OCTOBER 1992   EPA
                                 NEWS FOR, ABOUT, AND BY
EPA Names New

Civil Rights Director

                  On August 10, Dan Rondeau began his
                  appointment as Director of the Agency's
                  Office of Civil Rights. A federal employee
           for 26 years, Dan comes to EPA from the U.S. Public
           Health Service where he served as Deputy Director
           for Equal Employment Opportunity.
             Educated in Detroit's public schools, Dan has
           advanced degrees in Legal Studies and Public
           Administration. He started his career as a Counselor
           Aide to the Mayor's Committee for Human Resource
           Development and later served as Director of
           Community Services and the Youth Development
           Programs for the city of Detroit. In 1971, the U.S.
           Department of Labor recruited Dan into its
           internship program for mid-level managers. Shortly
           thereafter, the Public Health Service selected him for
                                                                 Dan Rondeau and Administrator Bill Reilly

                                                   a social science analyst position in the Health Care
                                                   Services Division. Having volunteered his services as
                                                   an EEO Counselor, Dan accepted a detail as the
                                                   acting director of the Office of EEO and Civil Rights
                                                   for PHS. The detail led to a permanent position—
                                                   Deputy Director for EEO—which Dan held for
                                                   almost nine years.
                                                                               Continued on page 6
                   Agency Issues New Rules For
                   Controlling Air Pollution Oflshore
                   by Tom Kiernan, Deputy AA for OAR

                       PA has issued its first regulations
                       to control air pollution from
                       offshore sources on the Outer
         Continental Shelf (OCS). The regulations were
         issued on August 24 under the Clean Air Act of 1990,
                        On the Hill	5
                        In the News	5
Heads Up	2   On the Move	6
HR Update	3   People and Progress ..7
R&D Awards	4   Calendar	8
which transferred authority from the Department of
Interior to EPA for these sources. Areas affected are
states along the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic coasts, as
well as the Gulf Coast of Florida.
  Under the new rule, areas located within 25 miles
of states' seaward boundaries will be subject to the
same requirements that would be applicable if the
source were located in the corresponding onshore
areas. If EPA finds a state's regulations to be
adequate, it will delegate to that state implementation
and enforcement authority for OCS regulations at
the state's request. Sources located beyond the 25-
mile limit will be subject only to federal

                           Continued on page 6
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\ieade  Up
            S Air and Energy Engineering Lab, RTF—Since
            Hurricane Andrew left many families in Southern
            Florida and Louisiana homeless and without food or
            supplies, Susan Sharpe organized a response effort
            from AEERL. Employees bought and collected
            canned goods, bottled water, pet food, diapers, and
            other necessities, which were delivered within a few
            days to hurricane victims. (Contact: Pat Sharpe,

            / Environmental Research Lab, Athens, GA — The
            Institute of Meteorology and Water Management in
            Warsaw, Poland recently honored Dr. Rosemarie
            Russo, F.RL-A Director, for helping to develop water
            quality modeling systems for Poland. Dr. Russo was
            also commended for acquiring training in water
            quality for researchers at the Institute. (Contact: Bob
            Ryans, 706-546-3306.)

            / Environmental Research Lab, Corvallis, OR — For
            the first time, ERL-C has entered into a cooperative
            agreement with a state university to stimulate minor-
            ity student interest in environmental careers.
            Alex Onate, a biology major from California State
            University, Los Angeles, is working on forest ozone
            research for ERL-C. Through this agreement, Alex
            and other students can work on environmental
            problems throughout the year—on campus during
            the academic year and at ERL-C during the summer.
            (Contact: Grady Neely, 503-754-4684.)

            EPA REGIONS
            / Region 1 — This region's Green Lights Program
            now has 54 participants, including 24 corporations
            and universities, three government partners, 12
            lighting product manufacturers, five lighting
            management companies, six utility allies, and four
            endorsers. Alore than 160 million square footage is
            involved, and the projected savings in energy are over
            700  million k\\h and $70 million. The program is
            expected to reduce the discharge of air pollutants by
            480,000 metric tons annualli' for New Fngland
            participants. (Contact: Norm Willard, 617-565-3243.)

