ASTSWMO News Spring 2019

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.

Federal Facilities

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.

Hazardous Waste

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.

Materials Management

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.

ASTSWMO Election

Are you interested in running for the office of Vice-President in October 2019?

If so, please contact Ken Kloo, ASTSWMO Past-President.

Mid-Year Meeting Recap

ASTSWMO held their 2019 Mid-Year Meeting on May 1-2, 2019, in New Brunswick, NJ. The theme of the meeting was Disaster Management and featured sessions showcasing several State and federal agency programs and processes for preparing for disaster events and managing wastes after these events.

ASTSWMO raised $1100 for Youth Empowerment Services (YES), based in New Brunswick NJ, as a part of ASTSWMO Gives Back. ​YES provides a safe haven and life transforming programs to the children of New Brunswick. YES also invests in the youth of the community through after school tutoring, summer camp, one-on-one mentoring, and sports and recreational programming.

Videos from the presentations are up on Vimeo now and the presentation materials and links to the videos are on the ASTSWMO website on the 2019 Mid-Year meeting page.

Upcoming Meetings

ASTSWMO Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Training, August 13-15, 2019, Milwaukee, WI. Registration is open.

ASTSWMO Leaking Underground Storage Tanks Workshop, September 17-19, 2019, New Orleans, LA. Registration is open.

2019 ASTSWMO Annual Meeting, October 30-31, 2019, Washington, DC. Registration will open in mid-August 2019.

Other Meetings

PFAS training class, June 21, 2019, Raleigh, NC.

TPH Risk Evaluation at Petroleum-Contaminated Sites online training class, June 19, 2019.


Former UST Task Force Member Oma Gilbreth (WY) Named Employee of the Year

Cheyenne, Wyo – On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) honored several employees who have given dedicated service to the department and the State of Wyoming.

Oma Gilbreth, Storage Tank Program (STP) Compliance Supervisor for the Solid and Hazardous Waste Division (SHWD), was named the 2018 DEQ Public Servant of the Year.

"This award is more for the Storage Tank Program than it is for myself," said Gilbreth. "The compliance section, along with the help of the remediation section, have worked hard with industry to attain such high compliance rates, and for that I am grateful."

The STP regulates the installation and operation of regulated storage tank systems (filling stations and other similar facilities) and oversees cleanup at sites impacted by leaking tanks to protect Wyoming's land and groundwater from contamination.

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 2019 Annual Meeting.

Nominations for the 2019 award are due to Dania Rodriguez, ASTSWMO Executive Director, via email or mail by June 18, 2019. Read more here.


John Menatti of Utah DEQ – 20 years with the State

Joe Schieffelin of Colorado DPHE – 29 years with the State


ITRC Introduces Two New Teams: Vapor Intrusion and Resiliency

ITRC recently opened membership to two new teams:

Green and Sustainable Remediation with Resiliency to Extreme Weather Events and Wildfires

Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Training

Both teams will have their first member call in June and membership is open to all, either as an active member or interested party. Register for the teams HERE!

ITRC Seeks State At-Large Board Representative for 2020

ITRC is seeking applicants for the ITRC Board of Advisors State At-Large Representative position that opens for the three-year term beginning in January 2020.

The ideal candidate for the State At-Large Representative position is a state agency employee with experience in cross-media representation. The representative will provide input on air, water, and land issues at the state level so that ITRC can continue to expand its non-remediation goals. The representative also ensures ITRC’s communication and information exchange with air, water, and land state agencies/associations.

Resumes and cover letters should be submitted electronically to Patricia Reyes, ITRC Director, (preyes@ecos.org, 202.266.4933) by the end of the day on Friday, June 28. Learn more here.

Upcoming Events

June 21 – PFAS Training Class

ITRC is holding a PFAS training class in Raleigh, NC on June 21. This class is free for state and federal employees, and travel scholarships are available to state staff traveling more than 50 miles. For scholarship information, please contact Tadbir Singh (tsingh@ecos.org).

June 19 – TPH Risk Evaluation at Petroleum-Contaminated Sites

ITRC is holding a free online training class on June 19 at 1:00-3:15 pm EST.

DoD Update

DERP Forum

As noted above, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Environment) hosted the DERP Forum May 8-9, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. The Forum was attended by 218 participants representing 36 States/territories, DoD Components, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Federal Land Managers. Participants discussed ongoing initiatives to address Perfluorooctane Sulfonate/Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOS/PFOA). In addition, there were session tracks focusing on Installation Restoration (IR) and Munitions Response (MR) sites. The IR track included discussions on partnering and risk communications strategies; solutions to address challenging IR sites; technologies and approaches for investigating vapor intrusion; and remedy optimization. The MR track focused on the tools and data necessary to support sound risk-based decision making. DoD will post presentations from the Forum here.

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!

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