CEC Steering Committee

Steering Committee Chair

Tracie White (CO) – Contact

Tracie White


The purpose of the Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) Steering Committee, formed by the Board of Directors in October 2019, is to provide a forum for ASTSWMO representatives to discuss Federal and State and Territorial (State) regulatory, policy, and technical developments, and to recommend research projects and training activities for ASTSWMO Subcommittees, Focus Groups, and Task Forces to execute regarding CECs. The Committee defines CECs to include 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 well understood, routinely monitored, and/or may lack analytical methods.


ACWA, ASDWA, ASTSWMO, ECOS PFAS PBT Reporting Exemption TRI-EPCRA Comments (2/8/2023) - ECOS, ACWA, ASDWA, and ASTSWMO commented on U.S. EPA’s proposed rule on Changes to Reporting Requirements: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and to Supplier Notifications for Chemicals of Special Concern; Community Right-to-Know Toxic Chemical Release Reporting. ... Read More
Guidance for Developing a State Contaminants of Emerging Concern Program (1/5/2023) - The ASTSWMO Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) Steering Committee developed this document to provide examples, best practices, and recommendations that States may want to consider when developing a State CEC program. ... Read More
ASTSWMO Position Paper: Addressing PFAS (11/3/2022) - The ASTSWMO Board of Directors approved an update to their March 2021 Position Paper on Addressing PFAS in November 2022. The paper acknowledges the work Federal and State agencies have taken to date and recommends federal regulatory action, guidance development,… ... Read More
Webinar – How to Develop a State-led Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC) Program (7/6/2021) - 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… ... Read More
ACWA, ASDWA, ASTSWMO & ECOS Joint Comment Letter to EPA on CWA Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards: OCPSF Point Source Category Proposed Rulemaking (5/18/2021) - ASTSWMO joined ACWA, ASDWA and ECOS in submitting a joint comment letter to EPA on its proposed rulemaking, Clean Water Act Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards (EPA-HQ-OW-2020-0582) relating to the effluent limitations guidelines, pretreatment standards and new source performance standards… ... Read More
ASTSWMO CEC Steering Committee Comments to EPA’s Interim PFAS Destruction and Disposal Guidance (2/22/2021) - On February 19, 2021, the ASTSWMO CEC Steering Committee submitted comments to EPA on their Interim PFAS Destruction and Disposal Guidance. Visit Docket EPA-HQ-OLEM-2020-0527 on Regulations.gov to review the interim guidance document and other supporting materials and public comments. ... Read More
Federal Facilities Issues Paper – May 2020 (5/11/2020) - ASTSWMO members identified a number of issues in this paper that are current priorities for State federal facility programs. For each of the issues, ASTSWMO briefly summarizes the issues, describes current challenges identified by our membership, and offers recommendations for… ... Read More
Draft Interim Recommendations for Addressing Groundwater Contaminated with PFOA and PFOS (6/12/2019) - The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Draft Interim Recommendations for Addressing Groundwater Contaminated with PFOA and PFOS. ASTSWMO is an association representing… ... Read More
State environmental associations respond to EPA’s PFAS Action Plan April 2019 (4/5/2019) - We appreciate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) development of its Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Action Plan in response to the feedback EPA received during the May 2018 PFAS National Leadership Summit and other public engagements. The Action Plan demonstrates… ... Read More
Ensuring Environmental Protection of Closed Federal Facility Sites (4/15/2017) - ASTSWMO conducted this study to identify mechanisms for evaluating ongoing protectiveness at federal facility sites that have achieved site closeout that allows for unlimited use/unrestricted exposure (UU/UE). This category of sites may present challenges for evaluating their continuing protectiveness as… ... Read More
Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs): PFOA & PFOS Information Paper (8/29/2015) - ASTSWMO prepared this paper to provide our members with information on perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), which are emerging contaminants of concern. This document focuses on two specific PFCs - perfluorooctanioc acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) - and contains introductory information… ... Read More
Incidental TENORM: A Guidance for State Solid Waste Managers (4/15/2011) - The ASTSWMO Radiation Focus Group developed this guidance to inform solid waste management and other officials about technologically-enhanced, naturally-occurring, radioactive materials (TENORM) concerns and management approaches.  TENORM contamination is typically the result of process operations involving the extraction, purification, filtration,… ... Read More
Tungsten Issues Papers (2/15/2011) - The ASTSWMO Policy and Technology Focus Group developed these papers to assess tungsten issues, and the inherent challenges and impacts of tungsten assessment and remediation on existing cleanup programs being implemented at federal facilities.   Version 2.0 is an update to… ... Read More

ASTSWMO Webinars and Meeting Presentations

Webinar – RCRA Subtitle C Corrective Action 2020 and The Road Ahead Webinar Series: GenX and related PFAS in North Carolina (11/20/2020) - View Presentation 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… ... Read More

PFAS Website

The PFAS Website contains a compilation web resources from States, federal agencies, Association partners, private industry and others including regulatory and policy documents, guidance, fact sheets, and a news feed. Stay tuned! ASTSWMO is in the process of developing a more comprehensive website to include information on other CECs.