            / Region 8— On September 30, Region 8 launched a
            successful, multi-agency effort to open a child care
            center for federal employees in downtown Denver.
            The center will accommodate 105 children ages six
            weeks to five years and will provide energy-efficient
            lighting and recycling projects. Region 8 plans to
                                               Lou Ella Hams
involve local senior citizens in the care and nurturing
of the children. (Contact: Linda Adams, 303-293-

/ Region 4 — Lou Ella Harris,
an auditor in the Office of
Inspector General's Southern
Audit Division in Atlanta, GA,
was recently selected for OIG's
Gary Chin Award. This award is
given annually to the OIG
employee who best typifies the
personal work qualities—
dedication and perseverance—of Gary Chin,
an OIG employee who died in 1990 at age 33.
(Contact: Tom Maloney, OIG, 202-260-2234.)

/ Region 9 — Since the early 1980's, this region has
trained thousands of FPA, federal, and state
employees on  the Agency's risk assessment and risk
management processes. Because of its success in this
effort, Region 9 was selected by the EPA Risk
Training Committee to produce a training manual on
risk and decision-making. Using Total Quality
principles,  Region 9 completed the manual last July,
distributed copies to all regional and program offices,
and saved about $100,000 in contract funds. (Contact:
Gerry Hiatt, 415-744-1022.)

/ Office of Regional Operations and State/Local Relations
— On September 10, Deputy Administrator Hank
Habicht welcomed about 80 representatives from
small communities, state and local governments,
environmental organizations, and public interest
groups from across the country. The purpose of this
pathbreaking effort is to help EPA define the
problems local governments have in implementing
EPA regulations. The next meeting is set for October
H-9. (Contact: Jim  Bower, 202-260-0246.)

/  Office of Administration and Resources Management
— The Procurement and Contracts
Management Division (which may be called the
Office of Acquisition Management by the time you
read this) is having its annual Procurement Training
Conference in Chicago this year. Please mark your
calendar for November  18-20. (Contact: Jane
Rasberry, 202-260-6033.)
                                                                                   ERIInSight • October 1992

     Human   Resources  Update
October is National Disability
Employment Awareness Month
   In 1988, the U.S. Congress passed a Joint
   Resolution declaring die month of October as
   National Disability Employment Awareness
Month. In 1990, Congress passed the Americans
with Disabilities Act, a landmark bill drat secures
the rights of persons with disabilities. Relevant laws
still in effect are the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,
which authorises programs to promote and expand
employment opportunities for disabled individuals,
and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment
Assistance Act of 1974, which promotes the
employment of veterans with emphasis on
disabled and Vietnam Era Veterans in the
federal government.
  The national theme for NDEA Month this      Camlyn Johnson
year is "Working Together for Change."
EPA is observing this event throughout the Agency
with special programs and activities.
  For more information, please contact your local
Disabled Employment Program Manager or Carolyn
Johnson, National Employment and Special
Programs Manager, OI1RM, 202-260-3305.
              Forging Ahead—
              FWP Sets Goals for Women in EPA
              by Barbara Gary, Federal Women's Program Manager, OCR
                  Recently in Cincinnati,
                  Federal Women's Program
              Managers from around the
Agency got together for their annual training.
Marylouise Uhlig, Director of Program Operations
and Management for OPPTS and Chair of EPA's
Awards Board, highlighted the event with her advice
on how women in KPA should prepare themselves for
managerial and executive positions.
   Following me training session, die National FWP
Council installed the following officers:
/  Chair—Marcia Colvin, Region 10
/  Vice-Chair—Annette Hill, Region 4

