ASTSWMO Policy Position Paper on Federal Facilities

Environmental compliance and remediation at active, closed, and transferred federal facilities continues to be one of the most complex and controversial issues in State-federal relationships. The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) has consistently supported individual State efforts to regulate and enforce both State and federal waste management mandates upon federal agencies maintaining facilities located within their State. With the ongoing national debate concerning States’ environmental rights and responsibilities relating to federal facilities, ASTSWMO believes that it is necessary to define our Association’s positions relative to the environmental management and waste management efforts currently ongoing at all federal facilities.

Analysis of Interim Risk Management at Munitions Response Sites

This report provides an analysis of information received by States and the Department of Defense on interim risk management (IRM) controls and elements being implemented at munitions response sites nationwide. It provides recommendations to support the development of a national IRM framework that was proposed by the State Munitions Response Forum (MRF) in its January 2013 report.

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.