Conference Call Minutes from July 8, 2003

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners
Conference Call

July 8, 2003

Conference Call Participants

• Pam Wilson
• Larry Norris
• Wendy Cohen
• Bill Burns
• Doug Fitton
• Beth Walker
• Pat Eriksen
• Bob Jurgens
• Leo Henning
• Dan Nicoski
• Rich Johnson
• Dale Trippler
• Kären Kromar
• Ken Koon
• Scott Stupak
• Dick DeZeeuw
• Lisa Appel
• Craig Dukes
• Richard Haynes
• Nancy Frazier
• Jim Gilbert
• Steve Goins
• Margaret Dew
• Robin Schmidt
• Jeff Soellner
North Carolina
South Carolina
South 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 (EPA), Cheryl Joseph from the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), and Christine Hartnett from ERG.

The Status of California and Texas
During the last SCRD conference call, participants noted that California and Texas were both developing legislation for a drycleaner cleanup fund program. In California, Wendy Cohen said, the effort to promote such legislation has come to a halt for now. In Texas, however, progress has been made on this front. According to one call participant, the Texas governor recently signed legislation to establish a drycleaner cleanup fund program and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has been instructed to develop rules for the program by December 3, 2003. After hearing this news, Dick DeZeeuw recommended adding Texas as an official SCRD member. He asked call participants to vote on this recommendation, allowing each member state one vote. All of the states agreed that Texas should be accepted as an official SCRD member. With this inclusion, DeZeeuw said, this means that about one-third of the nation's drycleaners are located in states that are participating in SCRD. DeZeeuw said that the SCRD's publicity materials (e.g., brochures and contact cards) will be updated to include Texas as an official SCRD member.

Update From the Technical Committee
Bob Jurgens provided an update on two of the Technical Committee's projects:

Jurgens proposed holding a Technical Committee conference call to discuss the Committee's projects in more detail. ERG will set the call up for August 7, 2003.

Update From the Program Development/Administration Committee
The Program Development/Administration Committee has continued work on the component project, Steve Goins said. He himself has started drafting sections that address eligibility and prioritization. For the latter section, Goins said, SCRD members have been sending him paragraphs summarizing their site prioritization systems. Goins has received paragraphs from Kansas, Oregon, Minnesota, and Missouri. Robin Schmidt and Pat Eriksen said that paragraphs for Wisconsin and Illinois will be submitted soon. Goins said that he would like to receive all of the paragraphs by July 22, 2003. Goins advised setting up a conference call on August 5, 2003, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time, to discuss the Program Development/Administration Committee's activities in more depth.

Update From the Outreach Committee
Schmidt has written an article--targeted to strip mall owners and drycleaners--about SCRD and state drycleaner cleanup programs. She has asked a shopping center association to publish the article. The association members agreed to consider this and get back to Schmidt after they met with their environmental consultants in June 2003. Schmidt has not received a response yet. She will follow up soon.

Distributing Information About SCRD Through Upcoming Conferences and Internet Seminars
In the past, Steimle has encouraged SCRD members to build awareness about SCRD's activities by delivering presentations at a variety of conferences. Call participants indicated that they plan to speak at the following:

Steimle said that he is glad to hear that SCRD members have identified conferences where they can present information. He advised also holding Internet seminars to spread information to a broader audience. Steimle said that EPA hosts dozens of Internet seminars each year. In these seminars, people sitting at their own desks view PowerPoint slides over the Internet and listen to presentations over the phone. Since PowerPoint presentations are already being developed for the RevTech, AEHS, and Amherst conferences, Steimle said, it would be easy to redeliver these presentations periodically to a wide audience via Internet seminar. Steimle said that EPA could take care of advertizing and arranging the seminars. DeZeeuw, Schmidt, and other call participants expressed interest in Steimle's recommendations. They agreed to discuss the possibility of having Internet seminars when they meet face to face at the fall 2003 meeting. Trippler said that he foresaw a potential problem: for the Amherst conference, he and Goins had to sign over copyrights for their presentation to the people hosting the conference. Steimle said that this was an interesting point, worthy of further examination.

The Fall 2003 SCRD Meeting
The fall 2003 SCRD conference will be held in November 2003 in conjunction with an NGWA meeting that is scheduled to take place in New Orleans, Louisiana. The NGWA conference will be held on November 13 and 14, 2003; SCRD members will attend it. The SCRD group plans to arrive 1 day early and hold an SCRD meeting on November 12, 2003. DeZeeuw said that he is not sure that 1 day will be sufficient for an SCRD meeting, and he advised allocating another half-day time slot to the SCRD. Conference call participants discussed different options. For example, DeZeeuw said that the SCRD group could skip a portion of the NGWA meeting and hold a half-day SCRD session on November 12 or 13. Once Cheryl Joseph distributes the final version of the NGWA conference agenda, he said, it will be easier to determine whether there are any NGWA sessions that could be skipped. Jurgens proposed an alternative: SCRD could hold a half-day session on November 11 (Tuesday, Veteran's Day) or November 15 (Saturday). Call participants agreed to discuss these suggestions in more detail during the next SCRD conference call. Some call participants said that they need a letter that formally invites them to the meeting. DeZeeuw agreed to send letters to California, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. (The letter for the latter state must clearly state that federal funds are being used to pay for the travel expenses.)

DeZeeuw asked call participants to recommend topics that the meeting agenda should include. They recommended Internet seminars, SCRD business, Committee business, Wisconsin's draft guidance document on indoor air intrusion, upcoming conferences, and the election of a new SCRD chair. Expanding on the latter, Steimle said that anyone who is interested in taking over as the chair should come to the meeting with a list of goals that they hope SCRD will accomplish over the next 2 years.

Site Profiles
A series of case studies (or site profiles) are posted on the SCRD Web site. These case studies provide information about remediation projects that have been performed at contaminated drycleaning sites across the country. Tina Petersen is developing site profiles for Minnesota; Trippler asked who Petersen should send the profiles to once they are completed. Jurgens said that he and Bill Linn review all of the site profiles before they are posted on the Web site. Lisa Appel said that she used the online data submission sheet to submit information, but that the information has not appeared on the Web site yet. Jurgens thought this was strange, noting that he has not received a message indicating that Appel's case study has been completed and is awaiting approval. Steimle said that he would call Carolyn Perroni from Environmental Management Support, Inc., to find out why there has been a communication breakdown.

Next SCRD Call
The next SCRD conference call will be held Thursday, August 21, 2003, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m Eastern Time.