Conference Call Minutes from March 28, 2000

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners Conference Call, March 28, 2000

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners
Conference Call

March 28, 2000

Conference Call Participants

• Brent Hartsfield and William Linn Florida • Scott Stupak and Lisa Taber North Carolina
• Leo Henning and Bob Jurgens Kansas • Dick DeZeeuw Oregon
• Pat Erickson Illinois • Craig Dukes South Carolina
• Dale Trippler and Kären Kromar Minnesota • James Gilbert Tennessee
• Jim Belcher and Tim Eiken Missouri • Michael Smith Vermont
• Nancy Gillard and Barry Swanson New Mexico • Robin Schmidt Wisconsin

Also participating in the State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners (SCRD) conference call were Richard Steimle from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Technology Innovation Office (TIO), Cheryl Joseph from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), Carolyn Perroni from Environmental Management Support, Inc. (EMS), and Christine Hartnett from Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG).

Overview of Activities in New Mexico
Dale Trippler opened the call by saying that New Mexico is interested in drafting legislation for a drycleaner cleanup fund. (New Mexico has about 114 drycleaners; two sites have already been designated as Superfund sites and more will be added to Superfund's list in the near future.) Trippler introduced Nancy Gillard, a graduate student who works under Barry Swanson at New Mexico's Abatement and Assessment unit in the Ground Water Quality Bureau. Gillard said that she will prepare draft legislation for New Mexico; she hopes that it will serve as a useful springboard for the state. To prepare the legislation, Gillard said, she will gather input from government, industry, and fabric care representatives. She expressed a strong desire to work with SCRD members and to draw on their collective experience. She said that she has already received a copy of Wisconsin's legislation, and that she has requested copies from Minnesota and Florida as well. (Trippler asked SCRD members to send Gillard [] and Michael Smith [] hard copies of their state legislation or information on how to find it on the Internet.) In addition, Gillard has looked at the Program Development/Administration Subgroup's tables, which gave her useful information about different methods that are used to raise revenues across the states. Gillard, who will attend SCRD's April 2000 meeting, thanked SCRD members for extending an invitation to her, and said that she recently received approval to pursue associate membership status.

SCRD Presentations and Poster Sessions
The SCRD has started advertising its activities by giving presentations and presenting posters.

The San Diego Conference
The Tenth Annual West Coast Conference on Contaminated Soils was held in San Diego, California, in March 2000. Bob Jurgens, who attended the meeting, (1) presented posters for the Program Development/ Administration Subgroup and the Project Management/Technical Issues Subgroup, and (2) gave a PowerPoint presentation during the meeting's Wednesday morning session. Jurgens said that the posters received a fairly favorable response, and that visitors took the handouts that were provided. (Handouts included [1] information on six SCRD states, [2] the Program Development/Administration Subgroup's summary tables, [3] a paper describing the Project Management/Technical Issues Subgroup's activities, and [4] information that William Linn prepared on assessment technologies.) Jurgens received the following feedback from meeting attendees: (1) many people do not know that drycleaner cleanup fund programs exist, and (2) people are anxious to hear what SCRD learns about different assessment and remediation technologies.

The Monterey Conference
Battelle's Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds conference is scheduled to take place in Monterey, California, in May 2000. Two of SCRD's Subgroups will present information:

Swanson, who will be attending the Battelle conference, said that he will be participating in a panel discussion that focuses on regulatory aspects of dense non-aqueous phase liquid [DNAPL] characterization and remediation. He encouraged SCRD members to attend the panel discussion, noting that he wants to have an SCRD representative provide a brief summary of SCRD's activities and goals.

Other Conferences
Trippler asked call participants whether they knew of other events that might serve as good forums for SCRD to distribute information on their goals and activities. The following were listed:

April 2000 SCRD Meeting
The next SCRD meeting will take place at the Stardust Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The meeting will span four days; the SCRD group will meet during the first two days (April 25 and 26) and NGWA will offer a DNAPL training on the last two days (April 27 and 28). Conference call participants talked about including the following on the agenda for the first two days:

State Arrangement with DOR/Ability to Obtain Information on Which Drycleaners Have Paid Taxes and Fees
Illinois DOR releases information to the Drycleaner Environmental Response Trust Fund, but the latter must agree to keep all of the information confidential.
Kansas DOR will not tell the Kansas Department of Health and Environment which drycleaners have paid their fees.
Minnesota The tax code was amended so that DOR could give the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) a list of the drycleaners located in Minnesota. DOR will not give MPCA information on whether drycleaners have paid their fees.
Oregon DOR issues certificates to drycleaners that pay their fees. Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality can determine if drycleaners have paid their fees by asking to see their certificates.
Tennessee DOR is bypassed. Drycleaners send their money directly to the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Next Conference Call
ERG agreed to set up the next conference call for June 6, 2000, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. EST.