ASTSWMO News Winter 2017

Election of Officers

Are you interested in running for the office of Vice-President in October 2017?

If so, please contact Bonnie Buthker, ASTSWMO Past-President.


CERCLA and Brownfields

The ASTSWMO Brownfields Focus Group has updated the Toolbox for Community Redevelopment that was produced by the Focus Group in 2007. This toolbox reflects on new procedures, information and resources in community redevelopment, and it will help communities redevelop brownfield properties, and provide the basics needed to navigate the redevelopment process and access resources to assist with revitalization efforts. If you would like to read the document, please click the link below to view our most recent publications from the CERCLA and Brownfields Research Center Subcommittee.

In January, Chip Crockett of Alabama and Alex Liverman of Oregon, Chair and Vice-Chair of the ASTSWMO Sediments Focus Group, participated in a panel discussion at the Battelle International Sediment Conference on leveraging national policies and cross-program coordination strategies. Crockett also participated at a meeting of the Sediment Management Workgroup that took place in Washington D.C. in mid-November. The meeting brought together remediation professionals to discuss the issue of establishing background at sediment sites.

Federal Facilities

In January 2017, the Board of Directors approved the ASTSWMO Position on Advanced Geophysical Classification for Munitions Response. The Department of Defense (DoD) developed the advanced geophysical classification (AGC) for munitions response process to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of munitions cleanup. AGC represents a major change in how munitions cleanup is conducted. The paper provides a short background of the technology, documents activities and several resources, and provides lessons learned and recommendations from States with experience working with DoD, EPA, and contractors in implementing AGC. As stated in the paper, it is ASTSWMO’s position that AGC for munitions response is an acceptable technology for use at munitions response sites.

Hazardous Waste

The Hazardous Waste Subcommittee will be analyzing the information received from responses to the 2007 ASTSWMO RCRA Subtitle C Core Report Update. If your State/Territory is preparing but has not yet submitted a response, please let Kerry Callahan in the ASTSWMO office know, at

Materials Management

The Chair of the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Task Force, Cathy Jamieson (VT), participated in a SMM panel discussion to share State perspectives at an EPA forum in December that marked the 40th anniversary of RCRA. A survey on Waste Conversion Technologies developed by the Solid Waste Disposal and Conversion Task Force has been distributed to State and Territorial solid waste programs for response by March 8, 2017.

Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Subcommittee Activity

The two Subcommittees are planning the agenda for joint and program-specific sessions at the Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training on August 15-17, 2017 in Oklahoma City, OK.


The Tanks Task Forces (TFs) are currently working on several projects that should help with the partnerships among States and Territories. The TFs worked with the EPA Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) and States to participate on two webinars on Vapor Intrusion and Brownfields redevelopment. These are also being looked at as continuing series for the future.

Our UST TF is currently working on plans to hold a prevention workshop May 23-25 in Louisville, KY. The hot topics trending are on reuse and/or disposal of hydrostatic test water. The workshop will also go into details on the new testing requirements for all portions of the UST system and what inspectors should be looking for when they see these tests from contractors. In conjunction with this TF, the Significant Operational Compliance (SOC) workgroup is working with States to assess the criteria currently being used to measure SOC and possible changes that might need to be made after 12 years of doing things this way and the incorporation of new federal regulations.

Our LUST TF, in addition to participating with OUST on the above mentioned webinars, completed its latest redevelopment compendium available at link below. The TF is currently working with the Emerging Fuels TF and drafting case studies on implementing a variety of remediation technologies and how some of these may be affected by the new fuels being introduced into the market. In addition to working with the LUST TF on the case studies, the Emerging Fuels TF is finalizing its compendium and companion web tool on State policies of activities related to emerging fuels and corrosion.

And last, but surely not least, the State Fund-Financial Responsibility TF has several projects in the works or being released. Their Guide to Bankruptcy has been finalized and is available at link below. Their update of the States’ cost control documents will be available in February. The TF is also finalizing their Ability to Pay and Abandoned UST documents.

All in all, it should be a busy, successful year for the Tanks program with the assistance of ASTSWMO to provide avenues for States to work together and share information.

Upcoming Meetings

RE-Powering Workshop, Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA, March 21-22, 2017.

ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting, Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland, OH, April 26-27, 2017.

ASTSWMO Tanks UST Workshop, Hyatt Regency in Louisville, KY, May 23-25, 2017.

ASTSWMO Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training, Sheraton Hotel in Oklahoma City, OK, August 15-17, 2017.

Registration is not yet open.

ASTSWMO Annual Meeting, Crystal City Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA, October 26-27, 2017.

Registration is not yet open.

ASTSWMO Achievements

ASTSWMO Member and Past-President (2013), Ed Thamke (MT), participates in local "Fun Run" with his dogs

Dogs and owners alike enjoy some fun in the snow!

DoD Updates

New Defense State Memorandum of Agreement (DSMOA) Program Manager

Ms. Sandra Snelling, United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) DSMOA Program Manager, retired in December. Mr. Tom Meyer is the new USACE DSMOA program manager. You can reach Mr. Meyer at (202) 761-7504.

DoD Advanced Geophysical Classification (DAGCAP) Website

DoD launched a website dedicated to the DAGCAP. Visit their site for the latest information on advanced classification and the DAGCAP.

State News

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s ECO AmeriCorps Program

Providing opportunity for local organizations to add capacity for environmental work while training the next generation of environmental leaders

In August 2015, VT DEC launched the Environmental Careers and Opportunities (ECO) AmeriCorps program to enrich the capacity of state, community and governmental organizations to fulfill the “boots on the ground” work for much-needed environmental outreach and technical projects aimed at protecting Vermont’s surface waters and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills.

Currently, there are twenty-four fulltime ECO AmeriCorps members serving across the state of Vermont, each serving for 11 months and over 1700 hours. All ECO AmeriCorps members have some college experience, most with at least a 4-year degree with a science or engineering background. Members serve in positions as Conservation Assistants, Volunteer Coordinators and Communications Specialists. Current projects include creating homeowner workshops and maps to minimize impervious surfaces, providing instructions for residential rain gardens, restoring riparian buffers and providing outreach to schools on Vermont’s new Universal Recycling Law.

More than 30 organizations have benefitted from working with ECO AmeriCorps in Vermont to date. In the program’s first year alone, ECO AmeriCorps completed 32,700 hours of service and organized 700 community volunteers who logged 5,840 hours of volunteer service. The current 2016-2017 service year members are on pace to match or exceed these first-year accomplishments.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and a $6,500 fee from each service site. VT DEC provides administrative support for the program including recruitment and member placement, living stipends, health insurance, and regular trainings for members.

Follow the work of ECO AmeriCorps on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram! @EcoAmeriCorps

Picture from AmeriCorps tree planting project

New Jersey DEP wins international award for mobile app that lets public report non-emergency environmental incidents

The Department of Environmental Protection’s WARN NJDEP mobile device app, launched late last year, has been awarded an AVA Digital Gold Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, Commissioner Bob Martin announced on February 3, 2017.

“On behalf of all of our staff who are out in our communities every day protecting the environment, we are very pleased to have been recognized for developing this innovative app, which allows residents to report non-emergency environmental issues directly from their Smartphones or other mobile devices,” Commissioner Martin said. “This app is a demonstration of the Christie Administration’s ongoing efforts to engage the public as partners in strong environmental protection.”

Please follow the link below to read more about this amazing tool!

Maryland Department of the Environment

The Maryland Department of the Environment (the Department) held the first ever Maryland Food Recovery Summit on November 30, 2016 in Linthicum, Maryland. The one-day event brought together almost 200 collaborators – including generators and users of food scraps, government agencies, nonprofits, and elected officials – to share information, needs, and strategies, with the goal of reducing wasted food in Maryland. Among the government attendees were representatives of EPA’s headquarters and Region 3, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal Food and Drug Administration, Maryland State and local agencies, and other Region 3 jurisdictions (West Virginia, Delaware, and Washington, DC).

Following opening remarks from the Department’s Secretary Ben Grumbles, the event featured keynote speakers from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and MEANS Database. A plenary session on food waste prevention and food donation included speakers from Giant Food, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Hungry Harvest, Maryland Food Bank, Sodexo, and Community Food Rescue. A second plenary session explored options for food recycling at a variety of scales, with speakers from Coker Composting and Consulting, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the American Biogas Council, and Veteran Compost. In the afternoon, participants split into three smaller workgroups to brainstorm top challenges and potential solutions to three food recovery issues: (1) source reduction and donation; (2) food recycling infrastructure; and (3) food recovery education and outreach. At a final closing plenary session, facilitators from the three groups shared ideas from the workgroup discussions and closing remarks from EPA’s Cheryl Coleman highlighted national food recovery goals and initiatives.

