The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has been working to assess and mitigate PFAS emissions from the Chemours facility in Fayetteville, NC, for several years. PFAS compounds were first discovered in the Cape Fear River by EPA researchers. Various PFAS compounds, including HFPO Dimer Acid, or “GenX,” have since been discovered in surface water, rain, soil, sediment, fish, foam on surface water, and in private drinking water wells more than 12 miles from the facility. Join staff from the NC DEQ to learn more about the PFAS investigation in the area and how impacted resources are being addressed to protect human health and the environment.
NC DEQ Speakers:
• Julie Woosley, Hazardous Waste Section Chief, Division of Waste Management
• Michael Pjetraj, Deputy Director, Division of Air Quality
• Julie Grzyb, Deputy Director, Division of Water Resources
Residential QRA Report
RCRA Screening Report
This webinar, the first in a series of follow-on webinars from the September 2020 ASTSWMO RCRA Corrective Action Conference, will feature two presentations, described below.
First Speaker: Vrushali Gandhi, Virginia DEQ
Topic: Virginia Unified Risk Assessment Model (VURAM) Unleashed
Summary: The Virginia Unified Risk Assessment Model (VURAM) is a risk assessment tool developed and maintained by VA DEQ to conduct quantitative human health risk assessments. This presentation will include a demo of the software and how to interpret the results. We will further discuss how its application could be useful for regulators, consultants and various other stakeholders.
Second Speaker: Diana Marquez, Project Manager with Burns & McDonnell
Topic: Risk Assessment and Decision-Making in Corrective Action
Summary: Risk management is one of the most challenging parts of a corrective action project. Effective risk management requires understanding a variety of considerations including the technical complexities of a site, risk drivers, and stakeholder concerns. In this presentation, we will discuss 1) Current frequently-used approaches to risk management; 2) Strengths and weaknesses of the frequently-used approaches; and 3) Alternative ways of approaching risk management to achieve the same goals.
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The 2020 ASTSWMO RCRA Corrective Action Conference was held on September 1-3, 2020 as a virtual event. The Conference featured the theme, “RCRA Corrective Action: 2020 and The Road Ahead”, to acknowledge 2020 as the milestone year for achieving RCRA corrective action goals and the work that remains beyond 2020.
On the first two days, two sessions were separated by a break. There was a continuous session on the last day.
EPA RCRA Corrective Action Program Vision / Mission / Goals for 2030
EPA Hazardous Waste Corrective Action webpage
The ASTSWMO Hazardous Waste Subcommittee hosted two State-EPA Hazardous Waste Roundtable webinars in May and in June 2020. Subcommittee Chair Paula Bansch (IN) moderated both Roundtables.
The first Roundtable was held on May 14, 2020. The webinar recording features presentations by U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR) staff on State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG); Small Quantity Generator (SQG) Re-Notification/Update re: Executive Order on Guidance Documents; updates on RCRAInfo and Capacity Assurance; and a Demo of Data Visualization.
The following EPA presentations were part of the second Roundtable, held on June 10, 2020: Corrective Action Beyond 2020; National RCRA Permitting Priorities; the Open Burning/Open Detonation Alternative Technologies Report; the National Permit Oversight Policy; and an update of the Corrective Action Module in RCRAInfo Version 6.
The Materials Management and Hazardous Waste Subcommittees of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) appreciate the opportunity to jointly provide comments on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Proposed Interpretive Rule, Transfer of Very Low-Level Waste to Exempt Persons for Disposal NRC-2020-0065, published in the Federal Register on March 6, 2020 (85 FR 45). These comments have not been reviewed or adopted by the ASTSWMO Board of Directors. In addition, individual State or Territorial radiological, solid waste, and hazardous waste programs may also provide comments based on their own perspectives and experiences.
The Corrective Action and Permitting Task Force within ASTSWMO’s Hazardous Waste Subcommittee is hosting a webinar on Inspecting Permitted Facilities & Following Permit Conditions. It is critical that RCRA Permit Writers and Inspectors work together to ensure permitted Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facilities are following the requirements of their permits. This webinar will discuss how permit writers can prepare for Compliance Evaluation Inspections and the types of hazardous waste storage units they might encounter. The presentation will mostly focus on tanks and containers, but will also discuss other topics including treatment and corrective action. Permit Writers and Inspectors working together make for more thorough inspections, more accurate permits, and hopefully safer and more compliant Treatment, Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDFs). There will be time following the presentation for questions.
ASTSWMO’s Hazardous Waste Subcommittee hosted the webinar, Electronic Tools for Hazardous Waste Inspections, on April 30, 2020. The webinar was originally planned as a session at the ASTSWMO Mid-Year Meeting. The webinar discussed: Arkansas’ experience field testing the EPA Smart Tools for RCRA Subtitle C Field Inspectors software and their decision to be an early adopter of Smart Tools; the connectivity between RCRAInfo and Smart Tools; and evaluations by Wisconsin and Colorado in updating and developing their State electronic tools, as well as demos of each State system. There will be time following the presentations for questions and information-sharing.
Mike Elster (GA), Chair, ASTSWMO Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force
• Penny Wilson (AR)
• Melissa Ferree (DE), Chair, ASTSWMO Program Information Management Task Force
• Michael Ellenbecker (WI)
• Amy Williams (CO)
Due to the fast-paced changes in technology and consumer interest in buying new electronic products, many States are seeing an increase in the amount of older electronic items being discarded. Monitors and televisions with cathode ray tube (CRT) technology are a growing concern for the States. CRT units can contain a variety of toxic metals, such as barium, lead, and cadmium. Therefore, improper or uncontrolled disposal of these devices can have an adverse impact to the environment.
Since the enactment of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) in 1976 and subsequent amendments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed and maintained several information systems. These evolving information management systems are necessary for tracking and maintaining information pertaining to the multitude of sites around the country involved in the generation, transportation, and management of hazardous waste.