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Reminder: Issues & Trends Webinar on August 18, 2020 – PFAS: Fate and Transport, Site Characterization and Remediation

The Remediation and Redevelopment Program reminds you that the next webinar in the Issues & Trends series will take place on Tuesday, August 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The presentation is a discussion of per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) with Ginny Yingling. Ginny is a senior hydrogeologist in the Environmental Health Division of the Minnesota Department of Health. Since 2003, she has been the agency’s lead PFAS investigator. Ginny also served as the co-chair of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council’s PFAS Team that developed an in-depth report on the current state of PFAS science and related factsheets, online training modules, workshops and a risk communication toolkit.

Ginny Yingling, MN DHS

The unique nature PFAS present significant challenges to environmental professionals, from identifying potential sources, to characterizing sites and the human and ecological risks they may pose, to determining appropriate and effective remedial actions. This presentation will review the current understanding of PFAS (and what we don’t know) and how various states are responding to these unique environmental contaminants.

A Zoom web conferencing link, along with a schedule of future Issues & Trends presentations, may be found on the RR Program’s Conferences and Training webpage.

 

NR 700 – 754 Rules Meeting on April 9

On April 9, 2019, the Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) program will host a meeting to provide information and seek input on the development of revisions to select provisions of Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 700799, Environmental Protection – Investigation and Remediation of Environmental Contamination.

This meeting is part of a series of rule development meetings that the RR program is hosting as it develops proposed rule revisions.  The April 9, 2019, meeting will include:

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Public Comment Open Now on Glatfelter Settlement to Clean up Fox River

Papermaker P.H. Glatfelter has agreed to pay $20.5 million to reimburse past and future EPA costs to clean up PCBs in Fox River sediment in a settlement with the US EPA and the US DOJ.

The settlement requires Glatfelter to assume responsibility for cleanup tasks, as well as the long-term monitoring and maintenance that will continue for years following dredging and a cap installation that is scheduled to be finished this year.

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Snapshot: January 2019 PECFA Financials

The Remediation and Redevelopment Program provides a monthly update on the status of Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) program claims and the overall PECFA program budget.

Below are the updated PECFA numbers for January 2019.

Number Value
Claims Received 73 $328,256
Claims Paid 116 $811,824
Claims in Audit Line (as of 1/31/19) 22 $94,339
Total Paid Biennium to Date $11,222,439

First Rule Development Meeting Scheduled for February 5, 2019

On February 5, 2019, the Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) program will host the first meeting in a series of public meetings to provide information and seek input on the development of revisions to select provisions of Wis. Admin. Code chs. NR 700799, Environmental Protection – Investigation and Remediation of Environmental Contamination.

The RR program is initiating the rulemaking process following the Natural Resource Board’s approval on January 23, 2019, of two statements of scope that describe the proposed content of the rulemaking.  These scope statements are available online in the Wisconsin Administrative Register.

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New Features Added to RR Sites Map

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program’s web-based mapping system – RR Sites Map – provides information about contaminated properties and other activities related to the investigation and cleanup of contaminated soil or groundwater in Wisconsin.

RR Sites Map is available for both desktop and mobile devices and has undergone some recent improvements:

Hillshade Layer as Basemap: A raster image derived from LiDAR, portraying a grayscale 3D representation of the surface with the sun’s position taken into account for shading the image.

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Snapshot: December 2018 PECFA Financials

The Remediation and Redevelopment Program provides a monthly update on the status of Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) program claims and the overall PECFA program budget.

Below are the updated PECFA numbers for December 2018.

Number Value
Claims Received 97 $705,025
Claims Paid 79 $1,023,828
Claims in Audit Line (as of 12/31/2018) 61 $598,143
Total Paid Biennium to Date $10,410,615

PECFA Usual & Customary Schedule #25 Now Available Online

The Usual & Customary (U&C) Cost Standardized Invoice #25 and Task Reference Guide #25 are now available for January 2019 through June 2019.

Both documents are available on the Remediation and Redevelopment Program’s PECFA webpage on the reimbursement tab.

Please note the following updates:

  • A 10 percent increase in the mobilization/demobilization rates compared to the previous schedule, and
  • All standard labor rates have increased by three percent over the U&C #24 rates, and
  • The following sub-tasks based wholly or partially on labor rates were increased:
    • WAB32 increased to $81.58 to reflect the new field professional rate, and
    • VIS05 increased to $510.26 to reflect the new staff professional rate.

For additional information, please review the Task Reference Guide #25.

FET to Host Brownfields Seminar

The South Central Wisconsin chapter of the Federation of Environmental Technologists (FET) will host a half-day seminar on brownfields redevelopment topics on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.

The event will take place at the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District facility, located at 1610 Moorland Road. Seminar speakers will provide information related to brownfields development and compliance in Wisconsin. Presentation topics include:

  • An update and overview of Wisconsin’s Brownfields Study Group
  • Online resources for potential brownfields projects
  • An update on vapor intrusion issues
  • Redevelopment funding sources
  • Brownfields case studies

Please visit the FET website for more information and for registration instructions.

 

 

Public Input Opportunity: PECFA Usual & Customary Schedule #25

The Remediation and Redevelopment (RR) Program seeks your input on the Usual & Customary (U&C) Task Reference Guide #25 (RR-107) and U&C Schedule Standard Invoice #25 (RR-107a). Both documents are available on the Wisconsin DNR’s proposed program guidance web page.

Comments on these documents are due by December 30, 2018, and may be directed to Jenna.Soyer@wisconsin.gov.

Document updates include a 10 percent increase in the mobilization / demobilization (mobs/demobs) rates compared to the previous schedule, and all standard labor rates have increased by three percent.