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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 lspa.wendy@gmail.com 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
E: lspa.wendy@gmail.com
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!

The Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) will be holding its Annual Environmental Conference 2017 on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. For the first time, the MACC Annual Environmental Conference (AEC) will include a college student poster session. The poster session is an opportunity to promote and highlight your thesis work, special project, etc., to the more than 700 expected attendees at the conference. The MACC seeks poster submissions from college undergraduate and graduate students. Click here to learn more.

For a Limited Time…
Complimentary Viewing of ASTM’s Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups

Looking to integrate sustainability into your operations? In search of an effective approach to reducing energy usage and waste as you work towards protecting public health and the environment?

More and more, organizations are using ASTM E2893 Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups to reduce their environmental footprint while achieving cleanup objectives. This EPA-endorsed standard provides a step-by-step approach to reduce energy, water and materials use during the investigation and remediation of hazardous waste sites.

In partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ASTM is offering a complimentary, 2-month viewing period (September 28 – November 30) for this standard. Don’t miss this opportunity to become familiar with a standard designed to help incorporate more sustainable practices into your organization’s work. For complementary viewing of the Standard, go to www.astm.org/E2893-16


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Green Up Your Cleanups Webinar
Wednesday, September 28, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
 
Discover proven tools for Greener Cleanups and gain free access to EPA-endorsed standard 

Looking to integrate more sustainability practices into your site cleanup? In search of a powerful approach to reducing energy use and waste as you work towards protecting public health and the environment? Learn how organizations are embracing ASTM E2893 Standard Guide for Greener Cleanups to reduce environmental footprints while achieving cleanup objectives.
  • Hear about recent developments;
  • Learn from those who have implemented the standard;
  • Discover how it can be viewed by anyone at no cost, for a two-month trial period.
Register at:  www.epa.gov/greenercleanups 
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September 19, 2016 Deadline for Comments to EPA on the NPDES Draft 2016 Remediation General Permit (RGP)

 
Please be advised that Monday, September 19, 2016, is the final day to submit comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Draft 2016 Remediation General Permit (RGP). Comments must be submitted in writing to Shauna Little, Office Of Ecosystem Protection, EPA - Region 1, at 617-918-1989 or little.shauna@epa.gov

For a copy of the Draft RGP, Federal Register Notice, and Fact Sheet, please follow the link below: 
https://www3.epa.gov/region1/npdes/rgp.html

Technical questions pertaining to the terms of the permit can also be directed to Shauna Little

Once all comments have been reviewed, EPA will prepare a response to comments. EPA will provide the final permit and its response to comments to each state covered by the permit (Massachusetts and New Hampshire). Upon receipt of Federal Clean Water Act 401 Certifications from Massachusetts and New Hampshire, certifications from Massachusetts and New Hampshire Coastal Zone Management Federal Consistency Reviews, and Federal concurrences from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding endangered species, EPA will publish a Notice of Availability of the final 2016 RGP in the Federal Register. The 2016 RGP will supersede the expired 2010 RGP upon the effective date specified in the Federal Register.

For more information about the RGP, interim measures, and upcoming training opportunities, please check the Technical Practices Committee article to be published in the upcoming LSPA newsletter.

Thank you - 

Andrea Eagan, Woodard & Curran & Jason Chrzanowski, GZA GeoEnvironmental
LSPA Technical Practices Committee Co-Chairs 

Join the EBC Young Environmental Professionals and the LSPA Young Professionals for a networking night at Harpoon Brewery in Boston’s Seaport. Mix and mingle with colleagues in the environmental and energy sectors and expand your network. These are the connections that will carry you through your career! 

