Board of Directors
The election for the new Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer took place during the 2020 ASTSWMO Annual Meeting, which was held via GoToWebinar.
We congratulate Tim Ratsep (DE) on being elected Vice-President and April Webb (KY) on being elected Secretary-Treasurer. We wish them the best of luck.
The PPC welcomes Past-President Conchita Taitano (GU) to our ranks after successfully leading the Association through one of the most challenging periods in our history due to the international COVID emergency. Despite enormous obstacles, Conchita worked closely with the Board of Directors and ASTSWMO staff to keep our members informed and engaged during these most unusual circumstances, and we congratulate all who contributed to a very successful virtual Annual Meeting.
Thanks to Chip Crockett (AL) for his leadership on the Executive Committee for the past three years. His enthusiasm and vision have been instrumental in fostering an even greater role for the PPC and we welcome his continued participation as we explore additional opportunities to contribute to the success of the Association. Unfortunately, we were unable to celebrate Chip’s tenure as President due to the cancellation of this past year’s Mid-Year Meeting planned for Chip’s home State of Alabama. We all look forward to our next in-person gathering so we can express our appreciation in true ASTSWMO style.
We welcome Brent Everett (UT) as the Association’s incoming President, and the PPC members offer our assistance, support and guidance as needed. Brent inherits many challenges and we call upon the membership to step up and do what you can to help.
Lastly, congratulations to Tim Ratsep (DE) and April Webb (KY) on their respective elections as Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer. We are all grateful to you for stepping up into yet another leadership position and setting an example for others to do the same. The PPC will have more to say about volunteering and leadership in the Winter Newsletter, so stay tuned.
Region 10 Rep
We welcome Christina Carpenter as the new Region 10 Representative. We also thank Eric Traynor for his role as the outgoing Region 10 Representative.
CERCLA and Brownfields
The CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee welcomes Jenny Chambers (MT) as the new Subcommittee Chair, succeeding Amy Brittain (OK). We thank Amy for the many years of participation and leadership as the CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee Chair!
Thank you Amy Brittain for your tenure as the CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee Chair
Jenny has over 20 years of environmental management experience. She is currently the Waste Management and Remediation Division Administrator for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Programs in the Division include Federal Superfund, State Superfund, Abandoned Mine Lands, Underground Storage Tanks, Solid and Hazardous Waste, Asbestos, Materials Management and other waste management programs. Other positions held within the Montana Department of Environmental Quality include Enforcement Division Acting Administrator, Water Protection Bureau Chief and Technical Services Section Supervisor for the Public Water and Subdivisions Bureau. Jenny received a B.S. in Physical Science with a minor Chemistry from Black Hills State University.
Throughout her career, she has been actively involved with membership committees and organizations including the Montana Section of American Water Works Association/WWA/Water Environmental Federation, Past-President of Association Boards of Certification (ABC), Chairman for the Montana Environmental Training Center, and the Region 8 board representative for Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA). Jenny recently served as the Chair of the ASTSWMO Remedial Action Focus Group.
ASTSWMO would like to thank Jenny Chambers for her tenure as the Remedial Action Focus Group Chair and welcome her as the new Subcommittee Chair
The Subcommittee welcomed several new members to Focus Groups’ within the CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee. We thank members that rotated off this fall for their years of service on the Focus Groups.
Joe Dom (KS) was appointed as the new Remedial Action Focus Group Chair, succeeding Jenny Chambers. The Subcommittee hopes to appoint a Vice-Chair to assist Joe in 2021. Carrie Geyer (MI) was appointed as the new Brownfields Focus Group Chair, succeeding Amanda LeFevre (KY). Jason Seyler (MT) will serve as the new Vice-Chair. Darryl Morgan (KS) was appointed as the new Site Assessment Focus Group Chair, succeeding Anne Marie Palmieri (AK). Christoph Uhlenbruch (KY) will serve as the new Vice-Chair.
Please visit the CERCLA and Brownfields webpage for a list of current Subcommittee and Focus Group members.
The Subcommittee led and assisted with planning and executing two webinars as part of the ASTSWMO Virtual Annual Meeting. Archived recordings and presentations are linked below.
- Emergency Preparedness Checklist
- Public Engagement During COVID-19
The Subcommittee welcomed several new members to the Remediation & Reuse and State Federal Coordination Focus Groups this quarter. We thank Anthony Cinque (NJ), Susan Fulmer (SC), Hans Millican (UT), and Brian Stonebrink (AZ) for their years of service on the Focus Groups.
Jennifer Currie (AK) was appointed as the new Remediation and Reuse Focus Group Chair, succeeding Stephanie Andrews (IN). Brian Jankauskas (NY) will serve as the new Vice-Chair.
Thank you to Stephanie Andrews for your service as Remediation and Reuse Focus Group Chair
Visit the Federal Facilities webpage for a list of current Subcommittee and Focus Group members.
