President's Letter

ASTSWMO President, Ken Kloo (NJ), outlines his vision of 2018 for the Association


CERCLA and Brownfields

The ASTSWMO Brownfields Focus Group developed six fact sheets that relate to certain Brownfields topics. These topics are Phase I Assessments and All Appropriate Inquiry, Phase II Assessments, Abandoned Structures, Risk-Based Decision Making for Property Cleanup, Vapor Intrusion, and Community Involvement. For more information, please click here

The CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee planned a number of sessions during the ASTSWMO Annual Meeting that took place October 26-27 in Arlington, VA. These sessions included two joint sessions with the Federal Facilities Subcommittee regarding the Superfund Task Force Report, as well as roundtables on urban lead and removals, and a Subcommittee update with EPA OSRTI, OBLR and OSRE.

As we move toward 2018, 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

EPA is planning a series of 3-day training courses geared toward Federal Facility Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) in 2018. The course includes discussions on best practices for managing federal facility NPL sites, a review of statutory and regulatory authorities, executive orders, policy and guidance important to federal facilities, implementing the Federal Facilities Agreements, and a discussion on current issues such as emerging contaminants.

Courses are specifically designed for EPA Federal Facility RPMs of all experience levels and may also be taken by other EPA RPMs, DOD/DOE RPMs, EPA RCRA personnel, State personnel who manage Federal Facilities across the nation, tribal RPMs and managers.

Additional information including a schedule of upcoming courses is available here.

Hazardous Waste

The Hazardous Waste Subcommittee planned sessions on RCRA Subtitle C Corrective Action and Long-Term Stewardship (LTS), and RCRAInfo and e-Manifest at the ASTSWMO Annual Meeting. EPA Region 5 presented a case study on LTS, that was followed by a facilitated discussion of State corrective action and LTS activities and issues. A State perspective was offered regarding the development of RCRAInfo Version 6. EPA provided an update about their e-Manifest activities. The Hazardous Waste Roundtables featured discussions of a number of timely hazardous waste program issues including the status of the CERCLA 108 (b) rulemaking, U.S. EPA’s draft strategic plan and measures for corrective action, status of the definition of solid waste rule lawsuit, U.S. EPA’s permit integrity initiative and regulatory updates.

Materials Management

The Materials Management Subcommittee organized and conducted sessions on Marine Debris/Trash-Free Waters and Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D) at the ASTSWMO Annual Meeting. A Materials Management Roundtable provided for a good exchange of information and discussion of China’s announced plans to restrict the import of certain non-hazardous wastes by the end of the year, and the potential impact on recycling markets if the restrictions are implemented. The Materials Management Roundtable also featured a State and EPA discussion of the status of implementation of EPA’s Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule and the legislation regarding CCR permit programs.

The Beneficial Use Task Force has developed the supplemental report, Beneficial Use of Drill Cuttings, Produced Water and Fluids in the U.S., to their March 2015 Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Waste Management Survey Report. Click here to read more.


October 13, 2018, which is three years after EPA’s revised UST regulations were effective, marks when underground storage tank (UST) owners and operators in Indian country and in States without State program approval (SPA) must meet the remaining major UST requirements.

In addition to requirements UST owners and operators in Indian country and in States without SPA must meet, the October 2018 deadline also affects current SPA States and Territories that want to re-apply to EPA in order to maintain their SPA status. Re-applying pertains to the 38 States, along with Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, all of which already have SPA. The remaining States and Territories may apply for SPA irrespective of the October 2018 deadline.

To date, States have made tremendous progress in updating their regulations and taking steps to obtain SPA. EPA has reviewed more than 30 State regulations, and one State — Oklahoma — has already completed the revised SPA process (awaiting publication in the Federal Register). Next year will be busy in the UST program.

Access information about the October 2018 deadline and requirements, as well as the revised UST regulations, on EPA’s website.

ASTSWMO Elections

Elections for the new Vice-President took place during the 2017 ASTSWMO Annual Meeting.

We congratulate Vernon "Chip" Crockett (AL) on being elected as the new Vice-President and wish him the best of luck.

Annual Meeting Recap

Thank you to everyone who took the time and made the effort to attend the ASTSWMO Annual Meeting. We had a record turnout this year of State, Territorial, and local representatives from various environmental organizations and we greatly appreciate it. At this meeting the attendees donated $2,350 for hurricane relief for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

We thank you again for your support and participation in this event and look forward to seeing you all again at the Mid-Year Meeting and next year's Annual Meeting as well.

Lifetime Achievement Award

During the meeting Stephen G. Reuter, who retired from the New Mexico Environment Department in 2016, was presented with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Steve worked for 19 years with the State of New Mexico and an additional 20 years consulting for a total of 39 years of work in the environmental world. Steve served with distinction on the ASTSWMO LUST Task Force since 2003 and was Chair of the Task Force when he retired. Throughout his years with ASTSWMO, Steve was known as a strong advocate for the States and Territories in the areas of Tanks, and for his knowledge, integrity, mentoring, and commitment to the Association.

Upcoming Meetings

ASTSWMO Meetings

ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting, Anaheim, CA, April, 2018.

Other Meetings

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

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

Orchard STEM Update

During our Mid-Year Meeting, 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. The school was also the recipient of ASTSWMO Gives Back; the meeting attendees raised over $1,100 for the club.

The students recently provided us with an update of what they have been up to for the last six months. The following was written by one of the students, Lamier Freeman.

"This year as seventh graders we can be a part of the Orchard Engineering Club. We get to work with Cleveland city and Cleveland State University engineers. We have been learning about green infrastructure. Green infrastructure is when people are doing things to help the environment. We learned about rain gardens which use rain water mostly to water gardens. We got to visit the Kinsman Farm which is a six acre incubator farm in an urban setting. We saw the gardens, the compost centers, playgrounds, and produce store. Our end goal this year is to make a rain garden at Orchard, which will tie in nicely with the sixth graders goal to build a greenhouse and design a composting system."

Words from Bonnie Buthker

On October 26, 2017, my term as Past-President for ASTSWMO ended. Over my last three years on the Executive Committee and my term as Federal Facilities Subcommittee Chair, the Board and Subcommittee Chairs have worked diligently on updating position papers, transitioning members into new leadership roles, and developing annual work plans in accordance with ASTSWMO’s strategic plan. As my term ended, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on all that I’ve experienced, all the wonderful memories and friendships I’ve made, and all that ASTSWMO as an organization has been able to accomplish. I’ve also been thinking about not just what ASTSWMO meant to me as a member, but also what opportunities ASTSWMO has given me over the last almost 20 years. I wanted to share these with you, in hopes that this may spur you onward to step into new leadership roles with the organization.

When I first became involved with ASTSWMO, I was a frontline supervisor working for Ohio EPA in the federal facilities oversight program. At that point in my career, I did not have many experiences in working with other States and Territories (States). Being a Focus Group member gave me that opportunity. I learned much from other States, and took some of their ideas and successes back to Ohio to implement and improve Ohio’s federal facilities program. In addition, in this role, I had the ability to discuss important environmental concerns with U.S. EPA Headquarters, Department of Defense, Air Force, Army, Navy, and U.S. Army Corps Headquarters staff. These issues were not just associated with Focus Groups projects, but also issues that Ohio was working to resolve. In addition to the professional experience, by participating in Focus Group meetings and symposiums, I made lots of new friendships, not just with staff from other States, but with personnel from U.S. EPA, DoD and the Military Services as well. My participation on Focus Groups also gave me the opportunity for ASTSWMO to recommend me as a witness for a 2008 U.S Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing on State oversight of federal facilities cleanup. I believe I would have never had that experience had I not been involved with ASTSWMO.

In addition to all the professional and personal experiences that ASTSWMO provided, my various roles in ASTSWMO have also developed me professionally. My role as a Focus Group member gave me team building experience. My role as a Focus Group Chair gave me additional experience with organizing and leading meetings, completing project tasks, and even resolving conflict. My role on the Board both as Subcommittee Chair and on the Executive Committee exposed me to other program areas such as Materials Management, Hazardous Waste Management, and Underground Storage Tank Programs, which broadened my experience since most of my career was focused on Federal Facilities issues and the Superfund/Brownfield programs. In addition to learning more about other programs, while I was on the ASTSWMO Board, I also learned about strategic planning, fiscal management, and Board governance. These experiences have molded and given me the expertise and necessary skills to be promoted from a frontline supervisor, to an Assistant District Chief, and now to my current position as District Chief for Ohio EPA.

In closing, I encourage all of you who have not yet become active with ASTSWMO to seize the opportunity and volunteer for a Focus Group or Task Force. If you are currently a Focus Group or Task Force member, please consider volunteering to become Chair. If you don’t want to be a member of the Subcommittee, consider throwing your hat in the ring to be a representative on the Board or running for either Vice-President or Secretary-Treasurer. While I understand being involved with ASTSWMO takes time away from your State role, the rewards both professionally and personally to both you and your staff will more than compensate you. I know I will always be grateful for all that ASTSWMO has given me over the years.

ASTSWMO Achievements

Congratulations to Mike Forbeck, Chuck Schwer, and Monica Sheets on completing the Atlantic City Marathon and to Mark de Bie on completing the Marine Corps Marathon.


The ASTSWMO members would like to congratulate and thank Dania Rodriguez for her 20 years with the organization. We all appreciate all the work you've done for ASTSWMO.

Thank you from Dania Rodriguez

I want to thank all of you who have congratulated me on my 20 years with ASTSWMO during the recent Annual Meeting as well as the phone calls and email messages many of you have sent. Twenty years goes by really fast when you are doing great work with great people. Knowing that collectively, we are working to protect public health and the environment is an amazing feeling. I’m proud to be the Executive Director of this wonderful organization and thank you for the privilege to represent all 50 States, 5 Territories and the District of Columbia.


Two members who were significantly involved with ASTSWMO for several years have recently retired from State government: Jennifer Roberts (AK) and Mike Forbeck (PA). Just prior to her retirement, Jennifer was recognized at the Annual Meeting for having served two terms as CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee Chair. Mike is a past President of ASTSWMO and was most recently the Co-Chair of the Coal Combustion Residuals Ad Hoc Workgroup. The Association greatly appreciates the dedicated participation of Jennifer and Mike, and we wish them all the best.


ITRC Announces Two New Teams for 2018

ITRC is pleased to announce two brand new teams starting in January 2018: Optimizing In Situ Remediation Performance & Injection Strategies and Implementing the Use of Advanced Site Characterization Tools.

The Optimizing In Situ Remediation Performance & Injection Strategies Team will focus on addressing the risks, limits, and lack of information on the use of injection-based technologies and improving their successful use. The Implementing the Use of Advanced Site Characterization Tools Team will analyze advanced tools in computing and characterization for their use at a variety of sites.

ITRC Team Publishes Guidance on Complex Sites

ITRC is thrilled to officially release our latest guidance document, Remediation Management of Complex Sites!

This guidance incorporates and refers to best management practices, tools, and technologies, and also includes numerous case studies that describe real-world applications of remediation and remediation management at complex sites.

Click HERE to access the document. You are invited to join the very first Complex Sites online training class, scheduled for Tuesday, February 6th, 1:00 – 3:15 PM EST. Please check back at www.itrcweb.org/training for registration information as it becomes available.

ITRC Releases Three Technical Fact Sheets on Emerging PFAS Issue

The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council is thrilled to announce the release of its first three technical PFAS fact sheets: History and Use; Regulations, Guidance, and Advisories; and Naming Conventions and Physical and Chemical Properties. The fact sheets also provide extensive reference lists that will allow readers to get into the details as needed. The fact sheets are live documents and will be updated as more technical and regulatory information becomes available.

The last three fact sheets will be out in December 2017. The team is also working on an in-depth guidance document which will provide a greater understanding of the technical and regulatory aspects of PFAS, as well as another fact sheet focused on aqueous firefighting foams (AFFF). The fact sheets are currently being translated into Spanish.

You can access the fact sheets HERE.

New ASTSWMO Website

ASTSWMO has a new website!!! After months of design, coding, and content entry the new site is now live. Check it out here. The site will experience frequent updates and changes as we receive new information and publications so be sure to check back.


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