CERCLA & Brownfields
The ASTSWMO Remedial Action Focus Group developed a report on Interim Records of Decision (Interim RODs). This report is to provide information to States and to EPA regarding the use of Interim RODs at sites subject to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) also known as Superfund.
ASTSWMO’s Site Assessment Focus Group facilitated the collection of nationally representative data about States’ use of, and recommendations for, the Site Assessment Program tools. Based on information obtained from States regarding the Site Assessment process, the Focus Group developed this report to present key findings.
ASTSWMO’s Site Assessment Focus Group developed a National Priorities List (NPL) Designation report, which presents results from a research project analyzing States’ views regarding whether additional NPL top-priority designations would be beneficial, and information about unsuccessful site listings.
The National Brownfields Conference will take place December 5-7, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. Registration is now open. For additional information, please check out their website (http://brownfields2017.org/).
Hazardous Waste & Materials Management
Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training
ASTSWMO’s Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Subcommittees organized a very successful 2017 Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training, which was held on August 15-17, 2017 in Oklahoma City, OK. Plenary sessions addressed disaster debris management; industry perspectives on current and future hazardous and non-hazardous waste issues; and EPA guidance on post-closure care for RCRA Subtitles C and D. Additional plenary sessions featured a Young Professionals Panel, with panelists from a State, EPA and industry, that attendees found particularly engaging, and the topic of Problematic Wastes spurred a good exchange of State issues and experiences on a variety of wastes. Breakout sessions focused on various hazardous waste and materials management program topics, and a “Radiation 101” was presented by members of ASTSWMO’s Radiation Task Force. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) Director Barnes Johnson helped kick-off the training with opening remarks, and several ORCR staff participated as speakers on topics that included the Generator Improvements Rule, State authorization, RCRAInfo, a wasted food opportunities map project and materials management data, analytics and goals. Perspectives on tackling materials reuse were provided by Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and business leaders during a materials management discussion session moderated by OK Department of Environmental Quality Executive Director and ECOS Waste Committee Chair Scott Thompson.
Presentations from the Joint Training are posted on the ASTSWMO website. Stay tuned for video recordings of sessions that will be available at the same link soon.
The Tanks Subcommittee recently updated and reorganized its Publications Page. New resources added this quarter are the State Fund-FR Task Force’s Summary of State Fund Demands and Recoveries spreadsheet, the Emerging Fuels Resources Webpage, and links to EPA OUST’s UST regulations updates.
National Tanks Conference
The 26th National Tanks Conference & Expo is scheduled for September 11-13, 2018, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. Planning for the conference will begin soon. Visit http://click.neiwpcc.org/tanksconference/index.asp for more information. Updates will also be sent via emails from NEIWPCC, ASTSWMO, and EPA.