Employee Retention Strategies

This webinar will focus on the technical track developed by AZ DEQ for employees who want to pursue and develop their careers on the technical versus management perspective. Laura Malone, AZ DEQ, Waste Programs Division Director is our featured speaker. Laura will highlight the AZ DEQ’s ASK database which captures employees experience, knowledge and skills that can be used across the agency. AZ DEQ believes this helps to diversify their experience and assist with retention.


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Webinar: Hiring, Retention and Succession Planning

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ASTSWMO’s members just like everyone else are navigating recent changes to the workforce and work environment. This webinar featured a Human Resources (HR) expert discussing the tools and trends that are available and how they can be implemented in your agencies for today, tomorrow and the long-term.

Our presenter is Michelle D. Coussens, owner and operator of Plan B Consulting. Services span speaking, training, and organizational assistance in preparing strategic and business plans, project management, leadership, operational excellence, ethics, diversity and inclusion, and other related topics. To read Michelle’s full bio click here.

Webinar – ASTSWMO and Tanks Subcommittee 101

Are you interested in learning more about ASTSWMO’s organization including our mission, membership, and activities? What about the mission and goals of the Tanks Subcommittee? This webinar provides an introduction to the Association – our structure what we do, who we represent – and information about the Tanks Subcommittee including their membership, activities, and benefits of participating on an active Task Force.

2021 ASTSWMO Annual Meeting Presentations


Webinar – How to Develop a State-led Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) Program

The ASTSWMO Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) Steering Committee hosted a webinar that focuses on key considerations for States interested in developing a State CEC program. On November 6, 2020, the Steering Committee gave an introductory presentation at which time we provided the ASTSWMO membership with an outline of activities being considered to further our CEC dialogue. The presentation ended with a call for input regarding questions and issues of concern from the membership as it pertains to the CEC dialogue and how we – as a Steering Committee – could further the development of successful State-led CEC programs in the absence of a federal framework. We picked up the conversation where we left off in November and digging deeper into practical considerations for developing a State CEC program.

The webinar covered several topics including internal and external engagement and collaboration, program scoping and identifying and prioritizing CECs.

ASTSWMO RCRA Corrective Action Webinar Series: Michigan’s Long-Term Stewardship Program and Its Use of Drones

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The State of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Hazardous Waste Program (HWP) conducts a Corrective Action Monitoring and Maintenance (CAMM) program that involves inspecting all RCRA Treatment, Storage, and Disposal (TSD) facilities that have completed corrective action. The CAMM program helps ensure facility compliance with the requirements of legal agreements in place. The presentation also discusses how Drone Photometry tools have assisted the CAMM program to the benefit of the Department and the facility.

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ASTSWMO RCRA Corrective Action Webinar Series: Pharmacia & Upjohn Company LLC Site: Case-Study

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The 78-acre Pharmacia & Upjohn Company LLC site had a long history of industrial use, including the manufacturing of products used in dyes and pigments, photographic chemicals, consumer products and pharmaceuticals, among others. For more than a decade, investigations and interim measures were performed under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) 3013 and 3008(h) Administrative Orders. Prior to 1995, limited progress and minimal stakeholder outreach led to community frustration, distrust and legal entanglements.

This presentation focused on the stakeholder-driven approach to corrective measures that successfully turned public opinion around, achieved full community support for the remedy, and addressed site impacts in a sustainable manner. Remedy construction was deemed complete on September 30, 2019.

Today, all that remains is long-term operation, maintenance and monitoring of the final remedy. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, following a 45-day public comment period, where public support and appreciation of the future vision of land-use for the property was heard, issued a Stewardship Permit, a form of RCRA Corrective Action post-remedy permit to ensure long-term stewardship at the property, on March 9, 2021.

Russell Downey
Director – Environmental Engineering, Remediation & Transactions
Global Engineering
Pfizer Inc

EPA OUST Briefing on Proposed Rulemaking – E15 and Compatibility with USTs

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On January 19, 2021, EPA published a proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to modify E15 dispenser labels and revise UST system compatibility requirements. A summary of the proposal and links to the notice and Federal Register are available here.
During this meeting on February 16, 2021, ASTSWMO hosted leadership from EPA OUST to provide a short briefing on the proposed rulemaking – focusing on the UST provisions.