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There will be a meeting of the Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee on Thursday, January 26, 2017, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm at MassDEP’s Boston Office, One Winter Street, 2nd floor conference rooms. 

The agenda topics include:

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ANNUAL EAST COAST CONFERENCE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
33rd Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy
October 16-19, 2017
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
 
 
The Annual Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy call for abstracts. Please click here to submit. Deadline is February 3.
The conference attracts 600-800 attendees annually which includes a wide variety of representation from state and federal agencies, military, industry (including railroad, petroleum, transportation, and utilities), the environmental engineering and consulting community, and academia. This year, the conference will be in its 33rd year!
 
Topics of Special Interest for 2017:
Climate Change
Environmental Justice
Fuel Transportation Risks
Green and Sustainable Remediation Projects
Impacts of Biofuels in Groundwater
In-Situ Chemical Oxidation
PFAS (Poly & Perfluoroalkyl Substances)
Renewable Energy
Risk Communication Principles and Practice
For more information, please visit www.AEHSfoundation.org.

Thank you to everyone who helped make last night’s Membership Meeting a success:

  • Our very generous sponsors: Clean Earth Inc., Test America and Regenesis. Please take a moment to check out their websites. We appreciate their participation and look forward to continued collaboration.

                          

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

Many of you know that the 2010 Remediation General Permit (RGP), issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 (EPA) under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), expired in September 2015. As noted in the LSPA email blast sent on September 15, 2016, the Draft RGP was published in the Federal Register on August 18, 2016, and EPA accepted public comments until September 19, 2016. What many of you are left wondering is, what happens next, and what should you do in the interim if you have a project that requires coverage under the RGP before the new RGP is available?

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The LSPA Young Professionals hosted a successful networking and trivia night at Lowell Beerworks on December 7, 2016. Six teams competed in general knowledge trivia for prizes. The first place team, comprised of Eric Andrews, Amanda Cantara, Ryan Farrell, Kate Hanrahan, and Michael Penzo, won by a large margin. A tense tie-breaker decided the second and third place teams.

A special thanks to LSPA Platinum sponsor, Alpha Analytical, for providing prizes to the top three teams and also offering extra prizes for bonus questions!

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With the support and participation of over 800 members, and generous corporate and event sponsors, 
the LSPA was able to accomplish a great deal in 2016. Some highlights include:

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There will be a BWSC Greener Cleanups Workgroup Meeting on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at MassDEP, One Winter Street, Boston, Conference room A-2212 (click here for directions). The preliminary agenda will include a presentation/discussion of the following:  

1.       Clean Energy Legislative & Regulatory Updates 

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Licensed Site Professional Examination 

The LSP Board is scheduling the next LSP exam for April 2017. 

The next LSP examination will be scheduled in April 2017. It will be open to all who are eligible. Please continue to check this website for further information.

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MassDEP Honors Four LSP Association Members With Greener Cleanups Awards


Belmont, MA (November 2016)The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the state agency responsible for the cleanup of oil and hazardous waste sites and spills, recently honored four members of the LSP Association (LSPA) with Greener Cleanups Awards at the LSPA’s September Membership Meeting in Newton, MA.

The Greener Cleanups Awards were presented to the following Licensed Site Professionals (LSPs) and their clients for demonstrating professional stewardship in promoting Greener Cleanup principles and practices to reduce the overall net environmental footprint of hazardous waste site cleanup response actions implemented under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan:


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The LSPA Young Professionals Committee cordially invites anyone of any age to join them for "Trivia Night" on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the Lowell Beer Works in Lowell, MA. The event is limited to the first 40 registrants so please sign up early - only 22 spaces left!  Register Now!

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November 16, 2016
The LSPA's Loss Prevention Committee, unveiled the following monthly compliance tip at November's Membership Meeting.

An LSP can sign a MassDEP Materials Shipping Record (MSR), and if the LSP has another credential such as a P.E. or P.G., the LSP can stamp the form with that other credential subject to its rules. However, an LSP cannot use the LSP seal on an MSR form. According to LSP Board Advisory Ruling 98-01, an LSP "must not use his or her seal when signing other documents," meaning documents other than formal waste site cleanup activity opinions.


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As mentioned at the MassDEP Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee meeting last month, there will be a meeting on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 to discuss possible revisions to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan provisions concerning Imminent Hazards.

The meeting will be begin at 9:30 am and will be located in Conference Room C on the 2nd floor of MassDEP’s 1 Winter Street, Boston office.  (The duration of the meeting will depend upon the depth and breadth of the discussion. The room is reserved until 12:00 pm.) Please click here for directions.  

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To LSPA Members:

A Lowell, MA-based non-profit is looking for an LSP or other environmental professional to conduct a pro bono Phase I study. UTEC expects to receive word in a few weeks if the property sale will go through.  If it does, they’d like to move quickly on a Phase I. 

If you are interested in working with this organization and supporting this cause, please contact me at [email protected] or 617-484-4027. I can provide a bit more information and put you in touch with the UTEC contact person. 

Thank you,
 
Wendy Rundle, LSPA Executive Director
P: 617-484-4027  

Top Takeaways from October 27, 2016 MassDEP WSCAC Meeting Planned Nov. 16th Meeting on Imminent Hazard Approach

LSPA Regulations Committee members were in attendance at the recent Waste Site Cleanup Advisory Committee (WSCAC) meeting held on October 27, 2016. The meeting was moderated by Paul Locke, and included presentations by Gerard Martin and Liz Callahan. A video of the meeting is available here and slides are available here

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The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is partnering with the Massachusetts Association of Health Boards (MAHB) to host a MAHB Certificate Program. The LSPA has been asked to present at these workshops. This is the only training program that is specifically targeted to elected and appointed Board of Health members. Many health agents and public health nurses also attend, and MAHB provides registered sanitarian, CHO and nursing CEUs. 

On November 5, at the Taunton Holiday Inn, the LSPA program, “Case Study of a Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup,” is being offered from 8:45 AM – 10:00 AM. This presentation is part of Track #2, Community & Environmental Health. The following LSPA Members will be speaking:

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Thank you to all who attended the 2016 LSPA Annual Dinner. What a great way to kick off the new LSPA year! It was a wonderful night and great to see so many LSPA members, clients, and friends. The LSPA experienced record-breaking attendance, received incredible sponsorship support, presented a very interesting speaker and hosted a successful silent auction to support the LSPA Scholarship Fund.

We were pleased to honor three very deserving colleagues. Big congratulations goes out to: 

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MassDEP Finalizes Vapor Intrusion Guidance

As of Monday, October 17, 2016, MassDEP's Vapor Intrusion guidance document is final.  

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Are you attending the 32nd Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy in Amherst next week? Are you an LSPA member in the Western, Massachusetts area? Please consider meeting up for an informal gathering at The Hangar Pub. Details are below. 
 
Date: Monday, October 17, 2016
Time: 7:30 pm +
Where: The Hangar Pub, 10 University Dr, Amherst, MA 01002
 
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). Please note: while this is a gathering for LSPA members, it is not an LSPA sponsored event. 
 
When you arrive, please keep an eye out for the following Board members to find the LSPA group
  • Mike Penzo, LSPA President
  • Kevin Beaulieu, LSPA Past President
  • Marilyn Wade, LSPA President Elect
  • Matt Young, LSPA Director at Large  
Enjoy the conference!