All-you-can-eat pretzels, beer, and a tour of the Harpoon facility are included in the registration fee. Registration is capped at 50 – be sure to register today! Please note: there is a $15 registration fee which includes, pretzels, beer, and a facility tour. View Attendee List

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The LSP Association (LSPA) is getting social - and it's about time! We recently kicked off three social media initiatives. See below for details. Do you have something you want posted? Please email socialmedia@lspa.org and remember, it's always great to get accompanying photos! We would also appreciate any topical suggestions or feedback. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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The LSPA Technical Practices Committee had its annual summer outing on Boston Harbor last week. Twelve intrepid sailors (aka committee members) enjoyed a sunset cruise on a gorgeous ship from the Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships. We are happy to report that no sailors went overboard. All committee members are ready to return to the land of LNAPL, Historic Fill, and Telemetry in September. View the photo album

Special thanks to Isaac Anderson, Past Chair, and Jason Chrzanowski, Current Chair. If you are interested in learning more about the Technical Practices Committee, please visit their web page

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Please join us in welcoming Patrick Corcoran, LSP, to the LSPA’s Board of Directors!

A member of the LSPA since 1998, Pat is a Senior Project Manager with EnviroTrac. He has been an environmental consultant for 24 years and an LSP for 18 years. Pat holds a Bachelors degree in Chemistry Engineering from the University of Toronto. Pat has managed a wide range of environmental assessment and remediation projects for major petroleum retailers, industrial manufacturers and other commercial clients, developers, attorneys, insurance companies, and public organizations. He is also a Grade 6 licensed wastewater treatment operator.

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Congratulations Matthew Young and welcome to LSPA’s Board of Directors!

Matt, a Senior Project Manager in the Environmental Affairs Department of Cumberland Farms, Inc. (CFI), has worked in the environmental industry for over 11 years as an environmental consultant/scientist and environmental project manager. At CFI, he is responsible for managing and collaborating with a team of consulting firms on a portfolio of varied projects in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. These projects include investigation and remediation of impacted properties, investigating and analyzing real estate transactions, and supporting new store construction through remediation, risk reduction, and soil management practices.

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MassDEP Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup is developing a "trailer package" to the 2014 MCP amendments; this package is intended to be a combination of new items that have become apparent since the previous MCP update, items held over from the previous regulatory reform discussion, and corrections to issues that have arisen under the new regulations. 
 
If you have items you'd like considered for MassDEP's trailer package, please reach out to us with an explanation of the issue and what you think needs refining. 
 
The LSPA Regulations Committee will be preparing a submittal for the LSPA Board to review and then submit to MassDEP. This document will comment on topics that MassDEP plans to present for inclusion in the trailer package as well as propose additional topics that the LSPA believes MassDEP should include. 
 
Comments should be sent to us by Wednesday, August 31.  
 
We appreciate your input.
David E. Leone, LSP, Senior Project Manager, GZA, davide.leone@gza.com
David Foss, LSP, Principal Hydrogeologist, Wilcox & Barton, dfoss@wilcoxandbarton.com
 
LSPA Regulations Committee Co-Chairs
 

The LSP Association (LSPA) is a conference sponsor for this year’s Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy (fondly known as the “Soils Conference”) being held at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts from October 17-20, 2016. The LSPA will have a booth in the conference hall; we invite our members and other participants to stop by for a visit! Registration is now open! Click here to register. Please post a comment here if you are planning on attending.

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), environmental engineering and consulting, and academia. Click here to view the preliminary program.

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The LSPA’s annual “Passing of the Gavel” ceremony took place at our July 27 Leadership Meeting, formally marking the change of LSP presidency from (left to right) Kevin Beaulieu, LSP, to Michael (Mike) Penzo, LSP.

 

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LSPA Scholarship Fund Awards Scholarship for Environmental Education to Eric Gulbicki of Cooperstown Environmental

Belmont,  Mass. (July 25, 2016) – The LSP Association (LSPA) Scholarship Fund awarded one of its 2016 educational scholarships to, Eric Gulbicki, a North Reading resident and rising senior at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Eric plans on using the scholarship funds for his undergraduate studies in Environmental Science; he has an expected graduation in May 2017.  

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