Conference Call Minutes from August 21, 2003

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners Conference Call August 21, 2003

State Coalition for Remediation of Drycleaners
Conference Call

August 21, 2003

Conference Call Participants

• Larry Norris
• Bill Burns
• Doug Fitton
• Bill Linn
• Beth Walker
• Pat Eriksen
• Mike Perkins
• Juho So
• Bob Jurgens
• Dan Nicoski
• Rich Johnson
• Dale Trippler
• Kären Kromar
• Ken Koon
• Jim Harrington
Alabama
Florida
Florida
Florida
Florida
Illinois
Illinois
Illinois
Kansas
Kansas
Maryland
Minnesota
Minnesota
Missouri
New York
• Scott Stupak
• Lisa Taber
• Delonda Alexander
• Dick DeZeeuw
• Bruce Gilles
• Lisa Appel
• Craig Dukes
• Nancy Frazier
• Jim Gilbert
• Steve Goins
• Mike Leckie
• Dan Switek
• Nathan Weiss
• Robin Schmidt
• Jeff Soellner
North Carolina
North Carolina
North Carolina
Oregon
Oregon
South Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Tennessee
Tennessee
Texas
Texas
Texas
Wisconsin
Wisconsin

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), Carolyn Perroni from Environmental Management Support, Inc., and Christine Hartnett from ERG. Gabrielle Coovery also participated.

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

Update From the Program Development/Administration Committee
Steve Goins said that the Program Development/Administration Committee has continued work on the Component Project document. On August 5, the Committee met (via conference call) to discuss the chapters on eligibility and prioritization. Many useful comments were provided, Goins said. These comments have been incorporated into the document. In addition, Lisa Appel and Robin Schmidt have started reformatting the chapters. Goins said that input is still needed from Missouri, North Carolina, and Texas. He agreed to send the most recent version of the Component Project document to representatives from these three states. After making some additional edits, Goins will redistribute the document to the entire SCRD for review. The Committee will meet face-to-face during a breakout session at SCRD's November 2003 meeting. During that session, Goins said, the Committee will work on the implementation and benefits chapters. Once these two chapters are completed, the first draft of the entire document will be done. Goins thought this task could be accomplished before the spring 2004 SCRD meeting.

Update From the Outreach Committee
Schmidt has written an article--targeted to strip mall owners and drycleaners--about SCRD and state drycleaner cleanup programs. On several occasions, she has asked a shopping center association to publish the article. She is still waiting for a response. Carolyn Perroni said that SCRD's printed outreach materials (e.g., brochures and business cards) are currently being updated. When they are available, Perroni will send a small stack of updated brochures to each of the SCRD member states.

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. SCRD members will arrive in New Orleans on November 11, 2003, and participate in SCRD Committee meetings between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. On the following day, SCRD members will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Agenda items for this day will include state update reports, additional Committee meetings, and an SCRD business meeting. On November 13 and 14, 2003, SCRD members will attend the NGWA conference. Some call participants said that they would like more time on the agenda for SCRD plenary sessions. Craig Dukes suggested flying in on November 10 and holding sessions all day on November 11. Cheryl Joseph did not think she would be able to secure enough sleeping rooms for the night of November 10. She did agree to research the topic further. She also agreed to send the brochure that advertises the NGWA conference to Dukes and the representatives from Texas.

Call participants agreed that the following should be done before the meeting:

Future SCRD Meetings
SCRD members typically set the dates and locations for their meetings about 6 months in advance. Trippler advised setting the dates and locations a year in advance. This will allow those who are planning the meeting more time to line up case studies and identify vendors who are interested in speaking to the group. Call participants thought Trippler's idea was an excellent one. When Trippler mentioned vendor presentations, it prompted call participants to ask whether it is more useful to watch demonstration projects in the field or to listen to vendors talk about their projects in a meeting room setting. Call participants agreed that both activities have merit, but said that it takes too much time to travel to field demonstration sites. Jurgens recommended asking vendors to videotape their field activities and to show the videotape at SCRD meetings.

Other Meetings
Over the years, SCRD members have made an effort to present information about SCRD and state drycleaner cleanup programs at a number of conferences. For example, in July 2003, DeZeeuw, Dukes, and Bill Burns delivered a presentation at the RevTech Conference, which was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. DeZeeuw said that the presentation was well received, noting that people in the audience asked many questions and that some Pennsylvanians expressed interest in setting up a state drycleaner cleanup program. Dukes said that he was pleased by the comments that the meeting's keynote speaker--Walt Kovalick--made about SCRD's activities.

Call participants talked about other meetings that SCRD members are slated to speak at:

Next SCRD Call
The next SCRD conference call will be held Thursday, October 9, 2003, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m Eastern Time.

Miscellaneous Topics
At the end of the call, DeZeeuw asked call participants to bring up any other topics that they wanted to talk about. Participants discussed the following: