July 2018

Andrew Wheeler Named Acting EPA Administrator – Risk Communication to be his Top Priority

On July 9, 2018 the Trump administration named Andrew Wheeler Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He replaced Scott Pruitt, who resigned on July 5 amid ethical scandals. Through a July 11 address to EPA staff (see the 20-minute video), the Acting Administrator identified risk communication and consistency in risk communication as his top priority for EPA.

OIG Investigates Self Insurance for Companies with Multiple Environmental Liabilities

Financial assurance provides for the current and future obligations of private parties in RCRA and CERCLA cleanups. Financial assurance in RCRA and Superfund programs can include forms of self-insurance. As the result of a December 22, 2017 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report, EPA will be looking more closely at companies using self-insurance, especially those with multiple environmental liabilities.

Vapor Intrusion Fundamentals 42 – Subslab Soil-Gas Sampling

According to EPA’s 2015 Vapor Intrusion Guidance, “EPA recommends that soil gas samples be taken as close to the areas of interest as possible and preferably from directly beneath the building structure”. What they described is subslab soil gas. To learn about how subslab soil gas is useful, and how it’s collected, read on.

Cooperative Federalism from the Perspective of State Environmental Agencies

Cooperative Federalism is not a new concept or catchphrase. In the latest incarnation of the term, the Trump Administration defines the goal of Cooperative Federalism, as it applies to the U.S. EPA, as rebalancing the power between Washington and the states to create tangible environmental results for the American people (see FY 2018-2022 EPA Strategic Plan). The President, Congress, and U.S EPA have all weighed in on their particular ideas, degree, and methods for rebalancing, but, how do the states feel about all of this, and how exactly would state environmental agencies put Cooperative Federalism into practice? Through the following documents the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) and the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Official (ASTSWMO) have weighed in with their vision of Cooperative Federalism and its status one year into the effort. As you might imagine, the states have a somewhat different view on how Cooperative Federalism can be accomplished.

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Project Spotlight

Coming Soon in the August Newsletter

  • EPA’s attenuation factor database used in developing VISLs

Upcoming Events

Cox-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.

July 25-26, 2018: Cox-Colvin & Associates, Inc. will be at Booth 12 for the 28th Annual Environmental Permitting in Ohio Conference. Stop by and see us!

September 19-21, 2018: Craig Cox, CPG and Laurie Chilcote will be in Ferrara, Italy for the Remtech Expo 2018!

Come see Craig Cox on Sept. 20 – 15:00-15:15, he will be presenting in Session 2 – Innovative Technologies in Site Characterization and Site Remediation: “Innovative use of Standard Analytical Data Sets from Comingled Groundwater Plume Setting to Locate Source Areas, Define Plume Boundaries, and Monitor Remediation Progress.” Also, on the 20th from 14:30-17:30 – Laurie Chilcote will be presenting: “Vapor Pin an Instrument for Sub Slab Gas: Principals of installation, functioning, and expected results.”

September 30 – October 3, 2018: Craig Cox and Laurie Chilcote will be at AARST’s State Radon Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.

October 10-11, 2018: Cox-Colvin’s Mort Schmidt, author of our regular newsletter feature “Vapor Intrusion Fundamentals”, will be presenting, along with a 2-day class on vapor intrusion, in coordination with the American Institute of Professional Geologists and others. The class will include classroom lectures and hands-on demonstrations, and will be presented in the Columbus, Ohio area.