ASTSWMO News Spring 2018

Board of Directors

PFAS Summit

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.

Federal Facilities

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.

Hazardous Waste

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

Materials Management

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 charlesr@astswmo.org.

Strategic Plan

2nd Quarter Year 4 Strategic Plan Workplans

ASTSWMO Election

Are you interested in running for the office of Vice-President or Secretary-Treasurer in October 2018?

If so, please contact Mark de Bie, ASTSWMO Past-President.

Mid-Year Meeting Recap

On April 25th and 26th ASTSWMO held its Mid-Year Meeting in Anaheim, California. ASTSWMO featured the theme of “Innovate and Collaborate” for this meeting and attendees from the States, Territories, EPA, DOD and industry discussed how we can incorporate innovative concepts into our programs and collaborate in achieving environmental successes. ASTSWMO also presented a check for the students of Kingsley Elementary School in Pomona, CA to buy the rest of their reusable water bottles. The meeting attendees also raised $1,117 for Patriots and Paws, the organization selected for “ASTSWMO Gives Back”.

Videos from the presentations are up on Vimeo now, the presentation materials and links to the videos will be up on the ASTSWMO website in the next couple weeks.

Upcoming Meetings

ASTSWMO Meetings

CERCLA & Brownfields Symposium

August 20-22, 2018 in Jacksonville, FL

2018 National Tanks Conference

September 11-13, 2018 in Louisville, KY

ASTSWMO Annual Meeting

October 25-26, 2018 in Bethesda, MD


The following members are retiring in June-July 2018 and ASTSWMO would like to thank them for their many years of service in protecting public health and the environment!

Gary Baughman, 30 years - gary.baughman@state.co.us

Steve Goins, 37 years - Steve.Goins@tn.gov

Daphne Neel, 34 years - neeldg@dhec.sc.gov

Hilary Miller, 38 years 9 months - hilary.miller@maryland.gov

ASTSWMO Remembers Hector Mendieta

Hector H. Mendieta, a former manager within the Municipal Solid Waste Division at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, passed away on April 13, 2018. In addition to his numerous leadership roles and accomplishments with the State of Texas, Mr. Mendieta served on ASTSWMO’s Board of Directors as Secretary-Treasurer and chaired the former Solid Waste Subcommittee and several ASTSWMO Task Forces and Workgroups from the 1980s until his retirement. He was instrumental in developing ASTSWMO input to EPA regarding several regulatory issues, most notably the RCRA Subtitle D Part 258 Criteria for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills and its associated State Implementation Rule. Before retiring on November 12, 2004, ASTSWMO honored him with its Lifetime Achievement Award for "...outstanding contributions to the association for almost 30 years of dedicated service in the advancement of our mission to protect the American public health, environment, enhance and promote effective state and territorial waste management programs and affect national waste management policies."

A full obituary honoring Mr. Mendieta’s life and service to his country, the State of Texas, and ASTSWMO can be accessed here.


On April 16-18, 2018, the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) held its Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. This year’s theme, Shaping Our Environmental Future, focused on looking ahead in the face of resource challenges, and moving forward by leading the way for innovative environmental technologies and processes. Almost 400 attendees participated in ITRC’s six technical teams to develop new guidance documents and training courses!

Recently, ITRC has released many new guidance documents and fact sheets:

PFAS three new fact sheets

Characterization and Remediation of Fractured Rock guidance document

Quality Considerations for Multiple Aspects of Munitions Response Sites guidance document

Bioavailability of Contaminants in Soil guidance document

LNAPL Update guidance document

ITRC Meetings

PFAS Team Meeting

September 12th-13th, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas

Implementing Advanced Site Characterization Tools Team Meeting

October 22nd-23rd, 2018, Location TBD

Optimizing In Situ Remediation Performance & Injection Strategies Team Meeting

October 24th-25th, 2018, Location TBD

DoD Updates

DoD Briefing to Congress on Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA): On March 23, 2018, DoD briefed the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) on its activities related to testing drinking water systems and groundwater; short-term actions on military installations and surrounding communities; the process and timeline for long-term actions where PFOS and PFOA levels were detected in excess of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lifetime Health Advisory (LHA) levels; and research of less environmentally harmful Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF). As of August 31, 2017, DoD has tested its 524 drinking water systems worldwide. Twenty-four DoD drinking water systems tested above the LHA. DoD is following the EPA recommended actions. There are 401 active and closed installations in the U.S. with a known or suspected release of PFOS and PFOA. DoD has sampled over 2,600 groundwater wells at 90 of these installations and 1,621 exceeded the EPA LHA. The DoD Components are conducting investigations on the remaining installations – a longer process that will take several years. Additionally, three research projects have begun related to the development of a fluorine-free AFFF. The briefing and supporting data are available on the DoD Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Network and Information Exchange (DENIX) here.

DoD Advanced Geophysical Classification Website Updates: DoD has updated the DoD advanced geophysical classification webpage with firms recently accredited under the DoD Advanced Geophysical Classification Accreditation Program (DAGCAP). A list of DAGCAP accredited firms and other information is available on DENIX here.

Alumni Outreach

Are you close to retirement? Do you know retired State and Territorial managers who used to be active in ASTSWMO? ASTSWMO staff would like the personal contact information for retired or soon-to-retire waste managers. Staff continues to work on a plan to create a mentoring network for young professionals who work in RCRA C and D, Tanks, CERCLA, Brownfields, and Federal Facilities. Send your contact information to Dania Rodriguez: 202-640-1061 or daniar@astswmo.org.

Members in Action

Are you interested in volunteering on an ASTSWMO Task Force or Focus Group? Fill out the New Member Interest Form and email it to one of our Staff! The next round of rotations will occur September 2018. Check out the Subcommittee Rosters on the website!


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