ASTSWMO News Winter 2019

ASTSWMO Remembers Thomas J. Kennedy Jr.

Tom Kennedy, Executive Director of ASTSWMO from 1987 – 2007, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 22, 2019. As his obituary indicates, Tom was an accomplished man both personally and professionally, and was widely respected. During his tenure with ASTSWMO, he put the Association on a sound financial course, worked in growing the stature of the Association and was a true believer and advocate that the 50 States, 5 Territories and the District of Columbia (States) were Co-Regulators with the Federal Government in developing and implementing policy to protect public health and the environment.

Those who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing and working with this exceptional man recall his keen, analytical, insightful mind; his sense of fairness; his modesty; his kindness; and his dry wit and witticisms (e.g., “Intentional pun: 15 yards and loss of down”).

Upon his retirement, a very grateful Association presented Tom with the 2007 ASTSWMO Lifetime Achievement Award, at a dinner to celebrate and honor his service to the Association that was held in conjunction with the October 2007 Annual Meeting.

Thoughts of Tom from ASTSWMO members:

Tom was a great man and did so much for the Association and the States.

Tom was a legend in the environmental circles and brought much stature and profile to the Association. His work will never be forgotten.

He was a pleasure to work with.

He was one of a kind! And did a lot of good things in his life.

He was one of the best people I had the privilege of knowing. In many regards he was the best part of being Association President. I talked to him almost every day.

ASTSWMO extends our condolences to the Kennedy family, and our appreciation to them for sharing Tom with us for 20 years.

Board of Directors

The ASTSWMO Board of Directors held their quarterly Board meeting on January 28-31, 2019 in San Juan, PR, which also included a day and a half of brainstorming and developing the goals of the 2019-2023 ASTSWMO Strategic Plan. The Board of Directors also met with ASTSWMO members from the Puerto Rico Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PR DENR) and the EPA Caribbean office to discuss collaboration to assist PR in modernizing their solid waste program, the priority areas-needs, and how to address the landfill capacity issues facing the island after Hurricane Maria.

On January 31, 2019, 42 Board members, family members and ASTSWMO alumni worked with Para La Naturaleza in planting more than 100 trees on just one parcel of the former Roosevelt Roads Navy Base in Ceiba, PR. We not only planted trees and cleared invasive growth but also picked up trash. Don’t forget the Solid Waste in ASTSWMO! Para La Naturleza is committed to planting more than 750,000 native trees in the various conservation areas throughout the island to help with reforestation.


CERCLA and Brownfields

The CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee met February 20-21, 2019 to discuss the upcoming ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting, current projects, and met with various EPA offices. The Removals Focus Group published their paper on Time-Critical Removal Capabilities in January, and the Sediments Focus Group produced a webinar focused on Great Lakes Partnership Principles for Enhancing Habitat at Sediment Remediation sites. Both of these projects can be found on the ASTSWMO website. If you have any interest in joining the ASTSWMO CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee and would like to see if your Region has any openings, please contact Scott Lauher.

Federal Facilities

The 2019 Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) Forum will be held on May 7-9, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, MO. The DERP Forum is designed to facilitate information-sharing relative to the DoD cleanup program, with a focus on active and Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) installations. The Forum will allow DoD and its regulatory partners at the senior cleanup manager level to discuss cleanup issues and initiatives, and to exchange views and lessons learned.

DoD will reimburse a maximum of two (2) representatives per State to travel to and participate in the Forum. DSMOA will also reimburse State representatives chairing sessions, and members of the DSMOA Steering Committee and Munitions Response Dialogue. States should coordinate internally and with your DoD DSMOA POCs to determine who from the State will be requesting DSMOA funding prior to completing registration.

Contact Charles Reyes for details on State registration, which closes on March 15, 2019.

Hazardous Waste

Steve Simoes (VT), Chair of the Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force, has been named Vice-Chair of the Hazardous Waste Subcommittee.

The Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force gathered input from State and Territorial hazardous waste programs to incorporate into comments the Task Force will submit to EPA in response to the Federal Register notice on EPA’s National Compliance Initiatives for Fiscal Years 2020-2023.

