Conference Call Minutes from June 2, 1999

State Dry Cleaners Remediation Project Conference Call 6/2/99

State Dry Cleaners Remediation Project
Conference Call

June 2, 1999

State Representatives

Tim Steele
Alan Davis
William Linn and Brent Hartsfield
Leo Henning
Dale Trippler, Kären Kromar, and Patrice Jensen
Tim Eiken, Julie Kelsey, and Steve Sturgess
Bruce Nicholson and Scott Stupak
Dick DeZeeuw
Craig Dukes and Mark Whittle
Steve Goins
Robin Schmidt and Leslie Gauberti
North Carolina
South Carolina

Other conference call participants included Richard Steimle from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Technology Innovation Office (TIO), Peter Riddle and Robert Langston from Environmental Management Support, Inc. (EMS), and Christine Hartnett from Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG).

Opening Remarks
Richard Steimle welcomed participants to the State Dry Cleaners Remediation Project conference call and introduced new members. He noted that three subgroups were formed during the Project's April 1999 meeting. Each is actively pursuing a different subset of the Project's goals.

Update on the Program Development/Administration Subgroup
Dick DeZeeuw, the Program Development/Administration Subgroup leader, said that Subgroup members met on a conference call on May 26 to discuss their four action items: (1) assessing fees and revenues, (2) comparing the elements of each state's program (e.g., evaluating how different states coordinate the elements of their cleanup fund programs and assessing what dry cleaners must contribute and what they get in return), (3) tracking project costs, and (4) tracking legislative and regulatory issues.

DeZeeuw said that the Subgroup will gather the information it needs to address the first three action items by sending out a questionnaire to all of the states that participate in the State Dry Cleaners Remediation Project. DeZeeuw asked if other states should be contacted as well. Steimle said that he will try to find a contact for Illinois and that he will think about ways to identify states that have legislation pending for cleanup fund programs. DeZeeuw said that he will create and distribute the questionnaire by mid-June. He said that the Subgroup would like a contractor (EMS or ERG) to tabulate, summarize, and post the questionnaire's results. Steimle said that support will be made available either through a contractor or a TIO intern.

Update on the Project Management/Technical Issues Subgroup
William Linn, the Project Management/Technical Issues Subgroup leader, said that Subgroup members held a conference call on May 20 to discuss the following action items:

Update on the Outreach Subgroup
Robin Schmidt, the Outreach Subgroup leader, said that the Subgroup is pursuing three action items: (1) improving the Project's Web site, (2) describing ways to disseminate information, and (3) compiling information on health effects that result from exposures to solvents. To date, she said, the Subgroup has focused their efforts on the first action item. On May 24, she continued, Subgroup members had a conference call with Robert Langston (one of EMS' Web masters) to discuss ways to improve the Project's Web site. As a follow up to this conversation, she said, Langston created a Web board--an area where state representatives can communicate with each other. She said that the Web board can be read by the general public, but that information can only be posted by state and federal representatives who have contacted Langston and acquired a password. (One conference call participant said that he visited the Web board and was able to post information without using a password. Peter Riddle and Langston fixed this security breach during the conference call.) Schmidt asked conference call participants to visit the Web board and to let her know whether it meets their communication needs. She said that it has been set up with four categories: (1) Program Development/Administration, (2) Project Management/Technical Issues, (3) Outreach, and (4) Miscellaneous. (One conference call participant noted that DeZeeuw recently sent out an e-mail asking a question about a plasticizer that was found at a dry cleaning site. The participant asked DeZeeuw to repost the question under the "Miscellaneous" section of the Web board.)

Location and Date for the Next Project Meeting
Project members agreed that it would be useful to meet twice a year and talked about having their next meeting in fall 1999. Some participants recommended having the meeting in conjunction with (1) the Innovative Cleanup Approaches conference that is being held in Bloomingdale, Illinois, on November 2 through 4, 1999; or (2) the Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Organic Chemicals in Groundwater Prevention, Detection, and Remediation Conference and Exposition that is being held in Houston, Texas, on November 17 through 19, 1999. ERG agreed to obtain agendas for these meetings and to distribute them to Project members before the next conference call. Some participants recommended having the next Project meeting in conjunction with a field trip at a demonstration site. Participants noted that thermal and oxidation technologies are being tested at Cape Canaveral and that projects involving Regenesis' Hydrogen Release Compounds have been started or proposed in Minnesota, Florida, Kansas, and Oregon. They questioned, however, whether there is much to view at these sites. Another participant recommended meeting at a site that is testing iron-filing walls, but participants questioned whether this would be useful given that this technology is too expensive to use at most dry cleaning sites. Bruce Nicholson said that Project members could meet in Wilmington, North Carolina, if they are interested in seeing dry cleaning machines that use compressed carbon dioxide to clean clothes. One conference call participant asked whether it was necessary to have a field trip to view the machines. As an alternative, he suggested inviting a representative who uses the new machines to the next Project meeting to show a videotape of the machine's processes.

No consensus was reached on the location for the next Project meeting, but conference call participants agreed to choose a location and date during their next conference call. (The next call will take place on July 14, 1999. ERG will set up the call and distribute information on the call's time, phone number, and access code.) Looking further into the future, Dale Trippler said that the Project will be ready to hold their third meeting sometime in the spring of 2000. He recommended holding it in conjunction with Battelle's May 2000 meeting, which will be held in Monterey, California.

Conference call participants agreed to choose an official name for their group during their next meeting. Two suggestions were offered: (1) State Cooperative Alliance for the Innovative Remediation of Dry Cleaners (SCAIRD) and Perchloroethylene Environmental Remediation Cooperative for States (PERCS).

Julie Kelsey asked Langston whether mechanisms are in place to ensure that the Project's Web site is detected by major search engines (e.g., Yahoo). Langston agreed to add metatags to the site.

Conference call participants asked EMS to add a link to the Project's Web site on the CLU-IN homepage. Riddle said that the link will probably be added under "Partnerships and Consortiums."