The ASTSWMO Materials Management Subcommittee submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on July 31, 2023 regarding EPA’s Draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution.
The Disposal and Conversion Task Force submitted comments regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule on Legacy Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Surface Impoundments and CCR Management Units to EPA on July 17, 2023.
In April 2023, the ASTSWMO Board of Directors approved an update to the ASTSWMO Statement on Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Program Implementation that was initially released in January 2022. The updated statement reflects State and Territorial (State) feedback provided to ASTSWMO in January 2023 regarding implementation of the CCR rule and the State CCR permit program approval process. It also recognizes U.S. Environmental Protection Agency CCR activities since the initial statement was issued.
The Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement (CME) Task Force within the ASTSWMO Hazardous Waste Subcommittee and the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Task Force within the ASTSWMO Materials Management Subcommittee collaborated to produce a series of three fact sheets on emerging wastes from renewable energy sources: lithium-ion batteries with a focus on electric vehicle batteries; photovoltaic modules; and wind turbine blades. The fact sheets are intended to be living documents to be periodically updated with new information.
The Radiation Task Force within the ASTSWMO Materials Management Subcommittee has developed a Radiological Disaster Debris Self-Assessment Questionnaire to assist State and Territorial (State) agencies in determining the level of preparedness for late phase radiological disaster debris management. The questionnaire is intended to be used by State agencies in charge of the oversight of radiological materials and wastes. In Phase 2 of this project, the Task Force will create an answer sheet to accompany the questionnaire, and enhance the document information and format.
The Solid Waste Disposal and Conversion Task Force provided comments to EPA on March 23, 2022 regarding proposed Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Part A decisions.
Many States are working towards obtaining EPA CCR permit program approval. As such, ASTSWMO members identified several topics related to State adoption and implementation of the CCR program that require additional input from EPA in the form of rule or guidance. In the Statement, ASTSWMO urges EPA to provide such input for greater certainty for States.