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ASTSWMO News Spring 2021

Board of Directors

The ASTSWMO Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award. View the policy here. All nominations must be sent to Dania Rodriguez via email by June 25, 2021.

Subcommittees

CERCLA and Brownfields

The CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee appointed Todd Keyser (DE) as the new Investigation and Remedy Selection Focus Group Chair.

The Site Assessment Focus Group published their GIS paper on May 18, 2021. This paper focuses on the GIS Research Toolbox questionnaire that States participated in with the goal to determine their use of GIS in their Site Assessment Program processes, and, for ASTSWMO to share the questionnaire’s key findings and provide improvement recommendations.

The CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee hosted three sessions as part of our Mid-Year Meeting. One session took place on April 28, which focused on the Investigation and Remedy Selection Focus Group’s climate resiliency project. The session included presentations from EPA OSRTI, as well as a case study in Wilmington, DE. The Subcommittee led a virtual roundtable with EPA OBLR on April 28th, to discuss State Brownfields topics and updates, as well as a closed virtual roundtable with EPA OSRTI and OSRE on May 4. You can see the recording of the climate resiliency session, the EPA OBLR roundtable, as well as other sessions on our ASTSWMO website.

Federal Facilities

The Subcommittee organized an Environmental Justice webinar series on April 30, 2021, as part of the 2021 ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting. The sessions included a diverse group of speakers from State and Federal government agencies including representatives from EPA OLEM and Office of Environmental Justice, South Carolina DHEC, California DTSC, the Department of Energy, and Alaska Department of Law. The two-part webinar provided an introduction and history of environmental justice and how it is implemented at the federal and state levels, and briefings on successes and challenges implementing environmental justice at federal facilities.

EPA announced the 2021 National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse Awards in May. These awards highlight the significant accomplishments of federal agencies, States, Tribes, local partners, and developers in restoring and reusing contaminated land at federal facilities. This year’s winners are:

• Rocky Flats, Colorado (Superfund NPL)

• Former Griffiss Air Force Base, New York (Superfund NPL BRAC)

• Former Naval Air Station Key West, Florida (Non-NPL BRAC)

• Las Colonias Park, Colorado (Non-NPL)

Registration is open for the Air Force’s Regional Environmental Summits. Visit http://www.airforcesummits.com/ to register and submit agenda topics.

Hazardous Waste

The Hazardous Waste Subcommittee organized and conducted the Hazardous Waste Roundtable held during the ASTSWMO Virtual Mid-Year Meeting, on April 29, 2021. The Roundtable featured EPA updates of several topics, including the National Permitting Oversight Policy, RCRA permitting priorities, corrective action 2030 goals, Generator Improvement Rule resources, Pharmaceutical Rule FAQs, e-Manifest program issues, lithium-ion battery webpages and a RCRA Environmental Justice Community of Practice. The Corrective Action and Permitting Task Force conducted a webinar on May 18, 2021 in which Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy staff presented the State’s long-term corrective action monitoring program and its use of drones. The recordings and slides of the Hazardous Waste Roundtable and the Michigan Long-Term Stewardship Program and Its Use of Drones webinar are available on the ASTSWMO website.

Kristine Figur (CO) was appointed to be the new Chair of the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement (CME) Task Force as of the end of May, succeeding Nicole Eby (MO). We thank Nicole for her service as Chair. The Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force is tracking and providing input on various EPA activities, and members have reached out to States in their Regions about adoption of the Definition of Solid Waste Rule to see what guidance may be needed for implementation.

The Program Development and Data Task Force is focusing on improving reporting functionality in RCRAInfo, and is also monitoring e-Manifest implementation.

