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The LSPA was pleased to sponsor the March for Science Boston this past weekend. Several thousand people attended the rally that took place on the Boston Common on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017. According to Boston.com, here are some of the best signs from the event!

The LSPA had many members on hand to represent the association - including our Bridgewater State University Student Chapter! We had a booth at the event and distributed information and materials. 

         
Above image: Faculty Advisor, Michael A. Penzo, with LSPA's Bridgewater State University Student Chapter. Below image: Mike Penzo, Anne MacMillan, Dot McGlincy, and Lars Andresen.representing LSPA at the March for Science.

The March for Science Boston is a non-partisan rally for science that celebrates discovery, understanding, and sharing of scientific knowledge as crucial to the success, health, and safety of our species and planet. There was an excellent line up of speakers, click here to see the full list.

For more information on the event, please visit: https://www.marchforscienceboston.com/

Thank you to all who attended the LSPA's April Membership Meeting at Bridgewater State University -home of the LSPA’s first student chapter! We were excited to see so many LSPA members interacting with BSU students, faculty and staff. We also had a great turnout of BSU alum who are LSPA members - way to represent!  

Representatives of BSU's LSPA Student Chapter, along with faculty advisor Michael Penzo. 

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The LSPA is requesting that you outreach to your state representative to urge his/her support of House Amendment #603 to the proposed FY 2018 state budget (H. 3600). House Amendment #603 would increase the state appropriation to the 21J Fund from $6 million to $10 million. The LSPA supports this amendment and we are told to expect a vote on it as early as this coming Monday, April 24th.
 
The amendment was sponsored jointly by Rep. Kafka (D-Sharon) and Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading), and they are currently the only sponsors. More bill sponsors may provide the support needed to get this passed by the House Ways and Means Committee. 
 
The 21J Fund is seriously underfunded annually; an approximately $6 million deficit in unpaid claims (claims processed and approved but unable to be paid) is projected for the end of FY 2017. For more background information, read this article from the most recent LSPA newsletter.   
 
The time is now! The more voices the better. Please email or call your state representative to urge him/her to support this amendment. Four simple points will do: 
  • Please sign on as a co-sponsor to House Amendment 603 and please speak to House leadership in support of the amendment.
  • The Fund's primary purpose is to ensure the cleanup of drinking water, groundwater, and soils following a spill or leak of petroleum.
  • Without sufficient funding, the 21J Fund cannot pay its stakeholder group of claimants for their cleanup actions. Contractors, equipment suppliers and other vendors maintain an employment and sales workforce in the Commonwealth. This results in income, employment and sales tax for the Commonwealth.   
  • The majority of petroleum dispensing facilities are owned by home grown, family-owned petroleum marketing companies that have operated and evolved in their home state of Massachusetts for several decades - not by big oil companies.   
Feel free to contact Wendy Rundle, LSPA Executive Director at lspa.wendy@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

Thank you,
 
Michael A. Penzo, CPG, PG, LSP
LSPA President
 
Dot McGlincy, LSP, and Lauren Konetzny, LSP
Co-Chairs, LSPA Legislative Committee

The LSPA is pleased to be a sponsor of the March for Science Boston on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. The rally will take place on the Boston Common on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, from 1 pm to 4 pm.  We hope you are able to join us.  

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April 6, 2017
The LSPA presented the following monthly compliance tip at the April Membership Meeting at Bridgewater State University on April 6, 2017. 

How does one apply Reportable Concentrations and Method 1 Standards when they are equal to the site Oil and Hazardous Materials (OHM) concentrations?


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There are currently three vacant seats on the 11 member Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals (aka The LSP Board). The LSPA is soliciting interest from qualified professionals to serve on the LSP Board. 
 
Why is the LSPA involved with helping to identify possible Board candidates?
LSPs are the key constituents of the LSP Board, and the LSPA is the professional association for LSPs, so it is only logical that the LSPA would have an interest in identifying qualified candidates for the LSP Board. The LSPA has been involved in the past in assisting and supporting persons interested and qualified to serve on the LSP Board. 
 
The LSPA is very invested in maintaining the LSP Board as a credible, responsive, and fully functioning entity in this privatized program, with all 11 seats filled. The success of the program depends on it.  
 