   Below are die goals the FWP Council adopted for
the forthcoming year:
/ To assess the current state of and recommend
  actions to enhance career advancement
  opportunities for women in EPA
S To clarify the purpose of the FWP and the role
  of FWP Managers, including the representation of
  women of color working in the FWP, Secretary
  Advisory Councils, and Women in Science and
  Engineering—both locally and nationally
V To develop  a position paper addressing family
  issues in EPA
KP. I InSight • October 1992
  In cooperation widi the Hispanic Employment
  and Black Employment Program Alanagers, to
  seek increased resources for all special emphasis
  programs Agencywide.
  Notional Hispanic Heritage Month

     From September 15 through October
     15, EPA, along with other federal
  departments and agencies, is observing
  National Hispanic Heritage Month.
    This year is a particularly noteworthy
  one as the Nation will be celebrating the
  500th anniversary of Columbus's
  discovery of the New World on October
  12. In fact, die theme for National
  Hispanic Heritage Month is "Five Hundred Years of Hispanic
  Heritage, 1492-1992: Contributing to America's Progress."
    A series of programs and activities is already underway
  throughout me Agency, and employees are encouraged to
  participate in them. For more information about these events,
  please contact your local Hispanic Employment Program
  Manager or Mercedes Olivieri, EPA's new National Hispanic
  Program Manager, OCR, 202-260-4569.
Mercedes Olivieri

R&D Awarde
51  ORD Employees Honored for Research Work
Fred Blosser,
      Iegun in 1980, the Scientific and
      Technological Achievement Awards
      Program is sponsored by the Office of
Research and Development with evaluation support
from the Science Advisory Board. ORD confers
awards each year for achievements in the following-
areas: control systems and technology: ecology;
health effects; monitoring and measuring
methods; transport and fate; and review articles.
For 1991, a total of 51 ORD employees received
STAA Awards under three levels of achievement:
Level I ($5,000)
Eric Clegg, ORD HQ (OHFA)
Ray Lassiter, ERL-Athens, GA
Luis Suarez, ERL-Athens, GA
Mahlon Barber, ERL-Athens, GA
Level II ($2,500)
Lawrence Burkhard, ERL-Duluth, MN
Neil Chernoff, HERL-RTP, NC
Robert Clark, RREL-Cmcinnati, OH
Earl Davey, ERL-Narragansett, Rl
Elizabeth Durban, ERL-Duluth, MN
Russell Erickson, ERL-Duluth, MN
Robert Kavlock, HERL-RTP, XC:
  RREL Innovation Wins Major Award
  For Hazardous Waste Treatment Process

      EPA recently received an R&D 100 Award for an
      innovative process pioneered by the Office of Research
  Development's Risk Reduction Engineering Laboratory in
  Cincinnati. The sponsor of this award is R&D Magazine,
  which cited the base catalyzed decomposition process for
  treating hazardous waste as "one of the 100 most significant
  R&D products in 1992."
     BCD offers an efficient, cost-effective way of removing
  polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other toxic compounds
  from contaminated soil. RREL chemists Charles Rogers,
  Alfred Kornel, and Harold Sparks hold the patent for this
     EPA shares the award with the U.S. Department of Energy's
  Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory, the Naval Civil
  Engineering Laboratory, and the Battelle Memorial Institute in
  Columbus, OH. EPA's partner agencies in this effort helped to
  develop the process through pilot and full-scale demonstrations.
     The R&D 100 Award was presented on September 24 at a
  ceremony at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
Neal Lackie, ERL-Narragansett, RI
James McKim III, ERL-Duluth, MN
George Morrison, ERL-Narragansett, Rl
Kenneth Perez, ERL-Narragansett, RI
John M. Rogers, HERL-RTP, NC
Leslie Sparks, AEERL-RTP, NC
Mark Stanton, HERL-RTP, NC
Bruce Tichenor, AEERL-RTP, NC

