ASTSWMO and SWANA sign MOU
ASTSWMO and the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines their intent to conduct various collaborative efforts on topics of mutual interest.
SWANA and ASTSWMO will:
• Develop a plan to collaborate on topics of common interest to members of both organizations, with an initial focus on recycling, food waste and other emerging issues.
• Identify opportunities to collaborate on educational efforts by both associations relating to recycling, food waste and other emerging issues.
• Create relationships and strategies that provide reciprocal promotion and awareness of both associations within each association’s membership.
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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 email@example.com.
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 2016 Members in Action Rotation has created many new openings. Check out the Subcommittee Rosters!
ASTSWMO Strategic Plan
2nd Quarter Year 3 Strat Plan Workplans
Know anyone in your staff that has been with your agency for 5 years or less? Tell them about ASTSWMO! Succession planning has been a big topic for discussion for ASTSWMO members! Help the next generation learn about ASTSWMO and our network!
United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Remedial Action Objective (RAO) Pilot
On January 3, 2017, Ms. Baker, Chief of the Environmental Division at Headquarters, USACE, signed a memorandum initiating a two-year trial period of the USACE RAO tool at select Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) military munitions response program projects. USACE developed the RAO tool to use new technology and available data when characterizing and assessing risks, and developing RAOs for munitions response sites. During the trial period, USACE will conduct additional research on the RAO tool.
Advanced Geophysical Classification Update
DoD continues transitioning advanced geophysical classification to more common use in the field. On April 24, 2017, Ms. Baker, Chief of the Environmental Division at Headquarters, USACE, signed a memorandum requiring USACE project teams to consider using advanced classification in all phases of the munitions response process at FUDS where it is feasible and appropriate.
Additionally, the following three contractors who perform advanced geophysical classification are now accredited under the DoD Advanced Geophysical Classification Accreditation Program:
1. AcornSI and NAEVA Joint Venture, LLC
2. CH2M Hill
3. Parsons Corporation
For additional information on advanced geophysical classification, please visit the DoD Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health Network and Information Exchange(DENIX) at http://www.denix.osd.mil/mmrp/advanced-geophysical-classification-accreditation-and-other-tools/.
Military Munitions Rule Implementation Procedures Manual
DoD published DoD Manual 4715.26, DoD Military Munitions Rule Implementation Procedures, on April 25, 2017. This manual provides important procedures to direct effective and consistent compliance with the implementation the Military Munitions Rule in accordance with Part 266, Subpart M of Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations. This manual provides a consistent approach for managing waste military munitions and working with Federal and State environmental regulators. It also defines the process to determine when conventional military munitions become hazardous waste (i.e., waste military munition), and management procedures once the hazardous waste determination is final.
DoD published the Vapor Intrusion Handbook in 2009 to provide a general framework for investigating vapor intrusion pathways at DoD cleanup sites. The DoD Tri‐Services Environmental Risk Assessment Workgroup is developing fact sheets to reflect the application of new technologies for vapor intrusion sampling and to supplement the DoD Vapor Intrusion Handbook. DoD has finalized and posted 3 fact sheets on DENIX: Passive Sampling for Vapor Intrusion Assessment, Real-Time Monitoring for Vapor Intrusion Assessment, and High Volume Soil Gas Sampling for Vapor Intrusion Assessment.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking nominations for technical experts to serve on its Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), a federal advisory committee to the Office of Research and Development (ORD). The BOSC provides independent scientific and technical peer review, consultation, advice, and recommendations for each of its research programs.
• Information on the BOSC can be found at https://www.epa.gov/bosc
• Information on ORD’s research can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-research-and-development-ord
Individuals and organizations can nominate themselves or others by using the nomination form on the BOSC website. The nomination period is open until June 30, 2017. Details regarding areas of expertise sought, process for submitting nominations, and selection criteria can also be found in the Federal Register.
Please contact the BOSC Designated Federal Officer, Tom Tracy (firstname.lastname@example.org), for assistance.
ITRC Petroleum Vapor Intrusion Classroom Training - October 10th, 2017 to October 12th, 2017 in Ann Arbor, MI. Two days of ITRC training and one day of State of Michigan training. All states are welcome to attend with waived registration fees! Please visit the ITRC website for registration and more information.
The ITRC PFAS Team continues to partner with ASTSWMO to draft 6 fact sheets. The first 3 drafts will be available for ASTSWMO members to review later this summer, and the final 3 will be available this fall.
ITRC would like to welcome two new Board members: Sara Pearson of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and Naji Akladiss of Maine Department of Environmental Protection!