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ASTSWMO News Spring 2020

Board of Directors

Lifetime Achievement Award

The ASTSWMO Board of Directors is seeking nominations for the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award. View the policy here. All nominations must be sent to Dania Rodriguez via email by June 19, 2020.

Subcommittees

CERCLA and Brownfields

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Mid-Year Meeting, the CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee recently presented two webinars. Both webinars, ”Using Technology in the Field”, and a joint webinar with the Federal Facilities Subcommittee, “Using Technology to Tell a Story”, brought in over 200 attendees. Both of these webinars were recorded, and can be found in the Webinars section of the newsletter, or on the ASTSWMO webpage.

With some positions currently open, the CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee encourages State members to apply to be a part of one of the Focus Groups. If you have any interest and would like to see if your Region has any openings, please contact Scott Lauher.

Federal Facilities

The Federal Facilities Subcommittee released a Federal Facilities Issues Paper in May 2020. Led by the Remediation and Reuse Focus Group, ASTSWMO identified issues of concern to States that are current priorities for State federal facility programs, including applicable or relevant and appropriate requirements, contaminants of emerging concern, the Military Munitions Response and Formerly Used Defense Sites programs, long-term stewardship, and performance-based contracting. For each of the issues, ASTSWMO briefly summarizes the issues, describes current challenges identified by our membership, and offers recommendations for States and federal agencies. Additional information about the issues, including federal and State guidance and policies, previous ASTSWMO research projects, and fact sheets, are also provided. ASTSWMO encourages its membership to utilize these informational resources to further inform and improve its work with federal facilities.

The Subcommittee assisted in organizing and conducting three webinars this quarter: a joint webinar with U.S. EPA’s Federal Facilities Restoration and Reuse Office providing updates on ASTSWMO and U.S. EPA activities, a presentation of Department of Defense (DoD’s) Environmental Restoration Program budget for FY2021, and a joint webinar with the CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee on "Using Technology to Tell a Story".

Hazardous Waste

The Hazardous Waste Subcommittee discussed the new STAG allocation formula issued on April 1, 2020 and its communication to State and Territorial hazardous waste programs with EPA in early April. The Subcommittee identified hazardous waste program issues related to COVID-19 and tracked the issuance of EPA documents that addressed program implementation.

The Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force continued to provide input regarding revisions to the RCRA Compliance Monitoring Strategy. The Corrective Action and Permitting Task Force developed the agenda for the 2020 RCRA Corrective Action Conference scheduled for September 1-3, 2020 in Lexington, KY. The Task Force also planned the Inspecting Permitted Facilities and Following Permit Conditions webinar. The Program Information Management (PIM) Task Force continued to monitor and provide feedback into the development of RCRAInfo Version 6 and implementation of the e-Manifest system. The Task Force also discussed ideas for an expanded scope of work.

The Subcommittee organized and conducted three webinars this quarter on the following topics: Electronic Tools for Hazardous Waste Inspections; updates on EPA activities during a State-EPA Hazardous Waste Roundtable; and Inspecting Permitted Facilities and Following Permit Conditions.

The PIM Task Force currently has a Region 8 opening. There will be Regional openings on all the Task Forces as of October 1, 2020 due to term rotations. If you are interested in participating on a Task Force, please contact Kerry Callahan in the ASTSWMO office.

Materials Management

The Materials Management Subcommittee tracked the impacts of COVID-19 on solid waste and recycling and EPA-issued documents related to these program areas. The Subcommittee is drafting a position paper on recycling. Members of the Subcommittee have expressed interest in participating in EPA’s America Recycles activities for this year.

The Beneficial Use Task Force initiated preparation of a report of their survey on beneficial use of fill materials. The Solid Waste Disposal and Conversion Task Force submitted comments to EPA on the proposed coal combustion residuals (CCR) rule, A Holistic Approach to Closure Part B: Alternate Demonstration for Unlined Surface Impoundments; Implementation of Closure. The Task Force drafted comments on the proposed Federal CCR Permit Program to provide to EPA by the July 19, 2020 deadline for comments. The Radiation Task Force has been reviewing the proposed interpretative rule by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission regarding disposal of very low-level radioactive waste, which has potential impacts on RCRA Subtitle C and Subtitle D landfills. The Task Force will be preparing comments in consultation with the Hazardous Waste Subcommittee in addition to the Materials Management Subcommittee. The Task Force has developed a draft survey regarding management of radiological material from disasters. The Sustainable Materials Management Task Force will provide input into the development of the recycling position paper. The Task Force has held focused discussions of specific State recycling topics as they consider their next project.

There are current Regional openings on the Beneficial Use, Radiation, and Solid Waste Disposal and Conversion Task Forces. If you are interested in participating on a Task Force within the Materials Management Subcommittee, please contact Kerry Callahan in the ASTSWMO office to learn more about current openings, and about Regional openings as of October 1, 2020 due to term rotations.

