Incidental TENORM: A Guidance for State Solid Waste Managers

The ASTSWMO Radiation Focus Group developed this guidance to inform solid waste management and other officials about technologically-enhanced, naturally-occurring, radioactive materials (TENORM) concerns and management approaches.  TENORM contamination is typically the result of process operations involving the extraction, purification, filtration, smelting, or pipeline transport of virtually any material of geological origin.  The TENORM discussed in this guidance are not federally regulated and are incidentally concentrated from various industrial processes, such as coal mining and combustion, and water treatment.  These materials have the potential to be transported to solid waste facilities or become legacy contaminants on CERCLA sites.

Perchlorate Policy Update

The ASTSWMO Emerging Issues Focus Group developed this Perchlorate Policy Update to provide information on State and Federal policies, guidance, and resources specific to assessing and remediating perchlorate while performing environmental cleanups. It is intended to serve as a source of information to assist States as they prepare to deal with the environmental assessment and cleanup at sites potentially or currently contaminated with perchlorate, and to assist States and Federal Agencies that may be considering regulatory or policy development for this contaminant of concern. This document should serve as a supplement to the 2005 ASTSWMO Perchlorate Issues Document and other recent technical documents on perchlorate assessment and remediation.

Measuring Effectiveness of State Stakeholder Engagement and Partnering Efforts

Stakeholder engagement and partnering are strategic tools that improve environmental management and lead to increased support for processes and decisions. In order to improve State stakeholder engagement and partnering efforts and demonstrate return on investment, there is a need to develop and implement a tool for measuring the effectiveness of current programs and for analyzing areas for improvement. By capturing key elements of effectiveness and developing performance indicators and measures, program managers will be able to anticipate problem areas, allocate adequate resources, and mitigate adverse impacts to environmental projects. In the context of this effort, a stakeholder is defined as anyone having a stake in the outcome of environmental projects. This includes, but is not limited to, the agency, other governmental entities (federal, tribal, local), Congressional and legislative representatives, impacted community members, heads of community organizations, schools, businesses, potentially responsible parties, special interest groups, and the media.

Tungsten Issues Papers

The ASTSWMO Policy and Technology Focus Group developed these papers to assess tungsten issues, and the inherent challenges and impacts of tungsten assessment and remediation on existing cleanup programs being implemented at federal facilities.   Version 2.0 is an update to the first version of this document, and provides updated information on remedial technologies and impacts to human health and environment.
Tungsten Issues Paper – Version 2.0 (February 2011)
Tungsten Issues Paper (December 2008)

Green Remediation at Federal Facility Cleanups

The ASTSWMO Remediation and Reuse Focus Group developed this report to provide State Managers with a compendium of green remediation strategies being implemented at federal facility cleanups.  The report provides definitions, policies, guidance, and tools being used by federal agencies at federal facility cleanups, and offers recommendations to both State and Federal agencies participating in these cleanups.

Community Involvement Guidance for Munitions Response Sites

The ASTSWMO Community Involvement Focus Group developed this guidance to provide State and Federal community involvement coordinators and project managers with strategies for conducting effective community involvement activities at munitions response sites.  The guidance outlines the regulatory framework, roles, responsibilities, and special challenges faced by State regulators at these sites.  Case studies are also provided to illustrate these challenges and provide a set of lessons learned.

State Perspectives on the Use of Performance-based Contracting at Federal Facilities Cleanups

The ASTSWMO State Federal Coordination Focus Group queried State Federal Facilities Managers to gather information on DoD’s use of performance-based contracting at federal facilities cleanups.  This report provides an analysis of the States’ responses and recommendations for improving the PBC process.  Twenty-nine States participated in analysis.

Policy Issues at FUDS – Frequently Asked State Questions

The ASTSWMO State Federal Coordination Focus Group developed this document in response to a number of issues of concern to States specific to the FUDS Program.  The comments and views in this document are from the viewpoints and experiences of the Focus Group members only and do not represent formal ASTSWMO, State, or U.S. Army Corps of Engineers legal positions.

Final BRAC Guide

The ASTSWMO Base Closure Focus Group developed this Guide in October 2006 to identify changes to the BRAC process as outlined in DoD’s March 2006 Base Realignment and Redevelopment Manual and to assist State and Territories in working with DoD, local redevelopment authorities and communities in assuring protective, expeditious cleanup and property transfer. In January 2009, the ASTSWMO Base Closure and Radiation Focus Groups updated the Guide to include Chapter VII, Radiological Constituents.  In April 2010, the Remediation and Reuse Focus Group updated the Guide to include Appendix A, Early Property Transfer at NPL Sites.