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Happy 25th Anniversary to the LSPA!

Cleaning Up the Commonwealth for 25 Years


On March 5, 1993, the LSPA was officially incorporated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Today is the 25th anniversary of this professional association of which I am so pleased to be a member.
 
In celebration of this significant milestone, I am happy to announce that the LSPA's 25th anniversary "tag line" contest winner is John Kastrinos, P.G., LSP, Senior Associate, Hydrogeology at Haley & Aldrich, Inc.
 
He submitted this: Cleaning Up the Commonwealth for 25 Years

We were thrilled to receive 55 interesting and creative entries. Thank you to everyone who participated.

The 25th anniversary tag line will be accompanied by a graphic, yet to be designed, and used on all our materials this anniversary year. Many celebratory events are being planned for 2018.  A calendar of happenings will soon be shared, it will also include the date and location of our 25th anniversary dinner. 
 
We welcome your ideas for events, programs, and materials for the 25th anniversary; please send them to [email protected].

In the meantime, take a look at this photo collection showing some scenes from our 25 year history.    
 
And read the LSPA's 1993 end-of-the-year newsletter here.    
 
Happy Anniversary to us. I'm looking forward to a great year of celebration!
 
 
Thank you,

 
Marilyn M. Wade, P.E., LSP
LSPA President

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has updated its Method for the Determination of Volatile Petroleum Hydrocarbons by Gas Chromatography/Photoionization Detector/Flame Ionization Detector (VPH by GC/PID/FID) and the corresponding CAM protocol, WSC-CAM-IVA, Quality Control Requirements and Performance Standards for the Analysis of Volatile Petroleum Hydrocarbons (VPH) by Gas Chromatography/Photoionization Detector/Flame Ionization Detector in Support of Response Actions under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan. The updates include revised calibration requirements, changes to retention time windows for aliphatic hydrocarbons, required traps for the purge-and-trap process, new requirements for data deliverables, and a series of other minor revisions and clarifications. The revised method may be found here VPH Method by GC/PIC/FID. A complete list of the updates is provided in the preface of the revised method. 

Laboratories that are currently performing VPH by GC/PID/FID must make the necessary adjustments to implement the changes to the method on or before June 1, 2018 to comply with the method requirements and certify that the method is being performed in conformance with the CAM protocol, found here WSC-CAM-IVAIf you have questions about the revised method or CAM protocol, you may contact MassDEP at [email protected].

The LSP Association Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for educational scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

The scholarship program supports continued education within environmental fields of study at colleges and universities throughout New England.
 
Our goal is to provide two scholarships, each up to an amount of $5,000, to qualified individuals. 
 
One of the scholarships, established in 2007, honors the outstanding contributions to the profession of LSPA past president Jeffrey M. Hardin, and is awarded to an individual who is part of the LSP community.  The applicant for this scholarship must be an LSPA member or an immediate family member of an LSPA member and enrolled in a degree program at an accredited New England college or university. 
 
The second scholarship will be awarded to a qualified Massachusetts resident who is enrolled in a Massachusetts college or university with a major in environmental studies.

Please visit www.lspa.org for application information. Deadline for submission is Friday, April 20, 2018.  

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

A situation that meets one of the Conditions of Substantial Release Migration (CSRM) specified at 40.0006 is not a CSRM and therefore not reportable, unless there is another, separate reportable condition at the site (see 40.0313(4)).  
This issue arises frequently with the detection of VOCs in indoor air.  
If indoor VOC concentrations are not an Imminent Hazard and there is no other reportable condition such as VOCs > RCs in groundwater or soil, the presence of VOCs in indoor air is not a CSRM and is not reportable. 
Without a separate reportable condition, there is no guarantee that the source of the VOCs is at the site.  Nonetheless, in the absence of an obvious source, the LSP is wise to look further.    

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

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LSPA’s Western Massachusetts Committee had a record-breaking number of attendees at its membership meeting on Monday, January 29. 

We would like to thank our speakers of the evening: Mr. Jason Barroso, Waste Management, Inc.; Mr. Hugo DelRosso, US Ecology and Ms. Eva Tor, Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup, MassDEP’s Western Regional Office. The speakers addressed the topic of Waste Management Considerations for MCP Projects to an audience of 60+.