Materials Management

The Materials Management Subcommittee planned and conducted Materials Management sessions held during the ASTSWMO Virtual Mid-Year Meeting, on April 26, 2021. A “What’s the Buzz in Materials Management?” session highlighted the activities of each of the Subcommittee’s four Task Forces – Beneficial Use, Radiation, Solid Waste Disposal and Conversion and Sustainable Materials Management (SMM). The Task Forces polled session attendees for input on future project areas. The Materials Management Roundtable included updates from EPA on several topics, including the National Recycling Strategy, the U.S. Government Accountability Office report on recycling, sustainable management of food, electric arc furnace slag and a non-hazardous secondary material fact sheet on scrap tires. A segment of the Roundtable reflected the Emerging Waste Streams theme of the Mid-Year Meeting plenary session in its focus on lithium-ion batteries and solar panels. The recordings and slides from both sessions are available on the ASTSWMO website. There was also a closed session on coal combustion residuals updates.

Charles Bock (MS) recently became Vice-Chair of the Beneficial Use Task Force, succeeding Diane Vlach (CA). We appreciate Diane’s years of dedicated participation on the Task Force.

Libby McCaskill (OK) was appointed Chair of the Radiation Task Force, succeeding Kristen Schwab (WA). We thank Kristen for her leadership. The Radiation Task Force is currently surveying States and Territories (States) on Radiological Disaster Debris, to better understand what plans States have, where States may need guidance, and where the Task Force might be able to assist through a Task Force work product.

The SMM Task Force is updating the information on the State Actions to Address Recycling Market Changes webpage. The update focuses on State and local actions in response to China’s import restrictions on certain recyclables. The SMM Task Force is also reviewing the Food Waste webpage on the ASTSWMO website to see what revisions are needed.

Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Session

The Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Subcommittees coordinated in the development of a Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management session on radiation regulation that was held during the ASTSWMO Virtual Mid-Year Meeting, on April 29, 2021. The Radiation Task Force took the lead in organizing the session on the Radiation Regulatory Framework 101: Regulatory Authority of States, NRC (U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission) and EPA. Along with presentations by NRC, EPA and the Task Force Chair, there was an interactive segment in which Task Force members polled attendees to illustrate the types of radiological material found in the waste stream. The recording and slides from the session are available on the ASTSWMO website.

Tanks

The Tanks Subcommittee drafted and submitted comments on US EPA’s Proposed Rule for E-15 Fuel Dispenser Labeling and Compatibility with USTs on April 15, 2021.

The 2020 Annual State Fund Survey was released in March 2021. The State Fund-FR Task Force is working with Washington PLIA to develop a new web survey and data storage and analysis tools for future Annual State Fund Surveys. Details about the transition will be shared with the membership later this year.

The Tanks Subcommittee organized three webinar sessions on April 27, 2021, as part of the 2021 ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting. Topics included containment sump repairs, unintended consequences of petroleum remediation, and State revenues and impacts to the UST State Fund programs.

ASTSWMO continued hosting regional workshops with EPA ORD and OUST for all EPA Regions on UST Finder. Three workshops were held this quarter for Region 5; Regions 2, 3 and 4; and Regions 6, 7 and 8. ASTSWMO will continue to work with EPA and States as ORD makes improvements and updates to UST Finder.

CEC Steering Committee

The Steering Committee published their ASTSWMO position paper on PFAS, on March 8, 2021, which was endorsed by the ASTSWMO Board of Directors. A new ASTSWMO webpage for the Steering Committee has been created here, which includes information about the Steering Committee and ASTSWMO resources specific to Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC). The Steering Committee is also planning a webinar this summer that will focus on how States and Territories can develop CEC programs, and will send out an announcement to State contacts shortly. A leadership transition was made, as Steve Sliver (MI) retired in March. Tracie White (CO) is the new Chair, and Kasey Kathan (VT) has become the new Vice-Chair.

Mid-Year Meeting Recap

This years ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting was held virtually between April 22nd and May 4th. Between the dozen different sessions there were over 1000 unique attendees. Recordings and presentations from the sessions can be found on the ASTSWMO website here.

Upcoming Meetings/Webinars

Webinars

Building Equity: Leveling the playing field through land reuse and how to know you're doing it well. Wednesday, June 2, 2021. 2-3pm EST. Provided by CCLR

Meetings

NYS Redevelopment Summit: Intentional Reinvention, June 16-18, 2021.