Level III ($1,000)
Barbara Abbott, HERL-RTP, NC
Jeffrey Adams, RREL-Cmcinnati, OH
Gerald Ankley, ERL-Duluth, MN
Linda Birnbaum, HERL-RTP. NC
Frank Black, AREAL-RTP, NC
Philip Bushnell, HERL-RTP, NC
Neil Chernoff, HERL-RTP, NC
Robert  Clark, RREL-Cincmnati, OH
Faith Cole, ERL-Narragansett, Rl (Newport, OR Branch)
Timothy Collette, ERL-Athens, GA
Audrey Cummiiigs, HERL-RTP, NC
Elizabeth Durban, ERL-Duluth, VIN
Steven Ferraro, ERL-Narragansett, Rl
   (Newport, OR Branch)
Gary Glass, ERL-Duluth, MN
Stephen Hutchins, ERL-Ada, OK
Albert Klee, RREL-Cincinnaa, OH
Paul Lemieux, AEERL-RTP, NC
Ronnie Levin, ORD HQ (OTTRS)
Charles Lewis, .VREAL-RTP, NC
William Linak, MT.RL-RTP, NC
John Meier, EMSL-Cincinnati, OH
Diane Miller, HERL-RTP, NC
Teresa  Norberg-King, ERL-Duluth, MN
James O'Callaghan, HERL-RTP, NC
Stephanie Padilla. HERL-RTP, NC
Sally Darney, HERL-RTP, NC
John E. Rogers. ERL-Athens, GA
John M. Rogers, 1IERL-RTP, NC
Kathleen Schenck, RREL-Cincinnati, OH
Guy Sewell, ERL-Ada, OK
Gannon Smith. FRL-Ada, OK
Robert Stevens, AREAL-RTP, NC
Thomas Ward, HERL-RTP, NC
Roy Zweidinger, AREAL-RTP, NC
AEERL-Air and Energy Engineering Research Lah
AREAL-Atmospheric Research and Exposure Assessment Lah
EMSL-Environmental Monitoring Systems Lah
ERL-Environmental Research Lab
HERL-Health Effects Research Lab
OLIEA-Office of Health and Environmental Assessment
OTTRS-Office of FechnologyTransferand Regulatory Support
RREL-Risk Reduction Engineering Lab
RTF-Research Triangle Park
                                                                             EPA InSight • October 1992

                                                             On  the  Hill
                    by Robin Grove, OCLA

                    During the week of
                    September 14, EPA
                    Administrator Bill Reilly
                    testified on the North
                    American Free Trade
                    Agreement before the
                    Senate Finance
	  Subcommittee on
                    International Trade and
the House Ways and Means Committee. The
Administrator also testified before the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee that week on the
U.K. Global Climate Change Treat}'.
   Senator Daniel Moynihan (D-NTY) has been
confirmed by the Senate as the new Chairman of the
Environment and Public Works Committee,
replacing the late Quentin Burdick (D-ND).
Representative Gerry Studds (D-M-V) has been
named the new Chairman of the House Merchant
Marine and Fisheries Committee, replacing the
late Walter Jones (D-NC).
  With the defeat of two current I louse members in
primary elections on Tuesday, September 15, a total of
19 incumbents have now lost primary battles,
surpassing the post-World War II record of 18 in 1946.

"Mixture and Derived From" Rule
Senate-()n Thursday, October 1, Don Clay,
Assistant Admimstator for OSWER, is scheduled to
testify before the Senate Environment and Public
Works Subcommittee on Environmental
Protection (Chairman Max Baucus, D-MT).

  The Senate u-ill adjourn for the year on Saturday,
October 3; the House of Representatives on Monday,
October 5.
                                                         In  the  News
EPA Joins With National Geographic Society
To Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Clean Water Act
      For the sixth consecutive year, Congress has
      proclaimed "National Geography Awareness
      Week." This year, the event will be observed
November 15-21. The theme for this event is
Reflections on Water. Because we are celebrating the
2()th anniversary of the Clean Water Act this year, and
since Congress has proclaimed 1992 as the "Year of
Clean Water," EPA is lumping on the geography
bandwagon. For example, the Office of Water, the
()ffice of Research and Development, and the
Environmental Education Division, OCEPA, are
encouraging EPA employees to reach out and teach
someone during Geography Awareness Week. We have
also put together packets of information for EPA
employees who choose to participate in this event.
  What else have we clone? We helped the National
Geographic Society develop a "Teacher's Handbook"
on geography. This handbook was recently
distributed to more than 150,000 educators and
                         *  1 9 9  2  if
                         THE YEAR OF
                         CLEAN WATER
20,000 policy-makers
Nationwide. E\ en the Peace
Corps is getting into the act.
The Peace Corps, the NGS,
and F,PA recently sent a joint
invitation to 50,000
returned Peace Corps
volunteers, asking them to
visit their community schools
to talk about their overseas
experiences.           f
  These outreach efforts can
really pay off. The NGS       mmmmm^mm
estimates that, last year alone,
more than 75 million people learned about
Geography Awareness Week through the print and
broadcast media.
  For more information, please contact Mary Lou
Soscia, OW, 202-260-5410.
EPA InSight • October 1992

