Conference Call Minutes from March 5, 2003

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners Conference Call

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners
Conference Call
March 5, 2003

Conference Call Participants

• Leslie Laudon


• Dick DeZeeuw


• William Linn


• Lisa Appel

South Carolina

• Doug Fitton


• Craig Dukes

South Carolina

• Pat Eriksen


• Steve Goins


• Bob Jurgens


• Margaret Dew


• Leo Henning


• Jay Carsten


• Dale Trippler


• Robin Schmidt


• Scott Stupak

North Carolina

• Jeff Soellner


• Lisa Taber

North Carolina



Also participating in the State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners (SCRD) conference call were Richard Steimle from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Cheryl Joseph from the National Ground Water Association, Carolyn Perroni from Environmental Management Support, Inc., (EMS), and Christine Hartnett from Eastern Research Group, Inc.

Two interns have been hired to support SCRD’s activities. The interns will start work on April 1, 2003, and will attend the April 2003 SCRD meeting in San Francisco, California. One of the interns, Richard Steimle said, will create site profiles for remediation projects that have taken place at contaminated drycleaner sites in Texas, Illinois, Minnesota, and Tennessee. The other intern, who will be based in Florida, will help Bill Linn develop reports on some of the remediation technologies (e.g., chemical oxidation, bioremediation, and soil vapor extraction) that are being used at contaminated drycleaning sites.

Update From the Technical Subgroup
Bob Jurgens said that the Technical Subgroup distributed a questionnaire to obtain information on assessment and remediation technologies that are being used at drycleaning sites across the nation. About 20 responses have been submitted, nine of which were submitted by states that do not currently participate in SCRD. Jurgens said that he hopes to capture some of the lessons that have been learned in the non-SCRD states. Toward this end, he hopes interns can be hired to write site profiles for the 100+ sites identified in non-SCRD states. Before tabulating and summarizing the survey’s results, Jurgens said, he hopes to receive completed questionnaires from North Carolina, California, and Texas. (He agreed to resend the questionnaire to Jay Carsten.) Jurgens said that the survey data that have been collected are being stored in a database. Once the database is completed, it will be sent to Lisa Taber for analysis.

Update From the Program Development/Administration Subgroup
Steve Goins said that the Program Development/Administration Subgroup has continued work on the component project. At the fall 2002 SCRD meeting, five categories were identified as organizational headings for the component project: funding mechanism, eligibility, prioritization, implementation, and benefits. Goins said that a conference call was held to discuss the funding mechanism section on February 26, 2003. Goins is now incorporating the resulting feedback. He plans to distribute an updated version of the funding mechanism section before the April 2003 SCRD meeting. Goins asked SCRD members to come to the meeting prepared to work on the eligibility and prioritization components. He advised bringing all relevant materials, such as prioritization and site scoring forms, to the meeting.

Update From the Outreach Subgroup
Robin Schmidt said that a list of presentation tips has been created to help SCRD meeting speakers deliver clear, understandable presentation materials. Schmidt agreed to send the tip list to SCRD members via e-mail. She will also talk to Carolyn Perroni about posting the tips on the SCRD Web site.

Schmidt said that she has written an article about SCRD and state drycleaner cleanup programs. The article, which is targeted to strip mall owners and drycleaners, will appear in a national publication. Schmidt agreed to bring copies to the April 2003 SCRD meeting.

Schmidt recommended posting a list of upcoming conferences on the SCRD Web site. These conferences, she and Steimle agreed, might serve as good forums for SCRD presentations and outreach efforts. Call participants identified two upcoming conferences:

The Spring 2003 SCRD Meeting
The spring 2003 SCRD meeting will be held in San Francisco, California, on April 8–10, 2003. Before the conference call, Dick DeZeeuw distributed a preliminary meeting agenda to the entire SCRD team. Call participants discussed the agenda and recommended some changes. DeZeeuw took note of the changes and agreed to update the agenda soon.

The agenda changes (and meeting-related action items) identified by the participants are as follows:

Miscellaneous Information
Call participants discussed the following miscellaneous topics: