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 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.
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.
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.
ITRC’s 2019 Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, March 25-28, 2019.
ITRC PFAS Training, Boston, MA, March 29, 2019.
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