Conference Call Minutes from November 7, 2000

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners Conference Call
November 7, 2000

Conference Call Participants

  • Doug Fitton Florida
  • Brent Hartsfield Florida
  • William Linn Florida
  • Leo Henning Kansas
  • Bob Jurgens Kansas
  • Juho So Illinois
  • Dale Trippler Minnesota
  • Tim Eiken Missouri
  • Jim Belcher Missouri
  • Bruce Nicholson North Carolina  
  • Lisa Taber North Carolina
  • Scott Stupak North Carolina
  • Dave Anderson Oregon
  • Dick DeZeeuw Oregon
  • Lisa Appel South Carolina
  • Craig Dukes South Carolina
  • Jim Gilbert Tennessee
  • Steve Goins Tennessee
  • Robin Schmidt Wisconsin
  • Jeff Soellner Wisconsin

Also participating in the State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners (SCRD) conference call were Cheryl Joseph and Kathy Butcher from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), Mark Gordon from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Carolyn Perroni from Environmental Management Support, Inc., and Sarah Dun from Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG).

Case Study/Site Profile Work

SCRD members are developing profiles that describe completed remediation projects at drycleaner sites throughout the United States. Perroni has collected four completed profiles and is preparing to post them on SCRD’s Web site (www.drycleancoalition.org). Perroni is also developing a form for SCRD’s Web site that will allow SCRD members to add profiles to the site. She estimated that this form will be available for use in one week. SCRD members agreed that they would add information for 10 to 15 additional drycleaner sites once Perroni notifies them that the form is ready.

RCRA Discussion

Robin Schmidt asked call participants to discuss how their states implement the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) at drycleaner sites; she has found that different states have different approaches. Leo Henning suggested that call participants limit their remarks to contaminated soil, and not discuss investigation derived wastes. Call participants, describing some of their state programs, said that state standards and state regulations about no-further-action designations influence how RCRA is implemented. Because RCRA issues are a concern in many states, one call participant suggested discussing the issues in more detail during the spring 2001 SCRD meeting. Representatives from states or from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could be invited to participate in discussions. RCRA topics could cover soil, water, and investigation derived wastes. Call participants agreed that this topic should be added to the agenda for the spring 2001 SCRD meeting.

GreenEarthÔ Machines and Solvent

Henning began a discussion about concerns regarding GreenEarthÔ, a new, non-chlorinated drycleaning solvent. GreenEarthÔ does not fall under the federal definition of a hazardous waste and could be disposed of in sewers or septic tanks as a nonhazardous waste. Henning is concerned about this: GreenEarthÔ may have chemical and toxicological properties associated with hazardous wastes, and permitted disposal of it as a nonhazardous waste now may lead to problems in the future. Accordingly, he asked Richard Steimle to encourage priority testing of GreenEarthÔ at EPA to determine whether the solvent should be regulated as a hazardous waste. Other call participants said that their state laws contain provisions that would allow them to regulate GreenEarthÔ disposal because it is a drycleaning solvent.

SCRD’s Spring 2001 Meeting

Call participants agreed to hold the spring 2001 meeting at the Holiday Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona, during the week of April 16, 2001. The training course will be held on Tuesday, April 17, 2001, and the meeting will be held from Wednesday, April 18, until noon on Friday, April 20, 2001. Call participants briefly discussed possible topics for the one-day training program. Geochemistry, analytical information, and basic risk assessment were suggested. Instead of selecting the topic for the training program during the conference call, call participants decided that a small group of SCRD members should evaluate potential training topics in detail. After evaluating possible training topics, including the suggested topics, the group will identify the two or three topics they believe are most useful for SCRD members and present these topics at the next conference call. Kathy Butcher from NGWA suggested that, for each topic area, three learning objectives should be identified. Dave Anderson, Craig Dukes, William Linn, Juho So, and Lisa Taber volunteered to review possible training topics.

Miscellaneous Topics

Next Conference Call

ERG agreed to set up the next conference call for Wednesday, December 13, 2000, at 11:00 Eastern Standard Time.