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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.