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EPA Releases Agenda for New England PFAS Community Engagement Event

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CONTACT:
Emily Bender(News Media Only)
Bender.Emily@epa.gov
617-918-1037

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2018

EPA Releases Agenda for New England PFAS Community Engagement Event

 

Boston (June 18, 2018) – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an early agenda for the inaugural per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) two-day community engagement event at Exeter High School, 1 Blue Hawk Dr., Exeter, New Hampshire. This event allows EPA to hear directly from New England communities, state, local, and tribal partners on how to best help states and communities facing this issue.

Additional details will be posted on the PFAS Community Engagement website.

Both days will be open to the public and the press. If you are interested in attending the event on June 25 and/or June 26, please register here: https://www.epa.gov/pfas/forms/pfas-community-engagement-exeter-nh. The public is invited to speak during the June 25 listening session. Those interested in speaking should sign up for a three-minute speaking slot while registering.

Please check back at the PFAS Community Engagement website for further information leading up to the event. Citizens are also encouraged to submit written statements to the public docket at https://www.regulations.gov/ enter docket number: OW-2018-0270.

New Hampshire marks the first community engagement. Throughout the summer, EPA will visit and similarly engage with additional communities across the country. Information on these upcoming sessions will also be available on the EPA website

At the PFAS National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. on May 22-23, Administrator Pruitt announced four actions EPA will take:

  • EPA will initiate steps to evaluate the need for a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFOA and PFOS. We will convene our federal partners and examine everything we know about PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.
  • EPA is beginning the necessary steps to propose designating PFOA and PFOS as “hazardous substances” through one of the available statutory mechanisms, including potentially CERCLA Section 102.
  • EPA is currently developing groundwater cleanup recommendations for PFOA and PFOS at contaminated sites and will complete this task by fall of this year.
  • EPA is taking action in close collaboration with our federal and state partners to develop toxicity values for GenX and PFBS by this summer. 

The public’s input is incredibly valuable and meaningful to EPA. Using information from the National Leadership Summit, public docket, and community engagements, EPA plans to develop a PFAS Management Plan for release later this year. In addition, a summary of the New England community engagement event will be made available on the PFAS Community Engagement website following the event.

Additional information can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/pfas/pfas-community-engagement 

 

e-Manifest Update!

e-Manifest Notes from

Transporter Subcommittee Meeting (5/9/18)

Purpose:  EPA is establishing a national system for tracking hazardous waste shipments electronically.

  • EPA to go live with e-Manifest June 30, 2018 and all receiving facilities must submit manifests to EPA.
  • Generators may only use electronic manifests if transporters and receiving facilities listed on the manifest are also registered for e-Manifest.
  • Set up a RCRAInfo account at https://rcrainfo.epa.gov/rcrainfoprod (this allows you to be a user and get into myRCRAid
  • EPA ID number registration through online tool myRCRAid to help obtain a hazardous waste generator identification number (EPA ID). Generators need to set-up an account starting June 15, 2018
  • If you have a state specific EPA ID # that starts with “MV” you will need to obtain a new, EPA ID # using myRCRAid. “MV” numbers are not properly formatted for the new system. It can be entered into the new e-Manifest system but it will not trackable in the new system.
  • There is a backlog already at MADEP for new EPA ID numbers so don’t wait.
  • myRCRAid – will be the single point of access for hazardous waste data in MA.
  • E-Manifest user fees –
  1. Paper manifest $20.00
  2. Image upload of paper manifest $13.00
  3. Data file upload of paper manifest $ 7.00
  4. Fully electronic                $ 4.00
  • More information –
  1. Electronic post card from DEP to generators 5/15/18
  2. Email blast from DEP to industries 6/15/18

 

Resources:

https://www.mass.gov/guides/hazardous-waste-generation-generators

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-05/documents/e-manifest_generators_fact_sheet_0.pdf

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-05/documents/e-manifest_transporters_fact_sheet_0.pdf

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2018/05/14/myrcrcaid-intro-massdep.pdf

 

AHMP Searching for a NE Representative!

We are need of a volunteer for the AHMP Chapter Development Committee. Would one of your chapter members be interested in serving on the CDC? It is a great networking opportunity and chance to be become more involved in AHMP.

The main task for this CDC member would be to hold quarterly conference calls with chapters in a region of the country(probably the Northeast). The calls are an opportunity for dialogue between AHMP and chapters. The CDC representative provides an update on current AHMP events. Chapter presidents on the call provide an update on their chapter activities. The calls are critical to maintaining good communication between chapters and AHMP.

Thank you,

Eric

Eric R. Johnson, CHMM, AICP | Senior Environmental Project Manager and current AHMP Vice President 
7511 4th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107 | O: 505.898.8848

 

 

Recodification of RIDEM Regulations - IMPORTANT

 

RHODE ISLAND 

Department of Environmental Management

Office of Waste Management
235 Promenade Street, Room 380
Providence, Rhode Island 02908

 

April 27, 2018

 

RE:  Recodification of RIDEM Regulations

 

Dear Interested Parties:

 

I am writing to inform you that in accordance with the Administration Procedures Act of June 30, 2017, the Office of Waste Management has reformatted its regulations for hazardous, medical and solid waste.   Although numbering and formatting are different, the substantive requirements have not changed.   Links to the new regulations are found below. 

 

  1. Rules and Regulations Relating to Medical Waste (11/20/17)
  2. Rules and Regulations for Hazardous Waste Management (250-RICR-140-10-1)
  3. Rules and Regulations Governing the Administration and Enforcement of the Electronic Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling Act (12/31/13)
  4. Solid Waste Regulations (links below):

 

The Office is currently working on finalizing a reformatted version of the Site Remediation Regulations as well. 

 

Should you have any questions, you can contact our Office at 401-222-2797, specifics contacts are listed below.

 

     

Staff

Program

Extension

email

Alyson Brunelli

Transporters/Recycling/E-Waste

7134

Alyson.brunelli@dem.ri.gov

Kasandra McKenzie

Landfill Closure/ Beneficial Use Determinations

7177

Kasandra.McKenzie@dem.ri.gov

Robert Schmidt

Solid Waste

7260

Robert.schmidt@dem.ri.gov

Walid Ali

Solid Waste

7512

Walid.ali@dem.ri.gov

Yan Li

RCRA/Medical Waste

7529

Yan.li@dem.ri.gov

 

 

Sincerely yours,                                  

 

 

Mark M. Dennen, CPG, Supervising Environmental Scientist

RIDEM/Office of Waste Management

235 Promenade St.

Providence, RI 02908

tel. 401.222.2797 ext. 7112

fax 401.222.3812

e-mail: mark.dennen@dem.ri.gov

 

 

Recertification Made Easy!

Click here to learn about and start the recertification process now! 

 

Sponsorship Opportunity @ NAHMMA National Conference Portland, ME

Support the NAHMMA National conference  in Portland, ME August 27 through 31 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay.  There are numerous opportunities for your organization to sponsor the conference.  We expect a good turn out with as many as 200 participants that are involved with hazardous waste disposal program.  These participants will be from all over the United States.  As always it will be a fun and informative event with numerous sessions and ample networking opportunities.  The Sponsorship Packet is attached for your convenience.  There is also a link to the web site for you to register.

 

Registration Link:

http://nahmma.org/meetinginfo.php?id=10&ts=1517517879

 

 

Kelby Neal

318-557-7739

 

Congratulations 2017 Scholarship Recipients!

Rachel Calnan and Francesca Servidio will be presented with a $1000 scholarship each.

Best of luck in your academic adventures!