Registration and continental breakfast with sponsors
Welcome and Overview
Carolyn Brown, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Outlook 2020: From Washington and the Trump Administration
Mary S. Walker, Administrator for Southeast Region (Region 4), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
COVID-19: Short-Term and Long-Term Impacts on Environmental Rules and Compliance
Carolyn Brown, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Kate Shanks, Vice President, Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
The panel will discuss the potential short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on environmental programs and enforcement. What challenges are facilities facing in their efforts to meet permit and regulatory requirements? How is the agency responding to its own challenges? How is Kentucky addressing noncompliance situations that arise as a result of the pandemic? What guidance is the federal government providing on these issues to delegated states implementing federal programs?
Concurrent Session One
Sometimes It’s Okay to be Excluded: When a Waste is not Waste and Why You’re Paying Too Much in Disposal Costs
Adam Cook, CHMM, Sr. Environmental Consultant, Shield Environmental Associates, Inc.
When was the last time that you really paid attention to your hazardous waste streams? Maybe you’re feeling a little embarrassed to admit that it’s been a few years. Did you realize that changes in Kentucky’s Hazardous Waste regulations might be an opportunity for major cost reductions for your Environmental program? We’re all busy, and it’s easy to overlook these issues – especially when your primary focus is compliance and safety. In this presentation I will demonstrate real-world examples of solid waste exclusions that may reduce your volume of waste to be counted; lower your generator status; and potentially save your facility thousands of dollars in waste disposal costs and other fees. Then, together we will navigate through the hazards that companies have gone through, and pitfalls to avoid while trying to save money on hazardous waste disposal.
Air Pollution Control 101 – Selecting, Operating and Maintaining Scrubbers, Baghouses and Thermal Oxidizers
Arnie T. Beringer, CHMM, CEECO Equipment
Review of available APC technology by pollutant. Items to consider when selecting APC equipment. Basic theory and operation of Scrubbers, Baghouses and Thermal Oxidizers. Challenges in operating and maintaining APC equipment. Industry case study on relocating a large baghouse and successful start-up.
Lunch with sponsors
Concurrent Session Two
Kentucky’s Brownfield Redevelopment Program – Working with Developers Over the Last Five Years and Look What We Have Accomplished
Bill Johnston, P.G., M.B.A., Principal Geologist, Linebach Funkhouser, Inc.
The first half of the presentation will provide a detailed description on how a potential purchaser can enroll an eligible site into the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program either prior to or following the purchase of the site. This presentation will explain how the process works and the benefits a buyer will receive from a regulatory standpoint. The second half of the presentation will provide cases studies (i.e. before/after) photographs for discussion of 7 to 8 sites that have successfully been enrolled in the Program showing the redevelopment transformation of each site and how they were a benefit to the buyer and the surrounding community.
Permit Appeals: The Nuts, Bolts, Whys and Whats You Need to Know
Robin Thomerson, Partner of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
We will explore why a basic knowledge of the permit appeal process is important, how permit appeals can be helpful to a source and the process for appealing a permit. We will focus on permit appeals in Kentucky but will also address EPA's Environmental Appeals Board and its impact in Kentucky. What you need to know about third party appeals will be covered as well.
Concurrent Session Three
Is This Finally the Answer for Aerosol Cans?
Nicole Galavotti, P.E., Sr. Environmental Engineer, Shield Environmental Associates, Inc.
Scott Gerstner. Environmental Scientist, Kentucky Division of Waste Management
At some point during a hazardous waste inspection your site has likely been cited for a violation for the management of aerosol cans. Is there really an answer now to this struggle? The long-awaited time for EPA to incorporate aerosol cans into the federal universal waste program is upon us, but what does it all mean and how can I take advantage of it? With other state programs already in place and vetted, the transition for facilities and waste vendors as well as KDWM inspectors could be smooth, but what are the challenges? This training will review the universal waste management requirements and program implementation for aerosol cans.
Coal Combustion Residuals: Federal and State Rule Developments
Anna Skinner, Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Matt Huddleston, Ph.D., Natural Resources Program Director, Synterra
We will discuss EPA's November 2019 proposed changes to the Coal Combustion Residuals ("CCR") Rule, originally issued by EPA in 2015 to govern the disposal of CCR. We’ll cover the complicated history of the CCR Rule, which has gone through several court challenges and proposed rulemakings, as well as what issues have not been addressed in the November 2019 proposal and will be covered in future rulemakings. EPA's proposed 2019 rule comes at a time when Kentucky is in the process of amending its CCR disposal regulations. We will discuss the effects the 2019 proposed rule will have on Kentucky's regulatory process and how utilities should be prepared to address CCR disposal given all of these regulatory changes.
“Dark Waters”: An Overview of PFAS Technical and Regulatory Issues
Jennifer Cave, Attorney, Stites & Harbison, PLLC
The feature film, "Dark Waters", highlights the use of polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and the release of these “forever chemicals” into the drinking water supply of a small town in West Virginia. The federal government and several states, including Kentucky, have begun regulating PFAS. In this presentation, you will learn why these chemicals were developed, what they are used for, where they have been identified in the environment, and how they are and could be regulated in the future. This presentation will include a discussion of drinking water and cleanup standards and analytical laboratory limitations associated with these chemicals.
Day One adjourns