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ASTSWMO News Summer 2020

Board of Directors

Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Clarence L. Smith III on being selected as the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. The award is to be presented during the Virtual Annual Meeting Reception on October 28, 2020.

Subcommittees

CERCLA and Brownfields

The ASTSWMO CERCLA Post Construction Focus Group has published their checklist on preparing Post Construction sites for natural disasters. View their checklist by clicking here.

The CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee continues to plan webinars to keep State members informed on current topics. The Subcommittee is also recruiting for Regional openings on Focus Groups.

Please contact Scott Lauher if you are interested in joining a Focus Group, or if you would like to be added to the email list for Superfund, Brownfields, or Removal Action and Emergency Response.

Federal Facilities

ASTSWMO developed and distributed an information paper for members about funding for State services at National Guard cleanup sites in July. DoD recently determined that most of these sites are no longer eligible for defense environmental restoration authorization, thus no longer DSMOA eligible. The paper summarizes the current DoD policies, provides instructions for States on how to secure funding from the National Guard, and offers examples of State-Guard MOAs from three States.

The Focus Groups began drafting information papers on two topics this quarter: 1) State coordination with non-DoD/DOE federal agencies and 2) management of land use controls (LUCs) at federal facilities. ASTSWMO thanks the many States who provided information and data on these topics via information requests.

The Subcommittee began research on current, upcoming, and archived trainings for State federal facility managers for the purpose of creating a Trainings Webpage on the ASTSWMO website. If your State, agency, or organization has conducted training or developed resources for federal facility managers that you would like included on the webpage please email the information to Charles Reyes.

Hazardous Waste

The Corrective Action and Permitting (CAP) Task Force planned the virtual ASTSWMO 2020 RCRA Corrective Action Conference over the past quarter.

The Program Information Management Task Force is now known as the Program Development and Data (PDD) Task Force and has a new mission statement that reflects its broader scope. The Task Force will continue to address RCRAInfo and e-Manifest implementation as it expands its focus to hazardous waste program development issues such as State authorization.

The Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement (CME) Task Force continued to provide input into revisions to the RCRA Compliance Monitoring Strategy during the past quarter.

The Subcommittee is recruiting for Regional openings on Task Forces. For more information, please contact Kerry Callahan in the ASTSWMO office.

Materials Management

The Materials Management Subcommittee developed an ASTSWMO Position Paper on Recycling that was approved by the Association’s Board of Directors on July 21, 2020. ASTSWMO recommends EPA consider promoting substantial changes to the country’s recycling system as EPA develops a national strategy for recycling. The position paper describes challenges the current system is facing and includes content recommendations for a national recycling strategy.

The Solid Waste Disposal and Conversion Task Force submitted comments to EPA on July 16, 2020 regarding the proposed Federal Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Permit Program.

The Radiation Task Force took the lead in drafting comments jointly submitted by the Materials Management and Hazardous Waste Subcommittees to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on July 20, 2020 regarding NRC’s proposed interpretive rule related to disposal of very low-level radioactive waste and the potential for disposal of such waste in RCRA Subtitle C and Subtitle D landfills. NRC has extended the comment period on the proposed interpretative rule to October 21, 2020.

Members of the Sustainable Materials Management Task Force presented the Task Force’s State recycling response matrix, State Actions to Address Recycling Market Changes, in a webinar on July 21, 2020 that was hosted by the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA) and co-sponsored by NEWMOA, the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and ASTSWMO. The matrix includes actions taken at the State, or local, government level in eight categories: regulatory and law changes; compliance; recycling program changes; research; stakeholder work; outreach and education; market development; and fees and costs. The Task Force will be reaching out soon to State and Territorial programs to update the information in the matrix. The recording of the webinar is available here.

The Beneficial Use Task Force is in the process of preparing a report of the survey they conducted on the beneficial use of fill materials.

The Subcommittee is recruiting for several Regional openings on Task Forces. For more information, please contact Kerry Callahan in the ASTSWMO office.

Tanks

The UST Task Force has changed its name to the Release Prevention Task Force.

The Emerging Fuels Task Force has changed its name to the Emerging Issues Task Force and has a new mission: “to identify new and emerging issues that may impact program management of UST release prevention, cleanup, and financial assurance programs, and to provide resources and information associated with these issues to States and Territories to help guide strategic policies and efforts.”

The State Fund-Financial Responsibility Task Force created a new webpage that compiles information on State programs that are addressing abandoned UST programs. Please contact Charles Reyes if you have information or resources in your State to include in the compendium.

The National Tanks Conference Planning Team continues to plan a series of webinars to be held this summer and fall. The first webinar on Emergency Generators was held on July 22. An archive is available on the NEIWPCC website. For additional updates on upcoming webinars visit the NTC webpage.