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Isaac Anderson, of Cooperstown Environmental and the LSPA's Regulations Committee, briefly summarizes the following topics from the January 25, 2018 MassDEP BWSC Advisory Committee:

  • MassDEP FY 19 Governor's Budget
  • Schedule for 2018 amendments to 2014 MCP
  • MassDEP internal coordination on PFAS 
  • CAM and Method Updates on VPH
  • Natural Resource Damages regulation development 
  • SSD system telemetry challenges, pilot testing, and guidance document 


More info can be found here:  https://www.mass.gov/service-details/january-25-2018-bwscac-massdep including link to the video of the full meeting.
Over the past several months the LSP Association (LSPA) has been active at the Massachusetts State House in support of S.534 - An Act relative to the remediation of home heating oil releases

This bill, proposed by the LSPA, would make insurance coverage of home heating oil releases mandatory. Currently, only about 5% of homes in Massachusetts using oil heat have insurance coverage. (Check your policy, you might be incorrectly assuming that you are covered). 

Since filing the bill, LSPs, attorneys, impacted homeowners and other stakeholders have been heavily involved in advocacy efforts including providing testimony at the State House and meeting with State legislators, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation, the Division of Banks,  the Division of Insurance, and the Attorney Generals office. 

In the next few weeks, the Joint Committee on Financial Services will decide whether this bill will have life or if it will remain in the committee for "study." Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) is the Senate Chair of this committee. Representative Aaron Michlewitz (D-Boston) is the House Chair.

Read this fact sheet and a briefing paper to learn more about this important consumer and environmental protection issue.  
Contact the LSPA at [email protected] for more information or if you would like to get involved.
Below: The LSPA and other stakeholders testify in support of S. 534
     
 

The LSPA presented the following compliance tip at the January Membership Meeting at Doubletree Hotel in Westborough, MA on January 11, 2018. 

"A feasibility evaluation is required to close any site at which NAPL with Micro-scale Mobility is present. 
310 CMR 40.1003(7)(a)2 states that a Permanent Solution shall not be achieved until "all NAPL with Micro-scale Mobility is removed if and to the extent feasible based upon consideration of CSM principles." 
This feasibility evaluation must be conducted in accordance with the requirements of 310 CMR 0860."

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

Rhode Island Flood Mitigation Association 2018 Conference - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

April 5, 2018 | 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Fidelity Investments, Smithfield, RI 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Scott Pruitt, announced the appointment of Alexandra Dapolito Dunn to become Regional Administrator for Region 1. With over two decades of experience in environmental law, legislation, policy, and regulatory affairs, Ms. Dunn will oversee federal environmental protection efforts in: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. 

Alexandra Dunn currently serves as executive director and general counsel for the Environmental Council of States (ECOS), a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to helping state agencies improve environment outcomes for Americans. Since 2014, Ms. Dunn has helped state governments improve water infrastructure, air pollution control, site cleanup, chemical management, and economic development. Prior to joining ECOS, Ms. Dunn served as executive director and general counsel for the Association of Clean Water Administrators.

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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the state agency responsible for protecting the environment in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, recently honored long-time LSP Association member, James Soukup, with a Greener Cleanups Award at the LSPA’s September Membership Meeting in Newton, MA.

Soukup, a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) and Principal Hydrogeologist at Weston Solutions Inc., and his client, Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, received the Greener Cleanup Leadership Recognition Award 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 (MCP).

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The LSPA presented the following compliance tip at the November Membership Meeting at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough, MA on November 14, 2017.  

If a “Potentially Responsible Party” is asked to undertake additional work as a result of a Notice of Audit Findings or any audit followup plan under the MCP, a BWSC111 form (also called Form 111) is required to be filed.  

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The LSP Association’s Board of Directors hosted over 300 attendees at this year’s LSPA Annual Dinner at the Lowell Inn & Conference Center in Lowell, Massachusetts. It was a wonderful night and great to see so many LSPA members, clients, and friends. The LSPA received impressive sponsorship support, presented a thought-provoking speaker, and the LSP Association Scholarship Fund was the recipient of generous donations through its silent auction.

Click here to see the photograph album from the evening. Special thanks to Elliot Steinberg, LSP and photographer from Haley & Aldrich.   

