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 (scottl@astswmo.org).

Federal Facilities

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.

Strategic Plan

3rd Quarter Year 4 Strategic Plan Workplans

ASTSWMO Elections

Are you interested in running for the office of Vice-President or Secretary-Treasurer in October 2018?

If so, please contact Mark de Bie, ASTSWMO Past-President.

CaBS Symposium Recap

The CERCLA & Brownfields Subcommittee organized the 2018 ASTSWMO Brownfields and Superfund Symposium, that took place in Jacksonville, FL from August 20-22, 2018. Attendees included representation from forty-eight States and the Territories, as well as representatives from U.S. EPA and industry. Presentations and recordings will be posted on the ASTSWMO website shortly. For “ASTSWMO Gives Back”, members donated $500 to the Clara White Mission, which is a Jacksonville non-profit organization that works in partnership with the community to prevent and reduce homelessness through advocacy, housing, job training and employment. We would like to thank everyone who donated to the Clara White Mission, as well as the members who planned and participated during the symposium sessions!

Upcoming Meetings

National Tanks Conference

September 11-13, 2018. Louisville KY


October 25-26, 2018. Bethesda MD

Other Meetings

2018 Oklahoma Brownfields Conference

September 26-28, 2018. Oklahoma City OK

State Accomplishments

CalRecycle’s Wildfire Debris Cleanup Program

Every year, California faces the threat of devastating wildfires that claim lives, destroy property, and harm the environment. In the aftermath of these fires, CalEPA’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has been increasingly tasked with managing debris removal operations on affected private residential properties.

Earlier this summer, crews managed by CalRecycle completed debris removal operations for 672 Ventura County properties that had been destroyed by the Thomas Fire. That cleanup, which began in January and ended in June, included the removal of more than 263,000 tons of ash, debris, and contaminated soil.

CalRecycle crews removed the following during the Thomas Fire cleanup operation:

• 3,698 tons of metals recycled

• 182,532 tons of debris and ash disposed

• 69,304 tons of concrete recycled

• 8,741 tons of contaminated soil disposed

More information on CalRecycle’s wildfire cleanup efforts, including the process and resources for homeowners and jurisdictions, can be found at the department’s Wildfire Debris Cleanup and Recovery webpage.

ASTSWMO Remembers Ameko Pato

The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials Board of Directors is saddened to learn of the passing of our former Region 9 Board Member and friend, Ameko Pato. As the Director of the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he strived to lead by example in teaching and mentoring his staff and he brought those traits with him to the Board. He will be remembered as a knowledgeable and graceful person and we are all better people to have known him. We send our condolences to his wife, children, grandchildren and the staff at American Samoa EPA.

O le'a matou misia oe, le uo pele (We will miss you my friend)


ITRC Seeks Team Leaders for 2019 Project Teams

ITRC is excited to announce three new Teams that will be starting in 2019:


Strategies for Preventing and Managing Harmful Cyanobacteria Blooms (HABs)

Incremental Sampling Methodology (ISM) Update

We are seeking state agency employees to serve as Co-Team Leaders for the new Teams. If you are interested in a Co-Lead position, please contact ITRC Director Patty Reyes at preyes@ecos.org by September 21.

PFAS Training

The ITRC PFAS Team has planned a series of training events led by experts from state and federal agencies, academia, and private industry. The training events will explore the key elements for characterizing and managing PFAS impacted sites. Topics of discussion include: site characterization (sampling and analysis), complex mechanisms that impact fate and transport, current and potential remediation technologies, AFFF, and PFAS risk communications.

Training events are currently scheduled starting October 12 in Montclair, NJ; followed by events in Sacramento, CA; Atlanta, GA; Denver, CO; Grand Rapids, MI; San Diego, CA; Boston, MA; Baltimore, MD; and concluding May 10, 2019 in St. Louis, MO.

Travel scholarships are available for state staff in limited quantity for each of the events. The training events are FREE for state and federal employees, academics, and public stakeholders. Please visit www.itrcweb.org for further information on the training events. For questions, please contact Tadbir Singh at tsingh@ecos.org or 202-849-4980.

Petroleum Vapor Intrusion Training

Join ITRC for a 2-day classroom training on Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management in Seattle, WA on October 10-11. The training class is free for state and local employees. Contact Molly Olonoff at molonoff@ecos.org for more information.

DoD Update

2019 Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) Forum: The 2019 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 conference 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. Forum topics will include advances in munitions response cleanup, DERP policy and program management updates, PFOS/PFOA, groundwater cleanup, restoration and munitions response tools, vapor intrusion, five-year reviews, optimization, and lessons learned. These discussions will enhance communications and strengthen partnerships to enable DoD to conduct and complete cleanup effectively. The 2019 DERP Forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch in St. Louis, MO May 7-9, 2019. Information about the 2019 DERP Forum will be distributed to State regulators.

Defense and State Memorandum of Agreement (DSMOA) Steering Committee Land Use Controls (LUCs) Webinar: On August 22, 2018, the DSMOA Steering Committee held a webinar on DoD’s approach to implementing and managing LUCs on active installations. The webinar included an overview of DoD’s LUCs policy and presentations from the Army, Navy, and Air Force on how they document, implement, and maintain LUCs on active installations. In addition, the Services partnered with State regulators to include relevant case studies on LUCs in their presentations. There were over 80 webinar participants. Mr. Charles Reyes distributed the final webinar slides to States.

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 daniar@astswmo.org.

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 next round of rotations will occur September 2018. Check out the Subcommittee Rosters on the website!


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