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2008 State Superfund Managers Symposium
Leaner and Greener
July 29-31, 2008
Scottsdale, AZ

Please note: presentation titles are linked to the presentation and presenters' names are linked to their biographies.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Introduction and Welcome
Moderated by Jay Naparstek, MA, Chair, State Superfund Focus Group

What’s New in Superfund?
Moderated by Mark Giesfeldt, WI, Vice-Chair, CERCLA and Brownfields Research Center Subcommittee

Senior EPA and ASTSWMO leadership will offer perspectives on current State and federal remediation program issues, to include recent activities and new initiatives.


In-Situ Remediation Technologies
Moderated by Tom Gainer, OR

Superfund sites often require complex cleanup strategies to achieve remedial objectives.  This session will explore some of the latest approaches to meeting site cleanup challenges in a cost-effective manner.

PAH Characterization and Long-Term Monitoring of Sediment Sites
Moderated by Paul Craffey, MA

This session will present an overview of the ASTSWMO Sediments Focus Group paper on Long Term Monitoring of Sediment Sites as well as PAH characterization using pore water to measure contaminant bioavailability as an alternative to standard sediments toxicity testing. 

Lunch with Speaker
Moderated by Kevin Greene, VA

Kevin Garon, DuPont Corporate Remediation Group: Sustainability Analysis for Improving Remedial Action Decisions


Hung Out to Dry – The Dirt on Dry Cleaners
Moderated by Kevin Greene, VA

Dry cleaned clothing is an unavoidable expense for many.  Fortunately, dry cleaning is inexpensive and stores are plentiful.  However, even the smallest of dry cleaning stores can cause significant environmental problems.  Come learn how several States share information regarding cleanup strategies through the State Coalition of Remediation of Dry Cleaners, hear about the results of Florida’s 300 dry cleaner site study, and find out about simple yet effective remediation techniques.

Report to the Membership on Completed and Active Projects
Moderated by Jennifer Patterson, ASTSWMO

Throughout the Symposium, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from the 7 Task Force/Focus Groups within the ASTSWMO CERCLA and Brownfields Research Center regarding current ASTSWMO research to benefit State programs.  This session will include presentations from 3 of the groups in the areas of: long-term stewardship, site assessment, and State Response Programs.  Members of these groups will also be seeking input and suggestions from attendees relative to future ASTSWMO research in these or other topics of interest to State/Territorial remediation programs.


Cleanup of Widespread Anthropogenic and Naturally Occurring Contaminants
Moderated by Sara Amir, CA

Using risk based levels for remediation of anthropogenic compounds has presented many challenges for urban areas. This session will discuss establishing background levels for PAHs and arsenic as part of the risk management decision making process in California, and Massachusetts’ strategy for dealing with “historic fill”.

Vapor Intrusion - “Yours, Mine, and Ours”
Moderated by Wesley Turner, KY

Vapor intrusion issues are becoming more prevalent as sites are reused and plumes move off-site.  What levels are considered safe?  What is the source of these invisible intruders?  Are the vapors caused by the plume coming from a nearby site or escaping from the new paint and carpet that was laid last week?  This session will provide some answers to these questions by examining some of the available guidance on vapor intrusion and by providing an in-depth discussion on one State’s approach to dealing with some of the issues that arise from indoor air.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Small States Forum
Moderated by Brent Everett, UT and Jim Woolford, US EPA/OSRTI

This forum offers managers and staff of smaller State programs the opportunity to discuss their often unique and individual issues and concerns with their regulatory partners at EPA.

State One-Cleanup Programs and Memoranda of Agreement
Moderated by Jay Naparstek, MA

The One-Cleanup Program (OCP) initiative was developed to improve the coordination, speed, and effectiveness of cleanups at contaminated sites and to ensure that resources, activities, and results are effectively coordinated and communicated to the public.  This session will explore State experiences with development and implementation of OCPs and negotiation of Memoranda of Agreements (MOAs) with EPA.  In addition, EPA will provide their perspectives on State OCPs/MOAs.

State-EPA Superfund Policy Roundtable Forum
Moderated by Mark Giesfeldt, WI

This open forum will offer State and federal attendees the opportunity for candid, closed-door discussions on State and federal program funding, the changing nature of Superfund, long-term operation and maintenance costs and strategies, and other topics.

Lunch with Presentation
Moderated by Jay Naparstek, MA


Area-Wide and Watershed Cleanup Approaches
Moderated by Jay Naparstek, MA

This session acts as a follow-up to the morning session on State One-Cleanup Programs and Memoranda of Agreements.  The ASTSWMO Cross-Program Cleanup Task Force will discuss proposed activities that the group will be working on and preliminary information on work that the group has completed to date.  Case studies will also be presented on State experiences in conducting area-wide and watershed cleanup projects.

Risk Communication and Public Involvement Training (Part I)
Moderated by Terry Ayers, IL

These two training modules (Parts I and II) explore the perception of risk by the public, decisions on risk and how they impact the public.  This training will provide attendees with information on how to communicate risk effectively to the public.  Attendees will also receive training on how to plan for public and media involvement in cleanup activities.


Don’t Have Any IC Issues?  You Just May Not Be Looking Hard Enough
Moderated by Bob Soboleski, NJ

What started out sounding easy may not be all that easy.  As our experience with Institutional Controls (ICs) grows, we need to make improvements.  This session will look at some of the legal aspects of ICs (including methods for implementation and enforcement); the importance of financial assurances in ensuring long-term protectiveness and the potential to address liability and finality; and a means to prevent potential exposures or serious engineering control disruptions which at the same time unobtrusively plugs into local government activities.     

Risk Communication and Public Involvement Training (Part II)
Moderated by Terry Ayers, IL

This session is a continuation of the training offered in Part I above.       


Thursday, July 31, 2008


Green and Sustainable Cleanups
Moderated by Sara Amir, CA

As we encounter more challenges in our energy usage, evaluating energy use in remedial technologies and addressing future land use and sustainability issues has gained more support from regulatory agencies, responsible parties and the affected communities.  This panel will discuss consideration of the carbon footprint in selecting remedial technologies while addressing the effects of  remediation techniques on the ecology, and coordination of cleanup and re-use planning.

Nothing Seems to Last Forever—Except Operations and Maintenance
Moderated by Brent Everett, UT

Maintaining protectiveness of remedies over time requires diligent operations and maintenance (O&M).  States often have responsibility for long-term O&M, the success of such is directly related to the remedial decision.  Come learn about caps and covers, managing O&M as a lead agency, and take part in a discussion on O&M issues and possible solutions, including optimization of O&M activities to efficiently manage the diminishing State dollars, meet our responsibilities, and maintain operations (dare I say, forever, or at least beyond your retirement date).  

State Experiences in Emergency Response
Moderated by Terry Ayers, IL

This session explores the abilities of State emergency response programs and highlights the nation’s two worst emergency events in recent times, the World Trade Center disaster and Hurricane Katrina.  The States of Louisiana and New York will detail their involvement in these history changing events and the lessons learned in responding to crises of this magnitude.  The ASTSWMO Removal Action Focus Group will also present the preliminary results of their recent project on State emergency response programs. 

Closing Session and Symposium Wrap-Up
Moderated by Jay Naparstek, MA and Jim Woolford, US EPA/OSRTI

Moderators will lead a discussion with Symposium attendees on the outcome of the Symposium as related to the direction of the Center’s research as well as current and future key issues for State and federal remediation programs.


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