SFIM-AEC-WR (200) 14 April 2000
MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION
SUBJECT: After-Action Report – Colorado Interagency Environmental Network Meeting (5 April 2000)
1. Fort Carson hosted a meeting of DoD representatives in Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency Region VIII (EPA) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Pollution Prevention Program, to continue discussions and cooperative activities regarding environmental issues of common interest. The U.S. Army Environmental Center’s (USAEC) Western Regional Environmental Office (WREO) facilitated the meeting. Seventeen participants attended the meeting, from the agencies, five installations, one major command, the Colorado Army and Air National Guard, and the WREO. The group met at Fort Carson’s Christopher’s Club on 5 April 2000. The attendee sign-in sheet is included as enclosure 1 (not available on Web Site). The meeting agenda is included as enclosure (not available on Web Site).
introductions, attendees reviewed training that will be available in the
near future. EPA Region VIII is finishing their workshops on Toxic
Chemical Release Inventory Reporting.
A question came up regarding whether or not a workshop could
potentially be offered to federal agencies in the Colorado Springs area.
Ms. Thiel agreed to find out if a workshop could be offered, then
advise Network members.
Network members need to provide a
training site in the Colorado Springs area, and coordinate with EPA
3. Mr. Ed Cannon (U.S.
Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory) presented
information to attendees regarding the Federal Windsource Initiative in
the Denver/Colorado Springs areas. It
is part of a nationwide effort to encourage federal agencies to commit to
purchasing energy from wind sources.
Executive Order 13123 encourages federal agencies to purchase green
energy. Many federal agencies
in the Colorado front-range have already committed to purchase wind
have not made such commitments as of 5 April.
Public Service Company of Colorado charges a premium for wind
source energy, but the Executive Order allows federal agencies to request
additional funding in their overall budget requests, to pay for the
windsource energy. Although
there is insufficient windsource energy capacity to fulfill the demand at
this time, additional capacity is expected to be available by about 2003. Mr. Cannon reported that the Secretary of the Department of
Energy will participate in a 27 April 2000, formal announcement in
downtown Denver regarding the Federal Windsource Initiative and the
agencies that have committed to participate in it.
Mr. Cannon advised that, although Public Service Company would
prefer that federal agencies make a three-year commitment to purchase
windsource energy, agencies can commit to as little as one year.
He advised that there are provisions in the agreements that allow
agencies to opt out if funding availability changes.
Mr. Cannon encouraged agencies to continue considering purchase of
wind energy, even after the 27 April 2000 ceremony.
Ms. Thiel provided an update regarding EPA Region VIII’s direct
implementation of the RCRA Compliance, Enforcement, and Corrective Action
Programs in Colorado. As
background, she reported that EPA Region VIII has been concerned that
Colorado’s hazardous waste program is so underfunded and understaffed
that it may not protect public health and the environment. EPA advised the Colorado Department of Public Health and
Environment in April 1999 that they would begin direct implementation.
EPA is directly-implementing RCRA Compliance and Enforcement at
about 100 Colorado sites. As
far as we know, no military sites are involved.
EPA is also directly implementing RCRA Corrective Action at about
five sites. Again, no
military sites are involved at this time.
Compliance oversight by EPA and Colorado is higher now since EPA
does not feel that Colorado’s hazardous waste program is adequate.
Attendees were encouraged to continue maintaining 100 percent
compliance at their facilities to avoid potential problems with the
Mr. Blume reviewed activities during the 27 January 2000,
Restoration Information Exchange Workshop, among representatives of EPA
Region VIII, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and
the Colorado military. Participants
in the Region IV Tiered Restoration Partnership representing EPA Region
IV, the state of North Carolina, and Army and Air Force major commands
gave an overview of the partnership and their perspectives regarding the
partnership, including the value that their organizations receive from
participation in it. Although
they agreed that participation in the partnership takes a significant time
commitment, they all felt that the value that they gained outweighed the time-commitments. Both EPA
and military representatives agreed that they would like to continue
discussions regarding how they could achieve restoration goals while
saving time and money.
evaluation of information presented, Colorado Department of Public Health
and Environment representatives indicated that they did not have
sufficient resources to participate in a formal partnership. However, they did advise that perhaps they could participate
in an annual workshop. Perhaps
individual restoration site teams could interact informally on an ad hoc
basis to share information and learn from each other.
Network members all agreed that we should plan to hold annual
workshops with the agencies. Restoration
site teams were encouraged to get together informally to share successes
and lessons learned regarding restoration issues.
6. Mr. Blume distributed
the draft Aircraft Operations Pollution Prevention Opportunity Assessment
Report to representatives of facilities where the opportunity assessments
were conducted. He requested
that they review it and provide comments so it can be finalized.
Next, Mr. Blume led a discussion regarding the Network’s Charter,
to learn if Network members were satisfied with the group’s mission and
goals, or do they want to adjust our goals.
Ms. Dean advised that it appeared that members’ level of
commitment and cooperative activity level had waned over the past year or
so, compared to what it was during the first year or so.
She was concerned that, if members did not get re-energized, then
the Network would slowly fail. Several members expressed their opinion that they really got
a lot of value from the Network meetings, formal cooperative projects, and
informal interaction on an ad hoc basis.
Many examples were given regarding how installation representatives
continue interacting with each other cooperatively, and how this
interaction would not take place if the Network did not facilitate the
interaction. They were all
very happy with interactive activities.
However, members recommended that they participate in formal
workgroups on certain specific projects that impact their installations.
The projects follow:
Attendees reviewed the Network Charter in detail and agreed that certain amendments should be made to more clearly reflect the group’s mission and goals.
8. Mr. Blume provided a summary handout of various Colorado bills that are of interest and are pending in the Colorado General Assembly. He highlighted a few of the bills of particular interest.
9. Mr. Rodriguez reported that EPA Region VIII conducted a RCRA inspection at Malmstrom Air Force Base recently. He advised that the installation had been cited for situations involving solvent recycling equipment and operation. Specifically, if the recycling operation is not a closed loop system, be careful not to accumulate spent solvent before it is recycled unless the accumulation container is managed as a satellite accumulation point.
10. The next Colorado Interagency Environmental Network meeting is 6 June 2000, at Peterson Air Force Base. The WREO will provide a meeting announcement in the near future with more details. Thanks to Mr. Sealander for hosting the meeting.
GERALD F. OWENS