network with the States to
determine what  courses they offer which EPA employees could take,
and what training State employees can take from the Institute.  For
more information about the Institute, contact Georgie Bishop, Institute
Director, at FTS 835-3393.

        Emergenc Resonse Courses
     Some of the most popular courses with the States,  as in most
Regions, are the courses offered by the Environmental Response Team
(ERT)  which works through a contractor to take  10-12 courses per
year to each Region.  Two of these courses, the Personnel Protection
and Safety and the Hazardous Materials for First Responders courses
frequently have 70-80% State participation with an average State
participation in ERT courses of at least 50%.   ERT sends out  a
training calendar to the Regions which in turn distribute the calendars
to the  States.  This training information is also included in OSWER's
training  calendar which is widely circulated throughout the Agency.
Call Tom Sell, ERT Training Coordinator,  at FTS 684-7537 for more

Laboratory Activities
     In addition, the New England Regional Laboratory trains State
employees both through formal courses  coordinated through  the
Regional Institute, and through informal hands-on training in the lab
or on-site in the State. For example, State  employees may come to the
lab for one week to learn about new technology or equipment, or lab
personnel may visit a plant to instruct State  employees in how to
conduct tests. Call Ed Conley, lab director, at 617-860-4315 for more

Active Associations
   Region I also has a highly developed network of associations which
offer training to their State members and frequently work with EPA to
develop and deliver courses.  The Northeast States for Coordinated Air
Use Management  (NESCAUM)  is  an association  of the  air quality
managers from eight states which identifies the training needs of its
members and  works  to meet them,  either through  seminars on
emerging issues or specific course development. For example,   Region
I  and  NESCAUM jointly developed a toxic  modelling  course  for
NESCAUM members  which EPA  offers  to other  states  as well.
NESCAUM also has worked with  ORE)  to develop  a  course  for

inspectors to prevent accidental releases.  For more information, call
Mike Bradley, director, at 617-367-8540.

    The New England Interstate. Water Pollution Control Commission
(NEIWPCC) is another association which offers training to its members
and EPA and apprises the Institute of its offerings.  It also makes its
members aware of EPA training when  it receives  the  Regional
Institute's catalog,  and is working with the Region to more closely
coordinate their training efforts.  For more information,  call  Rom
Poltac at 617-367-8522.  Call Norm Willard at 617-367-8858 for
information  on  the New  England  Waste Management  Officials
Association (NEWMOA.)

Next Steps
   A next step for the Institute will be to work with the States to  take
training out to them, share materials  with them, and develop courses
through local universities. Call Georgie Bishop at FTS 835-3393 for
more  information.


Institute Activities
    The Institute is aware of most of the training put on by program
offices and maintains an informal network of program office contacts
to track training.  It publishes a quarterly Regional training calendar
and training course updates, and facilitates some training scheduling.
While most of the training States want is offered  by program offices,
the Institute is  aware of States' interest in other areas such  as the
introductory  and Superfund-oriented  enforcement negotiation skills
courses which  are  offered alternately  in five  Regions each year.  In
fact,  the  contractor working  with the Office  of Enforcement and
Compliance Monitoring (OECM) on the negotiation skills development
workshop  will  be  teaching  the  same course  to the  State  of
Pennsylvania this winter, and EPA staff will probably help teach it. Call
Renelle Rae,  OECM,  at FTS 475-8777 for more information on the
enforcement courses.  Jane Thomas of the Regional Institute can be
reached at FTS 264-0593 for information on other  Regional training.

 Risk Assessment Courses
     The risk assessment courses have  also been  popular with the
States.  The Region trained its own people in these  courses this year
and will focus on training the States in FY 89.  ORD is also working on
a course in risk assessment guidelines to offer the States.  In addition,
the Region offers training in the Integrated Risk Information System
(IRIS) to States and plans to train universities and other  interested
parties  in  a shortened version of the course.  Call Alice Jenik, the
Region's technology transfer focal point, at FTS  264-4296 for more

Groundwater Courses
    Groundwater courses are very popular with the States in Region II.
Several States are taking  training offered by Headquarters  through a
contractor  in wellhead protection area delineation.  In a course  on the
fundamentals   of  groundwater  contamination.  State employees
comprised  30% of the participants, and in one instance the Region
was able to offer the course at a local college campus to 200 people,
producing  savings of $70,000  by training many people at  one time.
The U.S. Geological Survey taught a course in geographical information
systems training to the Region.  The Region  currently is planning a
geophysics course  to be  taught  by an  EPA employee both  in the
Regions and in  the  States.   Call  Lisa  Voyce, Water Management
Division, for more information at FTS 264-5635.