Tanks

ASTSWMO released a Statement in April 2020 on ASTM E3225-20 and Testing of Spill Prevention Equipment and Containment Sumps Requirements In 40 CFR § 280.35. The Statement supports U.S. EPA guidance and requirements regarding testing requirements.

The 2019 Annual State Fund Survey results and summary tables are now available! Information from previous years is also available on the State Fund Survey Archives page.

Members of the four ASTSWMO Task Forces, led by the LUST Task Force, held a webinar for EPA and States on the sources and causes of UST releases on April 23, 2020. The webinar provided information on how States and contractors determine the sources and causes of LUST releases and how this information (or lack of information) impacts the effectiveness and costs to State cleanup programs. Presentations were provided by EPA ORD, Utah DEQ, Arizona DEQ, and Florida DEP.

The 2020 National Tanks Conference (NTC) has been postponed and will be held on September 21-23, 2021, in Pittsburgh, PA. Later this year, the NTC Planning Team will host a series of webinars based on the themes and topics that were planned for the 2020 conference. For additional information visit NEWIPCC’s NTC webpage.

The Emerging Fuels Task Force began reviewing responses to the information request it distributed to all State UST programs last quarter for the purpose of updating data in its Story Map. The UST Task Force continued discussions with OUST during their monthly calls to discuss issues related to the implementation of the 2015 UST regulations. Issues discussed this quarter included EPA’s new containment sump test procedures guidance, equipment compatibility with Isobutanol, and ASTM Standard E3225.20.

Contaminants of Emerging Concern Steering Committee

The Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) Steering Committee formed this quarter. During its kickoff call, members provided feedback on what issues the Committee should discuss initially and activities they should accomplish. The Steering Committee reviewed the Charter, discussed plans for future conference calls, meetings, and outreach to States, and assigned Liaisons to participate in ASTSWMO Subcommittee discussions. The Committee began drafting a position paper on contaminants of emerging concern and is planning to hold a webinar for ASTSWMO membership in June 2020 to introduce the Committee and gather information from States to assist in its activities.

Webinars

Check the ASTSWMO Website for upcoming Webinars

Recent Webinars

ASTSWMO CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee and Federal Facilities Subcommittee – Using Technology to Tell a Story

Inspecting Permitted Facilities & Following Permit Conditions

ASTSWMO CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee – Using Technology in the Field

Electronic Tools for Hazardous Waste Inspections – Webinar

ASTSWMO Tanks Subcommittee – Sources and Causes of UST Releases

Managing Wastes from COVID-19 – Facts Not Fear: What You Need To Know

Upcoming Meetings

Subject to change

ASTSWMO Meetings

2020 RCRA Corrective Action Conference, Lexington, KY, September 1-3, 2020

2020 Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA, Oct 28-29, 2020

2021 Mid-Year Meeting, Los Angeles,CA, April 8-9, 2021

2021 CaBS Symposium, Des Moines, IA, August 3-5, 2021

Other Meetings

2021 National Tanks Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, Sept 21-23, 2021

ASTSWMO Election

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

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

Publications

Recent Publications

2019 Annual State Fundy Survey

Federal Facilities Issues Paper – May 2020

ASTSWMO Statement on ASTM E3225-20 and Testing of Spill Prevention Equipment and Containment SUMPs Requirements in 40 CFR – 280.35

COVID-19 Impact to State UST Cleanup Funds

Upcoming Publications

- Site Assessment Focus Group: Toolbox that follows up on their 2017 report “On Time and Under Budget, Superfund Site Assessment Program Analysis, States’ Perspective”

- CERCLA Post Construction Focus Group: Preparing Post-Closure Cleanup Sites for Natural Disasters Checklist

- Brownfields Focus Group: Research Tool on State Brownfields Programs

Retirements

Don Verbica, Low-Level Radioactive Waste Section Manager for the Utah Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control, retired on April 15, 2020, 36 years.

Quarantine Times

COVID-19

The Coronavirus has affected every State differently and every State has had a different response to it. ASTSWMO has created a resources page that outlines what State, Federal, and other organizations are doing to adapt to the condition the virus has left us in. If you have any additions to the page, please contact Timothy Gannon at ASTSWMO.

On top of that, ASTSWMO hosted a webinar run by Stericycle that covered the most recent communication and changes in operations for regulated medical waste as it relates to COVID-19.

ITRC Update

This spring, ITRC proudly celebrated its 25th Anniversary. While the celebration was somewhat unconventional, and took place virtually via a series of zoom meetings, ITRC was glad to celebrate their contribution over the last quarter-century and eagerly looks forward to the many accomplishments to come. ITRC’s current technical teams hosted virtual team meetings in April to continue the development of their technical resources and trainings, all to be released in the near future.

Thank you ASTSWMO! ITRC is proud to accept this congratulatory award from our friends at ASTSWMO. Thank you for years of partnership, collaboration, and support. We look forward to many more to come!

Members in Action

Are you interested in volunteering on an ASTSWMO Task Force or Focus Group? Check out our Guidance Document and fill out the New Member Interest Form and email it to one of our Staff!

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