Kristi Lefebvre

The LSPA presented the following compliance tip at the November Membership Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough, MA on November 13, 2018.  

Compliance Tip of the Month

An Activity and Use Limitation (AUL) cannot be used to limit the activities and exposures of utility workers conducting emergency excavation and repair of existing subsurface utilities. If the property has a utility line or easement, then at a minimum that area of the site must be cleaned up to a level that poses No Significant Risk for emergency excavation and repair of existing subsurface utilities by workers without personal protective equipment.

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LSPA Regulations Committee

3-Minute Update

Here is a 3-minute update on the September 27, 2018 BWSC Advisory Committee meeting, from the LSPA Regulations Committee Co-Chair, Joe Roman. For a more detailed five page summary of the meeting, please click here.



Join Us at the Soils Conference

October 15 in Amherst, MA 

 
LSPA Members, Clients, and Friends: 

Are you attending the 34th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy in Amherst next week? Are you an LSPA member in Western Massachusetts? Please join us for an informal gathering at The Hangar Pub.  

Date: Monday, October 15, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm +
Where: The Hangar Pub, 10 University Dr, Amherst, MA

The Hangar Pub is just a short drive from the UMass Amherst Campus Center where the conference is being held. The pub serves dinner and drinks (and has a corn hole game room). The LSPA will provide munchies and appetizers. 

When you arrive, please keep an eye out for Kevin Beaulieu, Common Sense Environmental, and LSPA Past President. He'll be holding down the fort, at the bar.

Enjoy the conference and we hope to see you Monday night.

The LSPA kicked off its “school” year with a great event on September 25th sponsored by Regenesis

We heard a high energy and far ranging talk by Jay Ash, MA Secretary of Housing and Economic Development. Secretary Ash covered topics including his time as Mayor of Chelsea, collaboration with several LSPA members with whom he has worked (all good experiences!), Governor Baker’s bipartisan administration, exciting economic development projects happening statewide, and why he is optimistic about the Massachusetts innovation economy. MassDEP Commissioner Marty Suuberg gave a broad reaching overview of the 25 year privatized program and generously acknowledged the important role of the LSPA in this work. He spoke about MassDEP priorities going forward, including the use of new technology to improve government transparency, emerging contaminants, climate change and resiliency, and brownfields development. Both speakers addressed the value of the work that LSPs and other practitioners do, and its importance to the economic and environmental health of the Commonwealth. 

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The LSPA presented the following compliance tip at the September Membership Meeting at the Newton Marriott in Newton, MA on September 25, 2018.  

Compliance Tip of the Month
 

The LSPA’s review of recent Notices of Audit Findings indicates that a common violation of sites in Remedy Operation Status (ROS) is the failure to fulfill reporting obligations. 

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We had a great turnout at last week's Western Massachusetts Membership Meeting, "A Fresh Look at Brownfields Challenges and Opportunities". The presentation slides have been posted on the LSPA website under Member Materials. Please visit here to download the materials or click directly on the links below:
Thank you to our sponsors for the evening: Con-Test Analytical Laboratory and Regenesis. We appreciate your continued support!


   
The LSP Association (LSPA) is proud to support the 34th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy (aka "The Soils Conference") as an event sponsor. As part of this sponsorship, all LSPA members are eligible to receive a discounted registration fee. Did you know you can save up to $255 on registration rates if you are an LSPA member?
 
Registration for the conference is now open! When registering, please remember to check "Presenters*, Sponsors/Supporters, and Academics" to receive the discount. Rates for LSPA members are listed below. These rates are valid until September 28. Registrations received after September 28 will be charged a late fee of $75.
  • Full Three Days: $295 (Savings of $255)
  • One Day: $150 (Savings of 75)
Please note: in order to receive this discount your LSPA membership must be paid in full.
 
Are you attending the conference or are you an LSPA member in the Western Massachusetts area? The LSPA will be organizing an informal gathering at The Hangar Pub on Monday night. Details coming soon! The Hangar Pub is just a short drive from the UMass Amherst Campus Center where the conference is being held. The pub serves dinner and drinks (and has a corn hole game room). 

LSPA’s newly-formed Sole Practitioners Group has developed a skills matrix, which lists sole practitioners along with their areas of expertise. With certain projects, you may be looking for a particular skill set or hoping to add another environmental professional to your team. This skills matrix will help you to find the best person for your team/project. The list, which is maintained by Stephen Boynton of Subsurface Environmental Solutions, LLC, chair of the Sole Practitioners Group, is available to members of that group. Please contact Steve for more information at 781.608.6119 or via mail [email protected].  

Congratulations to longtime LSPA member, Dorothy (Dot) McGlincy, LSP, on her first anniversary as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC)!  Dot has been an active LSPA member for decades, serving as President in 2002, and more recently co-chairing the Regulations Committee and the Legislative Committee.  There is practically nothing that Dot has not  done at the LSPA.  The LSPA has benefited from her intelligence, creativity, and enthusiasm for years – a perfect example is her critically acclaimed spoof of SNL’s “Weekend Update” performed at the LSPA’s 2016 May Membership Meeting.  Rumor has it that a video of this meeting exists somewhere…

The LSPA hopes to partner with the MACC on an event in 2019.  A joint event would benefit both MACC and LSPA members, as well as the environment! We look forward to collaborating with MACC in the year ahead.

