|Northeast Conference on the Science of PFAS: Public Health & the Environment
NEWMOA has partnered with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC), and others to organize a regional Conference on
"The Science of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): Public Health and the Environment"
. The Conference will take place March 31-April 1, 2020 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center, in Framingham, MA. The goals of the Conference are to:
- Ensure that local, state, and federal action to address PFAS contamination is informed by the most current and reliable science
- Facilitate networking and information-sharing among key stakeholders on PFAS topics
- Identify important gaps in the science and policy to help inform future research
NEWMOA expects Conference attendance to be approximately 400 people, including:
- Government officials
- Academic researchers and students
- Consultants and vendors
- Companies that use, make, or sell products that contain PFAS
- Non-governmental and environmental organizations
The Conference will include plenary and concurrent sessions and an exhibit and poster area. The concurrent sessions will cover:
- Toxicology and Health Effects
- Environmental Behavior
- Treatment, Remediation, and Disposal
- PFAS Uses and Alternatives
- Environmental Sampling and Analysis
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Conference sponsors will have high visibility prior to and during the Conference. NEWMOA will include the sponsors' names and logos on its Conference webpages and social media postings and on handouts and signs during the Conference. During the Conference, the sponsors will be prominently displayed on PowerPoint slides during the plenary sessions and will be acknowledged during those sessions and others. There are four levels of sponsorship, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
Conference Sponsors as of January 2020 include:
Many of the attendees buy products and services, such as and would benefit from knowing more about available vendors:
A limited number of exhibit spaces are available. For more information on sponsoring and exhibiting, contact Jennifer Griffith.
- Analytical instruments and services
- Monitoring and sampling equipment and services
- Remediation and treatment equipment and services
- Consulting services
- Training and education products and service
Conference Planning Committee
- Ann Battersby, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM)
- Rich Bizzozero, Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (Mass OTA)
- Mary Butow, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NH DES)
- Meghan Cassidy, U.S. EPA Region 1 Superfund Technical & Enforcement Support Section
- Sheau-Yun (Dora) Chiang, CDM Smith
- Daniel D'Agostino, U.S. EPA Region 2, Clean Water Division
- Barbara Firebaugh, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC)
- Jennifer Guelfo, Brown University, Superfund Research Program, Texas Tech. University
- Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Boston University School of Public Health, Superfund Research Program
- Steve Maybury, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP)
- Michele McCaughey, RI DEM
- Jennifer Miller, Vista Analytical Lab
- Barbara Morin, NESCAUM
- Kara Murphy, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM)
- Geoffrey Pellechia, SGS North America
- Frank Ricciardi, Weston & Sampson
- Lynn Rubinstein, Northeast Recycling Council (NERC)
- Laurel Schaider, Silent Spring Institute
- Tiffany Skogstrom, Massachusetts OTA
- Mark Smith, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (Mass DEP)
- Richard Spiese, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC)
- Christina Stringer, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC)
- Elsie Sunderland, Harvard University Arts & Sciences, Superfund Research Program
- Steve Woodard, ECT
- Melissa Zych, NH DES
|Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2)
Compared with independent, state-specific reporting systems, the HPCDS reduces manufacturers' reporting burden and should result in fewer reporting errors and inconsistencies. It also provides easy public access to a single source of the information reported by companies to the states. In addition, the HPCDS establishes a framework for implementation of similar reporting programs at greatly reduced cost and thereby eliminates the need for other IC2 members to build and maintain independent reporting systems. NEWMOA staff worked for more than four years on this effort. The IC2 team has been working with the IT contractor, Eastern Research Group (ERG), for the past year to develop the system.
Project funding was provided by an
EPA Exchange Network grant
to the Oregon Health Authority, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Ecology and NEWMOA.