Contaminants of Emerging Concern Steering Committee

The Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) Steering Committee hosted a webinar on June 25, 2020, for ASTSWMO members to introduce the Steering Committee to the membership, provide information on their objectives and initial activities, and solicit feedback and recommendations from members about current State priorities and challenges concerning CEC regulatory and policy development and implementation. A recording is available here. The Steering Committee is working on responses to address all questions and recommendations that came from the webinar registration and presentation.

ASTSMWO Elections

Are you interested in running for the office of Vice-President or Secretary-Treasurer in October 2020?

If so, please contact Chip Crockett, ASTSWMO Past-President.

Webinars

Virtual ASTSWMO 2020 RCRA Corrective Action Conference, September 1-3, 2020

2020 ASTSWMO Annual Meeting Webinars, October 26-30, 2020. Registration now OPEN.

Drones: Changing Your Perspective on Environmental Compliance Webinar, November 18, 2020

Past Webinars

Good News

Gary Baughman

My wife and I are enjoying retired life, although this year hasn’t been as adventurous as planned due to the pandemic.

Last October we spent two wonderful weeks driving through New England and ending with 3 days in Manhattan. We had booked a cruise through the Panama Canal for this November, but fortunately have been able to reschedule that for 2021! We did get bold and hit the road for a week long driving trip to visit Crested Butte, Ridgway (which is just north of Ouray), and Vail. The campgrounds are packed and the tourist towns are bustling! Otherwise we’ve been spending lots of time in our yard, which is very nice, and working on the never ending to-do list.

I stay in regular contact with several former colleagues from work and other friends. I do miss the regular interaction with many of you that ASTSWMO provided.

David Chambers

Retirement is fabulous, and I picked a very good time to do it to avoid the virus complications at work. I am catching up on many projects around the house that have been waiting for me to have more time. My favorite activity is to play tennis, and I do that and work out at the gym usually three times a week.

Hi to everyone, and hope all are doing well!

Dan Cooper

My wife, Bobbie, and I celebrated an early 50th Anniversary (March 21, 2020) with a trip to Rome and a cruise to several Greek Isles in late September 2019. We had also planned a trip to Moab, Utah, with Dennis Downs (former ASTSWMO Board member) and Marsha, during March 2020, but are having to delay the trip. We were able to celebrate the anniversary with our grown children, their spouses and five of eight grandchildren. We are trying to stay active and healthy. Best wishes to a wonderful staff over the years!

Many Fond Association Memories!

Butch Dye

The wife and I spent most of this past February in California, visiting our daughters in Redondo Beach. Got away for some other activities as follows:

We headed north to Santa Cruz. Had to get a photo at Steamer Lane, famous surf break...surfed there back in 2004...nice waves, but kinda snarky...oh, yeah.

From here, headed to Big Basin Redwood Forest park. Wow!! Redwoods are amazing. If you ever get a chance to see these, do it.

Finally got back to Redondo Beach, had a bunch of good surf days through the rest of the month. Flew back home at the end of the month, hopefully avoiding the corona virus...but...we may have been exposed...we both had some chills and slight fevers about a week after we returned home.

Hope everybody’s doing well at ASTSWMO. Although retirement is great, I miss my involvement with ASTSWMO and all the wonderful relationships.

Casey Korbini

My dad passed unexpectedly in March. He was well known among friends and family for his amazing homemade pizza. The recipe was never on paper, until I finally shadowed him in September 2015 to write it myself. Sure glad I did! We printed this and gave it to everyone at the funeral, and many have been it making it at home since. My best friend’s husband, a homemade pizza enthusiast, has officially ditched all other pizza dough recipes for this one. I thought that I’d share the recipe with my ASTSWMO family now, especially as we are all spending more time at home. Enjoy! (P.S. Pairs well with wine).

State News

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has released 2 videos over the summer, 1 video on soil sampling and the other on the Environmental Legacy of Smelting in Oklahoma

Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has announced several personnel changes within the Division of Solid Waste Management. To View the full list please click the button below.

ITRC News

ITRC Announces New 2021 Project Teams

After a competitive application process, and much deliberation, ITRC is proud to announce next year's selected project teams. Kicking off in 2021 and ranging between one and two years in length, ITRC's 2021 projects are staggered between two start dates within the upcoming year.

Projects starting in January of 2021 are:

• Environmental Data Management for Best Practices: a 12-18 month project designed to bring data users together through development of a clear set of Data Management Best Practice guides focused on data interoperability, and creation of an online data forum on ITRC's website.

• Effective Application of Multiple ITRC Guidance Documents to Hydrocarbon Sites: a 12 month project developing trainings focused on the application of key concepts in 5 team documents; LNAPL, PVI, TPH, Massflux, and IDSS.

• Microplastics: an 18 month project developing fact sheets, training materials and training courses providing information and best management practices on most important issues surrounding microplastics.

