Board of Directors
The Board of Directors revised and retained the ASTSWMO Position Paper on the Importance of Community Involvement in July 2018. Read more here.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The ASTSWMO Board of Directors has selected Jennifer Roberts, who retired from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation in 2017, as the recipient of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award. Jennifer served with distinction as an ASTSWMO member for a number of years, and was the Chair of the CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee when she retired. The Board will present her with this award during the 2018 Annual Meeting reception on October 25, 2018.
Testimony: Perfluorinated Chemicals in the Environment
On Thursday, September 6, 2018, Sandeep Burman, ASTSWMO Region 5 Board Representative, testified in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment on behalf of ASTSWMO in regards to PFAS in the environment. Watch here.
CERCLA & Brownfields
The CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee continues to coordinate with ASTSWMO’s Federal Facilities Subcommittee and EPA in implementing recommendations and actions from the EPA Superfund Task Force. The CERCLA and Brownfields 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
New Paper on Five-Year Reviews
The Remediation and Reuse Focus Group released State Involvement in Five-Year Reviews at Federal Facilities in July 2018. The paper highlights steps States can take to ensure their comments and recommendations are addressed during the development of five-year reviews at federal facility cleanup sites.
EPA Announces First National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse Awards
EPA established the Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse Awards to recognize the teams who have supported the reuse and restoration of Federal Facility sites through outstanding efforts to ensure that sites are remediated to promote continued property use or support a site reuse, as well as provide an educational opportunity about how the awardees’ sites were remediated and reused to serve as an example to other site remediators.
The first annual awardees are the Former McClellan Air Force Base (CA), Naval Air Station Glenview (IL), Joliet Army Ammunition Plant (IL), and Tysons Valley Powder Farm (MO).
Farewell from Allan Posnick, Texas CEQ:
Allan Posnick, a long-time member of the ASTSWMO Federal Facilities Research Subcommittee and Focus Groups, and other State-Federal workgroups, retired from State service on August 31, 2018. He has the following message for the ASTSWMO membership:
“I would just like to send out a short note to my fellow State federal facility regulators and other members of ASTSWMO to express my appreciation for the opportunity to work with you all over the years. No doubt you are all aware of the leadership role of ASTSWMO in shaping national environmental policy. I hope our collaboration on putting together meaningful work products has been as rewarding to you as it has been for me and that your future work will be as satisfying. I hope to stay in touch with many of you. Best of luck in carrying on the mission.”
Hazardous Waste and Materials Management
The Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Subcommittees each held meetings this summer to discuss their respective activities and current waste management issues. They also used these meetings to coordinate in kicking off two joint Subcommittee efforts: planning for the August 2019 ASTSWMO Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Subcommittee, and gathering member input on e-waste and developing a joint Annual Meeting session on the topic.
New ASTSWMO Publications and Releases:
The 2017 State Fund Survey Results are now available! For those who have tracked these for several years, you will notice that the tables have changed. Some data has been eliminated or combined, and some data is new.
The Emerging Fuels Task Force released two new tools on their webpage:
• The Corrosion Observations Tool allows users to submit information on UST system corrosion observed during inspections and removals in the field.
• The Compatibility Tool assists users in identifying UST system components that are compatible with specific motor fuels and biofuel blends containing greater than 10 percent ethanol and diesel containing greater than 20 percent biodiesel.
Visit the ASTSWMO booth at the 2018 National Tanks Conference to review the tools or submit new documents and cases!
On June 14, 2018, EPA OUST and ASTSWMO Tanks Subcommittee members hosted a webinar to share information on new Technical Compliance Rate (TCR) Performance Measures issued in response to the 2015 revised federal UST regulations. A recording of the webinar is available on the ASTSWMO website.
Message from EPA OUST:
With approximately one month until October 13, 2018, EPA appreciates the good progress States and Territories have made on revising their regulations and encourages their ongoing work to achieve state program approval (SPA) under the 2015 SPA regulations. As of August, 26 States completed final regulations with many more close to finalizing their revisions. EPA continues to welcome other States’ and Territories’ requests for assistance in reviewing their draft UST regulations and their SPA applications. EPA review helps ensure States’ and Territories’ regulations are as stringent as the federal UST regulations, which is a requirement for States to achieve SPA.
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