On November 19, the IC2 held a webinar on "Firefighting Foams: Practical Consideration for Going Fluorine Free". The webinar covered:
- Why fluorine-based firefighting foams are a concern
- Regulatory scan: global, US
- Alternatives: performance and their environmental profiles
- Practical considerations: training, equipment, and costs
- Cleanout and disposal methods for fluorinated foams
The speakers included:
- Ian Ross, Arcadis (from the United Kingdom)
- Nigel Holmes, Queensland (Australia) Department of Environment and Science
- Captain Kurt Plunkett, Seattle Fire Department
- Niall Ramsden, LASTFIRE (from the UK)
- Peter Storch, Arcadis (Australia)
- Jen Jackson, San Francisco Department of the Environment
|Waste Site Cleanup & Hazardous Waste
RCRA Compliance at Cleanup Sites Webinar: Onsite Management of Remediation Waste
NEWMOA is offering a free webinar on January 24, 1:00 EST that covers what waste site cleanup staff and managers need to know about "Onsite Management of Remediation Waste". Ross Bunnell, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) and Martin Sanchez, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) will be the presenters. Both of these presenters have many years of experience in the RCRA program, having worked in RCRA permitting, enforcement, policy development, education, and outreach. They will include case studies and examples to illustrate key points in their presentations. In developing their presentations, they have worked with colleagues from the other states in the Northeast to make sure the information applies to all of the states in the region. There will be ample time for questions and comments during the webinar.
RCRA Compliance at Cleanup Sites Webinar: Waste Treatment & Land Disposal Restrictions
NEWMOA is offering a free webinar on February 25, 2019, 2:00 EST that covers what waste site cleanup staff and managers need to know about "Waste Treatment and Land Disposal Restrictions". Mike Ellenbecker, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be the presenter. He has many years of experience in the RCRA program, having worked in RCRA permitting, enforcement, policy development, education, and outreach in Wisconsin. Mike will include case studies and examples to illustrate key points in his presentation. There will be ample time for questions and comments during the webinar.
These webinars are the final two in a four-part series that started in the fall of 2019 and cover key RCRA compliance topics that can affect site cleanups.
The PowerPoint slides from and the r
ecording of the first webinar in the series, which focused on "Waste Characterization and Listed Hazardous Waste" is available:
The PowerPoint slides from and the recording of the second webinar in the series, which focused on "Area of Contamination and Contained-in Policies" is available:
|NEWMOA is sponsoring the Revitalizing New England: Brownfields Summit 2020 in partnership with the brownfields and economic development programs in the New England states as well as EPA Region 1 and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. The Summit will take place October 7 and 8, 2020 at the Devens Common Center, in Devens, MA.
This Summit will bring together key Brownfields stakeholders to help advance and accelerate redevelopment of contaminated properties. The goals of the Summit are to:
- Share information about the financial incentives, liability protections, and technical and other assistance available for brownfields development from federal and state governments
- Promote best practice and lessons learned across New England
- Provide an opportunity to increase networking in the region and information-sharing among key stakeholders
The two-day Summit will include plenary and break-out sessions and an exhibit area. There will be ample time during the breaks for networking and viewing the exhibits. If funding is available, there will be a reception during the evening of the first day. More information about the Summit is available at:
The organizers expect approximately 300 people to attend, including representatives from:
- State, tribal, and federal government brownfields and waste site cleanup programs
- Local, regional, and state economic development agencies
- Real estate developers, financial institutions, and legal firms
- Planning and economic development consulting firms
- Local governments
- Job training grantees
- Environmental professionals
The Call for Presentations and Sessions will be released soon.
NEWMOA is seeking Summit sponsors.
For more information about the Summit, contact Jennifer Griffith.
|Solid Waste & Sustainable Materials Management
The Using Recycled Content Materials in Road & Infrastructure Projects Workshop is co-sponsored by NERC and NEWMOA in partnership with the
Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), Maine Resource Recovery Association (M
RRA), the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Department of Transportation, and the New Hampshire Technology Transfer Center. The Workshop will take place on April 15, 2020 in Concord, NH.
|EPR for Packaging & Paper Products Fact Sheet
The Fact Sheet is designed to communicate basic information about this complex
topic. NEWMOA and NERC's EPR Implementation Workgroup oversaw the development of the Fact Sheet, and members shared informational resources
and comments on it.
|NEWMOA Board of Directors
NEWMOA's Board of Directors met in December via webinar to discuss state and EPA waste, toxics, PFAS, and pollution prevention challenges and NEWMOA's FY 2020 projects, funding, and strategic priorities.
The NEWMOA and NERC Boards updated and reaffirmed their Joint Strategic Action Plan during the fall. Both Boards approved a 2020-2022 plan that provides a road map for joint projects and activities.
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