On  the  Move...
by Doris McCurdy, OHRM
                    This new feature identifies people recently
                    appointed to top management positions.
                    In future editions, EPA InSight will also
            highlight people selected for GS/GM positions that
            are one-of-a-kind or hard-to-fill or who've been
            appointed to leadership positions on Agencywide
            standing committees/ad hoc groups.

            OW -Jon Cannon - Director, Gulf of Mexico
            Program Office, Bay St. Louis, MS. Before joining a
            local law firm, Jon was DAA for OSWER, DAA for
            Enforcement (C Jvil), and Deputy General Counsel
            for Litigation and Regional Operations.

            OR - Gordon Davidson - Director, Office of
            Federal Facilities Enforcement.
            OE - Pat Alberico, certified SES candidate - Deputy
            Director, Office of Compliance Analysis and
            Program Operations.
            OIG - Michael Fitzsimmons - Deputy Assistant
            Inspector General for Investigations.
            Environmental Appeals Board - Nancy Firestone -
            Environmental Appeals Judge.

            AO - Tracy Mehan - Associate Deputy
            Administrator to Deputy Administrator Hank
            Habicht. Tracy was Director of the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources and has served on
several interstate commissions dealing with the
Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and Low-Level
Radioactive Waste.
OPPE - Dennis Tirpak - Senior Program Advisor
for Global Climate Change.
OAR - Stephen Page, certified SES candidate -
Director, Radon Division, Office of Air and
OPPTS - Susan Hazen - Director, Environmental
Assistance Division, Office of Pollution Prevention
and Toxics.
OARM - Sandra Martin - Director, Administrative
Systems Division, Office of Information and
Resources Management.

|   Editor's Note: OCEPA- Lew Crampton-
   Vice President for Corporate and Public
   Affairs, Waste Management, Inc., Oak Brook,
   IL. Associate Administrator for OCEPA since
   1988, Lew was instrumental in getting funding
   and support for EPA InSight.
   Thank you, Lew, and Bon Voyage\
            Civil Rights Director
            Continued from page 1
              As OCR Director, Dan plans to emphasize
            training and education as key tools in
            accomplishing the Office's mission, particularly
            courses in affirmative employment, the new EEC)
            complaints procedures, and preventing sexual
            harassment. Dan also plans to work closely with the
            Agency's Special Emphasis Programs to ensure their
            activities are tied to the Agency's Affirmative
            Employment Program. Within the next few months,
            Dan plans to set up an advisory group of
            representatives from all of EPA's ethnic and gender-
            based committees, boards, and groups to advise him
            on issues involving civil rights and equal opportunity.
            The new OCR Director said recently that his vision is
            to "ensure that EPA is a place where all employees
            and applicants are treated fairly and that the public
            views us that way,  too."
Offshore Air Pollution
Continued from page 1
   The OCS rules apply to any source of offshore air
pollution in any industry authorized or regulated
under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. At this
time the only sources are in the oil and natural gas
industry adjacent to California and Alaska.
   Activities covered by die OCS rules include
exploration, construction, development,
production, processing, and transportation,
mainly of platforms and drill ships.
   New OCS sources must comply with the rules
immediately. Existing sources have two years to
comply. The final rule was published in the Federal
Register on September 4.
   For more information, please contact Alison Bird,
Region 9, 415-744-1232.
                                                                                 EPA InSight • October 1992

