August 2021

EPA Enforcement Chief Calls for Strengthened Environmental Justice through Cleanup Enforcement

Through a July 1 memo, the EPA chief of enforcement is calling for Regions to step up cleanup enforcement in environmental justice communities. The memo identifies five approaches to be used in advancing EPA’s environmental justice goals within the cleanup provisions of CERCLA and RCRA. 

Data Inspector 5.0 to Debut in September

A major update of Cox-Colvin’s project database management system, Data Inspector™, is nearly complete. This new version has improved navigation, expanded charting techniques, and enhanced GIS capabilities. To see how you can better explore your environmental data, please read more….

EPA Proposes New Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule for PFAS

With the recent passage of the PFAS Action Act of 2021 by the House of Representatives, Congress is pressing forward with measures to impose new requirements on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under existing regulatory frameworks, including those governing drinking water, wastewater discharge, air emissions, solid waste management and reporting/recordkeeping. In step with these efforts, the US EPA is proposing reporting and recordkeeping requirements for PFAS under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  If finalized as proposed, the rule would require persons that manufacture (including import) or have manufactured PFAS in any year since January 1, 2011, to electronically report information regarding PFAS uses, production volumes, disposal, exposures, and hazards.

Ohio EPA Hazardous Waste Accumulation 30EPA Proposes New Reporting and Recordkeeping Rule for PFAS

-Day Extension Request Form Available 

Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rules 3745-52-16(D) and 3745-52-17(B) allow small and large quantity generators, respectively, to request an extension to the 180/90-day accumulation time limit if the generator encounters unforeseen, temporary, and uncontrollable circumstances with transporting hazardous waste off-site. The Director of the Ohio EPA may grant up to a 30-day extension on a case-by-case basis. Ohio EPA recently

created a one page 30-Day Extension Request Form to improve the extension request process. The form, to be submitted electronically, must be received by EPA prior to the expiration of the hazardous waste accumulation date to be considered for an extension.

Resetting the Course of EPA

In an effort to reset the course of EPA, Administrator Regan has sent nine messages to EPA employees regarding transparency and maintaining the public trust. The messages appear to be designed to distance the current administration from the former on many of the issues that defined the Trump administration and to address the August 2020 recommendations of the Environmental Protection Network. 

Industry Spotlight: Laurie Chilcote

“Land Science®️, experts in the field of contaminant vapor intrusion mitigation, has prepared a spotlight on the long and varied career of our own Laurie Chilcote. We are proud of her accomplishments and her continued efforts to educate the environmental community. Please take a look…and many thanks to our friends at Land Science®️ in recognition of Laurie’s contributions to the environmental industry. It is appreciated.

Wishing Steve Williamson

a Happy Retirement

Longtime employee and colleague Steve Williamson retired this month from Cox-Colvin & Associates, Inc. In addition to eight years at Cox-Colvin, Steve’s long career included stints at Bennett & Williams, Geraghty & Miller, Arcadis, Malcolm Pirnie, and EBASCO. We will miss his experience and caring demeanor. Steve is in the process of fixing up a sailboat and looks forward to sailing and more time for Cincinnati Reds baseball. Please join us in wishing Steve a long, happy, and healthy retirement by e-mailing him at Steve_Williamson@CoxColvin.com

Cox-Colvin & Associates, Inc.

Project Spotlight

Coming Soon

  • Solar Technology Applications for Landfills and Brownfields
  • The latest on PFAS

Upcoming Events

August 31, 2021 – EnviroWorkshop – Pittsburgh, PA – Craig Cox and Laurie Chilcote will be presenting “Proven Active Soil Gas Sampling Techniques for Efficient Site Characterization, Vapor Intrusion Investigation and Mitigation”

September 1, 2021 – EnviroWorkshop – Cincinnati, OH  – Craig Cox and Laurie Chilcote will be presenting “Proven Active Soil Gas Sampling Techniques for Efficient Site Characterization, Vapor Intrusion Investigation and Mitigation”

September 2, 2021 – EnviroWorkshop – Indianapolis, IN  – Craig Cox and Laurie Chilcote will be presenting “Proven Active Soil Gas Sampling Techniques for Efficient Site Characterization, Vapor Intrusion Investigation and Mitigation”

September 20-24, 2021 – Rem Tech Europe –  (Central European Summer Time) – Craig Cox will be presenting “Same VOCs, Very Different Outcomes, Lessons Learned from Two Groundwater Remediation Sites”

Laurie Chilcote and Craig Cox will be presenting “Review of the Evolution of VI Assessment and Expected Future Trends”

Craig Cox will be presenting “Successful Closure of a DNAPL Site, Lessons Learned”

September 24, 2021 – A&MA – Advancements in Vapor Intrusion and Emerging Contaminant Air Quality Issues – Craig Cox will be presenting during SESSION VI: THE IMPORTANCE OF SEWERS AS PREFERENTIAL PATHWAYS – 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm ET – “The Importance of Sanitary Sewers as the Expected Preferential Pathway in Vapor Intrusion Evaluations”

September 29, 2021 – Remedy 2021 (Central European Summer Time) – Laurie Chilcote will be presenting Soil Gas Sampling Techniques for Efficient Site Characterization and Investigation to Refine your Conceptual Site Model” – 9:10-9:25

Craig Cox will be presenting Same VOCs, Very Different Outcomes – Lessons Learned from Two Groundwater Remediation Sites” 9:55 – 10:10