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On what topics should EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response expand our dialogue?

2011 January 31

EPA knows that in order to do our job well, we need to have regular communication with citizens, community groups, trade groups, and not-for-profit organizations. We have frequent conversations with our stakeholders through public and private meetings, as well as through internet-based communications like this discussion forum and our Video Town Hall meetings. What topics do you think are deserving of more dialogue?

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  1. Greg Lovato of Nevada DEP permalink
    January 31, 2011

    I recommend OSWER have a discussion and ongoing dialogue about the human health environmental indicator under control measurement and how it is used in the superfund program.

  2. Arthur Mones of None permalink
    January 31, 2011

    The following are not a solid waste issues but it’s something that I, and I hope others, have mentioned before and continue to mention.

    EPA should be involved in expanding work on DNA as it is affected by toxic waste, solid or otherwise. Reference, for example, work being done by Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/technology/can-smoking-change-your-dna-1.468161

    The EPA should also be initiating extensive studies about the effect of RF radiation from wireless installations and cell phones.

    Thank you.

  3. Paul Glover of Green Jobs Philly News permalink
    January 31, 2011

    Time to talk about sewerage reform. Pumping and piping poop is old tech, requiring billions of dollars to repair and fuel, creating toxic rivers even with tertiary treatment.

    The unthinkable but inevitable is installation of waterless toilets. Biodigesters, whose byproducts are methane, water vapor and soil.

    Here’s one example: http://www.ecological-engineering.com/carousel.html

  4. Mike Mohajer of self permalink
    February 1, 2011

    There remain millions tons of post-recycled solid waste residuals that are generally distend for loandfill disposal. We live in the 21st Centuary and landfilling is a technology that its time has passed. We need to promote technologies that use post-recycled solid waste residuals to produce renewable energy such as electricity, ethanol, bio-diesel fuel, etc to reduce our dependednce on fossile fuel as well as reducing our dependence on corn for use to produce ethanol. So lets move on with development and operation of conversion technology facilities by providing tax incientives, grants as well as a reasonable environmental rules and regulations that are protective of our citizens health & safety and our natural resources.

  5. Bill Robberson of EPA Region 9 Emergency Response Branch permalink
    February 1, 2011

    Suggest encouraging outreach to the public regarding the 24/7 emergency response assistance provided by both ATSDR (770 488-7100) and our federal Poison Control Center (800 222-1222).

    ATSDR provides 24/7 technical advice and consults to local, state and federal agencies and private citizens to help them respond to acute releases of hazardous substances. Examples include physicians in need of info on chemicals to treat patients who have been exposed; health workers or responders who need information on how to protect themselves; private citizens who are suddenly told to “shelter-in-place” and want to know more about the risks and proper actions to take to protect themselves; responders in need of assistance in estimating the health implications of a release, etc.

    The PCC (and many state PCCs) can provide immediate and detailed support to private citizens who are concerned about potential toxicity due to exposure to most any toxin, including the need for timely information about prescription drug contra-indications, especially if they are being prescribed drugs by more than one doctor (this is not EPA ER related, but helpful info none the less).

  6. John Schweizer of T3W Business Solutions, Inc. permalink
    February 1, 2011

    The following questions for your consideration come to mind immediately:
    • How can EPA improve its decision making process?
    • How can EPA reduce cost?
    • How can EPA better take advantage of the wealth of site remediation experience that has accumulated over the last 30+ years in the private and public sectors?
    • How can EPA better utilize local businesses and local labor in its publicly funded projects?
    • How can EPA utilize technology to improve the quality of its projects?
    • How can EPA utilize Standards to improve the quality of its projects?
    • How can EPA utilize technology to reduce the portion of funds that are spent on study and increase the portion that are spent on remedial action?
    John W. Schweizer, P.E.
    TA, AMCO Chemical Superfund Site

  7. Mark Gordon of Remediation and Redevelopment Program, Wisconsin DNR permalink
    February 11, 2011

    EPA recently released a fact sheet to help clarify how local governments can avoid CERCLA liability when dealing with contaminated property. Unfortunately, similar protections are not provided under RCRA. Given the number of properties where former RCRA regulated activities took place, many of which are now Brownfield’s, it would seem to be worthwhile to open a discussion on whether the same liability protections should be incorporated into RCRA.

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