State Regulations and Policies for Control of Naturally-Occurring and Accelerator Produced Radioactive Materials (NARM) and Technologically Enhanced Naturally-Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORM)

Between 2011 and 2012, the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials’ (ASTSWMO’s) Radiation Focus Group developed three reference documents on naturally-occurring, radioactive materials (NORM). The first, Incidental TENORM: A Guidance for State Solid Waste Managers (April 2011), provides information to inform solid waste managers about technologicallyenhanced, naturally-occurring, radioactive materials (TENORM), including an introduction to these materials, toxicity, waste generation, and disposal. This guidance document was followed up by the release of two fact sheets: TENORM Associated with Drinking Water Treatment (May 2011) and TENORM Associated with Shale Gas Operations (July 2012).

Product Stewardship Program Evaluation Tool

This tool was developed as a follow-up piece to the ASTSWMO Product Stewardship Framework Policy document, which is described in a subsequent section. As noted in the policy document, under a framework approach, States can define the product stewardship program structure, set criteria for selecting products and then add products to the stewardship program either by regulation or legislative authorization. Therefore, the State programs that are the focus of this guidance are those that have been created by regulation and/or legislation, and as such include data requirements. Voluntary State product stewardship programs are outside of the scope of the tool, though those programs may be able to use some of the concepts.

The ASTSWMO letter to the House Armed Services Committtee regarding the FY 2015 budget request for Department of Defense Environmental Restoration Programs.

The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) respectfully requests that the House Armed Services Committee carefully review and reconsider the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget request for the Department of Defense (DOD) Environmental Restoration Programs.

ASTSWMO Letter to OMB on e-Manifest

The Board of Directors of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) recently adopted the enclosed position paper, “e-Manifest System Development Funding”. We wanted to share this position paper with you so that you are aware of our views regarding funding for development of the e-Manifest system. ASTSWMO is an association representing the waste management and remediation programs of the 50 States, five Territories and the District of Columbia (States).

The Hazardous Waste Subcommittee Comments on Revisions to “Waste Analysis at Facilities That Generate, Treat, Store, and Dispose of Hazardous Wastes: A Guidance Manual”

The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Hazardous Waste Subcommittee appreciates the opportunity to provide comments regarding the revision to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) “Waste Analysis at Facilities that Generate, Treat, Store, and Dispose of Hazardous Wastes: A Guidance Manual”, dated January 2013. These comments reflect input from the Hazardous Waste Subcommittee and some additional State hazardous waste programs; the comments have not been reviewed or adopted by the ASTSWMO Board of Directors. In addition, individual State or Territorial waste programs may also provide comments based on their own State perspectives and experiences.

ASTSWMO Subtitle C and Subtitle D Post-Closure Care Period Final Survey Report

In August 2011, the ASTSWMO Hazardous Waste and Materials Management Subcommittees conducted a joint Subtitle C and Subtitle D Post-Closure Care (PCC) Period Survey that was sent to hazardous and solid waste programs in the States, Territories and District of Columbia (States), to gather information on States’ policies and/or regulations with respect to post-closure requirements beyond 30 years.

Fluorescent Lamp Drum-Top Crusher Survey Results

U.S. EPA and State and Territorial (States) regulatory agencies recommend that mercury containing fluorescent lamps be recycled. One device commonly used by industry at the beginning of the recycling process is the drum‐top crusher (DTC). Studies have revealed significant problems with the release of mercury from some DTCs during operation, and there appears to be variability in how States regulate DTCs (from no regulation to requiring a treatment permit). This survey is to quantify the regulatory posture of States with regard to DTCs, to establish a baseline of knowledge, and assist the ASTSWMO Hazardous Waste Recycling Task Force in its dialogue with U.S. EPA on this topic.

Beneficial Use of Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) Survey Report

The ASTSWMO Beneficial Use Task Force prepared this Beneficial Use of Coal Combustion Residuals (CCRs) Survey Report to update its information on State regulation regarding the beneficial use of CCRs. The report includes information regarding: State definitions of CCRs; classification systems and tiered approaches; large scale fills; and end-of-life management.