November 2016                                               

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Board of Directors
NEWMOA's Board met in met in September to share updates from EPA and state programs, decide on NEWMOA's fiscal year 2017 plans, and continue a year-long strategic planning process. The new strategic plan will cover a five-year period from 2017-2021.
The Board was joined by Dania Rodriquez, Executive Director of ASTSWMO; Bill Cass, former NEWMOA Executive Director; and several members of NEWMOA's Committees and Workgroups for dinner on September 15th in Portland, ME to help celebrate NEWMOA's 30th Anniversary. 
Dania presented a lovely plaque to NEWMOA in recognition of the Association's anniversary. Fun was had by all!
In This Issue
Meet NEWMOA's Leadership
Rich Bizzozero, Director of the  Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)  has stepped up to serve as the 2017 Chair for NEWMOA's Board. He has kindly agreed to respond to a few questions so that those who don't know him well can get a better idea of his background, priorities, and personal interests.
NEWMOA: Tell us about yourself and your background.
Rich: I began my pollution prevention (P2) career when OTA was staffing up in 1991. I have a degree in chemistry, had worked in manufacturing, and was hired as an on-site technical assistance provider with 20 other chemists and retired engineers. It was an exciting time in P2 and the Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction (TURA) program was at the forefront of innovative state programs helping businesses to reduce their reliance on toxics and reduce their generation of hazardous waste.  
Prior to joining OTA, I worked in real estate and financial services. I enjoyed helping people with their financial planning but was interested in aligning my work with my love of the environment. As a child I spent hours playing in a stream at our family wood lot in Vermont and working in the Christmas Tree plantation that I established at the age of 14. I enrolled in a working professionals' graduate program in plant and soil sciences in 1990 with the intention of shifting my career to work in wetlands and natural resource management.  
NEWMOA: What do you do at OTA?                                                      
Rich: I currently serve as OTA's Director and have responsibility for directing and coordinating the efforts of the office and technical assistance staff. In addition to my responsibilities at OTA (which sits within the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs), I also coordinate the activities of the three entities that comprise the TURA program. I work closely with the management team and staff at the Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell and the MassDEP TURA group. I coordinate the activities of the Administrative Council for Toxic Use Reduction, the policy governing body for the TURA program, and oversee its 16 member advisory committee. I love the variety of assistance work OTA does with companies as well as the chemical policy issues undertaken by the TURA program. I work with bright and dedicated individuals who have helped make the TURA program a national and international model.
NEWMOA: What are your priorities for NEWMOA? What do you hope it will accomplish?
Rich: I want to make sure that NEWMOA continues to be on the innovative edge of environmental protection, as well as focus on the long-term stability of the organization. A majority of NEWMOA states are dealing with Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), a contaminant of emerging concern, polluting our groundwater and public drinking water supplies. NEWMOA has been a leader in educating and building capacity of state environmental protection personnel who are dealing with the technical and public health concerns posed by this unfolding environmental issue. As states move in the future from reacting to the PFC contamination to preventing it, NEWMOA is uniquely qualified to facilitate the conversation to safer alternatives and to avoid regrettable substitutions.
All state agencies are charged with doing more with the same or fewer resources. I share all board member concerns regarding the loss of institutional knowledge in our programs and the need for successional planning. It's important to have our rising staff participate on NEWMOA subcommittees to ensure their fresh ideas, state perspective, and enthusiasm is incorporated into our strategies to address state and regional issues.
NEWMOA: What's one thing you would like people to know about you?
Rich: My hobbies are tree farming and forest management.
Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Events
Upcoming Webinars
The following webinars are co-sponsored by NEWMOA and the  Brown University Superfund Research Program. They are free for federal, state, and local government officials; all others must pay a $25 registration fee.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
PFAS are a diverse compound class and possess a range of fate and transport properties that depend heavily on the individual compound(s) in question. Understanding fate and transport at a particular site is dependent on the source(s) of their release to the environment and the specific hydrogeological and the other physical and chemical conditions. This webinar will cover:
  • Background, including basic characteristics, historic uses and types of sources, recent news, and regulatory developments
  • Atmospheric transport of volatile PFAS
  • Subsurface transport and retardation of PFAS in groundwater
  • Abiotic and biological transformation of precursors/polyfluorinated compounds
  • Four case studies of PFAS fate and transport at real PFAS-impacted sites:
    • Fire training areas
    • Manufacturing sources with multiple release pathways
    • Landfarming of PFAS-impacted manufacturing waste
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 1:30 PM EST
The same properties that make PFAS so useful in manufacturing and in products make them challenging to remove from soil and water, including drinking water supplies. Remediation and treatment to meet the 70 ppt EPA drinking water guideline is difficult and limits options. This webinar will cover:
  • Remediation and treatment options for environmental media, including soil and groundwater
  • Treatment options for drinking water, including municipal and homeowner systems
  • Lessons learned 
Prior Webinars
An October 3rd webinar titled PFAS Toxicology: Understanding Why the 70ppt EPA Health Advisory Level in So Low, provided attendees with an understanding of the health effects related to exposure to PFAS. Dr. David Klein, Brown University discussed the in vivo studies that validate PFAS as toxicants, with an emphasis on reproductive effects. Dr. Joseph Braun, Brown University School of Public Health presented findings from epidemiological studies examining the toxicity of PFAS exposure and discussed sources of PFAS and how levels from environmental monitoring studies relate to human exposure.
An August 3rd webinar, PFAS Sampling & Analysis focused on detection at the parts per trillion level. Dr. Jennifer Guelfo, Brown University Superfund Research Program discussed analytical methods and limitations, and potential cross contamination challenges at laboratories when samples are analyzed for PFAS. Dr. Dora Chiang, Vice President, Director of Emerging Contaminants at AECOM addressed potential cross contamination and QA/QC measures when sampling for PFAS compounds.
Solid Waste & Sustainable Materials Management Program
Bulky Waste Project - Publications
NEWMOA has been working with stakeholders in four rural areas in Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont to develop effective strategies to reuse and recycle carpet, furniture, mattresses, and large rigid plastic items. NEWMOA published consumer handouts for Franklin and   Worcester Counties in Massachusetts. Handouts for three other partner communities will be published later this fall, as well as a writable template version that other communities can customize to their needs. 

Additional publications, including four best management guides for furniture, mattresses, carpet, and large rigid plastic items, available at: .
Bulky Waste Project - Workshops & Webinars
Over the summer and fall, NEWMOA conducted stakeholder workshops at locations in Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The workshops covered current practices and local alternatives to bulky waste disposal. Presentations are available at: .

NEWMOA will also host a national webinar, Promoting Strategies to Increase Reuse & Recycling of Bulky Wastes on December 15th from 1:30-3:00 PM EST. The webinar will summarize the results of the Project, including lessons learned and next steps for the partner communities.

Hazardous Waste Program
Hazardous Waste Training
In September, NEWMOA held training calls that covered:
  • Hazardous waste regulations and scrap metal management
  • Inspections and oversight at non-economically viable companies that may have hazardous waste/materials onsite
These calls are for state and federal hazardous waste inspectors and other compliance and enforcement staff and regulatory development staff. If you are a state or EPA inspector, regulatory development staff, or otherwise involved with hazardous waste enforcement and are interested in joining NEWMOA's monthly calls, contact Terri Goldberg to be added to the email notification list. 
Waste Site Cleanup Program
Dr. David Adamson and
 Dr. Charles Newell, 
GSI Environmental, Inc.
Prior Workshops
NEWMOA held a successful  Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA) - Appropriate Tool or Easy Way Out? workshop for waste site cleanup professionals on September 27 and 28 in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Natural attenuation relies on natural processes to clean up or attenuate pollution in soil and groundwater. Natural attenuation happens at many sites, but must be monitored to make sure it is occurring and in a timeframe that is reasonable. The workshop:
  • Reviewed the basic MNA principles including attenuation processes, monitoring tools, data evaluation, and optimal site conditions with focus on hydrocarbon impacted sites and chlorinated solvent sites
  • Provided an overview of MNA as a tool for site closure- when it is appropriate and when active remediation should be considered
  • Presented new developments in the field of MNA, MNA of other compounds (e.g., emerging compounds and metals), and the relationship between MNA and vapor intrusion
If you are interested in receiving a notice about these events and other waste site cleanup workshops, contact   Jennifer Griffith  to be added to our email list
P2 & Sustainability Program
Sangbum Lee (above left) shares the benefits of wet cleaning at the 
Green Village Cleaners Event
Wet Cleaning Demonstrations
NEWMOA is promoting professional wet cleaning as the safest alternative to perc dry cleaning for garment care. On September 28th, NEWMOA, in coordination with NJ DEP's Sustainability Program and the  Korean Cleaners' Association of New Jersey, held a demonstration event at Green Village Cleaners in Morristown, NJ. The event gave cleaners the opportunity to observe wet cleaning in practice and see and feel the results. Sangbum Lee of Natural Garment Care in North Plainfield, NJ presented on the benefits of professional wet cleaning and his experience converting from perc dry cleaning. The session was presented in English and Korean and was attended by 15 people.
