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ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NGA Passes New Policy on Natural Resources

On Feb. 27, 2012, the National Governors Association passed a new policy on natural resources (NR-03i). In the policy, the Governors oppose the assertion of sovereign immunity by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding Formerly Used Defense Sites (see Section 3.5.1).

Pentagon Thanks ECOS for Support of FUDS Program

On July 18, 2011, ECOS receiveda letter from Maureen Sullivan, Director for Environmental Management with the U.S. Department of Defense. The letter expresses gratitude for ECOS' support of the Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) cleanup program, and for defending the program against cuts proposed for its fiscal year 2012 budget.

ECOS Renews Resolution Supporting ECOS-DOD Collaborations

On Aug. 30, ECOS renewed resolution #07-11 "On Sustainability and the Department of Defense" (click here to view the resolution).

Dept of Defense Issues New DERP Goals

On July 22, 2011, the U.S. Department of Defense sent a letter to ECOS in order to share its new goals for the Defense Environmental Restoration Program (DERP).

ECOS Passes Resolution on DSMOA

During the Cross-Media Committee plenary session on March 24, 2010 at Sausalito, California, the ECOS membership passed the following policy resolution (click link for resolution text):

DSMOA and Federal-State Collaboration

ECOS Passes Resolution Regarding Formerly Used Defense Sites

During the Cross-Media Committee plenary session on September 22, 2009, the ECOS membership passed the following policy resolution (click link for resolution text):

Department of Defense's Formerly Used Defense Sites Program Budget

ECOS Passes Resolutions on Mercury and Federal Facility Cleanup Issues

During the Cross-Media Committee plenary session on March 23, 2009, the ECOS membership passed the following policy resolutions regarding mercury pollution and federal facility cleanup issues (click links for resolution texts):

Clarification of CERCLA Sovereign Immunity Waiver for Federal Facilities

Endorsement of the National Mercury Switch Recovery Program Memorandum of Agreement that Reduces Mercury in the Environment and Provides Flexibility to the States

Mercury Reduction, Stewardship, and Retirement

Bob King Named New State Co-Chair for the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group

In February 2009, ECOS announced Bob King (South Carolina) as the new State Co-Chair of the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group. For more information, click here.

US EPA Supports Renewed State/ Federal Munitions Response Dialogue

Through cooperative agreements, EPA is providing support to ECOS and ASTSWMO to support a renewed state-federal dialogue on munitions response issues. Funding provided to ECOS through the cooperative agreement will support expenses of the state members of the work group. A letter from EPA to DOD about this effort is available here.

ECOS Passes Resolution "Supporting Work on Contaminated Site Response to Emerging Contaminants and Related Risk Communication Issues"

On September 21, 2008, the ECOS membership passed a Resolution "Supporting Work on Comtaminated Site Response to Emerging Contaminants and Related Risk Communication Issues." The text of the resolution is available here. The passage of this resolution represents the culmination of over two (2) years of collaboration between state and federal members of the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group. Click here for a U.S. Department of Defense press release regarding this resolution and the occassion of its passage at the 2008 ECOS Annual Meeting. The resolution references four (4) other documents. Click on the following links to access these documents here:

Summary of State Responses to Survey on Emerging Contaminants

Issue Paper on Risk Communication Principles

Issue Paper on Identification and Selection of Toxicity Values/ Criteria for CERCLA and Hazardous Waste Site Risk Assessments in the Absense of IRIS Values (also known as the "Provisional Values Paper")

Issue Paper on Initiation of Emerging Contaminants Characterization and Response Actions for Protection of Human Health (also known as the "Resource Triggers Paper")

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GROUP BACKGROUND

The Environmental Council of the States-U.S. Department of Defense Sustainability Work Group (ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group) provides a forum for dialogue between ECOS members and DOD and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials tasked with environmental management duties at defense facilities. Through their involvement with the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group, ECOS members collaborate with DOD and EPA officials to draft policy documents focused on developing appropriate approaches to the environmental challenges that exist at U.S. defense sites.

The ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group is currently co-chaired by Bob King (Deputy Commissioner, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control) and the U.S. Department of Defense (The DOD Co-Chair position is currently vacant).

The ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group Staff Liaison is Matthew Jones (ECOS). Persons wishing to learn more about the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group may contact Mr. Jones at mjones@ecos.org.

The ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group was created at the 2004 ECOS Spring Meeting by charter. Despite what the original charter states, the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group is a subgroup of the ECOS Cross-Media Committee and reports directly to the Cross-Media Committee regarding its activities and policy position suggestions (as a subgroup, the ECOS-DOD Sustainbility Work Group was transferred from under the ECOS Waste Committee to be positioned under the ECOS Cross-Media Committee as the result of a vote to this effect made by the ECOS Executive Committee on April 15, 2008).

The ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group is composed of two (2) task groups. The Emerging Contaminants Task Group focuses on studying and developing approaches to emerging contaminants (materials released into the environment which are suspected of posing risks to human health, natural resources, or ecology, but for which no risk assessment values have yet been developed or agreed upon). The Compatible Use and Sustainability Task Group focuses on sustainability and land use issues in and around defense sites. Click on the following links for more information about these two (2) task groups:

Emerging Contaminants Task Group

Compatible Use and Sustainability Task Group

The ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group sometimes holds meetings in conjunction with the ECOS Federal Facilities Forum in order to maximize resourses and syncronize opportunities for dialogue around federal facility cleanup issues of mutual interest to both state officials and officials from DOD, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and other federal agencies.

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CURRENT ACTIVITIES

In 2008, ECOS-DOD SWG members have collaborated to draft policy documents focused on developing appropriate approaches to the environmental challenges that exist at U.S. defense sites. In 2008, the ECOS-DOD SWG (and its various subgroups) has continued to hold periodic meetings. In March 2008, the ECOS-DOD SWG finished work on the paper titled, "Initiation of Emerging Contaminants Characterization and Response Actions for Protection of Human Health" (also called the "Resource Triggers Paper"). At the 2008 ECOS Annual Meeting, the ECOS-DOD SWG presented a resolution "Supporting Work on Comtaminated Site Response to Emerging Contaminants and Related Risk Communication Issues" to the ECOS membership for adoption consideration during the Cross-Media Committee plenary session (the ECOS membership adopted this resolution at this meeting as recommended). ECOS will be engaging with DOD officials in the near future to consider issue topics for future work.

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PAST ACTIVITIES

Materials Available from 2011 ECOS Spring Meeting in Alexandria VA

AGENDA for Federal Facilities Forum 28 March 2011

NOTES from the Federal Facilities Forum 28 March 2011

PRESENTATION by Roger Petrie, Tennessee

PRESENTATION by Maureen Sullivan, Dept of Defense

PRESENTATION by William Levitan, Dept of Energy

ATTENDEE LIST from the Federal Facilities Forum 28 March 2011

HANDOUT announcing FUDS Forum scheduled for 24- 26 May 2011

Materials Available from 2010 ECOS Annual Meeting in Whitefield, NH

Agenda for Federal Facilities Forum in Whitefield, NH

Notes from Federal Facilities Forum in Whitefield, NH

Presentation on ITRC from Tom Burack in Whitefield, NH

Presentation on NRDA from Matt Jones in Whitefield, NH

2010 ECOS Spring Meeting

Agenda for FFF Session at Sausalito

Notes from FFF Session at Sausalito

List of Attendees at FFF Session’at Sausalito

Handout on QAPPs from DOD OSD

Slideshow from Maureen Sullivan (DOD)

Handout on FUDS Forum from Maureen Sullivan (DOD)

Slideshow from William Levitan (DOE)

2009 ECOS Spring Meeting

On March 22, 2009, the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group met in joint session with the Federal Facilities Forum (FFF) as part of the 2009 ECOS Spring Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia. Click on the following links for more information:

AGENDA for FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG Meeting-- March 22, 2009

NOTES from the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG Meeting-- March 22, 2009

PRESENTATION by Maureen Sullivan to the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG-- March 22, 2009

PRESENTATION by William Levitan to the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG-- March 22, 2009

2008 ECOS Annual Meeting

On September 21, 2008, the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group met in joint session with the Federal Facilities Forum (FFF) as part of the 2008 ECOS Annual Meeting in Branson, Missouri. A press release from the U.S. Department of Defense describing the outcomes of these meetings is available here. Click on the following links for more information:

AGENDA for FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG Meeting-- Sept. 21, 2008

NOTES from the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG Meeting-- Sept. 21, 2008

PRESENTATION by James J. Fiore to the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG-- Sept. 21, 2008

2008 ECOS Spring Meeting

On April 14, 2008, the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group met in joint session with the Federal Facilities Forum (FFF) as part of the 2008 ECOS Spring Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Click on the following links for more information:

AGENDA for FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG Meeting April 14, 2008

NOTES from the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG Meeting April 14, 2008

PRESENTATION by Karen C. Guevara to the FFF/ ECOS-DOD SWG April 14, 2008

San Diego Meeting - March 2008

On March 14, 2008, the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group convened a meeting in San Diego, California. Click on the following links for more information about the meeting:

REPORT BRIEF on the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group Meeting on March 14, 2008

NOTES from the Emergining Contaminants Task Group session on March 14, 2008

NOTES from the Compatible Use and Sustainability Task Group session on March 14, 2008

Resolution on Sustainability and the Department of Defense

At the 2007 ECOS Annual Meeting on September 18, ECOS passed Resolution 07-11: On Sustainability and the Department of Defense, which supports the work of the Compatible Use and Sustainability Task Group.

