2000 RCRA National Program Meeting and EI ForumThe 2000 National RCRA Program meeting was held in Washington, DC, August 15th through the 18th at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. Late summer in our nation's capital provided the backdrop for yet another successful National RCRA Meeting. The meeting drew a record 800 plus attendees from a wide group of RCRA stakeholders. The plenary sessions, which were open to all stakeholders, provided a wide range of views as representatives from EPA, States, Tribes, Industry, Community Groups, and Government spoke on the current state of RCRA and their future plans. In addition to the plenary sessions, over 90 breakout sessions that focused on current issues affecting the RCRA Program took place. Topics ranged from Brownfields to Wastewise and covered the entire RCRA program. The breakout sessions served to both educate and promote discussion amongst all who operate within RCRA. The next national meeting will be held in January 2002, in Washington, DC.
Running concurrently with the breakout sessions was the RCRA Corrective Action Environmental Indicator Forum. The purpose of the EI Forum was to bring together public and private stakeholders to hear presentations and discuss issues associated with achieving two environmental indicators (EIs) at facilities subject to RCRA Corrective Action. The purpose of the first indicator, called Current Human Exposures Under Control, is to document whether or not humans are currently being exposed to unacceptable levels of contamination. The second indicator, called Migration of Contaminated Groundwater Under Control, is intended to document whether or not contaminated groundwater is currently migrating beyond its outer limits above levels of concern. EPA is using these two indicators to focus resources on near-term risk reduction and controlling the spread of contaminated groundwater. EPA is also using these EIs to track progress for RCRA Corrective Action in response the Government Performance and Results Act. The EI Forum was divided into the following four segments:
- Indoor Air and Vapor Migration
- Controls that get to "yes" for the Human EI
- Controls that get to "yes" for the Groundwater EI
- Groundwater EI evaluations involving discharges of contaminated groundwater into surface water