Title HE Education Efforts
    Like other Regions, Region II has invested much effort in educating
State  and local  governments, industry and the  public in Title  III.  A
basic  course in community relations concepts and skills was offered to
Regional and State employees,  and State employees comprised  a full

25-30% of participants in a workshop on the technical  assistance
grants program.  Call Lillian Johnson, Office of External Programs, at
FTS 264-7054 for more information.

Emergency and Remedial Response
   Region II also takes advantage of the full range of courses offered by
the Headquarters OSWER office, as do most Regions.  For example,
several  Superfund-specific courses developed in Headquarters have
been  delivered in the Regions to joint Regional and State  audiences,
such  as a remedial  investigation feasibility study workshop,  and a
regional groundwater modelling workshop.  In addition, States often
host courses offered by the Environmental Response Team. The host
State gets 50% of the  slots in the  course  for its students,  and the
Region and  other States take the remaining slots.  Call Peter Ucker,
Emergency  and  Remedial Response Division, at FTS 264-6324  for
more  information.


Institute Activities
    The Regional Institute is preparing a list of all the courses planned
for FY 89 to share among the program offices and with the States.  It
plans to designate which courses are open to State participants and to
provide  a  contact  person  for the States to call.  In  addition, the
Institute plans to publish a monthly training calendar and to establish
a training committee with representatives from each program office in
order  to share information and more  closely  coordinate  their
activities. Call Larry Merrill or Eileen Burrows, Regional Institute,  at
FTS 597-8924 for more information.

Joint Training Efforts with State and Local Governments
    The Institute has met with trainers from the District of Columbia
(DC)  to share materials   developed  for some  administrative  and
management courses such  as secretarial training programs, and  to
discuss other areas in which they can share  training.  In addition, DC
is talking  with the Hazardous  Waste  Management  Division  about
sending some of its employees to  Regional courses. Maryland has also
expressed an interest in reviewing the Region's  calendar to identify
courses of interest to its employees.

    Pennsylvania, Delaware  and the city of Philadelphia frequently take
advantage of being located near the Regional office by participating in
training there. Project officer and contract administration courses are
popular with State and local governments, as are courses offered by
the program offices.  Call Larry Merrill or Eileen Burrows at FTS 597-
8924 for more  information  on these training efforts.

Working with Local Colleges
    In the past, the Regional Institute has organized focus groups from
the program offices to meet  and discuss what topics they would like to
have covered in a given course, e.g.,  an emergency response course
for the Hazardous Waste Management Division.  The  Institute then
organizes a meeting with local colleges to solicit proposals to  meet
these training  needs.  The  schools work with  EPA to develop course
proposals and submit them for approval.  They then offer the courses
on  a  semester basis for EPA employees and others to take.  These
courses reach a larger audience,  including State and local personnel,
than the Region could on its own by offering  the courses internally.
Call Larry  Merrill or Eileen Burrows  at FTS 597-8924 for more

Technology Transfer Initiatives
    The Regional technology transfer focal point has recently published
a Technical Assistance Directory of various technology transfer efforts
going  on in the Region.   An example of these efforts  is the risk
assessment training that was developed in  the Region  and given to

more than 50 Regional, State and local employees over the last two
years.  The Region taught the whole risk training module to the State
of Virginia.   It plans to  offer the  Headquarters-developed risk
assessment courses to the States this year.  Contact Sam Rotenberg in
the Waste Management Branch at FTS 597-2842 for more information.

     Another  example is  the Pretreatment of Industrial Wastewater
Workshop offered by the Water Management Division to municipalities;
and  some State personnel  in  preventing  excess discharges of
industrial wastewater into sewage treatment plants.  Next fiscal year,
this training will be provided to the States of Pennsylvania and Virginia
to educate them about pretreatment,  their responsibilities under the:
delegated program,  and how to conduct industrial user investigations.
In a recent meeting with the Region, Maryland  and Pennsylvania.,
Maryland shared its experiences in this area in an  attempt to prepare
Pennsylvania for starting  its own program.  Call John  Lovell  at FTS
597-6279 for more  information.

     Several universities  in  the Region have formed consortia with
institutions in Region V to apply to become one of the five Hazardous
Substance Research Centers  being  developed under Superfund.
Headquarters OSWER has paired each Region with a partner Region to
ensure that the five Centers are evenly placed throughout the country.
These centers will  spend $100-150,000 each year  for five years to
develop programs to train hazardous waste workers.  For example, a.
center might develop a videotape to train EPA and State Superfund
employees or organize a  network to distribute research and  training
information. Call Roland Schrecongost, Hazardous Waste Management
Division, at FTS 597-9492 for more information.

    In a separate effort, the Hazardous Waste Management Division is
establishing a  technology transfer and training  center to consolidate;
all training information into one database,  and organize its technical
documents into an easy-to-use reference system.   It will coordinate
this  effort with the Regional Institute.  For more information,  call
Joanne  McKernan at FTS 597-8182.

     The Region is working to  launch an Institute for Cooperative
Environmental Management  (ICEM) to pool the talents of industry,
government, academia and the public to facilitate joint environmental
activities.  The  Institute would focus  on disseminating information,
offering training, conducting joint R&D efforts, developing educational
programs in schools, and  sharing planning.   The  Executive Board of
the  Institute  will  meet   in  October  1988 to flesh out  its future
activities.  For more information on this and other  technology transfer
and  training efforts listed in the Technical Assistance Directory, call
Greene  Jones,   the Regional technology transfer focal point,  at FTS
597-4532 or Norm Kulujian, ORD Region  III representative,  at FTS


Institute Activities
    The Institute functions as a clearinghouse of training information
and publishes bi-annual calendars of courses offered in the Region. It
sends these calendars to  State training contacts and facilitates State
employees signing up for courses where there is room available.  Some
courses have spaces reserved for State  employees, while  others
operate on a first-come/first-serve basis.  The Institute is seeking to
consolidate training calendars with the program offices, and the Waste
Management Division has recently appointed three contacts to form a
training committee  with the Institute to  coordinate the division's
training and target  it to the appropriate Regional,  State and local
audience.   For more information on the Institute, call Rich Nawyn at
FTS 257-3486.

Training Activities with the States
    Since travel costs to Atlanta  prevent many States from  sending
employees to the Regional office for training, the Region offers several
courses on-site in the States. In addition to the hazardous materials
courses offered  on-site by the Environmental Response Team and
Headquarters OSWER, the  Environmental  Services Division  (ESD)
teaches courses in the States on how to  sample at hazardous  waste
sites.   ESD  also offers courses in the  states on trouble-shooting
wastewater treatment facilities and   compliance  monitoring.  In
addition, the  Waste Management Division  offers a risk  assessment
decision-making course in  the Regional office which  States have
attended,   and  it has trained the  States to put  on  the  course
themselves.  The division will make a staff member available to  support
States in their first efforts to train  their own employees this year.  For
more information, contact Rich Nawyn  at FTS 257-3486.

Innovative Training Initiatives
     There are  several new efforts underway in the Region to  get
training out to a wider audience.   The Hazardous Waste Management
Institute at East Tennessee State University opened in June  1988 to
serve  as a national center to  provide short-term  technical training
relating to Superfund activities to Federal, State and  local employees;
long-term  academic  training  in  a Masters program;  and  special
research projects. This institute is supported by the entire Agency,
not just Region  IV.  Call  George Moien, Director (on IPA from Region
IV), at  615-929-4429 for more information.

     In addition, the Region is planning to open a RCRA training
institute at Mississippi State University  to offer a range of courses
from  basic  orientation  to  more  specific  implementation  and
compliance  activities.  The  institute  will offer a two-week  annual
course for new compliance employees to at least 35 State and Regional
employees  each  year.   More courses  may be  offered as  Mississippi

State works with the  Region and States to develop materials  ami
curricula.  The institute  will be jointly funded by Region IV and the
States.  Call Otis Johnson, Waste Management Division, at FTS 257-
3016 for more information.

    As the lead Region for enforcement,  Region IV is hoping to pilot a
State inspector training course to be a model for other Regions as they
begin  to  implement this newly-ordered Agency- and State-wide
training program.  Call Tom  Nessmith, Region IV technology transfer
focal point, at  FTS 257-7109  for more information.

     Region IV also  has  a contract with the University  of Florida to
administer a program using funds pooled from  the States' 105 air
grants to pay for travel and per diem associated with training for State
employees. The States found in the past that they frequently ran out
of travel funds before their staffs received necessary training.  Under
this arrangement, the States pool roughly $100,000 each year to pay
for air-related training,   such as a  workshop at Georgia Tech in
asbestos removal,  or a New  Source Review workshop in the Region.
128 State and local  employees benefited from this program in FY 87.
Call  Bruce Miller, Air Programs Branch,  at  FTS 257-2864 for more

Medical Monitoring
     Finally, the Institute has developed a field safety  and medical
monitoring system to track category I-III employees who are required
to take these training courses.  The Institute is willing to  share a copy
of its computer program  with other Regions.   Contact Rich Nawyn a.t
FTS 257-3486 for more information.


Institute Activities
     The Institute  keeps track of some training taking place  in the
Region, although not all program office training is coordinated with
the Institute.  The Institute is encouraging the program offices to let it
know about training activities with the States so that it can coordinate
the various outreach efforts to the States, academia, and the private
sector.   It plans to  accompany the program offices on their annual
visits to the States this year in order to talk with States about their
training needs.  The  Region's technology transfer focal point will also
work out of the Institute so that these activities will be coordinated.
Call Ric Sims or Bob Thayer, Regional Institute, at FTS 886-7535, or
Janet Mason, Regional technology transfer  focal point,  at FTS 886-
7501 for more information.

Computer Training for the States
    States come to the Region to take computer training courses in the
various database systems used in  the Agency.  In addition, since many
States cannot afford  to travel to  the Regional office  to  take  training,
the  Region is working with  a contractor  to offer some computer
courses off-site  in  a  central location more convenient to the States.
Call Janet Mason, technology transfer focal point,  at FTS 886-7501 for
more information.

State Participation in Waste Management Division Training
       States come to 80% of the courses offered  by the  Waste
Management  Division. The division mails catalogs listing its courses,
including  Environmental  Response Team courses,  community
relations courses, risk assessment courses and others to the States to
advertise them.  It also issues individual course announcements six to
eight weeks before courses start to its State contacts.  Frequently
States comprise 10-15% of the classes, and  States sometimes ask for
special  courses  to  meet  their specific training needs.  The division
provides courses, videotapes,  assistance in developing courses,  and
any other help it can  to meet the States' needs.  The division plans to
send its training coordinator to the States this year to let them know
what training and assistance is available.   It also will  coordinate its
courses closely  with  the  Institute to produce a unified  catalog,  and
plans to share needs assessment information it learns from  its State
visits with the Institute.

     In FY 89, the division plans to work with  the  State of Indiana
Department of Environmental Management  to develop  a soil/glacial
geology course which  a State employee will teach.  It will be offered to
other States and the Region in the Regional office, then may be offered
in the States  if  there  is interest.  Alternately, EPA and Indiana may
train the  other States' trainers so they  can teach the course

     Popular  courses  with the  States over the past year included:
Introduction to Procurement under Superfund; RCRA Orientation;
Superfund  RI/FS Workshop;  CERCLA  Orientation;  and Skills
Development in RCRA/CERCLA Disputes.  Altogether, a total of 66
State employees received training.  For more information about these
courses,  call  Pat Easley, Waste Management  Division training
coordinator, at FTS 886-2775.

    Barbara Lambert of the Waste  Management Division is working to
develop a basic solid waste training program for the Indian tribes in
the Region.  Call her at FTS 886-6822 for more information.

Air Division Interaction with States
    The Air Pollution Training Institute out of RTP offers its  courses in
the Region and through the Illinois Institute of Technology  and other
avenues.  States take these courses along with Regional personnel.  For
example,  in an inspection procedures and safety course, 20 of the 36
participants were from  State and local governments.

     Other popular courses this year included:  Control of Particulate
Emissions; Combustion Evaluation  for Air Pollution Control;  Control of
Volatile Organic Compounds; and Control of Gaseous Emissions. All of
these courses had approximately 50% State and local participation,
and  a  total of 46  State and local employees were  trained altogether.
Call George Hurt,  Air Compliance Branch, at FTS 886-6822 for more


Institute Activities
     The Institute does not function as a central clearinghouse for
training information, but it is aware of courses offered by the program
offices which are popular with the States. The program offices invite
State  employees  to  participate  in  their classes,  or the  Institute
reserves  spaces in a course for States at the program offices' request.
The Institute does plan to include the States next year in its training
needs  assessment.  Call Cynthia Singletary  or Sally Bela, Regional
Institute, at FTS 255-6560 for more information.

Popular Courses with States
    There have been several highly specialized courses offered by ORD
in which States have participated.  For example, 30 State and 40
Regional  employees  recently attended a course  on the ecological
effects of toxic  substances.  Similarly,  50% of the participants in  a
course on investigation of groundwater contaminated by field activities
were State employees.  Other courses popular with the States were on
groundwater  hydrology, hazardous waste  landfills  design,  and
statistical sampling.

     Like most Regions,  Region VI is  experiencing significant State
participation in the risk assessment courses.   In fact, the Region is
planning to take the risk  assessment and decision-making course out
to the  States in the coming year.  In addition, the Office of Pesticides
runs an  expert witness course  in which more than  70%  of the
participants are from the States.

    The Regional technology transfer focal point is compiling a catalog
of courses offered  by both the  Institute  and the program offices, and
plans to share it with the States.  He also plans to visit each of the
States  to establish technology transfer contacts there.  He  expects the
Region to continue  to  share  ORD reports and other   technical
information and guidance  with these State contacts, as well as sharing
training.  Call the technology transfer focal point, Norm Dyer, at FTS
255-2270 for more information.

New Initiatives
    In  conjunction with the Agencywide Technology Transfer Staff, the
Region has recently  established the  EPA-University  of Texas  at
Arlington (UTA) Environmental Institute for Technology Transfer.
The Institute is a cooperative  effort between Region VI  and UTA to
support  the needs of the Region VI community in environmental
research,  education, and training programs.  It will set up a network
between EPA,  universities, industry and State and local governments
to work through academic institutions in the Region  to conduct joint
research projects and  training programs to help States and industry
better carry out  regulatory programs.

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     The Institute will not  directly teach courses but will provide
assessment tools  to the State agencies to help them identify their
training  needs;  develop courses and materials to respond to  these
needs; and develop programs to train Regional, State  and local staffs.
The  Institute  will then share  these  developed  curricula with  other
universities and community colleges to further ensure that training is
getting out to meet local  needs.   In addition, the  partners in  the
Institute   will  jointly  develop  research  agendas,  share  new
technologies, and provide a forum to address common concerns.   Call
Gerald Nieman (on IPAfrom EPA to UTA) at 817-273-2300  for more


Institute Activities
    The Institute publishes a quarterly training catalog and sends it to
the States.  It allows State employees to sit in on courses, especially
when a State has expressed a particular training need.  For example,
in the past when several States have expressed an interest in getting
ADP training from the Region, State people have come to the Regional
office for training and the Region has also gone out to provide training
in the States. This has occurred  frequently when the States needed
modifications to their data systems and training  in these system
changes.  Call Mary Melton or Marian Hess  at FTS 757-2821 for more
information on the Institute.

Technology Transfer
      When  the Region offers  formal courses like those from  the
Environmental Response Team or the Air Pollution Training Institute,
it normally invites the States to attend, and may even hold the courses
on-site in the States.  The Region also offers more informal training to
the States. It is setting up a library with self-study training materials
that Regional and State employees can use.  It has jointly developed a
slide  show on wetlands management with the State of Nebraska,  the
Army Corps of Engineers, and the Fish and Wildlife Service.  Finally,
the Region is considering expansion of its risk assessment  training
this year to include State soil conservation staffs.  Call Gene Ramsey,
Regional technology transfer focal  point, at FTS 757-2819 for more
information on these initiatives.

Joint Training Efforts with Kansas University
    The Region has a special relationship with Kansas University (KU)
wherein  KU  develops manuals  and  provides specialized training to
EPA and the States  in asbestos, air toxics monitoring for  inspectors,
and other areas.  KU was one of seven universities that received a seed
grant to develop  asbestos training courses. It has eight mobile training
facilities which travel into  the field  and teach  asbestos  removal
techniques.  Call Gene Ramsey at FTS 757-2819 for more information.

Waste Management Training
    The Waste Management Division has an extensive contract with the
Ecology  and Environment Technical Assistance  Team (TAT) which
accounts for much of the  training offered  in the Region and to  the
States.  The TAT coordinates a joint effort  by Region VII  and  the
Union Pacific Railroad to  teach a first responders  course.   The
audience for  this course is usually 20-25% State employees, 65-70%
local  employees, and 5-10% industry employees.  It is  offered at no
cost to the students.

    This initial course is followed by a more detailed hands-on course
for first responders, and  the   two  courses  are  each  offered


approximately 15 times per year. The contractor provides the States
with the course schedules,  and the States advertise the courses to
local agencies.  For more information on these courses and other
waste  management  training activities,  call  Bill  Keffer,  Waste
Management Division, at FTS 757-3720.


Institute Activities
    The Institute is working to centralize training and to include all
program offices' courses in its annual calendar.  It also publishes a
monthly newsletter, as well as special course announcements.   It is
working closely  with program  office contacts to  keep abreast  of
training going on  with  the States,  and plans  to  share its  annual
calendar with the States in the future.

      In addition, the Institute is working  to increase its  technical
understanding of the training offered by the program offices so it can
more  effectively market  these courses.  It wants to receive advance
schedules of program office training in order to advertise the courses
to States before they fill up.  The Institute lets States know if there are
spaces  still available in a  class,  and will take  registration over the
phone  to  facilitate the  States'  participation.   Call Mary Rogers,
Regional Institute, at FTS 564-1498 for more information.

Popular Courses with the States
    Risk training has been successfully taken to the States  this year.
The Region offered the  basic risk assessment course in  Colorado,
Montana, Utah and South Dakota to about 250 people,  and taught the
more  technical exposure assessment training to an additional 50. The
Region plans to train some State trainers to teach these risk courses.

     Whenever the Region offers training at its operations office in
Helena, Montana it invites the State  to attend.  These courses have
included project officer and contract administration training,  risk
assessment,  RCRA orientation, and  training in the Integrated Risk
Information System (IRIS).  Call Mary Rogers for more  information on
these courses at FTS 564-1498.

Technology Transfer Group
     The Region's  technology transfer focal point chairs a group  of
program office and  State contacts  involved in  the transfer  of
technology and training in the Region.  The Institute  participates in
the group  and uses it to identify mechanisms  to get training to the
States.  The group is planning to publish a directory listing the expert
staff contacts associated with various fields and subject areas in the
Region to share with the  States.

    In  addition,  the technology  transfer focal point has visited each
program office  to find out what they are doing in  the area  of
technology transfer.  Several of the initiatives from this list are
described below.  Call the technology transfer focal point, Jim Lehr, at
FTS 564-1441 for more information.

New Initiatives with Regional Academic Institutions
    The Region is working with the Colorado School of Mines on a pilot
program to provide  engineers  and geoscientists who  have project
management experience with the training they need to move into the
field of managing remediation of hazardous waste sites. This program
is part of a larger effort by the Region, States and others to retrain out-
of-work miners and energy workers into this field.   The Region is on
the  advisory  committee to evaluate this pilot program  and direct
future training efforts to meet government agencies' needs. The pilot
began earlier this year and will be completed this fall.

    Front Range Community College is adding an associate degree and
EPA courses to its  curriculum and will become a Center of Excellence
to train a much-needed applicant pool of hazardous waste technicians.
The Region  has shared training  materials with the  Center,  and
Regional personnel will teach some courses.   Rocky Mountain Junior
College is also developing as a  Center of Excellence to train sewage
treatment plant operators.  The Region has contributed grant money,
and Regional staff will be teaching some courses.

 Other Technology Transfer  Efforts
    The Region has taken a  course in biological  monitoring techniques
for  stream assessment to the States and trained four to six State
employees at each location.  In addition, the Region's inspectors often
join State  employees in conducting  their  annual  inspections of
wastewater and drinking water plants and train them in  proper

     The Region took an Incinerator Technology and Safety course to
the State of Utah last year  in response  to a special request from the
State.  Utah had six applications for new incinerators in one year, and
no one in the  State was adequately familiar with the field to review the
applications.   The Region taught a workshop for State employees and
the public to  educate them about  incinerator technology, and other
States came  to take the training as  well.

     Colorado State University is working closely with the Region to
develop an integrated pest management videotape on  the alternatives
to using pesticides.  It should be available this year.

    Call Jim Lehr at  FTS 564-1441  for information on  these and other
Region VIII technology transfer activities.


Institute Activities
    The Institute is well-coordinated and keeps abreast of the training
offered by the  various program offices.   It plans to hire a full-time
training  officer to establish  contacts with State  training  officers,
assess State training needs, and  explore how  the Region can meet
some of the States' most pressing needs. The Institute  publishes an
annual course  catalog  which  includes  program  office  training
information.  Call John Duff, Regional Institute, at FTS  454-8016 for
more information.

Popular Courses with the States
    Risk assessment and decision-making is  a very popular course and
has been offered to States both in-house and on-site. The University of
California (UC)  at Berkeley has been the site for some classes, and
UC has sent an individual on an IPA to EPA to facilitate the transfer of
risk training.   The  Region offers  the course every two  months  in
California  to an audience  of approximately 20  EPA and 20 State
employees.  The course delivery  facilitates team-building between the
Region and State and focuses  on problem-solving techniques and
hands-on  application  of the  material.  Call Bill Wilson,  Waste
Management Division,  at FTS 454-0960,  or John  Duff,  Regional
Institute,  at FTS 454-8016  for more information.

      Another  popular  course  with the States  has been  contract
administration, both for  project  officers and for supervisors; 15 State
and 20 EPA  employees have been trained so  far.   Enforcement
negotiation training is also of interest to  the  States,  which have
comprised 10% of the audiences in the classes taught  to date.  For
more information on State participation in Regional courses, call John
Duff at FTS 454-8016.

Air Training Initiatives with States
    The California Air Resources Board (ARB), comprised of the various
air districts in  the State,  has been working on a task force with the
Region's Air Management Division for the last two years to develop  a
series of training materials and videotapes to provide a uniform air
quality training  program for  air agency personnel, particularly field
inspectors.   The program  will consist  of three  levels of training
videotapes to be offered  to all the districts in the State.

    The first-year curriculum includes 14 courses in such areas as the
history of air pollution control and the Clean Air Act, climatology and
meteorology,  concepts of regulation development, inspector conduct
and  liability, field safety,  air  contaminants,  air  pollution control
equipment, sampling techniques, and other courses.   The task force
developed the materials,  the Region is paying for the videotapes, and
the  ARB  will  track individuals'  progress  through the training,


administer exams, and issue certificates to personnel who successfully
complete the training.  Three of the 14 first-year videotapes have been
developed,  and the rest are underway.

    The second-year training offers more advanced courses, such as
one  in paints and  coatings.   The third-year curriculum focuses on
more specialized topics such as asbestos training.  The Region expects
to reach over 200 air inspectors in the State of California alone,  not to
mention the air supervisors and other air personnel who will be taking
some of the  more general training.  The ARB arranged  with a local
university  to have  continuing education  units attached  to  these

    The Region is developing a workplan that involves  making  this
training available to other States in the future.   It is willing to share
the tapes with other Regions to distribute to their States.  In addition,
the ARB also offers other training courses which it advertises in a
quarterly newsletter.  The Region coordinates the training with  them,
and Regional staff frequently teach the courses.    Call Vickie Boothe,
Air Management Division,  at FTS 454-8923  for more information.

Technology Transfer
     The Region's technology transfer  focal point  is working closely
with the Institute to coordinate training efforts.  She participates in a
monthly meeting of training coordinators from the various program
offices,  and  is putting together a summary of technology transfer
activities going on in  the Region.  Call the  technology transfer focal
point, Marsha Harris, at FTS 454-0960 for more information.

Waste Training Initiatives with the States
    The Region has trained State  and EPA personnel in the past by
conducting seminars to educate  them about  Federal programs.  For
example,  the Region  launched  a RCRA educational campaign in
California in 1987 to explain what  hazardous waste is, who needs a
permit,  and  what  some  of  the   more  technical   permitting;
requirements are.

      Over time  the Region found it  increasingly difficult to offer
sufficient training to keep up with the frequent turnover in both State
and Regional staff.  As a  result, it is replacing this training with four
training modules  using  videotapes  and text materials which new
employees  can use at any time to learn about the hazardous  waste
program.   The first  module, on permitting, will be available this fall.

   In addition, the Waste Management Division is asking Headquarters
OSWER to offer its basic courses more  frequently so that new
employees  can more readily take the training they need.   Call  Bill
Wilson  at  FTS  454-8915 for more  information on waste training
initiatives with the States.


Institute Activities
     The Institute keeps track of the training offered throughout the
Region and publishes a monthly training bulletin listing all  courses.
States can take some of these courses, but the Institute does not send
the training bulletin to the States because most courses are targeted to
an EPA audience.  However, if a State hears about a course and wants
to participate, it is  included. The Institute may modify the bulletin in
the future to  list those courses of particular relevance to the  States
and send them this abbreviated bulletin. This effort will depend  in
part on how much  information on States' training needs the Region is
able to learn through its newly established network with State training
contacts.  It is currently relying on its program office contacts to learn
what training the States  need, and  it also gets information from the
Regional management's annual meetings with each State.  For more
information, call  Micheline Ward or Mike Manner, Regional Institute,
at FTS 399-2955.

Popular Training with States
    Much of the Regional training which States participate in is offered
at the Regional operations offices in each state which are housed  in
the same building as the  State offices.  These offices serve as liaisons
with the States to  convey the intent of Federal program, understand
State needs, and  help States with programs.  The States are invited to
take any training that is offered in the  operations offices, and it is
much less expensive for them to take training locally than to  travel to
the Regional office.

     The Region also is developing a negotiation  skills course jointly
with the State of Oregon for FY 89 to be a model of a joint State-EPA
training effort.   EPA will teach the  first  course, then train State
instructors  to teach it on their own.   This demonstration project will
model a process  to more effectively transfer training in a State-EPA
partnership.  Call  Micheline Ward, Regional Institute, at FTS 399-
2955 for more information on these efforts.

Occupational Health and Safety Courses
     The  Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) staff coordinate the
Environmental Response  Team courses having to  do with protection
and safety.  In addition, the staff members travel to the States to teach
a four-hour  segment  of the OSHA-required   annual  eight-hour
refresher training for EPA and State employees.  There are usually five
to seven EPA employees  in  a  class, and 18 to 20 State  employees.
Staff members also loan videotapes to the Region's operations  offices
and States to complete the other four hours of their training.  They
provide  quantitative respirator fit testing in  the States as well, since
many States do not have the equipment to test their own employees.


    The OHS staff also train lab workers in lab disposal techniques and
environmental  compliance at the Manchester lab.  They offer the
training once a year to new EPA and State workers, as well as offering
a refresher course for the rest of the staff.  The State employees
usually comprise 50% of these classes.

    In addition, the OHS staff offer a one-day field exercise every six
months at the laboratory for ESD and Washington State employees to
keep them familiar with wearing  protective clothing and  handling
equipment. They also  offer safety training for asbestos inspections and
respiratory protection.   The  staff members   are working with
Headquarters to develop a safety and health course on underground
storage tanks   to offer to  Regional,  State and local  government

    The OHS manager serves on an advisory board of experts to the
University of Washington (UW) and helped  UW get a grant to develop
training for hazardous materials workers across the country.  UW will
offer  an  annual  eight-hour  refresher  course  to  meet  OSHA
requirements; a three-day safety and health course for new employees;
an  eight-hour OSHA-required  course  for hazardous materials
supervisors; and a  correspondence course for industrial hygienists to
maintain  their proficiency.  Regional staff will help teach  some  of
these courses.  Call Ron Blair, Occupational Health and Safety manager,
at FTS 399-0370 for more information.

