Conference Call Minutes from April 11, 2002

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners
Conference Call

April 11, 2002

Conference Call Participants

• Pam Wilson Alabama • Dale Trippler Minnesota
• William Linn Florida • Jim Belcher Missouri
• Bill Burns Florida • Tim Eiken Missouri
• Doug Fitton Florida • Jim Harrington New York
• Jennifer Farrell Florida • Lisa Taber North Carolina
• Kristin Mixell Florida • Bruce Nicholson North Carolina
• Pat Eriksen Illinois • Dick DeZeeuw Oregon
• Juho So Illinois • Craig Dukes South Carolina
• Bob Jurgens Kansas • Jim Gilbert Tennessee
• Leo Henning Kansas • Robin Schmidt Wisconsin
• Kären Kromar Minnesota • Jeff Soellner 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 Technology Innovation Office, 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).

The Spring 2002 SCRD Meeting
The SCRD team plans to meet in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 7-10, 2002. Cheryl Joseph asked SCRD members to make plane reservations at least 14 days before the meeting. Representatives from Kansas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Tennessee asked Dick DeZeeuw to send a letter requesting their participation. This is necessary, they said, because it is difficult for state employees to obtain permission to travel--even though NGWA pays for all of the state representatives' travel expenses. Call participants discussed options that could be pursued to ensure future attendance. One call participant suggested having the states sign a Memorandum of Understanding to solidify a commitment to SCRD. Another call participant thought obtaining an Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) resolution would be more expedient. The topic will be revisited after the May 2002 meeting.

Call participants discussed the meeting agenda. Three training sessions have been planned: (1) site characterization/rapid screening techniques, (2) site prioritization and eligibility, and (3) indoor air intrusion. Each session is a half day long. Call participants suggested setting up the agenda as follows:

Tuesday morning State recaps and Subgroup breakout sessions
Tuesday afternoon Training session
Wednesday morning Training session
Wednesday afternoon Training session
Thursday morning Subgroup breakout sessions
Thursday afternoon Site updates (Representatives from Florida, Oregon, Kansas, and Wisconsin will give 20-minute presentations. If others want to give a presentation, they should contact DeZeeuw as soon as possible.)

Call participants started talking about their fall 2002 meeting. They agreed that it would be useful to receive training on a particular technology. Thermal heat treatment was proposed as a topic. (Bob Jurgens expressed interest. Juho So said that Illinois plans to initiate a heated soil vapor extraction project soon; he is willing to present results at the next SCRD meeting. Bill Burns said that Florida considered using thermal heat treatment, but decided against it because of dangers associated with stray voltage.) Interest was also expressed in nanotechnology. Richard Steimle said that he could gather information on this technology.

Project Management/Technical Issues Subgroup
William Linn provided an update on the Project Management/Technical Issues Subgroup's activities. He said that more than 30 site profiles have been posted to the SCRD Web site, and he strongly encouraged call participants to submit information on additional sites before the end of the month. Steimle said that he plans to hire summer interns to assist in this work. For example, he hopes to hire interns to collect information on drycleaning sites in Michigan and Minnesota. Steimle said that he is pleased with the profiles that have been created so far, noting that they offer honest descriptions of real-world experience. Linn said that the Subgroup has also been preparing a chemical database and a paper to accompany it. Both of these resources will be posted on the SCRD Web site before the end of the week. (The database is called "Chemicals Used in Drycleaning Operations." The paper is entitled "Reported Leaks, Spills and Discharges at Florida Drycleaning Sites.")

Program Development/Administration Subgroup
Doug Fitton said that the Program Development/Administration Subgroup is working on two projects:

Outreach Subgroup
Robin Schmidt said that the Outreach Subgroup is not currently active. If state representatives are unable to attend future meetings, however, the Subgroup might be called upon to identify other communication techniques. Carolyn Perroni said that Internet conferences might be an effective communication tool.

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