Conference Call Minutes from February 6, 2014

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STATE COALITION FOR REMEDIATION OF DRYCLEANERS TELECONFERENCE

Thursday, February 6, 2014
MEETING MINUTES

CONFERENCE CALL PARTICIPANTS – STATE REPRESENTATIVES:

Nathan Casebeer, California
Sheila Gleason, Connecticut
Bob Asreen, Delaware
Jennifer Farrell, Florida
Bill Linn, Florida
Pat Eriksen, Illinois
Juho So, Illinois
Joe Dom, Kansas
Scott Huckstep, Missouri
Jim Harrington, New York
Steve Hoke, New Jersey
Pete Doorn, North Carolina
Joe Westersund, Oregon
Charles Rowan, Tennessee
Alison Hensley, Tennessee
Dan Switek, Texas
Kerry Martin, Texas
Meade Anderson, Virginia
Terry Evanson, Wisconsin
Keith Arnold, EMS

Outreach Subgroup Report

  • Sara's replacement for Outreach Subgroup Chair is in the process of being hired. Expect progress to be made within the next month.

Administrative Subgroup Report

  • Will soon be distributing information to states for costs of closure. Subgroup should expect to see this in the next couple of weeks.

Project Management/Technical Subgroup Report

  • Discussion on the way site profiles are updated. The database was updated to help with the update of the paper. Wisconsin has submitted the idea of doing shorter papers related to specific topics, similar to a fact sheet. Will discuss this idea as well as a timeframe and possible topics in the next subgroup meeting.

Old Business

  • Status of site profile updates. Several states have reported various errors when trying to update their profiles. According to EMS, it appears that info from the old and the new database are combining into the same form. Rob Langston of EMS will be making changes to help with these errors. If you notice any bugs in the website, contact EMS to report them. Also note that March 1, 2014 is the deadline for all states to check their respective site profiles to make sure they are correct and all data was migrated during the conversion to the new database.

New Business

  • EPA funding status is currently unsure for future meetings. EMS indicated that they are only approved to maintain the SCRD website and for time to participate on conference calls. They have no approval for helping with papers or for future meetings.
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  • Charles Rowan (TN) asked for information from other states on their experience with N-Propyl Bromide solvent. Bill Linn (FL) indicated that Florida has not had experience but has heard that California is trying to develop a standard for it and that the California Air Resources Board may have more information on it.

State Spotlight

  • Florida presentation: "How Much Does It Cost to Cleanup a Contaminated Drycleaning Site?" (PDF) (10 pp., 490K). One of the major questions that are asked is how much does it cost to clean up a drycleaning site. Florida's program has a few limitations in that it is a state lead program with little incentive for property owners to push for closure and by statute Florida is not able to impose a deed restriction on the property. Florida's cleanup levels are very conservative with levels below EPA standards. They have three ways they are able to close a site: No Further Action (NFA), Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA), or remedial actions. Most sites in Florida have been closed through remedial action, mostly soil remediation using SVE and/or excavation. The average cost to close a site using remedial action is approximately $265,000. Florida also has sites that have had cleanup costs exceeding over $1 million dollars. They project that 14% of their approximately 1,300 sites are highly contaminated and may exceed the current average cost to clean up.

Final Comments & Wrap Up

  • The next teleconference is scheduled for April 3rd, Virginia will be responsible for the meeting minutes and Alabama will be in the state spotlight.