Conference Call Minutes from September 6, 2001

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners
Conference Call
September 6, 2001

Conference Call Participants

David Davis


Kären Kromar 


Pamela Wilson


Jim Harrington

New York

Bill Burns 


Bruce Nicholson

North Carolina

Doug Fitton


Lisa Taber

North Carolina

Brent Hartsfield 


Dick DeZeeuw


William Linn


Craig Dukes

South Carolina

Leo Henning 


Jim Gilbert


Bob Jurgens


Steve Goins


Juho So




Also participating in the State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners (SCRD) conference call were 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).

The Next SCRD Meeting

The next SCRD meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon, on October 3-5, 2001. Leo Henning said that he will finalize the meeting agenda over the next couple weeks and distribute it to SCRD members. Before he can do so, the following must be done: (1) representatives from Tennessee must decide whether they will present a case study, (2) Dick DeZeeuw must send Henning and ERG’s Andrea Auerbach the names of the speakers who will talk about bioremediation, and (3) DeZeeuw must determine whether a field trip can be scheduled at a drycleaning facility that uses GreenEarth® solvents. Henning said that a representative from Georgia recently contacted him and expressed interest in SCRD’s activities. Call participants agreed that this person should be invited to the meeting.

Mission Statement

Henning said that SCRD’s mission statement should be established at the October 2001 SCRD meeting; he asked all attendees to come to the meeting with a sentence describing the group’s mission.

Case Study/Site Profile Work

Bob Jurgens said that case studies (or site profiles) are being written for drycleaning sites that have been cleaned up around the country. A conference call was held in late August to review the status of these case studies. Jurgens said that the following decisions were made during the call: (1) case studies will be posted to the SCRD Web site, (2) each will be 2-3 pages in length, (3) more detailed information, if it is available, will be made available through web links, and (4) profiles should be submitted prior to the October 2001 SCRD meeting. Jurgens said that some case studies have already been completed; call participants should contact him if they want to obtain a copy. Jurgens also reminded SCRD members that information about "failures" is just as important as information about "successes", particularly if valuable lessons can be drawn from the stories. Over the summer, Henning said, EPA interns helped draft case studies for Florida, Kansas, Oregon, and Wisconsin. He asked whether other states would benefit from such assistance, noting that Minnesota has already expressed interest. Jim Harrington, of New York, said that his state might be interested.

Brownfields Conference

Robin Schmidt will represent the SCRD at a "Brownfields" conference in fall 2001 in Chicago, Illinois. Carolyn Perroni said that a poster has been created for this conference. She agreed to bring it to the October 2001 SCRD meeting so that SCRD members can see what it looks like.

State Comparison of Cleanup Numbers

Doug Fitton said that he is collecting data on cleanup standards that exist in different states. He still needs to obtain information from Alabama; Davis agreed to provide this by September 7, 2001. Fitton agreed to tabulate the data and bring it to the October 2001 SCRD meeting for review and discussion.

Drycleaning Chemical Inventory/SCRD Bibliography

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. So far, he has 361 products listed. He will bring a copy of the inventory, along with a paper that explains it, to the October 2001 SCRD meeting. He said that new solvents (e.g., PureDry) will be included in the inventory. Linn also noted that SCRD’s bibliography, which is available through the SCRD Web site, has been updated. About 91 references have been added and a new category —natural attenuation— has been incorporated. Linn encouraged call participants to send new references to Perroni and to indicate which category they should be listed under. Linn highlighted two references that he found particularly interesting. Out of Fashion–Moving Beyond Toxic Cleaners in the Fabric Care Industry, written by Greenpeace USA, and Scientific Facts About the Drycleaning Chemical PERC, written by the American Council on Science and Health. The documents both discuss PERC, but offer different conclusions.

The GreenEarth® Solvent

Henning said that Kansas has requested additional information about the GreenEarth® solvent. Drycleaners in Kansas who use this solvent will have to pay a tax, he said, but the rate will not be as high as that charged for PERC. Representatives from other states (e.g., Florida) said that they do not currently have a mechanism in place to charge a tax on the GreenEarth® solvent.

Next Conference Call

ERG agreed to set up the next conference call for November 8, 2001, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Miscellaneous Topics

Call participants also discussed a variety of miscellaneous topics, including: