ASTSWMO President, Mark de Bie (CA), outlines his vision of 2017 for the Association.
Election of Officers
Ken Kloo (NJ) was elected ASTSWMO Vice-President.
April Webb (KY) was elected ASTSWMO Secretary-Treasurer.
Lifetime Achievement Award
John Regan (NH) received the ASTSWMO Lifetime Achievement award for his wonderful contributions to both his State and the Association.
ASTSWMO would like to thank Nancy Marker (DE) for her tremendous service as Secretary-Treasurer from 2011-2016. She will be honored at the 2017 ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio.
April Webb (KY), who rotated off as Region 4 Board Representative, was replaced by Bud McCarty (NC).
Sandeep Burman (MN) is taking over for Bruce Oertel (IN) as the Region 5 Board Representative.
Eric Noack (NV) rotated off the Board as the Region 9 Representative and was replaced by Ameko Pato (AS).
ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting, Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland, OH, April 26-27, 2017.
Registration is not open.
ASTSWMO UST Workshop, May 23-25, 2017, Louisville, KY.
Registration is not open.
ASTSWMO Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training, Summer 2017.
More information to come!
ASTSWMO, ITRC, and the Horinko Group hosted the RCRA Summit held in Washington, DC on October 26, 2016. It was a true meeting of the minds as experts from around the country met to discuss the 40th anniversary of RCRA and their reflections on the past as well as their hopes for the future.
ASTSWMO member, Monica Sheets (CO), Federal Facilities Subcommittee Chair, named Employee of the Year in Colorado! Below is the nomination write-up by Martha Rudolph, Director of Environmental Programs, CO Department of Public Health & the Environment, describing Monica's accomplishments:
I am nominating Monica because she was instrumental in obtaining critical stakeholder support for the listing of the Bonita Peak Mining District on the federal National Priorities List (NPL).
For many years, the state and EPA have been meeting with the Animas River Stakeholders Group (ARSG) and with Silverton and San Juan County community members and elected officials to discuss the condition of the mine workings in the Upper Animas Watershed, and the need to take action to respond to the on-going historic contamination from these workings. The Upper Animas watershed is one of the more contaminated watersheds in the state because of the extensive historic mining in the area for well over 100 years. Many attempts have been made to obtain the support of the local communities to list the area on the NPL: to do so would be the first step in securing necessary funding under CERCLA to remediate the mine sites. Despite many, many discussions with the communities, for years no support for the listing was forthcoming.
Then, in August of 2015, the spill at the Gold King Mine happened. Communities were concerned, not only about the immediate impacts from the spill, but also what the potential might be for future mine disasters in the area. Monica saw this as an opportunity to reengage the communities in discussions about listing the area on the NPL. She took it upon herself – with help from her staff – to initiate discussions with the local communities. Seeing that there was some interest in more dialog about the listing, she scheduled a multi-day tour of several CERCLA sites across the state with all interested local officials. Monica designed the tour so that these officials could meet with the local host officials and others at the other CERCLA sites – and she asked the host officials to give their candid description of the CERCLA process, and whether they would support the CERCLA listing if they could do it over again. She selected sites to visit where there had been controversy and disagreement over the listing – she wanted the Animas locals to get a full, fair and realistic assessment of the CERCLA process. The tour was a success – but not because the Animas locals suddenly embraced the listing of the Animas watershed – but because they were willing to continue to talk about the potential listing.
Over the next several weeks, Monica traveled to Durango and Silverton many times to continue to meet with the local officials and the ARSG, to answer questions and to talk about what listing would mean. Gradually the local officials began to talk more positively about the listing, but some challenges remained: they wanted certain conditions to be fulfilled before they would agree to support the listing. Many of the desired conditions could not be granted because of legal and financial reasons. Monica patiently would explain the limitations to the group. Eventually, after many more meetings and conversations, the local community indicated that it would support the listing on the NPL. A letter was sent to the Governor expressing such support, the Governor in turn sent a letter of support to the EPA, and just within the last two weeks, the EPA has officially listed the Bonita Peak Mining District on the NPL.
It is hard to express just how important and significant this listing is. The state and EPA have been working with the Animas community for years to try to get this site listed. Because Monica saw an opportunity based upon the unfortunate Gold King Mine spill, and she worked creatively and patiently with the local community, the site is now listed.
And, while this was all happening, she also had to help with the response to the Gold King Mine spill, respond to multiple inquiries from the Governor’s office, the Attorney General’s Office, the media and others regarding the Gold King Spill. Throughout all of this Monica remained upbeat, cheerful, and extremely responsive to all requests. And, she also was able to continue with her “day job” as the manager of the Remediation Program.
For her outstanding contributions this year, I am pleased to nominate Monica.