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Disaster Debris Management Workshop

May 22, 2008 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


9:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:45 Welcome and Introductions – Jennifer Griffith, NEWMOA & Ernie Waterman, USEPA

10:00 State Roundtable of Disaster Debris Management Plan Status and Outreach to Local Governments

10:45 Connecticut’s Disaster Debris Management Plan Process – Tess Gutowski, CT DEEP

  • lessons learned from developing their plan
  • inter-agency communications
  • staging area determinations
  • Q&A

11:15 Break

11:30 Contracting – Army Corps of Engineers – Tim Gouger, USACE

  • Contaminated Debris Program Manager
  • lessons learned
  • suggestions for states
  • model contracts?
  • Q&A

12:15 Lunch (Included)

1:00 Contractor Perspectives – Cecil Patterson, Phillips and Jordan

  • lessons learned
  • suggestions for states
  • Q&A

1:45 Discussion of Local Government Assistance Needs – Paul McNulty, Westborough, MA; Michael Pattavina, Franklin Regional Countil of Governments (MA); John Phetteplace, Stonington, CT Richard Erickson, Consultant and Former Director of Southeast Council of Governments (CT)

  • What do local governments need to improve their disaster debris planning?
  • How can this assistance be provided and who can provide needed assistance – technical assistance, training, facilitating plan development, etc.
  • What sources of funding are available to support this planning?
  • Additional Q&A

2:30 Break

2:45 Q&A on the FEMA Public Assistance Pilot Program – Elissa Carleton, FEMA Public Assistance Policy Specialist

  • What exactly is the requirement for towns to have pre-approved debris contracts?
  • Do they actually need a contract or do they just need to identify the companies?
  • Some towns have raised concerns about whether they can enter into a purely contingent contract.
  • What happens after the end of 2008? Re-authorization of the Public Assistance Pilot program? If not, it may not be of much relevance now.
  • What will the process be for approval of local plans? How can this be done in as streamlined a way as possible?
  • Additional Q&A

3:15 Next Steps to Developing Quality State Plans and Regional Coordination – Facilitated Brainstorming and Discussion

4:00 Adjourn


May 22, 2008
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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EPA Region 1 Lab
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Chelmsford, MA United States
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