Board of Directors
Sandeep Burman (MN), ASTSWMO Region 5 Board Representative, and Charles Reyes, ASTSWMO Senior Program Manager, represented the Association at the EPA PFAS Summit on May 22-23, 2018, in Washington, DC. Information from the Summit, including an agenda, presentations, attendees, and next steps are accessible here. ECOS developed a summary of the event available here.
In the coming weeks, ASTSWMO’s PFAS Workgroup will provide our membership with additional information from the Summit targeted to the solid waste, hazardous waste, and cleanup programs, and summarize actions we plan to accomplish in coordination with our State Association and federal agency partners, and within ASTSWMO’s Workgroup. Information will also be shared on the ASTSWMO website.
Lifetime Achievement Award
In 2002, ASTSWMO instituted the ASTSWMO Lifetime Achievement Award, to recognize an outstanding individual who has worked on behalf of the States and in furtherance of ASTSWMO’s mission to enhance and promote effective State and Territorial programs for waste and materials management, to encourage environmentally sustainable practices, and to affect relevant national waste and materials management policies. The recipient will be announced at the 2018 Annual Meeting.
Nominations for the 2018 award are due to Dania Rodriguez, ASTSWMO Executive Director, via email or mail by June 22, 2018.
CERCLA and Brownfields
The CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee planned CERCLA and Brownfields sessions held during the ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting, including sessions that focused on recommendations from the EPA Superfund Task Force. The Subcommittee has a number of openings for State members 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. The Subcommittee plans to hold a CERCLA and Brownfields Symposium August 20-22, 2018 in Jacksonville, FL. Each Focus Group that is part of the CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee (Sediments, Remedial Action, CERCLA Post Construction, Removals, Brownfields, Site Assessment) are planning sessions that revolve around their area of expertise, as well as projects they are working on. Registration and additional information will be available Monday, June 4th on the ASTSWMO website.
The Federal Facilities Subcommittee continues to coordinate with ASTSWMO’s CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee and EPA in implementing recommendations and actions from the EPA Superfund Task Force. ASTSWMO moderated discussions on several Task Force recommendations during the 2018 ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting, and the Federal Facilities Subcommittee has worked closely with EPA FFRRO in discussing recommendations specific to Federal Facility Agreements and engaging other federal agencies in the Superfund process.
Members of the ASTSWMO Federal Facilities Research Subcommittee are working with the U.S. Air Force to provide presentations and information on recent and current ASTSWMO projects at the 2018 Regional Air Force Restoration Summits. Information about the Summits and links to ASTSWMO presentations from the Central Region Summit held in May are available here.
The Hazardous Waste Subcommittee planned the Hazardous Waste sessions held during the ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting. The e-Manifest Implementation Issues session covered a discussion of preparations for the launch of the e-Manifest system on June 30, 2018 and implementation issues that had been raised by ASTSWMO members, as well as a demonstration of the system as the e-Manifest moves among the generator, transporter and Treatment, Storage, Disposal Facility. The session was recorded and the recording will be posted on the ASTSWMO website. Two Hazardous Waste Roundtables with EPA addressed a variety of timely issues, including the status of various rulemakings, RCRAInfo/Biennial Reporting, permitting, State authorization, long-term stewardship, the 2017 Hazardous Waste Incident Summary and an update on the National Enforcement Strategy for Corrective Action (NESCA).
EPA Federal Register Notices regarding the Definition of Solid Waste Rule, e-Manifest Advisory Board
The final rule in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacatur of certain provisions of the Definition of Solid Waste Rule was published in the Federal Register on May 30, 2018. Click Here
EPA is requesting nominations by June 11, 2018 for a State Representative member position on the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest (e-Manifest) Advisory Board. Click Here
The Materials Management Subcommittee organized the Materials Management sessions at the ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting. During a session on the beneficial use of coal ash, the Executive Director of the American Coal Ash Association discussed the reclamation of coal ash for beneficial use, and provided an overview of fly ash production and use. One of the Materials Management Roundtables provided the forum for interactive Sustainable Materials Management training by EPA. The session included an overview of how EPA uses life cycle information to support sustainable materials management activities at EPA. China’s import restrictions and recycling was the focus of the second Materials Management Roundtable, which featured a presentation by a State speaker from CalRecycle.
Joint Hazardous and Materials Management Session
The Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Subcommittees jointly organized a session on the cross-programmatic issue of pharmaceutical take-back programs. EPA discussed the regulatory overlap that exists between RCRA, Clean Air Act (CAA) and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rules regarding the regulation of such take-back programs. A State speaker provided a State’s perspective on managing pharmaceutical wastes and controlled substances under current federal and State regulations.
In May 2018, EPA OUST released updated and new UST performance measures to bring them up to date with the 2015 federal UST regulations, and revise and eliminate outdated measures. The new measures were the result of close coordination between EPA OUST and ASTSWMO’s SOC Workgroup, which included representatives from nine States: CO, KY, MD, MO, NH, SC, TN, UT, and VT. Input was solicited from all States during the 2017 ASTSWMO UST Workshop, ASTSWMO Annual and Mid-Year Meetings, and all-States conference calls.
The new measures and guidance can be accessed here. Updated definitions for UST and LUST performance measures are available here.
ASTSWMO and OUST will be hosting a webinar for States on the new measures on June 14. For more information please contact Charles Reyes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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