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2024 ASTSWMO Superfund and Brownfields Symposium

August 13 @ 8:00 am - August 15 @ 12:00 pm

The ASTSWMO CERCLA and Brownfields Subcommittee is pleased to invite you to our Superfund and Brownfields Symposium on Tuesday, August 13 – Thursday, August 15, 2024, in Portland, OR.

Superfund, Brownfield, and Removal/Emergency Response funding slots are full. Members needing funding can still register but will be placed on a waiting list. Attendees who are not requesting reimbursement from ASTSWMO may continue to register.

The two and-a-half day Symposium has been designed as a forum for interaction among State and Territorial (State) Superfund and Brownfields Managers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters and Regional staff, and other invited guests. The primary objective of this Symposium is to emphasize discussion and information-sharing opportunities among speakers and attendees regarding approaches and strategies used by State Superfund and Brownfields programs in sites across the country. Due to limitations on hotel meeting space capacity and accommodations availability, priority attendance will be given to our members, federal officials, and invited guests. Additional information on State member reimbursement and participation for the Symposium is provided below.

Meeting Agenda

Read Draft Agenda

The Symposium is a mix of plenary and concurrent sessions. Plenary sessions will address issues relevant to both Superfund and Brownfields programs. Concurrent sessions will allow for a focus on Superfund, Removals and Brownfields program-specific topics. Please note that the conference is in person and that the planning committee will review if any sessions lend themselves to a virtual format.

A draft agenda is available here and on our website. It will be updated regularly with more details on session presentations and confirmed speakers as they become available.

Meeting Registration

Register Here

ASTSWMO is NOT charging a registration fee for the Symposium. All attendees, including speakers, must register for the meeting. The last day to register with ASTSWMO is Wednesday, July 12, 2024.

ASTSWMO also reserves the right to close registration early if capacity is reached prior to July 12, 2024. There will be no on-site registration for the Symposium. Please click here for the online registration form.

A confirmation of registration e-mail will be forwarded to you by EventBrite upon receipt of your completed registration form.

Please note that confirmation of reimbursement will be sent separately by ASTSWMO staff within two weeks after receiving a registration with a request for funding. Please do not make any travel arrangements before you receive the reimbursement confirmation from ASTSWMO staff.

If you need additional assistance regarding registration, please contact TJ Gannon, ASTSWMO, at timothyg@astswmo.org.

Reimbursement Opportunities

Superfund, Brownfield, and Removal/Emergency Response funding slots are full. Members needing funding can still register but will be placed on a waiting list. Attendees who are not requesting reimbursement from ASTSWMO may continue to register.

ASTSWMO has funding available to reimburse a limited number of Superfund, Brownfields, and Removals/Emergency Response attendees. Priority for funding additional attendees from the same State will be given to CERCLA and Brownfields Focus Group members from the State and then State speakers. Funding for State registrants placed on a wait list for ASTSWMO travel reimbursement will be considered after the registration deadline. ASTSWMO requests that States predetermine which staff will travel with ASTSWMO reimbursement prior to staff registering for the Symposium. In order to receive ASTSWMO funding, the State attendee must be pre-registered with ASTSWMO and funding must be approved and confirmed by ASTSWMO prior to travel arrangements being made. States may fund additional attendees.

If you have any questions about reimbursement availability or State participation, contact Sam Puffenbarger, ASTSWMO, at samp@astswmo.org.

Hotel Reservations

ASTSWMO has a sleeping room block for Symposium participants at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. The hotel is located at 375 NE Holladay Street, Portland, Oregon, 97232. The contracted room rate is $182.00 per night plus applicable State and local taxes, which currently total 16% and are subject to change.

Room reservations will be accepted until Monday, July 22, 2024.

Each individual guest must make their own reservations:

Online, through the link for the ASTSWMO room block: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/PDXRP/G-ASTS On the phone at: 1-800-233-1234

All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

Please Note: The room block may fill up prior to the cut-off date.

The hotel website is: https://www.hyatt.com/hyatt-regency/en-US/pdxrp-hyatt-regency-portland-at-the-oregon-convention-center

ASTSWMO strongly suggests that attendees make their hotel reservations in advance of receiving out-of-state travel approval and/or funding confirmation from ASTSWMO to ensure room availability at the contracted rate. If necessary, you can cancel your hotel reservations up to 48 hours prior to check-in without penalty. Additional night stay-overs must be pre-approved by ASTSWMO prior to travel. ASTSWMO does not reimburse travelers for hotel or meal expenses associated with additional stay-over days before or after the meeting.

Travel

Airport

The closet and most convenient airport is Portland International Airport, which is around 10 miles to the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.

Ground Transportation

The hotel does not have an airport shuttle. The Portland light rail runs from the airport to the hotel: https://maps.app.goo.gl/DYN8edxUc15jcKoT7

Travel by Personal Vehicle

For guests planning to drive to Portland, a map is available on the hotel website.

The hotel offers on-site parking at a daily rate of $35. Please note that valet parking is not reimbursed by ASTSWMO unless it is the only option.

Members seeking reimbursement who wish to drive to the Symposium may do so without ASTSWMO pre-approval provided that the total roundtrip mileage is less than or equal to 500 miles. If roundtrip mileage is greater than 500 miles, then members must obtain prior approval from ASTSWMO by completing the Special Travel Request form and Worksheet for Auto Travel Exceeding 500 Miles Round-trip and providing the requisite documentation. Instructions will be included in your reimbursement confirmation. A receipt is required for parking when the total cost of the parking is $75 or over, regardless of the daily rate.

Sponsorship Opportunities

ASTSWMO is offering sponsorship opportunities at the Symposium. If you are interested in sponsoring a portion of the Symposium such as a refreshment break, please contact Dania Rodriguez, ASTSWMO Executive Director, at daniar@astswmo.org.

For more details on Sponsorship, please read our Sponsorship Policy.

Special Accomodations

Please contact TJ Gannon, ASTSWMO, at timothyg@astswmo.org with any special accommodation needs, including assistance for individuals with disabilities or requiring English language translation assistance. You may also list such needs on the registration form, which has a text box in which to list ADA and other special needs.

Green Meeting

ASTSWMO is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of this meeting through decreasing the amount of solid waste produced by the event and disposing of solid and liquid wastes generated at the event in an environmentally responsible manner. As such, ASTSWMO has evaluated how best to distribute information on the meeting prior to and following the event. Any presentations received prior to the meeting will be posted online along with the final agenda and attendee directory.

DEADLINES TO REMEMBER

Symposium Registration Deadline: Friday, July 12, 2024

Hotel Room Block Cut-off Date: Monday, July 22, 2024

QUESTIONS?

Questions about any aspect of the Symposium can be directed to Sam Puffenbarger, ASTSWMO, at samp@astswmo.org

Details

Start:
August 13 @ 8:00 am
End:
August 15 @ 12:00 pm
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Organizer

ASTSWMO
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Venue

Hyatt Regency Portland At The Oregon Convention Center
375 NE Holladay St
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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Phone
(971) 222-1234
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