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Battelle Researchers Contributing to ITRC Efforts

The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) compiles cutting-edge technical guidance on complex environmental issues to enable better environmental decision making. Battelle researchers are contributing to development of guidance documents and training materials for several critical ITRC topics. 

ITRC is a coalition of public and private entities—including state environmental regulators, industry representatives, academic institutions and other stakeholders—working together to “reduce barriers to the use of innovative environmental technologies that reduce compliance costs and maximize cleanup efficacy.” In order to further science-based decisions for environmental challenges, ITRC creates technical guidance documents that compile the best and most recent information on environmental topics. These documents, which are designed to guide regulatory and remediation decisions, cover dozens of critical and emerging environmental topics ranging from biofuels to vapor intrusion. Each guidance document is created by a team of experts from industry, academia and state regulatory agencies.  

Battelle has been an active member of ITRC’s Industry Affiliates Program (IAP) since 2008. Through the IAP, Battelle researchers provide support for the development of ITRC technical guidance documents and training programs. Battelle researchers are currently providing leadership on and contributing to several ITRC teams including Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (DNAPLs), poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and more. 

Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (DNAPLs) 
These heavy contaminants, which include chlorines and bromines used for dry-cleaning and industrial processes, do not dissolve readily in water. Because they are heavier than water, they sink rather than float. This makes them challenging to remediate and trace in the environment. Battelle Remediation Engineer Dr. Heather Rectanus contributed to the development of several of the DNAPL series guidance documents, including Mass Flux and Mass Discharge (MASSFLUX-1), Integrated DNAPL Site Strategy (IDSS-1) and Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization (ISC-1). Heather is currently a trainer for the IDSS and ISC guidance documents. The training teams are charged with development of training materials, including online courses and classroom training, to disseminate the knowledge distilled in the guidance document to regulators and industry stakeholders. 

Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
Battelle is also contributing to the development of fact sheets for poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a large class of chemicals found in firefighting foams and consumer products such as non-stick cookware, food packaging and water- or stain-resistant fabrics. Emerging research on the health impacts of PFAS exposure has made it a contaminant of concern, but there is little guidance available for PFAS characterization, monitoring or remediation. Battelle researchers Dr. Ramona Darlington and Andrew Barton are members of the ITRC PFAS Team developing fact sheets on PFAS testing, monitoring, treatment and toxicity that will provide a basis for a future guidance document. 

Over the last five years, Battelle staff members have been recognized for their contributions to ITRC teams. Heather was named IAP Team Member of the Year for her work on the Integrated DNAPL Site Characterization Team in 2013 and serves on the Characterization and Remediation in Fractured Rock Team, which won Team of the Year in 2015. Dr. Kate Kucharyzk and Pam Rodgers served on the Bioavailability in Contaminated Soil team, which won Team of the Year for 2016. Also in 2016, Les Clarke earned recognition as an Outstanding Team Member on the Quality Consideration for Multiple Aspects of Munitions Response Sites team for his role as a chapter lead. 

Below is a summary of the support that Battelle researchers provide for active ITRC teams: 

  • PFAS
  • Characterization and remediation in fractured rock
  • LNAPL update
  • Remediation management of complex sites 
  • Bioavailability in contaminated soil 
  • Quality consideration for multiple aspects of munitions response sites 
  • Remediation management of complex sites 
  • Evaluation of innovative methane detection technologies