What seats are vacant?
  1. Three Board members must be members of "statewide organizations that promote the protection of the environment at the time of appointments and who are knowledgeable with respect to issues involving responding to releases of oil and hazardous materials." One of these environmental seats is vacant and has been for over three years.
  2. An "at large" LSP seat has recently become vacant; this is one of five seats for currently-licensed LSPs.
  3. A seat for an LSP who is a "full-time employee of a manufacturing firm engaged in the utilization of hazardous materials" has recently become vacant; this is another one of the five seats for currently-licensed LSPs. 
What are the expectations for a Board member?
At present, LSP Board meetings are held nearly every month, usually at one of the MassDEP regional offices, including Boston. At meetings, Board members review and vote on applications for course credits and license applications, and oversee investigations of complaints lodged against LSPs who may have violated the LSP Rules of Professional Conduct set forth in 309 CMR 4.00.
 
The term of service is four years. Besides attending meetings of the full Board, Board members are expected to participate on Application Review Panels (reviewing applications for licensure) and Complaint Review Teams (investigating complaints against LSPs).  Service on the Board is without compensation.
 
Click here for more information about the current Board. 
 
Where can I get more information?
If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact Wendy Rundle, LSPA Executive Director at lspa.wendy@gmail.com or 617-484-4027 to discuss. 
 
What is the application review process?
Applicants are required to submit a resume and cover letter to:
 
Beverly Coles-Roby, Esq.
Executive Director
Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
One Winter Street 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
617-292-5985

In case you haven’t heard, a March for Science is being organized on Earth Day this year. Actually, many marches have been organized across the country and across the Commonwealth.

The March for Science describes its mission this way: 

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There are excellent opportunities available for the 2017-2018 academic year! These scholarship programs support continued education in environmental fields in the New England region.

The LSP Association Scholarship Fund provides a minimum of two $5,000 scholarships each year to qualified individuals interested in pursuing a major that is consistent with becoming an LSP or Environmental Professional. These scholarships are available to LSP Association members and members of their immediate families enrolled in a degree program at an accredited New England college or university, and/or to qualified Massachusetts residents who are enrolled in a public or private Massachusetts college or university. The application deadline for 2017-2018 academic year scholarships is April 14, 2017. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please download the detailed information and application forms.

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LSPA's March 2017 Member Newsletter has been published! Table of Contents is listed below. Please log in to your account and visit Member Materials to view the full newsletter.

In this Issue....

Apply by June 30, 2017 for MassDEP's FY 2017 Greener Cleanup Leadership Recognition Program
 
MassDEP's Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup (BWSC) is sponsoring a Greener Cleanup Leadership Recognition Program to further promote cleanup approaches that consider all the environmental effects of assessing and remediating contaminated sites. MassDEP will recognize the person(s), entity, or project that demonstrates professional performance in the promotion, development, evaluation and implementation of activities intended to reduce the net environmental footprint of site assessment and remediation conducted in accordance with the MCP. 
Eligibility: 
  • Any response action submittal completed in accordance with applicable requirements of the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) in consideration of the "Greener Cleanup" elements prescribed at 310 CMR 40.0191 and, as applicable, at 310 CMR 40.0858. 
  • Any response action completed between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.  
Submission for selection must be received by MassDEP no later than June 30, 2017
  • Nominate yourself or a colleague by emailing Thomas Potter and/or Susan Fessenden
    • Include: Release Tracking Number (RTN), submittal type/name, submittal date.
  • MassDEP will also independently review Response Action submittals 
For more details, contact Thomas M. Potter, LEED Green Assoc.® | Chief, Clean Energy Development CoordinatorMassDEP | Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup, 617.292.5628, Thomas.Potter@state.ma.us.
 
Climate & Clean Energy on the web: Climate & Clean Energy | MassDEP

March 16, 2017
The LSPA presented the following monthly compliance tip on March 16, 2017. 

“Greener Cleanup evaluations” or considerations are not only called out in the MCP under Phase III (Detailed Evaluation Criteria for selecting a comprehensive remedy at 310 CMR 40.0858[4][c]), but also under Response Action Performance Standard (RAPS) at 310 CMR 40.0191(3)(e). 
 
Therefore, Greener Cleanup practices should be considered in all MCP Phases, except during time critical responses (e.g., “2-hour” and “72-hour” reportable conditions). MassDEP provides assistance in the Greener Cleanups Guidance, WSC #14 – 150 (October 2014).

Click here to view all published compliance tips. This document is also posted in the Members Only section of the website under Technical Resources.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Remediation General Permit
Signed by EPA and MassDEP

By: Isaac Anderson, Project Manager, Cooperstown Environmental and LSPA Technical Practices Committee Member

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An important funding mechanism for underground storage tank clean-ups in Massachusetts is in jeopardy and your assistance is needed.
 
