Conference Call Minutes from July 14, 1999

State Dry Cleaners Remediation Project Conference Call

State Dry Cleaners Remediation Project
Conference Call

July 14, 1999


State Representatives
Lowell Carty and Tim Steele
Alan Davis
Brent Hartsfield and William Linn
Leo Henning
Patrice Jensen, Kären Kromar, and Dale Trippler
Tim Eiken, Julie Kelsey, and Steve Sturgess
Judith Schreiber
Bruce Nicholson, Scott Stupak, and Lisa Taber
David Anderson and Dick DeZeeuw
Craig Dukes and Mark Whittle
James Gilbert
Leslie Gauberti and Robin Schmidt

Arizona
Connecticut
Florida
Kansas
Minnesota
Missouri
New York
North Carolina
Oregon
South Carolina
Tennessee
Wisconsin

Other conference call participants included Richard Steimle from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Technology Innovation Office (TIO), Bob Masters and Dennis Goldman from the National Ground-Water Association (NGWA), Carolyn Perroni from Environmental Management Support, Inc. (EMS), and Christine Hartnett from Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG).

Opening Remarks/Abstracts for Upcoming Conferences
After welcoming participants to the State Dry Cleaners Remediation Project conference call, Richard Steimle spoke about writing abstracts for upcoming conferences. He advised Project members to consider presenting papers at: (1) the Tenth Annual West Coast Conference on Contaminated Soils, taking place in San Diego, California, in March 2000; and (2) Battelle's Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds conference, taking place in Monterey, California, in May 2000. Since the deadlines for the abstracts are approaching quickly, Steimle advised preparing abstracts for both conferences immediately, then deciding later who will make the presentations. The presentations, he said, should inform people of the Project's existence and the work that has been performed by this group of state representatives who are working together to solve a common problem. Steimle said that EMS or ERG will be available to assist with the preparation of the presentations.

Conference call participants agreed that the group should prepare two abstracts: one focusing on policy issues (to be prepared by Dick DeZeeuw, Leo Henning, Robin Schmidt, Dale Trippler, and David Anderson) and the other focusing on technological issues (to be prepared by William Linn and Bob Jurgens). Abstracts for the March 2000 conference are due July 16 and should be submitted to heather@aehs.com. Abstracts for the May 2000 conference are due on July 30 and must be mailed with a specific form attached. DeZeeuw said that he has a copy of the form and agreed to fax it to Linn.

Role of NGWA
Bob Masters and Dennis Goldman gave a brief overview of the role that NGWA will take in promoting the State Dry Cleaners Remediation Project. They said that NGWA will provide:

Subgroup Updates
Steimle said that three Subgroups have been formed under the State Dry Cleaners Remediation Project. He asked the leaders of each Subgroup to provide an update of their activities:

Location and Date for the Next Project Meeting
Project members agreed that they would like to meet in the fall of 1999. During a previous conference call, the Subgroup members discussed having the meeting in conjunction with either (1) the Innovative Cleanup Approaches conference that is being held in Bloomingdale, Illinois; or (2) the Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Organic Chemicals in Ground-Water Prevention, Detection, and Remediation Conference and Exposition that is being held in Houston, Texas. Steimle asked conference call participants if they were still interested in these two meetings. The participants did not express strong enthusiasm for either. Instead, they decided to have their meeting in conjunction with an NGWA meeting that is being held in Chicago, Illinois, on October 7 and 8, 1999. Participants reviewed the meeting's agenda (see http://www.ngwa.org) and agreed that the talks scheduled for October 8 are much more relevant to the Project than those to be presented on October 7. Therefore, they decided that they would hold their Project meeting on October 6 and 7, and then attend the NGWA conference on October 8. ERG agreed to work with NGWA to gain more information about the logistics of the meeting. ERG will make sure that meeting space and a block of hotel rooms are reserved. Goldman said that there is a registration fee associated with the NGWA meeting, but that NGWA will pay for the Project members to participate because this will be considered a training component. Goldman said that he will send an e-mail to Project participants asking them whether they plan to attend the conference. He would like responses to his e-mail before the next Project conference call. (The call will take place on September 7, 1999. ERG will distribute information on the call's time, phone number, and access code after the call is set up.)

Henning agreed to draft an agenda for the Project's meeting and to distribute it to Project participants before the next conference call. Henning recommended convening on the afternoon of October 6 and allowing the Subgroups to meet separately to discuss their agendas and goals.. Then, he said, Subgroup leaders could provide an update of their activities on the morning of the 7th. The remainder of the day could be used, he said, to discuss (1) housekeeping issues, (2) rule development, and (3) educational needs that Project members would like NGWA to address. Henning asked Project members to contact him if they have suggestions for the meeting agenda. Steimle reminded the Project members that speakers can be invited to the meeting. NGWA representatives encouraged Project participants to contact them if they identify specific speakers whom they would like to hear.