RCRA Subtitle C Corrective Action and The Road Ahead Webinar Series: Risk Assessment Modeling and Risk Management

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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.

2020 RCRA Corrective Action Conference – Webinars

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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.

DAY 1

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DAY 2

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DAY 3

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ASTSWMO State-EPA Hazardous Waste Roundtable Webinars

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.

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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.

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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.

ASTSWMO Comments to Nuclear Regulatory Commission Proposed Interpretative Rule

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.

Inspecting Permitted Facilities & Following Permit Conditions

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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.

Electronic Tools for Hazardous Waste Inspections – Webinar

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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.

Moderator:
Mike Elster (GA), Chair, ASTSWMO Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force

Speakers:
• Penny Wilson (AR)
• Melissa Ferree (DE), Chair, ASTSWMO Program Information Management Task Force
• Michael Ellenbecker (WI)
• Amy Williams (CO)

Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) Management Position Paper

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.

ASTSWMO Position Paper on RCRA Subtitle C Hazardous Waste Program Information and RCRAInfo Database Operation and Maintenance

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.

Summary of EPA Final Waste Analysis Plan Guidance

In April 2015, EPA issued a final Waste Analysis Plan (WAP) guidance manual. This guidance manual can assist State regulators in evaluating WAPs and determining whether or not a facility is in compliance with the regulatory requirements. The federal hazardous waste regulations are codified at 40 CFR Parts 260 through 279. This manual can also provide guidance in the development of used oil processor or re-refiner analysis plans in 40 CFR Parts 279.

Summary of EPA 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Rule

On January 13, 2015, U.S. EPA issued a rule that amends its definition of solid waste (DSW) to promote recycling. This rule revises EPA’s previous 2008 DSW rule to provide additional oversight and minimize potential risk of releases to surrounding communities. The following is a summary of the 2015 DSW rule. For more information, go to EPA’s webpage dedicated to the rule here