Registration and continental breakfast with sponsors
Welcome and Overview
Carolyn Brown, Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Emissions 2020: An Air Emissions Reporting Odyssey
Jarod Gregory, Senior Consultant, Trinity Consultants
The US EPA's E-Enterprise Combined Air Emissions Reporting (CAER) initiative is centered around creating a Common Emissions Form (CEF) for centralized annual emissions inventory, TRI, GHG MRR, and emergency release reporting. This presentation will provide background on common air emissions reporting obligations - the 5 W’s of emissions/release reporting (who, what, when, where and why?) - before exploring future destinations of the emissions reporting odyssey such as timely public access to reported data, EPA supported tools for “peer” benchmarking and identifying highest emitters, and agency cross-checking for consistency across all platforms. Included in this session is a briefing on SLEIS, which is a web-based application for compiling point source emissions inventory data used by an increasing number of state and local jurisdictions and recently adopted by the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District. The final stop will be strategizing for effectively compiling data to support emissions reporting across your organization.
How Does Local Emergency Response Know What You Have at Your Facility? The Importance of Reporting and Plans (Tier II, SPCC, RCRA Contingency)
Karen Thompson, CHMM, P.G., Manager of Environmental Services, Smith Management Group
Penn Edward, Operations Manager Fire Industrial Response Safety Training
Facilities have multiple reports and plans that require coordination with local fire departments, hospitals, and other emergency response organizations. While facilities comply with these mandates, they usually don't know how the local partners use the multiple plans and reports provided to them. This presentation will provide an introduction to how local organizations are using this information and how the facility can provide better data.
“If you don’t tell your story, someone else will”: How to Navigate Publicly Available Submissions for Air Permitting and Reporting
Elisabeth Martin, Consultant, Trinity Consultants
Permit applications/compliance reports required to be submitted to the EPA can now be submitted through the Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI). On May 8, 2020, CEDRI was amended to allow Clean Air Act Part 49, 70, and 71 reports to be submitted by industry users. This includes Title V deviation reports, certifications, monitoring reports, and applications. Previously, Title V facilities only had the option of mailing these applications/reports to EPA Region 4 in addition to submittal to KDAQ through the eForms web-based submissions platform. Although this allows for streamlined submissions to EPA Regional Offices, it also allows for streamlined consolidation/publishing of reports/applications by EPA for public access. This session will review the strategies for optimizing use of the CEDRI upload option as well as provide background on CEDRI and eForms. Best practices for preparing compliance reports/permit applications in the world of enhanced public access will also be highlighted.
Lunch with sponsors
Air Dispersion Modeling – 102 – Changes and How Used by KDAQ
George Schewe, CCM, QEP, Principal Meteorologist, Trinity Consultants
We will focus on details of dispersion modeling in 2020. Rather than a basic modeling presentation, this will focus on more advanced topics showing how modeling is used in PSDs, SIPs, air toxics, litigation, etc. and where it gets tricky. EPA's forward-looking changes to the models and how that will affect using such tools to make air quality assessments will be presented (based on the AERMOD White Papers). How KDAQ uses and interprets the modeling in various air quality contexts will be presented.
PFAS Sampling Guidelines to Prevent Cross-Contamination
Philip Schworer, Attorney, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Jim Occhialini, Vice President, Alpha Analytical
Ben Dressman, Sales Representative, Alpha Analytical
Soon permittees will be called on to provide information on the concentrations of Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) to state permit writers. PFAS analytical procedures can measure at the part per trillion (ppt) level, 1 in a 1,000,000,000,000. The sensitive detection limit makes the prevention of cross-contamination extremely important because a permittee reporting erroneous detections of PFAS runs the risk of unnecessary permit burdens. While erroneous permits can be corrected through an appeals process. It is best to get it right the first time.
Manage Your Stack Testing Program – Before Testing Manages You
Anita Evenson, Senior Consultant, Trinity Consultants
Vince Pinnick, Environmental Engineer, Reynolds Consumer Products
Stack testing is often necessary and can provide valuable data to use in multiple programs. Whether stack testing is required by a permit or being done as an engineering study, the test results may need to be “lived with” for many years. Many factors contribute to a well-managed stack program at your facility. Selection of a reputable stack testing firm that produces regulatory required test plans and final reports. Interaction with operators at your facility to optimize test results and not negatively impact future air permit conditions. Extensive knowledge of your facility’s process and foreseeing operational challenges that impact testing. Response to inquiries from KDEP before, during, and after testing. This presentation will focus on practical steps and guidance to maximize a facility’s monetary and personnel investments in any stack testing program. Bring real-world experiences and questions to this interactive presentation.
Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act
Woo Smith, Environmental Department Manager, Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Anna Skinner, Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
In early 2020, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking titled “Update to the Regulations Implementing the Procedural Provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).” Since implementation of NEPA approximately 50 years ago, CEQ is proposing to comprehensively update its NEPA regulations in order to facilitate more efficient, effective, and speedy reviews by modernizing, simplifying, and clarifying its regulatory requirements. The presentation will focus on how the proposed rule seeks to reduce unnecessary paperwork and delays and to promote better decision-making consistent with NEPA’s statutory requirements across federal agencies nationwide.
23rd Annual Environmental Permitting and Reporting Conference Concludes