Materials Management

The ASTSWMO Radiation Task Force hosted a webinar on February 14, 2019 that highlighted their 2018 guidance document, “Waste Generation and Disposal: Awareness, Management, and Disposal Guidance for Solid Waste Containing Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM).” Presentations addressed the following pertinent components of the document: practical tools available for solid waste disposal facilities accepting TENORM waste; radiation basics; common sources of radioactive materials; regulatory complexities associated with TENORM; and a case study on Montana’s TENORM regulations. The link to the recording of the webinar is here.


The Tanks Task Forces sent requests for information on several issues this quarter for the purposes of updating ASTSWMO resources and planning upcoming meetings. If you have questions or need additional information about the requests, contact your State’s regional representative of the Task Forces listed below. Our current Task Force members are listed on the ASTSWMO webpage.

2018 State Fund Survey data request – contact State Fund-FR Task Force

2018 Common Compliance Violations data request – contact UST Task Force

Cost Controls Webpage updates – contact State Fund-FR Task Force

2019 LUST Workshop topics request – contact LUST Task Force

The LUST Task Force is seeking additional case summaries for its Emergency Response Compendium and Redevelopment Successes Compendium. If you have a case summary or State resource to share, please send them to your LUST Task Force regional representative or Charles Reyes.

Have you visited the Emerging Fuels Webpage? You’ll find access to two tools – Corrosion Observations and Compatibility – recently developed by the Task Force, and a Story Map to State data on a variety of topics. The Task Force is in the process of enhancing these tools and updating the Map with new information. If you have any suggestions, please share with your Emerging Fuels Task Force regional representative.

Are you interested in UST and LUST training opportunities and archived events? EPA OUST has compiled a comprehensive spreadsheet of training organized by subject areas, including compliance, financial assurance, emerging fuels, State oversight, and LUST cleanup. Visit EPA’s UST and LUST Training webpage for more information.

ASTSWMO Peer Match Program

The ASTSWMO Board of Directors is now offering a handful of one-on-one information exchange opportunities for States and Territories (States) through our Peer Match Program. Peer matches provide the opportunity for State program staff to travel to another State to learn more about how that State administers certain components of a program (e.g., field compliance inspections, financial responsibility programs, inspections, enforcement, etc.). The peer match trip usually lasts 1 – 2.5 days, and ASTSWMO reimburses the traveling State participant for expenses incurred up to a cap of $1,400. As the recipient of the funding, trip reports must be submitted to ASTSWMO from the traveling State participant. If interested in participating in a peer match, please contact the appropriate ASTSWMO staff.

Strategic Plan

1st Quarter Year 5 Strategic Plan Workplans

Upcoming Meetings

ASTSWMO Meetings

ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting, New Brunswick, NJ, May 1-2, 2019.

2019 ASTSWMO Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training, Milwaukee, WI, August 13-15, 2019.

LUST Workshop 2019, New Orleans, LA, September 17-19, 2019.

Other Meetings

ITRC’s 2019 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, March 25-28, 2019.

ITRC PFAS Training, Boston, MA, March 29, 2019.

Other PFAS Trainings

State Achievements

A North Carolina Superior Court approved a consent order against Chemours on February 26, 2019, to accelerate the removal of GenX and other PFAS and stop future releases into the Cape Fear River.

ASTSWMO Elections

Elections for the new Vice-President will take place during the 2019 ASTSWMO Annual Meeting.

If you're interested in running, please contact: Ken Kloo


Our 2019 Annual Meeting will be held in Boston, MA on March 25-28. This meeting is open to all and will host team meetings on a variety of issues, including PFAS, 1,4-Dioxane, Incremental Sampling Methodology, In Situ Optimization, Advanced Site Characterization Tools, and Harmful Cyanobacterial Blooms. Our two breakfast Plenary speakers are Ms. Maureen Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment, and Martin Suuberg, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

We will also be hosting a PFAS training on Friday, March 29 in Boston. This training is free for state/city/local and federal staff, academia, public stakeholders, and tribal members. For industry employees, it costs $200.


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