                                People  and
"Handicapped" — The

Most Misunderstood Word

by Michael Oubowe, Environmental Criteria and Assessment
Office, EPA-Cincmnati
I   remember an incident in college that had a
   profound effect on me. My chemistry professor
   was showing me a chemical reaction taking place
in a test tube. He was pointing at the tube and talking
to me at the same time. Since I am deaf in both ears,
I've learned to read lips, but sometimes it's not always
possible. I kept looking back and forth between the
professor and the test tube, which made me lose track
of what he was saying. I had to ask him several times
to repeat himself. As a result the professor labeled me
as "dumb." I never forgot it.
  As an industrial hygienist in lr,CA.O/KPA-
Cincinnati, my job is to evaluate human health risk
from chemical exposures. 1 wear a hearing aid to
amplify speech sounds and detect noises around me.
People assume that I can hear perfectly when I wear
an aid, but that is not true. The environmental
sounds, or background noise, often make it
impossible to hear what someone is saying. That is
\\ hy it is necessary for me to read lips. When I
communicate by phone, I use special equipment
called the Telecommunications Device for the
Deaf (TDD). TDD allows me to send a typed
message to another caller v\ith a similar device.
  In a way, almost everyone is "handicapped." Some-
people are nearsighted or have flat feet, so they wear
glasses or special shoes to correct the problem. But
being handicapped doesn't mean we're unable to
perform a task or lead a normal life. It is more often a
daily inconvenience to which you can adjust.
  At F.PA, I  reallv feel that people accept me tor v\ho
1 am and what I am capable of contributing to the
TQM Team Gives

"Top Treatment" to

Pretreatment Permits

by Lee Bohme, Permits Pretreatment Coordinator,
Water Division, Region 6
    In January 1W2, Region 6 formed a Quality
    Action Team to look at the process for reviewing
    and approving modifications to municipal
pretreatment permit programs. The purpose of a
pretreatment permit program is to prevent untreated
discharges of pollutants from industries into city waste
water treatment facilities. Approximate!) 123 munici-
palities in Region 6 have pretreatment programs.
  From the customers' point of view, it took too
long to get modification approvals incorporated into
their permits. So the team collected information on
permit language requirements; level of detail used for
reviewing city proposals for program changes; the
number of letters sent to permittees to get additional
information; and the timeframes used for requesting
and receiving information from permittees.
  After analyzing the data collected, the team found
several ways to streamline the permit process. For
example, they developed a checklist that their
customers could use to ensure their modification
requests were complete before submitting them to
Region 6 for approval. Incomplete or incorrect
requests are now promptly returned to the
customers for appropriate followup. Also,
municipalities can now certify that local limits were
developed in accordance with EPA guidance.
  We're proud  to report that, by using Total Quality
principles, Region 6 has shortened the process time
from as much as three years to six months. These
improvements have also freed up more time for us to
focus on the actual environmental impacts of
pretreatment activities.
    Quality Quote

    "Tell me and I will forget;
    Show me and I may remember;
    Involve me and I will understand."
                             —Chinese Proverb
EPA JnSight • October 1992

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Prevention Week
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time ends

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Federal Holiday
Columbus Day
• Get 6-7 DAAs/E
Meeting on Quality

• Oct 19-22 2nd Annual Conf on
Emission Inventory (Contact Larry
Jones, RTP/AEERL, 919-541-7716)
Erie Canal opened,

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Get 25-31 \ational
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EPA InSigbr
Kditonal Board
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Advisory Board .Meeting (Contact Ann
Watt, OARM, 202-260-8874)

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• Oct 16
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Ban Act

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 Fire Prevention Week: October 4-10

 Basic Rules for Evacuating the Building
 by Howard Wilson, Safety, Health & Environmental Mgmt Oiv, OARM

      One of the most important elements of a fire prevention program
      is an emergency evacuation program. Below are some basic
 rules to follow in the event of smoke or fire: