15 Years of Advancing Environmental Solutions
The 2010 Fall Meeting was held October 25-29 in St. Louis, Missouri.
It offered environmental professionals from across the country an opportunity to network and collaborate on innovative approaches to solving environmental challenges. This year, ITRC celebrated "15 years in Advancing Environmental Solutions." As a collective community, we have been opening doors for new technologies and approaches across many environmental areas since 1995.
This week-long meeting featured outstanding plenary and panel sessions and workshops, as well as ITRC team meetings. Highlights included a retrospective look at ITRC’s accomplishments to date and a prospective look at the newest advances in remediation.
Plenary Session – This session offered environmental professionals from across the country an opportunity to network and collaborate on innovative approaches to solving environmental challenges. Leading environmental experts shared their states' experiences with the Gulf Oil Spill and explored the current technologies and approaches for oil clean up, including the technical areas where further work is still needed. In addition, the plenary session offered an array of technical presentations from leaders in the field on solutions to other environmental challenges as well as an introduction to ITRC’s first web based technical and regulatory guidance document developed by the Mining Waste Team. ITRC leadership held Co-Chair elections and recognized this year’s award winners.
Workshop - "Everything You Need to Know About Munitions Response and More" – In the next 10 years, munitions sites across the country will be investigated and restored, with expenditures in the billions of dollars. In order to participate in the munitions response process, state environmental regulators should be familiar with the newest processes and technologies for munitions detection and discrimination. This workshop, facilitated by US EPA and DoD, provided basic information on munitions response processes and detailed innovative detection, discrimination, and classification technologies by experts in the field. A group discussion on potential new munitions projects for ITRC was held at the end of the workshop.