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.
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.
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.
Director – Environmental Engineering, Remediation & Transactions
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.
This webinar will identify the components of Drone Technology and its application in Environmental Emergency Response and Environmental Assessment. Michigan and Kentucky will share Drone Program common threads from Start Up to Enterprise level operations and the Lessons Learned along the way. This webinar is open to State, Territorial and EPA members.
Michigan EGLE Policy Template
EGLE Drone Consent Form
EGLE Mission Planning Template
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.
Federal landholding agencies are required to comply with several environmental laws, regulations, and executive orders applicable to the acceptance and disposal of federal real property. The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Real Property Utilization and Disposal works with all federal landholding agencies to promote sound real property asset management. GSA supports federal landholding agencies seeking to divest of unneeded real estate and works closely with them to develop strategies to comply with requisite environmental laws, regulations, and executive orders.
This webinar will provide participants with an overview of GSA’s role in ensuring compliance with applicable environmental requirements during the transfer and disposal of federal properties. Ralph Conner, Director of Real Property Utilization, and Lee Anne Galanes, Lead Realty Specialist, will focus their presentation on CERCLA Section 120(h)(3) requirements including its coordination with State and Federal government agencies during property disposals and the implementation of remedies including land use controls. Following GSA’s presentation, ASTSWMO will moderate a question and answer session for participants.
For additional information on GSA’s Environmental Framework visit: https://disposal.gsa.gov/s/environmentalinfo
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with ASTSWMO, developed UST Finder, a flexible web map application containing a comprehensive, state-sourced national map of underground storage tank (UST) and leaking UST (LUST) data. Using publicly available information, UST Finder provides the attributes and locations of active and closed USTs, UST facilities, and LUST sites from states as of 2018-2019. UST Finder contains information about proximity of UST facilities and LUST sites to: surface and groundwater public drinking water protection areas; estimated number of private domestic wells and number of people living nearby; and flooding and wildfires. UST Finder can import additional data layers and export UST facility and LUST site information for use by other software programs.
During this webinar Alex Hall and Fran Kremer from EPA’s Office of Research and Development introduced UST Finder to participants and highlighted the web application’s features and available data. UST Finder is accessible to the public here.