NEWMOA plans to hold three additional demonstration events throughout the northeast in the coming months. The next event is planned for November at Best Neighborhood Cleaners in Medford, MA. For more information, contact Andy Bray at NEWMOA.
Interstate Mercury Education & Reduction Clearinghouse (IMERC)
Mercury Legacy Products Webpages
IMERC recently added more than 30 new fact sheets to its Mercury Legacy Products Webpages . These one-page fact sheets were developed by Todd Dresser of ESIS Health, Safety, and Environmental and include photographs and information about mercury devices that he found while conducting mercury surveys of numerous public buildings.
The term "legacy product" covers items that may no longer be sold as a new product, but may still be in use, may be resold as a used or antique product, or may be stored in homes, schools, hospitals, or other businesses. The webpages were first developed by NEWMOA in 2008 and include photographs and information about past and current uses of mercury-added legacy products, such as the types of situations in which the products were typically used; the location of mercury within the product; and information on their proper handling, removal, and disposal.
For more information, visit: .
Sprinkler System in School
Manometer w/ Bell Jar Vacuum Apparatus
Antique Barometer
Recent Webinars
IMERC hosted a webinar on September 8th titled, What Does IMERC Do With Companies' Mercury-Added Product Data? The purpose of this event was to show how IMERC and its members utilize mercury-added products data reported through the e-filing system. Manufacturers, distributors, and importers of mercury-added products, as well as federal, state, and local government programs, academic institutions, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were invited to attend.
IMERC also partnered with the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) on a September 27th webinar titled Mercury Products: Current Uses & Trends in Stewardship Programs . This webinar was restricted to federal, state, and local government programs, academic institutions, and NGOs. In addition to IMERC's 2013 data analysis, PSI presented information on current product stewardship programs for thermostats, lamps, and auto switches.
Supporting Membership
IMERC invites manufacturers, distributors, and importers of mercury-added products, trade associations, and NGOs to join IMERC as  Supporting Members . Supporting members must support IMERC's mission to help states implement laws and programs aimed at getting mercury out of products, the waste stream, and the environment. Benefits of Supporting Membership include:
  • Technical assistance with notification, labeling, and phase-out requirements
  • Participation in webinars and discussions related to the results of mercury reduction efforts, new programs and legislation, and other important topics
  • Participation in conference calls to discuss ways to improve effectiveness of IMERC's programs
  • Participation in review of outreach and educational materials related to mercury-added products data analysis
  • Wider access to mercury-added products data reported through the e-filing system
  • Prioritization of IMERC's review of submissions and requests
  • Promotion of the efforts to develop and use non-mercury alternatives
Interstate Chemicals Clearinghouse (IC2)
Recent Webinars
On September 19th, James Lundström, Director of Regulatory Affairs for Volvo Car Corporation, joined IC2's members to discuss the evolution and use of the worldwide automobile industry's shared material data system, the International Material Data System (IMDS).
The IMDS was jointly developed by Audi, BMW, Daimler, HPE, Ford, Opel, Porsche, VW, and Volvo. Additional manufacturers have since joined the community, and IMDS has become a global standard used by almost all of the global original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). In the IMDS, all materials used for automobile manufacturing are collected, maintained, analyzed, and archived. Using the IMDS, makes it possible for the companies and their suppliers to meet their obligations under national and international standards, laws, and regulations.
Chemical Hazard Assessment Database Additions
GreenScreens® for perchloroethylene and four alternative garment cleaning solvents are among the newest additions to the IC2 Chemical Hazard Assessment Database. The Washington State Department of Ecology provided funding to update ten GreenScreens® in the Database and to develop three new GreenScreens®. These updated and new assessments will be available through the Database in the near future.