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The LSP Association (LSPA) recently announced leadership changes to the Board of Directors as well as the election of two new Board members. These changes went into effect on July 1, 2018 and were announced to the membership at the LSPA monthly meeting, which was held on June 13, 2018 in Taunton, MA.  

The LSPA welcomes two new Board members:
  • David Leone, LSP, Associate Principal with GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. of Norwood, MA,  Director at Large.
  • Charles Young, LSP, Senior Environmental Project Manager at Stantec, of Quincy, MA, Director at Large.

Officers for this fiscal year are: 

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Mark your calendars! The LSPA Membership Meeting dates and locations for 2018-2019 have been announced. The LSP Association's membership meetings take place monthly from September through June in the Greater Boston area. Click here to view the schedule for the upcoming year.

Member meetings are also held in Springfield, MA about four times a year; the schedule is announced as meeting topics become available. The first meeting is September 13, 2018 "A Fresh Look at Brownfields Challenges and Opportunities"

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Last month, the LSPA offered an 8-hr field course in the greater Falmouth, Massachusetts, area entitled, “Sediment, Surface Water, and Biota Sampling Methods to Support MCP Assessments.” This is a repeat course and each time it has been offered, we have received excellent rave reviews. Here are a few comments that we received after the June 2018 course:

  • “Loved learning in the field with the hands on teaching style. Learned a lot and had a blast.”  “The boat portion of the course was excellent. Great to see use in action."
  • “The field/practical portion of this course was excellent. It was very helpful to see the techniques discussed during the presentation demonstrated in the field.” 
  • “I really enjoyed this course and getting out from behind the desk to see the innovative sampling methods and challenges that come along with sediment/SW/biota sampling.” 
  • “This was a GREAT course! Boat trip and everything! Really great to get the hands-on experience with the different sampling and investigation equipment.” 
  • “Excellent idea to have a field class with hands on opportunities for participants.”

Since it is a field course, the course is capped at approximately 30 attendees. Seats have filled up quickly each time the course has been offered. We’ve done our best to fit as many attendees as possible but we’ve ended up with a waiting list each time. Since the course has been such a success, we are considering offering it again in the near future. If you haven’t taken this course yet, please stay tuned! Here is a link to a photo album (courtesy of Matthew Hackman) from the June 2018 course. 

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 For the past 15 years, the LSPA Scholarship Fund has been presenting educational scholarships to individuals pursuing a degree in the field of science, environmental engineering, or other major that is consistent with becoming an LSP or environmental professional.  At LSPA’s June 13th Membership Meeting in Taunton, MA, the LSPA Scholarship Fund awarded two individual scholarships. 

Bill Betters and Chuck Myette from the LSPA Scholarship
Fund Board of Directors along with Award Recipient, Sean Larkin

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Paul Locke sends this reminder about who to contact regarding eDEP questions. MOST of the time it's the BWSC eDEP email box and once-in-a-while it's the EEA Service Desk. Read more below.
 
Do You Have Questions or Need Assistance with BWSC Forms, eDEP, or BWSC's  Searchable Sites List (i.e., the On-Line Data Portal)?
 
As you know, eDEP is MassDEP's on-line filing system for submitting DEP transmittal forms and other documents to MassDEP. 
 
MassDEP's eDEP system is maintained by the agency's EEA Information Technology Staff, with input from the BWSC Program.  Should you find yourself needing help with eDEP, we can help you better and faster by directing your question to the people with the right expertise.  
 
For most questions relating to eDEP and BWSC Forms, please email the BWSC eDEP email box, [email protected].
 
For questions or problems filling out BWSC Forms, accessing BWSC Site Files through the Data Portal or accessing Resource Maps, and for Data Requests and Corrections, LSP Proofs and Change of Address  contact BWSC for assistance at [email protected].

Contacting BWSC directly in most instances avoids multiple forwarding of e-mails and ensures that your questions are answered in a timely manner.  A BWSC staff member is assigned daily to answer questions sent to the BWSC.eDEP mailbox and typically will get back with a response within one business day.
 
For technical eDEP problems onlysuch as system slowness or availability, failure to upload forms or attachments, blank screens, passwords and other nuts/bolts/electron issues, please email the EEA Service Desk directly or call 617-626-1111.
  
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The LSPA's Sole Practitioners Group is comprised of LSPs, engineers, scientists, risk assessors and others who work alone or are the only one of their profession (not just LSPs) in their organization. The LSPA recognizes that these professionals do not always have access to the same resources as those in larger firms and is committed to supporting these sole practitioners.  
 
