Defense Environmental Restoration Program Updates

  • Munitions Response Dialogue (MRD)

    •DoD established the MRD to foster communication and collaboration between representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), DoD Components, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State environmental regulators, and Federal Land Managers (FLMs). These entities use their experiences and expertise to exchange views, information, and advice relating to managing or implementing the Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP).

    • The MRD has held four face-to-face meetings to date, with the most recent meeting taking place on August 5-6, 2014, in San Luis Obispo, California. The MRD meeting included an observation of the unexploded ordnance advanced classification process that DoD is using at the San Luis Obispo Formerly Used Defense Site. During the meeting, DoD, State and Federal regulators, and FLMs discussed how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using the process, real-time quality control and quality assurance procedures for advanced classification, and more widespread use of the process.

    • The next MRD face-to-face meeting will take place on January 7-8, 2015, in Arlington, Virginia. Leading up to the meeting, members of the MRD will focus on discussing outstanding questions pertaining to advanced classification, including data quality, Quality Assurance Project Plans, and training. The group will also discuss issues surrounding Land Use Controls and scoping for a new Workgroup to discuss underwater munitions issues.

  • Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO)

    • ASTSWMO's mission is to enhance and promote effective State and Territorial programs for waste and materials management, to encourage environmentally sustainable practices, and to affect relevant national waste and materials management policies.

    • The Association holds two general membership meetings each year, and a number of specialized roundtables, workshops, and conferences for specific program areas of high interest.

    • The last meeting took place on April 23-24, 2014, in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

    -The meeting featured the theme “Transitioning Long-Term Management,” with representatives from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Minnesota, and EPA presenting during the plenary sessions.

    -Program-specific sessions covered relevant topics of interest to meeting participants, including a discussion on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act and Brownfields.

    • The next meeting will take place on October 29-30, 2014, in Reston, Virginia.

    • For more information about ASTSWMO, please visit this site.

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Last Modified: 03 September 2014 at 08:32