The Department looks forward to continuing momentum generated at the Maryland Food Recovery Summit. The upcoming BioCycle East Coast Conference will be held in Maryland on April 5 and 6th and the Department hopes to work with EPA on a Region 3 food recovery summit in fall 2017.

ASTSWMO Initiatives

Building New Partnerships

The ASTSWMO strategic plan encourages the Board of Directors and our members to invest in new partnerships, and the Board is doing just that. The 2016 Mid-Year, aptly themed “Succession Planning,” was our first effort to invite students, both high school and university, to actively participate in our meeting. In July, the Board of Directors met with faculty from two universities to open a dialogue and explore opportunities for collaboration. Most recently, at its January meeting, the Board of Directors advanced the discussion and went a step further by establishing an informal workgroup to invite the broader membership to participate in developing a strategy to engage university students with an interest in solid or hazardous waste management or remediation.

Benefits to the Association, its members and to students are obvious. States and Territories have unmatched knowledge and expertise, we provide countless opportunities for research, and we offer on-the-job training and internships. The other side of the ledger could not be more simple: universities are developing and grooming our successors. Through this initiative we have an opportunity to further increase the Association’s national exposure and to educate students about the critical work we do every day and the rewards of pursuing a career in the public sector.

Some ideas discussed by the Board include providing travel scholarships or sponsorships to attend ASTSWMO meetings, posting employment or internship opportunities, offering State subject matter experts as speakers and recognizing outstanding students’ achievement in academics or community service.

Members with an interest in promoting ASTSWMO’s mission and with ideas for promoting student involvement and who either have or aspire to have a closer relationship with our academic institutions are encouraged to contact one of the Board members listed below.

And by the way, if you’re attending the Mid-Year meeting in Cleveland, take the opportunity to introduce yourself to one of the students attending from Kent State University, Past-President Bonnie Buthker’s alma mater.

We look forward to hearing from you! Please reach out to the Board members listed below with any information you would like to share:

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

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 2016 Members in Action Rotation has created many new openings. Check out the Subcommittee Rosters!

ASTSWMO Strategic Plan

Know anyone in your staff that has been with your agency for 5 years or less? Tell them about ASTSWMO! Succession planning has been a big topic for discussion for ASTSWMO members! Help the next generation learn about ASTSWMO and our network!


Annual Meeting: Fostering Environmental Partnerships

Please join ITRC in New Orleans, LA on March 27 - 30, 2017 as we continue our work to positively impact some of our nation's largest environmental challenges by bringing together environmental professionals from across the country. The meeting will provide opportunities to hear from ITRC teams, Director, and Board of Advisors, and to network with the environmental community. Plenary presentations will be given by Chuck Carr Brown Ph.D., Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Secretary, and David Waggonner, a New Orleans-based sustainability expert on sustainability and stormwater. The meeting is open to all that are interested in attending and State staff are complimentary!

Co-Chair Positions Open

ITRC Co-Chairs, Michael Murphy and Tom Schneider, will be stepping down from their roles. Both Co-Chair positions are now open: a one-year term and a two-year term. All State environmental personnel are encouraged to apply (deadline February 24th). Both positions will be voted on by the ITRC general membership at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

2017 Team Registration

Registration is now open for State staff to join the following 2017 ITRC Teams: Environmental Releases of Per- and Polyflouroalkyl Substances (PFASs), LNAPL Update, Evaluation of Innovative Methane Detection Technologies, Quality Considerations for Multiple Aspects of Munitions Response Sites, TPH Risk Evaluation at Petroleum-Contaminated Sites, Stormwater BMP Performance Team.

ASTSWMO Farewell

ASTSWMO's IT Specialist, Molly Lowney, will be leaving ASTSWMO to work for a software engineering company in Harrisonburg, VA. Her last day will be February 15th. She is very sad to be leaving the team, but she hopes to keep in touch! Her personal email is

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