Conference Call Minutes from March 13, 2001

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners

Conference Call

March 13, 2001

Conference Call Participants

Keith Gilliland
Dave Davis
Doug Fitton
William Linn
Leo Henning
Bob Jurgens
Juho So
Pat Eriksen
Kären Kromar
Dale Trippler
 Tim Eiken 
 Jim Harrington
 Bruce Nicholson
 Dick DeZeeuw
 Craig Dukes
 Jim Gilbert
 Steve Goins
 Robin Schmidt
 Michael Smith
 New York
 North Carolina
 South Carolina

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

Opening Remarks

Leo Henning opened the conference call by introducing the new member from Alabama, Dave Davis.

Case Study/Site Profile Work

Bob Jurgens provided a status update of case studies posted at the SCRD Web site ( Seven case studies have been posted on the Web site and Jurgens is working to post several more before the April 2001 meeting in Arizona. Jurgens urged other members to submit case studies for posting on the Web site. Case studies should focus on cleanup techniques employed at drycleaner sites. In the future, the group can work to add case studies addressing site assessment methods, especially where no further actions were need, or case studies addressing sites that are not drycleaners, but are contaminated with similar chemicals.

While attending a brownfields meeting in Fort Worth, Texas, Jurgens and Richard Steimle met and spoke with Chuck Epperson of the Texas drycleaner program. Hundreds of drycleaner sites in Texas are undergoing voluntary remediation—no funds are in place in Texas to assist in remediating drycleaner sites. Most of the sites enter the voluntary program because the property involved is for sale; the property owners are seeking to complete remediation as quickly as possible. As a result, owners are employing a number of innovative remediation technologies. Jurgens stated that he would encourage Epperson to provide SCRD with case study information that could be posted on the Web site. Jurgens indicated that when case studies are obtained from a third party, such as Epperson, the case studies will undergo a technical review by SCRD.

Call participants further discussed the Texas drycleaner program. Site owners that voluntarily enter the program submit information about the remediation technology and site monitoring results. The members of the drycleaner program review this information and, if appropriate, issue a certificate indicating that the site is free of contamination. This certificate frees the current site owner from liability if the site is re-contaminated. The certificate does not relieve future site owners from liability if the site is re-contaminated. Call participants were interested in having Texas join SCRD to learn more about Texas’s program. Because Texas has no drycleaner fund program, however, Epperson could not become an SCRD member. Henning suggested that Epperson could be invited to join the group as a participating state and volunteered to invite Epperson to the April 2001 meeting in Arizona.

International Fabricare Institute Conference—New Orleans

Doug Fitton provided an update of activities for the July 2001 International Fabricare Institute (IFI) Conference in New Orleans. Fitton is currently reviewing information sent to him by Carolyn Perroni. During the April 2001 meeting in Arizona, Fitton and Perroni will discuss logistics for modifying and shipping the SCRD display to New Orleans. Perroni, Henning, and Fitton discussed the status of the color SCRD brochures. Perroni stated that color copies are currently unavailable, but black and white copies of the brochure are available. Perroni and Fitton will continue to work toward producing color brochures before the IFI Conference.

State Comparison of Cleanup Numbers

Fitton has been gathering cleanup numbers for states participating in SCRD. To date, he has received information from Tennessee and Minnesota. He requested that others provide him with their state’s cleanup numbers. He will accept hard copies if the information is unavailable electronically. After receiving this information, Fitton will compile the states’ cleanup numbers into a single resource.

QA/QC Training for April 2001 Meeting

Cheryl Joseph from NGWA stated that all SCRD members should have received a draft agenda for the QA/QC training course, which will be held at the April 2001 meeting in Arizona. Only Henning had submitted comments, which will be incorporated before the meeting. Call participants then discussed the different analytical methods used to characterize contaminants at a site. They agreed that the agenda should include a discussion of method 8260, as well as methods 8270 and 8021, gasoline-range organics, and diesel-range organics.

Miscellaneous Topics

Next Conference Call

ERG agreed to set up the next conference call for Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.