Conference Call Minutes from July 26, 2001

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners
Conference Call
July 26, 2001

Conference Call Participants

•Pamela Wilson


•Doug Fitton


•Brent Hartsfield


•William Linn


•Leo Henning


•Bob Jurgens


•Juho So


•Pat Eriksen


•Kären Kromar


•Dale Trippler


•Jim Belcher


•Jim Harrington

New York

•Lisa Taber

North Carolina

•Dick DeZeeuw


•Lisa Appel  

South Carolina

•Craig Dukes

South Carolina

•Jim Gilbert 


•Steve Goins 


•Michael Smith


•Robin Schmidt 


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), Carolyn Perroni from Environmental Management Support, Inc., and Jason Dubow and Andrea Auerbach from Eastern Research Group, Inc. (ERG).

Mission Statement

Leo Henning opened the call by saying that SCRD needs to establish a mission statement. This should be one paragraph in length, he said, and should explain the group’s objectives and goals. Call participants agreed to write the mission statement when they meet face-to-face at the next SCRD meeting.

Brownfields Conference

Robin Schmidt noted that a conference is being held in fall 2001 in Chicago, Illinois, to discuss brownfields sites. SCRD will present a poster at this meeting. Schmidt agreed to create the poster, asking participants to send her a couple of sentences that explain how their state programs address brownfields sites. If some states want to present more detailed information about their programs, Carolyn Perroni said, fact sheets can be made available as handouts.

Case Study/Site Profile Work

Bob Jurgens said that case studies are being written for drycleaning sites that have been cleaned up around the country. These case studies, also called site profiles, are being posted on the SCRD Web site ( Henning agreed to send call participants a blank template for the case studies, as well as a completed case study. The latter will help SCRD members gain an understanding of the level of detail expected. Two interns have been assigned to work on the case studies this summer. One has visited Kansas, Oregon, and Wisconsin, and is drafting site profiles for sites within these states. The other intern is focusing her efforts on sites in Florida. The case studies will highlight many innovative technologies. The interns hope to complete about 60 case studies before the end of September.

State Comparison of Cleanup Numbers

Doug Fitton said that he emailed SCRD participants a table that lists cleanup numbers for states participating in SCRD. Information is still needed for Missouri, South Carolina, and Alabama. Representatives from each of these states agreed to send Fitton information as soon as possible. Call participants agreed to talk about the table during the next conference call or at the next SCRD meeting. In the meantime, all comments on the table should be sent directly to Fitton.

Bioremediation Technologies

Dick DeZeeuw said that bioremediation demonstration projects will be initiated in Oregon in the near future. He expects between two and four vendors to participate in the project. Thus, it may be possible to evaluate different variations of the chosen bioremediation technologies in side-by-side field applications. He said that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) hopes to monitor the field demonstrations for at least a 1-year period. Jim Harrington suggested contacting Annette Gatchett from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) SITE program to determine whether funding could be made to available to offset DEQ’s monitoring costs. DeZeeuw expressed interest in pursuing this option. Perroni will send DeZeeuw Gatchett’s contact information.

Next SCRD Meeting

Andrea Auerbach said that the next SCRD meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon. The meeting will include the following components:

Henning said that a preliminary version of the agenda has been created. He agreed to send it to call participants, along with an invitation letter. He asked Steve Goins, Craig Dukes, and Fitton to send him information by August 10 on the case studies that they will present. Cheryl Joseph will send out logistical information to call participants, explaining how to make plane and hotel reservations.

Drycleaning Chemical Inventory

Bill Linn said that he is developing a spreadsheet that lists all of the solvents, spotting agents, and detergents that are used in the laundering industry. South Carolina and Oregon have sent him data to include in the table. He asked call participants from other states to do the same, noting that he would like information on the names of different products, their manufacturers, their uses and functions, and the ingredients that they contain.

International Fabricare Institute (IFI) Conference

Linn said that he and Brent Hartsfield attended the Clean Show that took place in New Orleans in July. SCRD shared a booth with EPA’s Design for the Environment Program. Linn said that the conference was educational, noting that it gave him an opportunity to talk with vendors who are creating alternative drycleaning processes and solvents. He also noted that he received a CD from IFI that contains numerous papers on issues relating to drycleaning.

Indoor Air

Harrington said that EPA Region I has released a document that addresses indoor air issues. He had hoped that the document would shed insight on how to predict what kind of offgas will be generated from contaminants trapped beneath buildings. Instead, the document simply provides suggestions on where to collect measurements and how to identify contaminant sources. Thus, Harrington is unsure how useful the document will be to SCRD. He did say that some indoor air action levels have been established for tetrachloroethylene in New York. He agreed to send these numbers to Carolyn Perroni so that she can circulate them to the group. Dukes said that a forum was recently held on indoor air. Audio recordings from the forum are available through the Internet; Dukes agreed to send the URL to SCRD members.

Broad Contact Information Sheet

Linn said that it would be useful to compile contact information for everyone associated with the drycleaning industry. This would include, he said, drycleaning associations and equipment manufacturers. DeZeeuw said that a list of this nature is available through a publication that he receives annually. He agreed to bring the publication with him to the next SCRD meeting so that group members can determine whether it is comprehensive enough.

Contacting New States

Henning noted that legislation for a drycleaning cleanup fund program is being considered in Georgia. He said that he contacted a representative from Georgia to determine whether the state was interested in participating in SCRD as an associate member. The state representative Henning talked to declined the offer at this point, noting that support for the legislation is not unanimous.

Next Conference Call

ERG agreed to set up the next conference call for September 6, 2001, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.