Technology Transfer and Training for the States
   The Region  has  trained its staff in the inspector training program
and is now ready to train the States.  It will use the course materials
developed  in Headquarters  and modify  them  to meet  the States'
needs.   The States  of Oregon and Washington are  particularly
interested in this training,  and the Region  will offer it in  conjunction
with the States'  own enforcement inspectors.   The  Region will
incorporate the  quality assurance sampling techniques training which
it has  offered  to the States in the past  into the inspector training

    The Region has also conducted in-stream biomonitoring  training
on-site in the States  of Idaho and Washington in the past, and may
expand this training to other States.  It is also preparing to take a risk
and  decision-making  course  out to the  States.   The  States have
expressed interest in  this course,  and some  State staff have already
been trained.  Call  Bob Courson,  the technology transfer focal point,
or Bill Schmidt, at  FTS 399-1295  for more information on these and
other technology transfer efforts.

                                                     Appendix A

                    EPA INSTITUTE CONTACTS
Jim Carr, Director
EPA Institute
PM 224
Washington, DC  20460
FTS 475-8047

Region I
Georgie Bishop, Training Officer
John F. Kennedy Building, Rm. 2203
Boston, MA 02203
FTS 835-3393

Region II
Jane Thomas, Training Officer
26 Federal Plaza, Rm. 937C
New York, NY  10278
FTS 264-0593
Larry Merrill, Chief of Resources Development Section
Eileen Burrows, Training Officer
841 Chestnut Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
FTS  597-8924

Region IV
Richard Nawyn, Employee Development Officer
345 Courtland Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA  30365
FTS  257-3486

Region V
Ric Sims, Human Resources Coordinator
Robert Thayer, Training Officer
230 Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL  60604
FTS  886-7535

Region VI
Sally Bela, Human Resources Management Branch Chief
Cynthia Singletary, Personnel Assistant
1201  Elm Street
Dallas,  TX 75270
FTS  255-6560

Region VII
Mary Melton, Human Resources  Management Officer
Marian Hess, Career Development Analyst
726 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
FTS  757-2821

Region VIII
Mary Rogers, Training Officer
999  18th  Street
Denver, CO 80202-2413
FTS  564-1498

Region IX
John Duff, Human Resources Development Officer
215  Fremont Street
San Francisco,  CA 94105
FTS  454-8016

Region X
Micheline  Ward, Training Officer
1200 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
FTS  399-2955

Las Vegas
Art Sandoval, Director of Personnel Management
P.O.  Box 98516
Las Vegas, NV  89193-8516
FTS  545-2414

Jane Chadbourne, Personnel Officer
Pam  Shank, Personnel Assistant
P.O. Box 25227, Building 53, DFC
Denver, CO 80225
FTS  776-5114

James McDuffie, Training Officer
Office of Personnel, MD-29
RTF,  NC 27711
FTS  629-4393

Ann Arbor
Carol Mick, Human Resources Assistant
2565 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
FTS 374-8220

Sandy Bowman, Director, Human Resources Management Division
Bob Schneider, Training Officer
26 West Martin Luther King Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45268
FTS 684-7801

                                                   Appendix B

Region I
Lester Sutton, Special Assistant to the Regional Administrator
EPA New England Regional Lab
60 Westview Street
Lexington, MA 02173

Region n
Alice Jenik, Chief
Policy and Program Integration Branch
26 Federal Plaza, Room 930
New York, NY  10278
FTS 264-4296

Region in
Greene Jones, Director
Environmental Services Division
841 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
FTS 597-4532

Region IV
Tom Nessmith, Chief
Policy Planning and Evaluation Branch
345 Courtland Street, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30365
FTS 257-7109

Region V
Janet Mason, Chief
Planning and Budgeting Branch
230 Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60640
FTS 886-7501

Region VI
Dr. Norman Dyer, Coordinator
Technology Transfer Group
Environmental Services Division
1445 Ross Avenue
Dallas, TX 75202
FTS 255-227O

Region VII
Gene Ramsey, Chief
Program Integration Branch, Office of Policy and Management
726 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
FTS 757-2819

Region VIII
Jim Lehr, Director
Environmental Services Division
999 18th Street, Suite 500
Denver, CO  80202-2405
FTS 564-1441

Region IX
Marsha Harris, Special Assistant
Office of  Assistant Regional Administrator for Policy and Management
215 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA  94105
FTS 454-0960

Region X
Robert Courson, Director
Environmental Services Division
1200 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA  98101
FTS 399-1295