Resolution 07-11: On Sustainability and the Department of Defense

Other Work Group Products

Compatible Use and Sustainability Work

Outcomes and Action Items from the Forum for a Sustainable Future

Draft Consolidated Recommendations and Work Plan

June 2007 Work Group Meeting

On June 20-21, members of the ECOS-DoD Sustainability Work Group met in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with a States-DoD Region 4 Environmental Meeting. The two task groups met to continue development of work plans and products. The Emerging Contaminants Task Group discussed drafts of several papers they have been developing and heard a presentation from a member of Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment (TERA). As this task group is close to completing its current set of work products, they also began a discussion of next steps. More information on the work of this task group can be found on their webpage.

The Compatible Use and Sustainability Task Group discussed follow up activities to their November 2006 Forum for a Sustainable Future and heard a presentation about the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership initiative. More information on the work of this task group can be found on their webpage.

Emerging Contaminants Survey

During the fall of 2006, the Emerging Contaminants Task Group surveyed the states regarding their work related to emerging contaminants and what chemicals they considered emerging contaminants. Thirty-eight states responded to this survey. Below are links to documents which summarize their responses.

Press Release on Emerging Contaminants Survey Results

Summary of State Responses to Emerging Contaminants Survey

Spreadsheet of Survey Responses

ECOS 2006 Annual Meeting

At ECOS' 2006 Annual Meeting, the Work Group held a joint meeting with the Federal Facilities Forum. Notes from that session and copies of two presentations can be accessed through the links below.

Notes from the Joint Session of the ECOS-DoD Sustainability Work Group and the Federal Facilities Forum

Presentation by Shannon Cunniff of DoD on DoD's Work on Emerging Contaminants

Presentation by Bill Ross of North Carolina that Provided an Update on the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability's Activities

June 2006 Work Group Meeting

Approximately 60 people, including representatives from 13 states, participated in the last ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group Meeting held on July 14-16, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. On June 14 about 20 state and federal members toured Fort Lewis Army Base to learn about their sustainability activities. Each of the three task groups met on July 15 to address their projects.

The Land Use Controls Task Group discussed activities related to the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act, and heard reports from the 2006 Institutional Controls Roundtable in Tucson, on the Navy's LUC Tracker, on ICMA's LUC Webring, on EPA's work on Life Cycle Cost Guidance, and an opportunity to work with Google Earth to share data on cleanup sites. More information on the task group's session can be found on their webpage.

The Compatible Use and Sustainability Task Group discussed the use of the customizable briefing on encroachment since the last meeting and development of a marketing/outreach plan for the briefing. The group also discussed concerns that the Department of Defense was not sufficiently employing the principles and practices of sustainability as installations prepared for growth or redevelopment. The group also heard presentations on the sustainability activities of several of the agencies and associations attending the meeting. Additionally, the group worked on planning the Forum for a Sustainable Future, which will be held this fall in San Diego. More information on the task group's activities can be found on their webpage.

The Emerging Contaminants Task Group discussed drafts of five work products that subgroups have been developing. These work products are a survey for states on emerging contaminants, an issue paper on communication related to emerging contaminants, an issue paper on the selection of toxicity values/criteria for risk assessment in the absence of IRIS values, an issue paper on the initiation of actions and funding for emerging contaminants, and an issue paper on improving consistency in risk assessment. More information on these products and the task group's activities can be found on their webpage.

2006 ECOS Spring Meeting

On March 20, 2006 at the ECOS Spring Meeting, ECOS members and guests were briefed on the activities of the work group during a session of the ECOS-DoD Sustainability Work Group. Attendees also heard about two State-DoD partnerships - the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability and the Virginia Regional Environmental Management System - related to sustainability. Copies of the presentations can be accessed below.

