Board of Directors
On April 4, 2019, ASTSWMO joined ECOS, ACWA, and ASDWA in submitting comments to EPA’s PFAS Action Plan. The letter can be viewed here.
On May 8, 2019, members of ASTSWMO’s leadership and staff visited with Congressional staff, during which they underscored the importance of federal funding support to State programs and highlighted PFAS as a national issue of key interest to the membership.
CERCLA and Brownfields
After many years of excellent work, the ASTSWMO Sediments Focus Group will be sunset at the end of September. We thank the many members who have served on this group throughout the years. All research materials and publications created by this Focus Group will remain on the ASTSWMO website on the CERCLA and Brownfields Publications page.
ASTSWMO is excited to announce the start of a new Focus Group, the Investigation and Remedy Selection Focus Group, which will officially begin their work this fall. The mission for this Focus Group is to research issues associated with the investigation of hazardous substances and the remedy selection process at Superfund sites. The Investigation and Remedy Selection Focus Group will work on issues encountered during the Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study stages of Superfund cleanups. ASTSWMO is looking for one State or Territory representative from each of the ten EPA regions. If you are interested in joining the Investigation and Remedy Selection Focus Group, please submit a new member form, which can be found at the bottom of the Governance & Membership Policies page. Please submit the form and any questions you may have to Scott Lauher by July 31, 2019.
We need volunteers!
The Remediation & Reuse Focus Group and State Federal Coordination Focus Group currently have openings for volunteers from States in EPA Regions 1 and 6. The Focus Groups address policy issues of concern to States at federal facility cleanup sites, create issue papers and guidance documents targeted to State managers overseeing these cleanups, and work closely with other national State-Federal Workgroups to discuss emerging issues of concern to State federal facility managers. Contact Charles Reyes at ASTSWMO if you’re interested in joining or learning more about their work.
Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) Forum
ASTSWMO leadership at the 2019 DERP Forum
Over 70 members representing 36 States and Territories joined representatives from DoD, EPA, ITRC, and other guests at the 2019 DERP Forum in St. Louis, MO. ASTSWMO President Chip Crockett (AL) provided opening remarks on behalf of ASTSWMO and the States, and several State members assisted DoD and EPA leadership in leading sessions and providing presentations on a variety of topics. More information about the forum is provided in the DoD Update section of this newsletter.
The Hazardous Waste Subcommittee planned and hosted a two-part hazardous waste session at the ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting. The first part reflected the Disaster Management theme of the meeting by offering a deeper dive into how North Carolina responded to the environmental incidents caused by Hurricane Florence. The session included an update by EPA of EPA’s recently released Planning for Natural Disaster Debris guidance.
The second part of the session featured an EPA presentation of the Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals rule. The presentation is available on the ASTSWMO website on the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting page.
The Materials Management Subcommittee organized and conducted a session on Management of Disaster Debris at the ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting. A New Jersey speaker discussed how storm debris was managed in the State after Hurricane Sandy, and changes made to the State’s planned response to future events based upon their experience with Sandy. An industry speaker presented the company’s disaster planning process that was illustrated by case studies. A Washington State speaker described the challenges of managing animal carcasses after a severe blizzard event. The session wrapped up with an EPA Office of Research and Development Homeland Security Research Program overview of a suite of waste management decision support tools they have developed for managing waste following a large-scale incident. The recording of the session is available on the ASTSWMO website on the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting page.
Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Subcommittee Activities
The Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Subcommittees planned and conducted a joint session at the ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting that focused on PFAS in the context of solid and hazardous waste programs. The session featured presentations from Michigan and Colorado, and was also offered as a live webinar. The State presentations were followed by an open discussion with attendees and webinar participants. The presentations and webinar recording are available on the ASTSWMO website on the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting page.
The Subcommittees continue to plan the program for the ASTSWMO Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training on August 13-15, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI. Plenary sessions will address cross-program issues such as emerging wastes. Each Subcommittee is planning program-specific breakout sessions. A draft agenda and registration information is available on the ASTSWMO website.
On April 25, 2019, the Tanks Subcommittee provided comments on the Proposed Rule for Modifications to Fuel Regulations to Provide Flexibility for E15 and to Elements of the Renewable Identification Number Compliance System (EPA Docket No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2018-0075). The proposed rule would allow for gasoline blended with up to 15 percent ethanol (E15) to be sold year-round. The Subcommittee’s comments included information about compatibility requirements under 40 CFR 280.32, provided resources for owners and operators planning to store E15, and included comments about the impacts the proposed regulatory changes may have on the UST compliance and remediation programs. ASTSWMO’s comments can be viewed here.