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.
Mike Elster (GA), Chair, ASTSWMO Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force
• Penny Wilson (AR)
• Melissa Ferree (DE), Chair, ASTSWMO Program Information Management Task Force
• Michael Ellenbecker (WI)
• Amy Williams (CO)
The focus of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 was leak prevention and included a provision for States to annually report the sources and causes of UST releases. The average percentage of unknown release sources was approximately 40% and the average percentage of unknown release causes was approximately 60% based on most recent available EPA Public Record reports posted on State websites.
The ASTSWMO Tanks Subcommittee is hosting this webinar to discuss the currently available source and cause information nationally, the impacts of source and cause at the State level, and corrosion/degradation related issues internally and externally for UST systems. The webinar will also present a State example of how we can document source and cause more thoroughly for future national leak prevention analysis efforts.
Alex Hall (EPA ORD) will discuss his analysis of the EPA National Database for UST and LUST. His analysis includes a review of specific States’ data looking at causes of releases, tank construction, tank age, and some broad national trends.
Therron Blatter (UT DEQ) will discuss their analysis on source and cause of releases covered by Utah’s Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) Fund, which includes an evaluation of cleanup costs and release discovery method and key points for data collection in their evaluation of source and cause impacts.
Chris Marks (AZ DEQ) will discuss corrosion and degradation that has been observed internally and externally in UST systems in relationship to source and cause.
Zach Barrett (FL DEP) will discuss Florida’s process for determining and recording release source and cause information, which has helped decrease their percentage rate of unknown release source and cause information.
This webinar focused on Stericycle’s most recent communication and changes in operations for regulated medical waste as it relates to the COVID-19. They have been in continuous communications with the CDC on this matter and have adjusted their protocols slightly to be better aligned with their recommendations.
RIDEM letter on COVID-19 waste
Massachusetts Corporate Emergency Access System
The ASTSWMO Remedial Action Focus Group will present the data that came from the research tool on Technical Impracticability (TI) waivers at National Priorities List sites. The intent of this exercise is to evaluate the criteria used to justify TI waivers and evaluate the consistency on approval of TI waivers in the various EPA regions where TI waivers have been requested since 2010. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25th at 2:30 PM Eastern.
• David Bartenfelder (EPA OSRTI)
• Ashley Blauvelt (RI)
• Jenny Chambers (MT)
• Cherona Levy (GA)
• Bill O’Connell (AK)
• Ed Putnam (NJ)
• Mark Rickrich (OH)
Working with State partners, EPA has developed the first comprehensive national database on underground storage tank facilities, underground storage tanks, and leaking underground storage tanks. This data, including geospatial data, will assist States and stakeholders in identifying facilities that may be prone to flooding and assessing potential risk to ground water and vapor intrusion from LUST sites as well as in prioritizing cleanup efforts. Additionally, this database provides key data on the tanks infrastructure nationally, including the tank age and type.
On October 10, 2019, ASTSWMO hosted a webinar to share the application with States. EPA will make the database publicly available at a later date.
The ASTSWMO Radiation Task Force presented a webinar on February 14, 2019 that highlighted their 2018 guidance document, “Waste Generation and Disposal: Awareness, Management, and Disposal Guidance for Solid Waste Containing Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM).” Presentations addressed the following pertinent components of the document: practical tools available for solid waste disposal facilities accepting TENORM waste; radiation basics; common sources of radioactive materials; regulatory complexities associated with TENORM; and a case study on Montana’s TENORM regulations.
The Great Lakes Legacy Act exemplifies a unique approach for accelerating sediment cleanup and restoring habitat in the largest system of fresh surface water in the world. Funded under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, The Great Lakes Legacy Act provides federal funding to promote cost-sharing partnerships for sediment remediation, including partnerships with State agencies and industry. This webinar from the ASTSWMO Sediments Focus Group shares the presentations made during the ASTSWMO Brownfields and Superfund Symposium in August, 2018, and it provides training on partnering with stakeholders, bridging gaps and thinking outside the box in order to leverage funding, integrate habitat improvements and revitalize tribal, recreational and economic interests.
EPA OUST and ASTSWMO Tanks Subcommittee members share information on new Technical Compliance Rate (TCR) Performance Measures issued in response to the 2015 revised federal UST regulations. Additional information available here.