Conference Call Minutes from March 17, 2005


March 17, 2005


● Pam Wilson Alabama ● Scott Stupak North Carolina
● Crystal Collins Alabama ● Dianne Thomas North Carolina
● Wendy Cohen California ● Dick DeZeeuw Oregon
● Antonia Vorster California ● Lisa Appel South Carolina
● Ray Frigon Connecticut ● Craig Dukes South Carolina
● Bill Linn Florida (SCRD Chair) ● Richard Haynes South Carolina
  ● Nancy Frazier Tennessee
● Mike Perkins Illinois ● Steve Goins Tennessee
● Juho So Illinois ● Dan Switek Texas
● Allen Dotson Minnesota ● Meade Anderson Virginia
● Ken Koon Missouri ● Terry Evanson Wisconsin
● Delonda Alexander 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), Carolyn Perroni of Environmental Management Support, Inc., Cheryl Joseph of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), and Christine Hartnett from ERG.

EPA has been providing financial support to SCRD since the late 1990s. For example, EPA has provided funds to support two SCRD meetings a year, to support teleconferences, to develop and maintain the SCRD Web site, to edit and maintain the SCRD site profile database, and to provide editorial support on SCRD papers and products. Now that the SCRD group has matured and established a solid footing, EPA believes that some of this support can be reduced. Thus, effective immediately, EPA will only support one SCRD meeting per year, and SCRD members will be expected to facilitate their own meetings, write their own conference call and meeting summaries, and edit their own papers and products (with the exception of site profiles, which will still be supported by a contractor). Richard Steimle said that these changes are being instituted because EPA believes that SCRD has matured to the point where it is ready to be more autonomous. If SCRD activities intensify in the future, however, requests for additional support can be made on an ad hoc basis.

In light of these changes, Bill Linn said that he will be asking SCRD members to take responsibility for some of the tasks that contractors had previously supported. For example, he will seek volunteers to write up meeting minutes, conference call minutes, and the SCRD newsletter.

One call participant asked whether SCRD members will still be able to travel and deliver presentations on SCRD's behalf. Steimle said that these activities will still be supported. Carolyn Perroni did note one change with relation to these activities, however: in the future, if someone desires to present the SCRD exhibit at a conference, they should contact Steimle (rather than Perroni) to have the exhibit shipped to them.

Delivering a message from Pat Eriksen (the chair of the Program Development/Administration Committee), Linn stated the following:

Craig Dukes and Linn said that the Technical Committee is currently involved with the following:

The next SCRD meeting will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina, on May 2-5, 2005. Linn said that he would be happy to send a formal invitation to any SCRD member who needs one. He also said that funds are only available to cover hotel costs through Wednesday night (May 4), noting that those who planned to stay in Raleigh through Thursday would be expected to cover their own expenses for that evening. Cheryl Joseph said that she must be informed of everyone's arrival and departure information as soon as possible.

Linn also spoke briefly about the training session that is scheduled to take place during the meeting. He reminded SCRD members that they should each bring a calculator and a laptop equipped with Windows 2000 (or higher) and a CD reader or zip drive.

Call participants also discussed the meeting agenda briefly and discussed the possibility of including:

Acknowledging that SCRD will only be funded for one meeting per year from now on, Linn asked call participants to start thinking about whether they would like to hold the next SCRD meeting in fall 2005 (which would mean that the group would not meet again until fall 2006) or whether they would rather hold their next meeting in spring 2006. If the former is identified as the group's preferred option, Steimle said, it is unclear whether EPA would be able to grant the group's request. He noted that NGWA provides the support for SCRD's meetings, but that the grant between EPA and NGWA expires in September 2005. Although efforts are underway to issue a new grant, Steimle said, it is unclear when the proposal process will be completed and when the Agency will make a final selection regarding who will execute the grant. If these details can be worked out by summer 2005, then there would be enough time to plan the fall 2005 meeting. If the grant is issued later in the year, however, the meeting might have to be postponed until spring 2006.

Ray Frigon presented information about assessment techniques that have been used to characterize a contaminated site at the University of Connecticut. The site consists of a landfill and chemical disposal pits that were used as a dumping ground for the University's school laboratories throughout the 1940s and 1950s. In the 1980s, Frigon said, contaminants were detected in nearby drinking water wells. This problem was addressed when public water supplies were extended to the affected residences. In 1998, as directed by Consent Order, the University began to investigate the former chemical disposal pit area and characterize the hydraulic properties of the surrounding fractured bedrock aquifer. Toward this end, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was called upon to perform a borehole-geophysical investigation, the main goal of which was to characterize fractures and determine the nature and extent of ground-water contamination. Frigon said that USGS employed its "tool box" approach, meaning that they drew upon their complete arsenal of assessment tools rather than using one or two of them. Frigon spoke highly of the work that USGS performed and strongly encouraged SCRD members to review the paper published about the investigation, which is available at Frigon also noted that Carole Johnson, who served as one of the paper's main authors, is currently working on another paper that summarizes activities performed at a drycleaning site in New Hampshire. Steimle said that he would like to know when that paper has been completed, and that he would like to develop a site profile for the New Hampshire site.