The Subcommittee continues to hold monthly meetings with EPA FFRRO. This quarter the group discussed Focus Group and CEC Steering Committee activities, planned Annual Meeting webinars, and reviewed EPA OLEM updates to the National Program Managers Guidance.
The Remediation & Reuse Focus Group reviewed responses to its information request to States about coordination with civilian federal agencies (CFAs) at federal facility cleanups, which included data on the types of cleanups and sites nationwide, State involvement and oversight activities and agreements, funding, and successes and challenges States have encountered at these sites. Using this data and results of additional research, the Focus Group completed its first draft of an issue paper on coordination with CFAs. The final paper will be released in 2021.
The State Federal Coordination Focus Group finalized and distributed an information request to States that will be used to collect data and examples from States about the use and management of land use controls at federal facilities. Contact Charles Reyes, ASTSWMO, to request access to the information request.
The Subcommittee led and assisted with planning and executing several webinars and roundtables as part of the ASTSWMO Virtual Annual Meeting:
• Environmental Considerations to Federal Real Property Transfers and Disposals
• Public Engagement During COVID-19
• Federal Facilities Roundtable for State and Federal Government Representatives.
Visit the ASTSWMO Annual Meeting webpage for archived recordings and presentations.
Call for Nominations: “National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse” Award
EPA is calling for nominations for the annual “National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse” award. The call for nominations memo was posted on 10/27/20 and nomination forms should be submitted via email to email@example.com by February 12, 2021. Many Federal agencies; State, Local, and Tribal partners; developers, and communities have worked closely with EPA to ensure sites are remediated in a way that promotes reuse or supports continued property use. Cleaning up contaminated sites at federal facilities can serve as a catalyst for economic growth and community revitalization. This award recognizes the efforts of the teams that have gone above and beyond to support reuse and restoration of Federal Facility sites across the country. The awardees will be announced in Spring 2021.
For more information visit the 2021 National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse Awards webpage or contact Jyl Lapachin.
The Subcommittee welcomed several new members to the Corrective Action and Permitting (CAP), Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement and Program Development and Data Task Forces during this quarter. We thank Sarah Bargsten (WY), Bill Krispin (TN), Steve Simoes (VT), Michael Ellenbecker (WI), Judy Watkins (MT) and Mary Fritzmann (OR) for their years of service on the Task Forces. Ashby Scott (VA) has succeeded Sarah Bargsten as Vice-Chair of the CAP Task Force.
Visit the Hazardous Waste webpage for a list of current Subcommittee and Task Force members.
The Hazardous Waste Subcommittee planned a Hazardous Waste State-EPA Roundtable on October 26, 2020 as part of the ASTSWMO Annual Meeting. The Roundtable covered a number of timely topics.
The Subcommittee has also provided input into EPA’s inspection expectations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force has taken the lead in tracking issues regarding State inspection commitments and the conduct of off-site compliance monitoring during the pandemic.
The Program Development and Data Task Force continues to monitor and provide feedback as appropriate into the development of Version 6 of RCRAInfo and e-Manifest implementation. The Task Force has also provided input regarding RCRAInfo aspects of inspection commitments. The Task Force held a “Metabase Made Easy – Part 2” training webinar on September 23. This intermediate training was in follow-up to the Part 1, introductory webinar held in July 2020.
In addition to conducting the RCRA Corrective Action Conference and two follow-on webinars this past quarter, the Corrective Action and Permitting Task Force also provided input to EPA on RCRA permitting issues.
The Subcommittee welcomed several new members to the Solid Waste Disposal and Conversion (SWDC), Beneficial Use, Radiation and Sustainable Materials Management Task Forces during this quarter. We thank Lori Aldrich (AK), Kenn Smith (IL), Michael Elliott (MA), David Benke (MN), Ferrella March (OK), Jenny Goodman (NJ), Rick Thompson (MT) and Amber Edwards (OK) for their years of service on the Task Forces. Suzanne Engels (WY) has succeeded Lori Aldrich as Vice-Chair of the SWDC Task Force.
Visit the Materials Management webpage for a list of current Subcommittee and Task Force members.
For the ASTSWMO Annual Meeting, the Materials Management Subcommittee organized a Recycling session presented on October 29 and a Materials Management State-EPA Roundtable held on November 5. The Recycling session discussed the ASTSWMO Position Paper on Recycling; EPA’s draft national recycling strategy, out for public comment by December 4, 2020, and draft national recycling goals; and the current state of the recycling industry. The Materials Management Roundtable addressed a number of timely topics.
Subcommittee Chair Cathy Jamieson (VT) represented ASTSWMO on a stakeholder panel held during the EPA America Recycles Summit on November 17. Jamieson highlighted the ASTSWMO recycling position paper. At the opening of the Summit, the EPA Administrator announced the national recycling goal of 50% by 2030.
The Sustainable Materials Management Task Force provided comments to EPA on October 2 regarding the draft national recycling goals released by EPA in early September for public comment. The Task Force has initiated the first update to their 2019 recycling response matrix, which compiled information regarding State and Territorial (State) and local actions in response to China’s import restrictions on certain recyclables, also known as National Sword. The update continues to be focused on market impacts attributable to National Sword, but also invites States to provide any comments about impacts related to the COVID-19 situation.
The Solid Waste Disposal and Conversion Task Force is in the process of finalizing a compendium of landfill odor causes and available control options, which will include State landfill odor control requirements and case studies.
The Beneficial Use Task Force is finalizing the report of their survey on the beneficial use of fill materials.
The Radiation Task Force has developed a survey on management of radiological material from disasters that will be distributed soon. The survey is intended to scope what States are doing now in order to identify State needs that a Task Force project can fill.
ASTSWMO Food Supply Chain Roundtable
The Materials Management Subcommittee, with the assistance of Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Task Force members, conducted a virtual Food Supply Chain Roundtable on October 15. The goal of the Roundtable was to discuss how to reduce food waste and move more food to businesses/consumers by examining food supply chain and food rescue options to make managing food more resilient to stresses, like those that have occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. Roundtable participants, in addition to Subcommittee and SMM Task Force members, included State agriculture department staff, EPA and U.S. Department of Agriculture staff, the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), ReFed, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, and non-profit and trade associations involved in various aspects of the food supply.
Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Session
The Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Subcommittees developed a Joint Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Session for the ASTSWMO Annual Meeting. The session, held on October 27, covered two topics: 1) Post-Closure Care, applicable to RCRA Subtitle C and Subtitle D; and 2) Facility inspections during the coronavirus pandemic. The facility inspections topic featured approaches taken by two States: Virginia’s procedures for conducting field inspections, and Arkansas’ use of desk audits for off-site compliance monitoring.
The Subcommittee thanks Carolyn Hoskinson, former Director of EPA OUST, for her years of partnership with the States and wish her well in her new role at EPA as Director of ORCR, where she will continue to work closely with ASTSWMO and our Hazardous Waste and Materials Management teams.
The Subcommittee welcomed several new members to the Release Prevention, LUST, and Emerging Issues Task Forces this quarter. We thank Mahesh Albuquerque (CO), Joe Cunningham (RI), Keith Dyarmett (ID), Cara Ingle (IA), Mike Martin (MO), and Mark Olsen (ID) for their years of service on the Task Forces.
Kris Grinnell (WA) was appointed as the new Emerging Issues Task Force Chair, succeeding Tara Rosie (AZ). Nigel Luther (TN) will serve as the new Vice-Chair. Thank you, Tara, for your many years of participation and leadership!
Visit the Tanks webpage for a list of current Subcommittee and Focus Group members.
The Subcommittee continues to hold monthly conference calls with EPA OUST. This quarter the group planned webinars and agenda topics for upcoming webinars, discussed new EPA OUST guidance on UST system compatibility and flooding, and shared administrative updates from the Task Forces and EPA.
The LUST Task Force continued work on developing a series of story map compendiums on LUST program issues. The Task Force distributed an information request this quarter on several topics to collect information and data that will be used in the story map. Contact Charles Reyes, ASTSWMO, to request access to the information request.
The Emerging Issues Task Force continues to work with EPA ORD and OUST to share information about the new EPA UST Finder. ASTSWMO and the Task Force are working with EPA to organize regional virtual workshops to provide hands on training for using UST Finder. The first workshop will be held in Region 1 in December. Announcements for future regional workshops (early 2021) will be sent as dates are confirmed.
Webinars and Meetings:
The Subcommittee, Task Forces, and ASTSWMO partners were busy this quarter planning and executing several webinars and roundtables. Archived recordings and presentations are linked below.
ASTSWMO Virtual Annual Meeting:
• Protecting Your Tanks Program: From Cost Evaluation to Fraud Prevention
• UST System Inspections During the COVID-19 Pandemic
NEIWPCC - 2020 NTC Webinar Series
• Emergency Power Generators
• Collaborating Across Regulatory Programs to Achieve Shared Goals
• LUST Corrective Action: Resources, Case Study, and a Discussion on Remedial Design Characterization and In-Situ Remedial Methods
• Changing Fuel Consumption, COVID-19, and Other Challenges – Perspectives on the State of State Funds and Environmental Insurance
Contaminants of Emerging Concern Steering Committee
The Committee hosted a web meeting on November 6, 2020, for ASTSWMO’s active membership including Voting Members, Board of Directors, Subcommittees, and Focus Groups and Task Forces. During the webinar the Committee shared a summary of their suggested research topics and activities for Subcommittees, a template for a new ASTSWMO CEC Website, and a copy of its current draft ASTSWMO Position Paper on PFAS. The meeting was held to collect feedback on its draft work products and research recommendations, and answer questions from ASTSWMO’s membership about its current activities.
The Committee completed its review of questions and comments from the June 2020 webinar and sent a compilation of its responses to webinar participants. Contact Charles Reyes, ASTSWMO, for a copy.