ASTSWMO News Summer 2017

Subcommittees

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.

Tanks

Tanks Publications

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.

Upcoming Meetings

ASTSWMO Meetings

ASTSWMO Annual Meeting, Crystal City Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA, October 26-27, 2017.

ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting, Anaheim, CA, April, 2018.

Other Meetings

The National Brownfields Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, December 5-7, 2017

SWANApalooza, Denver, CO, March 5-7, 2018

26th National Tanks Conference & Expo, Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY, September 11-13, 2018.

ASTSWMO Gives Back

Closer to Earth, a non-profit youth group in Oklahoma City, was the recipient of ASTSWMO Gives Back at the ASTSWMO Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training in Oklahoma City, OK on August 15-17, 2017. Meeting attendees donated $550 to the organization. As noted on Closer to Earth’s (CTE) website (http://closertoearth.org/), “CTE is a dynamic and diverse group engaging youth in environmental and food justice advocacy. We facilitate a relationship between youth, businesses, schools and organizations for the greater good of our environment and food system. Our work on the ground takes place in outdoor spaces while gardening, native landscaping and composting, providing environmental education to our community.”

Since April 2015, when ASTSWMO Gives Back was initiated, the Association has been supporting local community development projects and organizations in the cities in which we hold our meetings. Since ASTSWMO began accepting donations, we have raised more than $5,000 for various charities.

ASTSWMO Summer Fun

Eclipse

ASTSWMO's Staff, Board, and Subcommittee Chairs took some time out of their days on August 21st to take in the solar eclipse that made its way across the country.

Biking Trip

Please enjoy these pictures shared by Laurie Davies, Washington Department of Ecology and Region 10 ASTSWMO Board Representative, of her bike trip through Oregon.

Crater Lake from a beautiful vantage
A view of the Sisters Mountains from the top of McKenzie Pass. The dark rock is a huge lava flow.

State Accomplishments

Maryland

Click Here to read the "2016 MARYLAND STATEWIDE WASTE CHARACTERIZATION STUDY". Created by Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority on behalf of Maryland Department of the Environment

If your State has accomplishments you would like to share in future Newsletters, send information to TJ Gannon at timothyg@astswmo.org

Harvey Relief

ASTSWMO has created a "Disaster Debris Management" page to provide resources for those helping with the relief effort. Click here to visit the page.

You can also help the relief effort by donating to one of the foundations listed below, every little bit helps.

Donation Links

Save the Children, American Red Cross, PortLight, The Salvation Army, Feeding Texas, Greater Houston Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Houston

Alumni

2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

The ASTSWMO Board of Directors has selected Stephen G. Reuter, who retired from the New Mexico Environment Department in 2016, as the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner. Steve worked for 19 years with the State of New Mexico and an additional 20 years consulting for a total of 39 years of work in the environmental world. Steve served with distinction on the ASTSWMO LUST Task Force since 2003 and was Chair of the Task Force when he retired. The Board will present him with his award during the October 26, 2017 Annual Meeting reception.

Election for Officers

Are you interested in running for the office of Vice-President in October 2017?

If so, please contact Bonnie Buthker, ASTSWMO Past-President.

Members in Action

Are you interested in volunteering on an ASTSWMO Task Force or Focus Group? Fill out the New Member Interest Form and email it to one of our Staff! The 2017 Members in Action Rotation has created new openings. Check out the Subcommittee Rosters!

ASTSWMO Strategic Plan

3rd Quarter Year 3 Strat Plan Workplans

Click here to view the Strat Plan

Know anyone in your staff that has been with your agency for 5 years or less? Tell them about ASTSWMO! Succession planning has been a big topic for discussion for ASTSWMO members! Help the next generation learn about ASTSWMO and our network!

ITRC News

This September, the ITRC will be releasing their new report on Bioavailability in Contaminated Soil. The report describes in simple terms, the nationwide consensus on when and how to evaluate the use of bioavailability in soil remediations. The Bioavailability online live training will be available in early 2018.

ITRC will also be launching in September, a new website for PFAS that will include the first 3 of 6 fact sheets. The newly released PFAS Fact Sheets include: History and Use; Nomenclature and Physical and Chemical Properties; and Regulatory Summary of Current State Regulations. If interested, the PFAS team is still accepting members to work this year on the remaining 3 fact sheets, as well as the outline of the Technical Regulatory Guidance document.

For more information, see itrcweb.org

State Job Openings

State job opportunities are posted in the Employment section of the Resources page on the ASTSWMO website at http://astswmo.org/main/resources.html#employ. If you would like to post a job opening in your State, please contact TJ Gannon at timothyg@astswmo.org.

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