Projects slated to begin in July 2021 are:

• Performance-Based Optimization of Pump and Treat Systems: a 24 month project developing a guidance document and corresponding online training for Pump and Treat system optimization.

• ITRC QUEST – Quickening Environmental Solutions and Training: an 18-24 month project developing modular educational products led by state leaders, focused on bridging knowledge gaps to quicken individual competency and professional decision making among new state employees.

Selection will start soon for team leaders and members for these new projects! For more information, or to get involved in these projects, please visit us at https://itrcweb.org/ or email us at itrc@itrcweb.org.

EPA Update

The U.S. EPA Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS Challenge

EPA is partnering with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP); the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and the Environmental Research Institute of the States (ERIS); Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy; and Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, to co-sponsor a technical challenge regarding the destruction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The challenge asks solvers to submit detailed plans for a non-thermal way of destroying PFAS in concentrated film forming foam (AFFF), while creating the least amount of potentially harmful byproducts.

Learn more about the challenge here.

EPA FFRRO News:

National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse

FFRRO is excited to announce the third annual “National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse” awardees! Please check out the 2020 National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse Award Video, produced in an exciting effort to celebrate both the Site Reuse Award winners and Federal Facility cleanups as part of EPA’s 50th Anniversary, by Emy Laija (director/video editor) with help from Jyl Lapachin and Dianna Young.

FFRRO established the award to recognize the teams who have supported the reuse and restoration of Federal Facility sites through outstanding efforts to ensure that sites are remediated to promote continued property use or support a site reuse, as well as provide an educational opportunity about how the awardees’ sites were remediated and reused to serve as an example to other site remediators. The award is divided into four categories: NPL sites; Non-NPL Cleanup; NPL Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC); Non-NPL BRAC. 2020 Awardees include:

NPL Award: Weldon Spring, Missouri

NPL BRAC Award: Former Fort Ord, California

Non-NPL BRAC Award: Former Naval Training Center Orlando, Florida

Non-NPL BRAC Award: Valley Forge Asbestos Release Site, Pennsylvania

Federal Facilities Academy

The EPA Federal Facilities Academy is a voluntary training program developed for EPA RPMs, project managers from other federal agencies, State government, and Tribal groups who work on federal facility Superfund cleanups. To access webinars offered through the Federal Facilities Academy, visit https://www.trainex.org/FFacademy. Participants can receive credit for reviewing the archived webinar by completing a survey at the end of the viewing. The In-Person Training has been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic and the schedule for the next round of webinar delivery is being determined. Please contact Emy Laija with any questions.

DoD Update

DoD has postponed the 2020 National Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) Forum and 2021 Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) Forum due to COVID-19. DoD anticipates hosting the FUDS Forum in calendar year (CY) 2021 and DERP Forum in CY 2022.

The FUDS Forum Working Group is planning to host a FUDS 101 webinar for State regulators. The Working Group met on August 4, 2020 to begin reviewing slides for the webinar. The Working Group will meet again in early September 2020 to continue reviewing slides.

The Munitions Response Dialogue (MRD) held a two-day virtual meeting August 18-19, 2020. The meeting focused on running case studies through the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) Risk Management Method (RMM). The MRD will meeting monthly to continue discussing and providing input on the RMM through CY 2020.

The Defense and State Memorandum of Agreement (DSMOA) Steering Committee has held three calls in 2020. The next call is planned for October 6, 2020. In addition to regular discussion topics such as updates on the DSMOA Cooperative Agreement process and chemicals of emerging concern, the Steering Committee has focused on developing Defense Environmental Restoration Program 101 and DSMOA 101 webinars for new State and regulatory personnel. The Steering Committee has not selected dates for these webinars but will share that information with all States when it is available.

The PFAS Task Force continues to meet regularly. Visit defense.gov/PFAS for more information.

DoD finalized the FY 2019 Defense Environmental Programs Annual Report to Congress on May 25, 2020. The report, the FY 2019 status tables, and the FY 2019 Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) Fast Facts are available on the DoD Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Network and Information Exchange (DENIX).

DoD also finalized the “DoD Remediation Plan for Cleanup of Water Impacted with Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA)” and the “DoD Phytoremediation to Clear Heavy Metal Contaminants” reports to Congress, which are available on DENIX.

Congress requested that DoD provide a briefing with a plan to increase execution of the MMRP and a funding plan for addressing both PFAS remediation and MMRP across the future years defense plan (i.e., over the next 5 years). The plan is due to Congress by March 1, 2021.

ASTSWMO congratulates Ms. Maureen Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Defense (Environment), on her upcoming retirement. We thank her for her many years of service and partnership with our members, the 50 States, 5 Territories and the District of Columbia (States). We wish her the best as she retires from DOD on September 25, 2020.

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