This group was formed in May 2018 and welcomes any sole practitioners who aren't already involved. Current group members are encouraged to join the group's E-List on the LSPA's website (some documentation on E-Lists). The Sole Practitioners Group has also developed a matrix of practitioners and their areas of expertise. This information will be posted on the LSPA website.
 
We will continue to share information via the LSPA website, in person and via virtual conferences on a wide variety of topics including but not limited to business practices, insurance, networking, teaming for proposals, technical support, and more.
 
Meeting dates and topics will be posted here as they become available. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact Steve Boynton.
 
Do You Have a Great Story to Tell? LSPA 25th Anniversary STORY SLAM
 
Massachusetts' innovative, privatized waste site cleanup program began 25 years ago. Since then, a community of environmental consultants, regulators, neighborhood leaders, environmental advocates, developers, bankers, attorneys, vendors, local officials, and others have been involved in this work. If you're reading this, you are probably part of this community.
 
At the LSPA, we are proud of our community's history and culture, and we think it's time to share some of our experiences. So, let's tell each other some stories.
 
During the LSPA's 25th Anniversary STORY SLAM, each storyteller will tell their story in front of a live audience. The stories will be short, no more than 5 minutes and centered around the theme:
 
The MCP and Me: 
Working in Waste Site Cleanup
 
These stories can be funny, surprising, touching, insightful, enlightening, weird, or sentimental. AND they will all be true.

Oh yes, did we mention this is a contest? The preliminary round will take place in August (date and time to be announced shortly) and finalists will present their stories at the October 25, 2018 LSPA Anniversary Dinner. Prizes will be awarded.

If you want to share your story, please let Kristi or Wendy know by August 15, 2018. Don't hesitate to contact Wendy with any questions or ideas.

What kind of stories are told at slams? Personal narratives, tales from real life and YOUR personal experience. Think about a situation with a client, a regulator, a colleague, how you ended up working in this field, an internship, a training experience, getting lost on the job, mistakes you made, a mystery you encountered on site, a project you did/didn't get. You get the idea; almost anything goes.

Here are  a few FAQs for the LSPA's STORY SLAM, along with some Storytelling Tips.




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The LSP Association (LSPA) is pleased to announce that two new At-Large members were elected to the Board of Directors: David Leone, LSP, Associate Principal, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Norwood and Charles Young, LSP, Associate and Senior Environmental Project Manager, Stantec, Quincy were elected by LSPA members in early June. Their three year terms begin on July 1, 2018.   

          
(Shown on Left: David Leone, Shown on Right: Charles Young)

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The LSPA received the below press release from MassDEP.  In the email, Paul Locke noted, "As we have discussed PFAS at the MassDEP WSC Advisory Committee meetings, including the promise of MCP Reportable Concentrations and Method 1 Standards in the upcoming proposed revisions to 310 CMR 40.0000, you may be interested in the following press release from the US EPA."
 
EPA Releases Agenda for New England PFAS Community Engagement Event
 
Boston (June 18, 2018) - Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released an early agenda for the inaugural per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) two-day community engagement event at Exeter High School, 1 Blue Hawk Dr., Exeter, New Hampshire. This event allows EPA to hear directly from New England communities, state, local, and tribal partners on how to best help states and communities facing this issue. 
 
Additional details will be posted on the PFAS Community Engagement website
 
Both days will be open to the public and the press. If you are interested in attending the event on June 25 and/or June 26, please register here: https://www.epa.gov/pfas/forms/pfas-community-engagement-exeter-nh. The public is invited to speak during the June 25 listening session. Those interested in speaking should sign up for a three-minute speaking slot while registering.
 
Please check back at the PFAS Community Engagement website for further information leading up to the event. Citizens are also encouraged to submit written statements to the public docket at https://www.regulations.gov/ enter docket number: OW-2018-0270.
 
New Hampshire marks the first community engagement. Throughout the summer, EPA will visit and similarly engage with additional communities across the country. Information on these upcoming sessions will also be available on the EPA website
 
At the PFAS National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. on May 22-23, Administrator Pruitt announced four actions EPA will take:
  • EPA will initiate steps to evaluate the need for a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFOA and PFOS. We will convene our federal partners and examine everything we know about PFOA and PFOS in drinking water.
  • EPA is beginning the necessary steps to propose designating PFOA and PFOS as "hazardous substances" through one of the available statutory mechanisms, including potentially CERCLA Section 102.
  • EPA is currently developing groundwater cleanup recommendations for PFOA and PFOS at contaminated sites and will complete this task by fall of this year.
  • EPA is taking action in close collaboration with our federal and state partners to develop toxicity values for GenX and PFBS by this summer. 
The public's input is incredibly valuable and meaningful to EPA. Using information from the National Leadership Summit, public docket, and community engagements, EPA plans to develop a PFAS Management Plan for release later this year. In addition, a summary of the New England community engagement event will be made available on the PFAS Community Engagement website following the event.
 
Additional information can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/pfas/pfas-community-engagement 

The LSPA presented the following compliance tip at the June Membership Meeting at the Holiday Inn in Taunton, MA on June 13, 2018.  

Conducting Public Involvement at PIP Sites

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