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The LSPA could not have asked for better weather for our early November field course, Glacial Geology of Northward Flowing Watersheds, taught by Brian Yellen. The Nashua, Assabet, and Sudbury watersheds all drain north, resulting in unusual glacial landforms and stratigraphy in the Harvard, Massachusetts area. The 8-hour course format was a bus tour with short walks to view a variety of glacial landforms, and participants also enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant.  

Photo Credit: Michele Paul, LSPA Board of Directors and Education Committee

LSPA Members Fill Two Vacancies at LSP Board of Registration
 

Congratulations to long-time LSPA members, Gregg McBride and Marc Richards, for their recent appointments to the LSP Board of Registration of Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Professionals (aka The LSP Board). Gregg McBride fills the LSP in manufacturing seat and Marc Richards was appointed to the LSP at large seat. Please see below for more information on our new Board members!

With these two new appointments, one vacant seat remains on the 11 member Board of Registration. 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. 

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LSPA Members, Clients, and Friends: 
 
Are you attending the 33rd 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 16, 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). The LSPA will provide munchies and appetizers. 
 
When you arrive, please keep an eye out for the following LSPA members to find our  group
  • Marilyn Wade, Brown and Caldwell, LSPA President 
  • Kevin Beaulieu, Common Sense Environmental, LSPA Past President
  • Lauren Konetzny, CDW Consultants, LSPA Board member
  • Isaac Anderson, Cooperstown Environmental, Past LSPA Committee Chair  
Enjoy the conference and we hope to see you Monday night.
Last week, the Massachusetts State Senate was able to finish its list of budget veto overrides. We are happy to report that the 21J Fund line item was approved!

This Senate override, along with the earlier override by the House of Representatives, added $3 million to the perpetually under-funded 21J Fund for underground storage tank remediation reimbursements. This brings the total FY '18 21J funding to $5.5 million. While this amount will still leave the 21J Fund lacking, it is closer to meetings its backlog of claims with this $5.5 million.
 
The LSPA thanks you for your action on this legislation. We greatly appreciate all of you who reached out to your State Senators. You made an impact!
The LSPA is committed to supporting professionals who are preparing to take the LSP exam. The LSPA Board and committees have been discussing the value of informal study groups for LSPA members who are interested in this type of exam preparation. 
 
If you are planning to take the LSP exam in the next few years and are interested in participating in an exam study/review group, please email the LSPA at [email protected] by October 13, 2017.
 
The LSPA is committed to putting you in touch with others who are looking for the same support. Once connected, it will be up to the interested parties to organize as they see fit. If there is interest in continuing, the LSPA will see how it can help further develop the opportunity. 
 
According to the website of the LSP Board of Registration, the LSP Licensing Examination will be offered to all eligible applicants on November 29, 2017 and December 6, 2017.  
 
Please note: The LSPA will compile a list of interested participants and then share that list, with email addresses included, with all who responded.  
 
Why Study Groups Are A Good Complement To Self-Study:
  • Through their cooperative nature, study groups promote critical thinking and creativity as people address new questions and explanations with discussions and debates.
  • Due to their interactive nature, there is greater chance that your weak points will jump out.
  • Other people may pay more attention to your weaker topics, so you can all fill in each others' knowledge gaps.
  • The temptation to procrastinate is much greater when you study alone than in an interactive environment.
  • It's way more fun to snack with other people!

The LSPA is preparing to testify on S. 534, an act relative to the remediation of home heating oil releases. Senate Bill #534 was authored by the LSPA to enhance the current law by requiring coverage be provided to homeowners and raising coverage limits to keep pace with rising remediation costs. This bill will be heard by the Joint Committee on Financial Services in mid-October.

And now, we are asking for your help! Here are a few ways that you can support S. 534:

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The LSPA presented the following compliance tip at the September Membership Meeting at Marriott Newton Hotel in Newton, MA on September 26, 2017. 

When a property with a Notice of Activity and Use Limitation (AUL) has been sold, the Responsible Party must submit to MassDEP a Form BWSC 113 with a copy of the recorded deed conveying the record title.  Remember it is essential that subsequent property owners be given notice of the AUL.

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