2021 ASTSWMO Annual Meeting, October 28-29, 2021. Arlington, VA.

National Brownfields Conference, December 8-11, 2021. Oklahoma City, OK.

2022 ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting, May 5-6, 2022. Los Angeles, CA.

2022 Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training, Summer 2022.

2022 CaBS Symposium, August 9-11, 2022. Des Moines, IA.

27th National Tanks Conference, September 13-15, 2022. Pittsburgh, PA.

ASTSWMO Elections

Elections for the new Vice-President will take place during the 2021 ASTSWMO Annual Meeting.

If you're interested in running, please contact: Conchita Taitano

ASTSWMO Remembers

Sheldon Harvey Schall passed away on May 3, 2021. Sheldon worked for the State of Wisconsin, retiring in 2013, and was a former Region 5 representative of the ASTSWMO Tanks Subcommittee’s UST Task Force. Before retiring Sheldon worked with others to advocate for more research and discussion on alternative fuels, which lead to the formation of the ASTSWMO Alternative Fuels Workshop.

Retirements

David Burns - Director, Bureau of Remediation & Waste Management, Maine Department of Environmental Protection retires after 38 years of service.

Chuck Schwer - Director, Waste Management and Prevention Division at Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation retired after 34 years of service.

Mike Bares - Hydrogeologist/Contaminated Sediment Specialist at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency retired after 34 years of service.

Steve Sliver - MPART Executive Director at Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy retired after 34 years of service.

Ed Thamke - Waste and Underground Tank Management Bureau Chief at Montana Department of Environmental Quality retires after 29 years 8 months of service.

Leslie DeBolt Beckwith - retired from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality in April 2021 after 22 years of service.

Pamela Hoyt-Denison - retired from the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services on April 1, 2021 after close to 43 years with the State.

Phillip Weathersby - Chief, Superfund Branch, Hazardous Waste Division, at Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality retired after 34 years of service.

Kathy Sather - Will be retiring from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency after 38 years with the agency and total of 43 years with the State of MN.

ITRC News

The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council has just come off of its first ever all-virtual Spring Meeting, seeing over 900 registrants tuning in for various team and program meetings as well as a plenary session featuring an Environmental Justice panel, led by renowned field experts. Ahead of Summer 2021, ITRC is unveiling two all new project teams: Quickening Environmental Solutions and Training (QUEST), and Performance-Based Optimization of Pump and Treat Systems. Registration will kick off for these brand new project teams on June 1, 2021, and both projects will follow a two-year lifecycle. In addition to new project teams, ITRC has been hard at work producing all new internet-based training seminars, covering contemporary subjects such as Strategies for Preventing and Managing Harmful Algal Blooms, Vapor Intrusion Mitigation, Incremental Sampling Methodology and Sustainable Resilient Remediation, as well as all-new segments of the popular PFAS Experts Roundtable series. To cap off all of these new products, ITRC is finishing a complete redesign of its website, developed explicitly with user experience and ease of access in mind. An all-new look of itrcweb.org is slated for release in the coming weeks - stay tuned to the website to join upcoming teams or register for these all-new training sessions.

CCLR News

The Center for Creative Land Recycling shared a publication on community engagement for Brownfields projects for better redevelopment. This Vision to Action fact sheet also includes case studies from Idaho, Washington, California and Alaska. The Center for Creative Land Recycling is a non-profit dedicated to land reuse and provides technical assistance for U.S. EPA Regions 2, 9, and 10.

Website Updates

ASTSWMO is looking to replace the hero image at the top of its website. To keep the membership involved we are asking for nominations for the new image in the form of email submissions. If you have an image (whether it's one you took or a stock image you like) that you think would be a good fit for the website, please email a copy of or a link to the image to timothyg@astswmo.org, with the subject line "Hero Image". We look forward to your submissions.

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