ASTSWMO News Spring 2017


CERCLA and Brownfields

The ASTSWMO Board of Directors approved the 128(a) position paper produced by the Brownfields Focus Group in April 2017. The paper provides an overview of the benefits of the Brownfields program, funding and the return of investment. For additional information, please go to the CaBS Publications Page

Federal Facilities

The ASTSWMO Board of Directors approved the ASTSWMO Position Paper on Performance-Based Contracting at Federal Facilities in March 2017. The paper identifies challenges States continue to face and highlights areas still needing attention. It also recommends the use of a checklist to assist all parties involved in the development and implementation of performance-based contracts and improve the PBC process at federal facility cleanups. Many thanks to the Remediation & Reuse Focus Group for their work on this document.

Hazardous Waste and Materials Management

The Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Subcommittees have jointly worked on two activities over the last quarter. The Subcommittee jointly developed a position paper on the management of cathode ray tubes, which was approved by the ASTSWMO Board of Directors in April. The Subcommittees have also been working together to organize cross-program plenary sessions for the ASTSWMO Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training on August 15-17, 2017 in Oklahoma City, OK. Each Subcommittee is also planning program-specific sessions for the Joint Training.


UST Workshop

The UST Task Force organized a highly productive UST Compliance & Prevention Workshop on May 23-25, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky. The event included approximately 140 participants representing 44 States, U.S. EPA OUST, U.S. EPA Region 4, and several companies and associations representing owners, operators, and fueling and equipment manufacturers and industries. Presentations and video recordings from the Workshop will be available on the ASTSWMO website in June.

Developing a UST Training Portfolio

Across the underground storage tank program, the topic of training has been on our minds for some time. From how to most effectively and efficiently train (or cross train) new staff to identifying advanced training for senior staff, we recognize that a good training program is a key to continued success of the national program. We also recognize the importance of not only ensuring that staff new to the world of underground storage tanks are given the tools for success but that seasoned employees also have the opportunity to add to their knowledge base.

OUST is in the beginning phase of initiating an effort to tackle the training issue from a national perspective. This is a head’s up that you might soon be hearing from your regions!

In the next several weeks, OUST will be sending a training survey to EPA regional offices soliciting their input into this training conversation. Among the things we will be asking them is to identify one or more State programs interested in participating with us. The resultant workgroup will focus on a number of things including: developing a training compendium, identifying training needs, and developing a model training curricula based on functional areas of the tanks program.

Certainly there will be more to come. All UST discussions benefit from your experience and insight, we in OUST look forward to working with you on this as well. (POC: Linda Gerber:

Qs and As about the US EPA 2015 UST regulations

In addition, OUST has been developing various questions and answers (Q&As) to clarify implementation issues regarding the 2015 UST regulation. A compilation of the Q&As can be found on the UST website (Questions and Answers about the 2015 Underground Storage Tank Regulation (PDF)).

OUST recently posted a Q&A regarding alternative test procedures for containment sumps (see bottom of page 5 in document at link above). Currently, there are plans to post at least two other Q&As (for example, clarifications on hazardous waste determinations for sump testing water). As stakeholders pose other questions, OUST will add Q&As to the website.

EPA will continue to rely on ASTSWMO members and others for input on these regulatory implementation matters moving forward. (POC: Tony Raia:

ASTSWMO Election

Are you interested in running for the office of Vice-President in October 2017?

If so, please contact Bonnie Buthker, ASTSWMO Past-President.

Mid-Year Meeting Recap

We had a great turnout for the April 26-27, 2017 Mid-Year Meeting in Cleveland, OH! This year's meeting was themed around "Risk Communication". With sessions and presentations from State and Federal officials as well as other experts, we were given great insights into communicating effectively as it pertains to distressing and crisis situations.

ASTSWMO hosted the 6th Grade Recycling Club from the Orchard STEM school. The students were kind enough to share a video with us that they created themselves along with a presentation about recycling. They were also excited and available for questions and comments during the breaks. The school was also the recipient of the ASTSWMO Gives Back; the meeting attendees raised over $1,100 for the club.

Dr. Randall Hyer presented a ½ day seminar on effective risk and crisis communication: best practices and techniques. The training included a presentation followed by questions and answers, and a role play seminar that directed participants how to craft actual message maps. Volunteers also participated in in a few mock press conference/town hall settings to develop and hone their risk and crisis communication skills.

To top it off our members were able to enjoy tours of the Cleveland Indians baseball stadium as well as the Great Lakes Brewery. Both facilities demonstrated to us the various ways that their organizations have worked to increase their sustainability practices, and reduce their carbon footprints and waste.

Upcoming Meetings

ASTSWMO Meetings

ASTSWMO Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training, Sheraton Hotel in Oklahoma City, OK, August 15-17, 2017.

ASTSWMO Annual Meeting, Crystal City Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA, October 26-27, 2017.

Other Meetings

The National Brownfields Conference,  Pittsburgh, PA, December 5-7, 2017

SWANApalooza, Denver, CO, March 5-7, 2018

SWANApalooza is the brand name for four SWANA events combined into one location to provide a significant learning experience, saving time and travel to multiple events. The call for proposals for SWANApalooza is now open.

26th National Tanks Conference & Expo, Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY, September 11-13, 2018.

ASTSWMO Achievements

Congratulations to our ASTSWMO members Alex Moon, Mike Forbeck, Monica Sheets, and Chuck Schwer for completing the Pro-Football Hall of Fame Marathon in Canton, Ohio on April 30th.

The champions with their medals after a hard run race

ASTSWMO Lifetime Achievement Award

As the policy states, ASTSWMO will recognize an outstanding individual who has worked in State or Territorial (State) government in the areas of waste and materials management, environmentally sustainable practices, and environmental restoration. The purpose of the award is two-fold: to recognize an outstanding individual for effort and service to the States, and advancement of our programs; and to promote the overall efforts of all State employees dedicated to the protection of public health, safety and the environment and the improvement of social-economic conditions related to waste management and contaminated site clean-ups. If a recipient is selected, they would be honored during the October 2017 Annual Meeting.

Nominations for the 2017 award are due to Dania Rodriguez, ASTSWMO Executive Director via email or mail by June 23, 2017.

ASTSWMO Initiatives


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.


• 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.

Click here for the MOU

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

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!

DoD Updates

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

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.

Vapor Intrusion

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.

EPA News

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

• Information on ORD’s research can be found at:

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 (, 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!


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