February 2019

Michigan Publishes Independent PFAS Science Advisory Report and Recommendations

The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team recently published the findings of its independent PFAS Science Advisory Committee appointed by Governor Rick Snyder. The panel was created to provide the state with both a better understanding of the available science and evidence-based recommendations for use in guiding Michigan’s investigation and response to the widespread and emerging class of contaminants. For more information on PFAS contamination and the Michigan report, read more …

Pennsylvania Act 2 Technical Guidance Manual Updated to Include VI and Groundwater Monitoring

Enacted in August of 1997, The Land Recycling Program (Act 2) encourages the voluntary cleanup and reuse of contaminated commercial and industrial sites in Pennsylvania. In order to satisfy the requirements of Act 2, Pennsylvania’s Land Recycling Program (LRP) developed standards, guidance, and procedures for cleanups. On January 19, 2019 the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) published the latest revision of their technical guidance manual (TGM) for environmental cleanup and brownfields land recycling program. Revisions from the 2002 version include general reorganization, clarification, updating, and the addition of vapor intrusion and groundwater monitoring guidance. The revised TGM contains a wealth of useful information on site assessment and would be a valuable addition to your library regardless of where you live.

EPA Announces New Water Quality Trading Policy

EPA has announced that they have developed new guidance for Clean Water Act (CWA) NPDES water quality trading programs. EPA is trying to modernize the agency’s current water quality policies to facilitate broader adoption of market-based programs. Assistant Administrator David Ross announced that the new policy will help states, tribes and stakeholders use market incentives and community-based programs to reduce excess nutrients in surface water bodies, and improve water quality in their communities.

Waters of the United States Public Outreach Sessions Announced

On December 11, 2018, U.S. EPA (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) unveiled the latest proposal to define Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and limit the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA). See January 2019 edition of Focus on the Environment Newsletter. The shutdown of the Federal government delayed the processing of the proposed rule as well as the date of the public hearing on the proposed definition of WOTUS. More information is available on the EPA’s Waters of the United States Rulemaking webpage.

With the funding of the federal government restored, the EPA and USACE have scheduled two public outreach opportunities during February:

  1. A public webcast, scheduled for February 14, 2019 (3:30 to 4:30 EST). Registration is limited to 2,000 attendees. Registration for the webcast is available here.
  2. Two sessions of the public hearing have been rescheduled for February 27 (4:00 pm local time) and 28, 2019 (9:00 am local time) at the Reardon Convention Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Registration for the public hearings is available here.

EPA Issues Technical Guides to Streamline Site Cleanup

EPA’s Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation has issued three technical guides to assist environmental professionals in scoping, data management and strategic sampling activities at hazardous waste sites. EPA intends for the guides to strengthen Superfund site characterization activities and to facilitate stronger site remedy decisions and improved remedy performance. The November 2018 documents are:

The guides are relatively short (longest is 26 pages) and are essentially best management practices (BMPs) developed by EPA through implementation of the Agency’s 2012 national optimization strategy, interaction with state and industry leaders, and engagement in Lean processes. Look for more information on the documents in upcoming editions of the Focus on the Environment Newsletter.

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Coming Soon in the March Newsletter

  • EPA Enforcement Annual Results 2018
  • EPA’s PFAs Action Plan

Upcoming Events

Colvin & Associates, Inc. personnel are actively involved in the technical and regulatory aspects of the environmental field as it evolves. Cox-Colvin will be participating as presenters, sponsors, or exhibitors at the following environmental conferences in the coming months.

March 26-27, 2019: Cox-Colvin & Associates will be at the 28th Annual Sustainability & EHS Symposium in Cincinnati, OH. Stop by our booth to say hello.

May 9, 2019: Laurie Chilcote, Cox-Colvin & Associates, will be presenting Proven Active Soil Gas Sampling Techniques for Efficient Site Characterization, Vapor Intrusion Investigation and Mitigation at the Ground Gas Conference in London, UK

May 15-17, 2019: Laurie Chilcote, Cox-Colvin & Associates, will be presenting Proven Method to Accurately Access Location and VI Potential to Better Define your CSM Model at the Environmental Show of the South in Chattanooga, TN.