Conference Call Minutes from April 30, 2015

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Thursday, April 30, 2015


Bonnie Temple, Alabama
Nathan Casebeer, California
Walter Avramenko, Colorado
Sheila Gleason, Connecticut
Jennifer Farrell, Florida
Walsta Jean-Baptiste, Florida
Pat Eriksen, Illinois
Scott Huckstep, Missouri
John Doyon, New Jersey
Steve Hoke, New Jersey
Peter Doorn, North Carolina
Mike Eberle, Ohio
Joe Westersund, Oregon
Don Hanson, Oregon
Paul Bergstrand, South Carolina
Charles Rowan, Tennessee
Kerry Martin, Texas
Terry Evanson, Wisconsin
Kristi Dobra, Wyoming
Keith Arnold, EMS


Attendance & Opening Remarks - Scott Huckstep (MO)
Scott welcomed everyone to the conference call.

Outreach Subgroup Report - Jennifer Feyerherm (WI)
Terry Evanson, filling in for Jennifer, mentioned that Jennifer will be sending out an email requesting information for the June Newsletter. Scott asked that everyone respond back to Jennifer with any information as soon as possible. States are encouraged to include news items in addition to the State cleanup numbers.

Administrative Subgroup Report - Pete Doorn (NC)
Pete suggested that a meeting be held to discuss the cost project. Scott mentioned that time would be available at the end of the next conference call to discuss the project.

Project Management/Technical Subgroup Report - Terry Evanson (WI)
All is well in the Technical Subgroup and Terry agreed with Pete’s suggestion of the groups discussing the project at the end of the next conference call.

Old Business
Scott reminded the SCRD members that it was time for someone to step up and become the Chair of the SCRD. He mentioned that if anyone had any questions about the duties of the chair to give him a call.

New Business
Scott wanted to respond to a comment submitted to the website about new technologies for remediation or any available clean up grants and asked the membership for their insights.

Scott passed on some information he received from Kansas about a geologist position opening up in their program. Scott also reported that the Kansas dry cleaner fund could tap into other funds, mainly to investigate orphan sites. The additional funding will help to get rid of the site assessment backlog and move the orphan sites toward remediation.

Pete Doorn inquired about indoor air contamination and immediate action. Some states and regions specify that TCE indoor air concentrations of 6, 10 or 20 micrograms/cubic meter require a more rapid response. In North Carolina, the current target for TCE is 2 micrograms/ cubic meter. North Carolina is looking at portable carbon filters as an option for immediate reduction of TCE concentrations and Pete asked for feedback.

In the early days of indoor air concerns, Don Hanson (OR) mentioned that their program installed portable carbon units as an interim measure and found that they had an effect but did not know details on performance data. Joe from Oregon suggested that changes in the HVAC system be made to modify ventilation.

Scott Huckstep asked about scraping up sludge on a concrete and how to confirm if the concrete was clean. The analysis of a surface wipe is a quick and dirty method to confirm the cleanup, but perhaps a core should be taken to confirm if PCE went through the concrete. But then again, PCE may already be in the subsurface beneath the slab.

Representatives from Tennessee attended an excellent two day class on radon mitigation that included in-depth discussions of the installation of Subslab Depressurization Systems (SSDS). Terry (WI) confirmed the direct relation between radon and Volatile Organic Compound SSDS’s.

Don Hanson asked about any updated news from EPA about continued support of the coalition and future meetings. Scott said that he will follow up with John Quander and relay back to the group on what he finds out. Keith said EPA included a small amount of funding in an EMS task order to support the SCRD website and site profiles database. This task order does not include funding to support an in-person SCRD meeting, which members agreed is much needed. May 1, 2012 was the last meeting that was held.

State Spotlight Presentation
Paul Bergstrand (SC) summarized one aspect of their Drycleaning Facility Restoration Trust Fund (DFRTF). South Carolina undertook an initiative to prioritize their dry cleaning sites according to the presence or absence of contamination. By conducting Expanded Initial Assessments (EIA) using Fund money, South Carolina expects to have characterized approximately 403 sites (their universe of known sites) by December 2015. Based upon the EIA, each site will be NFA’d or prioritized for further investigation.

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