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.
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.
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.
EPA RCRA Corrective Action Program Vision / Mission / Goals for 2030
EPA Hazardous Waste Corrective Action webpage
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.
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.