Southeast Regional Partnership on Planning and Sustainability (SERPPAS)

Virginia Regional Environmental Management System (V-REMS)

February 9-10, 2006 Work Group Meeting

Nearly 100 people, including representatives from 18 states, participated in the latest ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group Meeting held on February 9-10, 2006 in Washington, DC. Each of the three task groups met to address their projects. The Land Use Controls Task Group discussed the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act and management of LUCs. The Compatible Use and Sustainability Task Group heard from several states about thier programs related to environmental management systems and sustainability, and began discussing possible activities related to pollution prevention. The Emerging Contaminants Task Group worked on follow up actions from the Forging Partnerships on Emerging Contaminants Forum held in November 2005. The task group broke into four subgroups to develop on a state survey on emerging contaminants, and to discuss and begin to address key risk assessment/risk management issues, risk communication challenges, and a pollution prevention policy related to emerging contaminants.

During one of the plenary sessions, participants heard from DOD on their Range Assessment activities. The presentations made by each of the services can be accessed below.

Air Force Range Assessment Presentation

Army Range Assessment Presentation

Marines Range Assessment Presentation

Navy Range Assessment Presentation

ECOS 2005 Annual Meeting

Notes from the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group Session at the ECOS 2005 Annual Meeting in Kennebunkport, Maine are available here.

June 9-10, 2005 Meeting

Representatives of 12 state environmental agencies met with representatives of DOD, DOE, and several associations at the ECOS-DOD Sustainability Work Group meeting June 9-10 in Denver, Colorado. Each of the three task groups met and continued work in their focus areas.

The Groundwater Task Group worked on creating the agenda for a forum entitled ’Forging Partnerships on Emerging Contaminants: A Forum for State and Federal Stakeholders,’ which is being planned for this fall. It also heard from Shannon Cunniff of DOD on the agency’s latest activities regarding perchlorate research and remediation. The Land Use Controls Task Group worked on addressing comments on the draft land use controls resolution, which was circulated to ECOS members. The group also heard updates from the International City/County Management Association and EPA on their activities related to land use controls. The Compatible Use and Sustainability Task Group reviewed feedback from initial presentations of their encroachment briefing. They also discussed a variety of issues including the Virginia Regional Environmental Management Systems, collaboration opportunities with the ITRC, and federal sustainability initiatives. All work group members also heard a presentation by John Buck of DOD on operational range assessments.

April 10, 2005 at ECOS Spring Meeting

At the ECOS Spring Meeting, each of the task groups reported on their work to the Commissioners.

February 2-3, 2005 Meeting

The work group met on February 2-3, 2005 at the Hall of States in Washington, DC. Agendas for the meeting were:

ECOS' 2004 Annual Meeting - October 3, 2004

The ECOS-DoD Sustainability Workgroup met on October 3 at the ECOS Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The meeting notes reflect that the main focus of the meeting was to present the work of the three task groups to the ECOS membership. A resolution in support of the workgroups efforts was also proposed. The three strategic plans as they were presented to the ECOS membership are:

Strategic Plan for Emerging Contaminants in Groundwater

Strategic Plan for Compatible Use and Sustainability

Strategic Plan for Land Use Controls

The strategic plans and resolution in support of the workgroup were presented to additional ECOS members as part of the Federal Facilities Forum Session on October 4. The resolution in support of the ECOS-DoD Sustainability Workgroup was approved by the ECOS membership on October 5, 2004.

Summary of September 23, 2004 Meeting

At a meeting that followed the Brownfields 2004 Conference in St. Louis, Missouri the ECOS-DoD Sustainability Workgroup continued its work on three strategic plans to deal with encroachment/compatible use, land use controls, and groundwater issues. In a one-day meeting on September 23, 42 attendees representing 13 states, EPA, and many parts of the Department of Defense met as a full group and then in individual task groups to finalize their strategic plans for presentation to the ECOS membership at ECOS' annual meeting in October.

Summary of June 29-30, 2004 Meeting

The ECOS/DoD Sustainability Workgroup held a very successful meeting June 29-30, in Washington, D.C. More than 50 participants attended including representatives from 12 states, the Department of Defense, NGA, NAAG, ASTSWMO, ASDWA, NACO, ICMA, and the White House.

The meeting was co-chaired by Jon Sandoval of Idaho and Alex Beehler of the Department of Defense. In three breakout sessions, participants discussed encroachment/compatible use, land use controls, and groundwater issues. Jim Werner of Missouri, Marybeth Brenner of New Jersey, and Eric Noack of Nevada co-lead the breakout sessions with representatives of the Department of Defense. The dialogue in the breakout sessions was spirited and constructive. By the end of the meeting, draft plans had been created for how the workgroup would try to address these matters.

Draft Strategic Plan for Emerging Constitutents in Groundwater

Draft Strategic Plan for Enroachment

Draft Strategic Plan for Land Use Controls