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.
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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.
The ASTSWMO Board of Directors established the Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) Steering Committee in October 2019 to provide a forum for ASTSWMO representatives to discuss Federal and State regulatory, policy, and technical developments regarding CECs and to recommend research projects and training activities to our Subcommittees, Focus Groups, and Tasks Forces. The Steering Committee defines CECs as: “any physical, chemical, biological, or radiological substance or matter in any environmental media that may pose a risk to human and/or ecological health, is under regulated, and the presence, frequency of occurrence or source of which is not yet well understood, routinely monitored, and/or may lack analytical methods.”
The purpose of this webinar is to introduce the Committee to the ASTSWMO membership, provide information on their objectives and initial activities, and solicit feedback and recommendations from members about current State priorities and challenges concerning CEC regulatory and policy development and implementation.
In today’s age it is important to show our project successes and use technology and visual displays to help demonstrate the great work. This joint webinar from the CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee and the Federal Facilities Subcommittee will focus on how technology can tell a story and will showcase three examples from Idaho, Kentucky and Missouri. These case studies will focus on use of technologies and visual applications like unmanned aerial vehicles, Geographic Information System Mapping functionality, and story maps.
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.
Documenting environmental data in the field is very important, and using technology in the field allows field personnel to be more efficient. This webinar will discuss various field technologies currently being used by States and EPA. Presenters will provide examples of how they use Esri Survey123 and Collector to enhance field collection.
1. Darryl Morgan, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, “Welcome Slides”
2. Joe Schaefer, U.S. EPA, “EPA’s Approach to Electronic Data Collection for Sampling and Analytical Data”
3. Sheri Uhlenbruch, Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, “GIS in the Field”
4. Chad Von Gruenigen, Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, “GIS in the Field”
5. Chanh Le, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, “ArcOnline For CERCLA Projects”
6. David Nykodym, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, “Field to Report: Using ESRI Mobile Data Collection for Field Collection and Report Generation”
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)
The focus of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was leak prevention and included a provision for States to annually report the sources and causes of UST releases. The average percentage of unknown release sources was approximately 40% and the average percentage of unknown release causes was approximately 60% based on most recent available EPA Public Record reports posted on State websites.
The ASTSWMO Tanks Subcommittee is hosting this webinar to discuss the currently available source and cause information nationally, the impacts of source and cause at the State level, and corrosion/degradation related issues internally and externally for UST systems. The webinar will also present a State example of how we can document source and cause more thoroughly for future national leak prevention analysis efforts.
Alex Hall (EPA ORD) will discuss his analysis of the EPA National Database for UST and LUST. His analysis includes a review of specific States’ data looking at causes of releases, tank construction, tank age, and some broad national trends.
Therron Blatter (UT DEQ) will discuss their analysis on source and cause of releases covered by Utah’s Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) Fund, which includes an evaluation of cleanup costs and release discovery method and key points for data collection in their evaluation of source and cause impacts.
Chris Marks (AZ DEQ) will discuss corrosion and degradation that has been observed internally and externally in UST systems in relationship to source and cause.
Zach Barrett (FL DEP) will discuss Florida’s process for determining and recording release source and cause information, which has helped decrease their percentage rate of unknown release source and cause information.
This webinar focused on Stericycle’s most recent communication and changes in operations for regulated medical waste as it relates to the COVID-19. They have been in continuous communications with the CDC on this matter and have adjusted their protocols slightly to be better aligned with their recommendations.
RIDEM letter on COVID-19 waste
Massachusetts Corporate Emergency Access System
The ASTSWMO Remedial Action Focus Group will present the data that came from the research tool on Technical Impracticability (TI) waivers at National Priorities List sites. The intent of this exercise is to evaluate the criteria used to justify TI waivers and evaluate the consistency on approval of TI waivers in the various EPA regions where TI waivers have been requested since 2010. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25th at 2:30 PM Eastern.
• David Bartenfelder (EPA OSRTI)
• Ashley Blauvelt (RI)
• Jenny Chambers (MT)
• Cherona Levy (GA)
• Bill O’Connell (AK)
• Ed Putnam (NJ)
• Mark Rickrich (OH)