The Massachusetts Underground Storage Tank (UST) Petroleum Product Cleanup Fund (commonly referred to as the 21J Fund) was created in 1991 to prevent the need for environmental cleanup actions through encouraging UST maintenance and compliance, and to expedite environmental cleanup actions by providing partial reimbursement to owners or operators of UST systems for costs, expenses and other obligations incurred as a result of releases of petroleum products from UST systems. 
 
Due to a current state budget deficit, the fund was reduced in 2017 and now, an approximate $6 million deficit in unpaid claims (claims processed and approved but unable to be paid) is projected for the end of FY 2017. To further compound this problem, the Governor's FY 2018 budget recommendation only includes $6 million for the 21J Fund. This would only be enough to fund the projected FY 2017 deficit.  
 
How You Can Help:  Please, reach out to your state senator and state representative to let them know the importance of providing adequate and predictable funding for the UST Cleanup Fund. You can identify your legislator using this link.
 
Click here to learn more.
The LSPA's Legislative Committee has drafted legislation which would require insurers to provide coverage for releases from above ground residential heating oil storage tanks. Currently, insurers are only required to make coverage available upon request; they do not have to inform their customers that this coverage is available. The bill has been assigned Senate #534, but we still need your help to ensure that the bill becomes a law. 
 
We are seeking case studies and contact information for homeowners who were denied insurance coverage due to pollution exclusions, were burdened by the costs of a release at their home, and are willing to share their stories in hopes of preventing similar hardships for other homeowners in the future. Such stories are critical to gaining legislative support and getting the bill passed into law.  

How You Can Help: Do you know any homeowners who may be willing to share their experiences with the LSPA? If so, please contact a Co-Chair of the LSPA's Legislative Committee, Dot McGlincy or Lauren Konetzny. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Click here for more information on why this bill is so important.  
The links below provide information on eligibility requirements, specialty certifications, the application package, and who to contact for more information. 
To learn more about the Academy:  http://www.aaees.org/
For general membership and certification information:  http://www.aaees.org/membership.php

 

LSPA Comments on MassDEP's DRAFT Fact Sheet Guidance on Sampling and Analysis for PFAS at Disposal Sites Regulated under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan.
As the presence of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (together, PFAS) become more commonly identified and sampled at MCP sites, LSPs and other practitioners need guidance on sampling protocols, analytical methods, and reporting limits. MassDEP's draft guidance begins to address these issues. LSPA comments are embedded in the draft fact sheet.  

LSP Association Scholarship Fund 

4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Please join us on Wednesday, June 14 for the 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Highfields Golf Course! Golfer registration includes lunch on course, drink ticket and Highfields grilled dinner at reception. Last year's tournament was a huge success and this year is shaping up to be even better!  
 
Save the Date
Date: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location
 Highfields Golf Course, 42 Magill Drive, Grafton - Directions
Event Schedule: 9:00 AM Registration
                             10:00 AM Shotgun Start:  
                             2:30 PM - 4:30 PM Reception, Raffle and Awards
Thank You Sponsors  
Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsors 

                         
               
Reception Sponsor
 
 
Breakfast & Lunch Sponsors
            
 
   
                                        

 Hole Sponsor



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LSPA Presents to Massachusetts Association of Health Boards

For the second year in a row, representatives of the LSPA presented a workshop at the annual training conference of the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards (MAHB). This conference is specifically targeted to elected and appointed Board of Health members in Massachusetts. Many health agents and public health nurses also attend.

On November 5, 2016, and again on November 12, 2016, the LSPA program, “Case Study of a Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup” was delivered in Taunton and Marlborough, respectively, as part of the Community and Environmental Health section of the conference. Presenters for the LSPA were Cosmo Gallinaro, LSP, LSPA Board Member, and Isaac Anderson, former Chair of the Technical Practices Committee (Nov. 5th), and Mike Penzo, LSP, LSPA President and Marilyn Wade, LSP, LSPA President Elect (Nov. 12th). Each session drew about a dozen engaged registrants with real, immediate issues and concerns.

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February 9, 2017
The LSPA unveiled the following monthly compliance tip on February 9, 2017. 

"When to check the “orders, permits, and approvals” box in the "Required Attachment and Submittals Section" of a BWSC transmittal form? 

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Thank you to Paul Locke and the MassDEP for posting this video on LinkedIn today. The LSPA looks forward to providing updates as the legislation progresses through the committee process.