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Webinar: What's New In New Source Review for 2018?
The New Source Review (NSR) air permit process is required for companies to install new or modified equipment, or expand operations, with significant air emission increases. As we enter 2018, the US financial markets continue to go up, a new tax plan encourages corporations to spend money in the US, and the country is starting to settle into the new EPA regime under Trump.
Has your company been looking at a big capital project and wondering if this is the year to move ahead? What are the opportunities and risks for going through the NSR air permit process in 2018? This webinar will provide updates you will need in to complete the New Source Review air permit process for your operations. The webinar will include:
About the Instructor:
James A. Westbrook is the President of BlueScape Environmental. Mr. Westbrook advises and leads large corporations through the New Source Review air permitting process, with a focus on maximizing business opportunities, and lowering operational constraints and regulatory compliance risk. He and his technical team at BlueScape specialize in calculating air emission increases, completing BACT and air quality modeling review, and negotiating/structuring final NSR air permit conditions. Mr. Westbrook has managed or completed more than 100 New Source Review projects for petroleum refineries, power plants, oil and gas processing plants, solid waste landfills, high tech electronics facilities, data centers, building material manufacturers, coating manufacturers, water facilities, aerospace companies and many others. He has worked closely with state agency and EPA staff for projects located throughout the US, from Georgia and Massachusetts to Washington and California. Mr. Westbrook holds a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from UCLA, and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University.
Webinar: The New Bay Area AQMD Air Toxics Risk Reduction Rule 11-18
On November 15, 2017, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) adopted a new rule, designed to reduce air toxic emissions from facilities located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rule 11-18 will provide an updated process to implement the California AB2588 Air Toxics “Hot Spots” Program in the Bay Area. According to the BAAQMD Staff Report, hundreds of facilities, including refineries, data centers, cement manufacturers, chemical plants, crematoria, landfills, foundries, sewage treatments plants, power plants, gas stations and other manufacturing plants could potentially be impacted by the rule.
If your facility emits air toxics, what will be the impact of proposed Rule 11-18 on your operations? If your facility is initially designated by BAAQMD as “high risk,” the BAAQMD will complete a detailed health risk assessment (HRA) on your facility’s behalf. If maximum health risks exceed the Risk Action Level of 10 in one million cancer risk, or a noncancer chronic or acute hazard index of 1.0, the BAAQMD will require your facility to complete a Risk Reduction Plan and reduce health risk impacts. The BAAQMD has estimated that 477 facilities will require risk reduction. Risk reduction could mean installation of expensive emission controls, constraints on operational hours or production, or require other techniques that could impact your facility operations.
This webinar will provide you with helpful information you can use to understand the potential impacts from BAAQMD Rule 11-18, and to prepare for compliance. The webinar will include discussion of:
About the Instructors:
Keith Casto is a Partner with Cooper White & Cooper, LLP. His practice focuses on energy and environmental regulatory and transactional consultation, environmental and toxic tort litigation, white-collar environmental criminal defense, electronic data and cybersecurity. His energy and environmental law expertise stems from his 10 years of practice at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the Atlanta Regional Office and over 25 years in private practice in Northern California and Atlanta, Georgia. He is an expert in conventional and renewable energy projects, greenhouse gas emissions credit trading, green technology financing and renewable energy project development, and is an international speaker on these issues. Mr. Casto has been included in the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.
James A. Westbrook is the President of BlueScape Environmental. Since 1987, Mr. Westbrook has managed or completed more than 50 AB2588 ATIR and HRA projects for California petroleum refineries, rock and gravel facilities, power plants, foundries, building material manufacturers, coating manufacturers, aerospace companies and many others. He has worked closely with BAAQMD staff to complete and refine numerous emission inventories and HRAs under District air permitting and AB2588 regulations. Mr. Westbrook is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist, and holds a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from UCLA and M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University.
Webinar: Pressure on Metal Facilities is Heating Up!
You may have heard about metal processing facilities such as Exide in Vernon. Or Anaplex in Paramount. Or Lubeco in Long Beach. Fast-forward to 2017, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has made findings of elevated and significant airborne levels of hexavalent chromium (CrVI) in Paramount and Compton. The findings were made by extensive ambient fenceline and community monitoring near metal processing facilities.
Now, some metal processing facilities in the LA area are undergoing Order for Abatement actions to protect public health by SCAQMD, by controlling emissions and odors, and even by shutting down operations, at high capital cost. State and local rules are changing, to accelerate the allowed enforcement use of fenceline monitoring and expedited Orders for Abatement, and to codify stringent CrVI, lead, arsenic, cadmium and nickel air emission controls.
The City of Los Angeles just announced that 21,000 metal processing sites will be prioritized for investigation for possible public health impacts from CrVI sources. These developments have implications in LA, California and beyond.
This webinar will discuss:
This webinare provides an update on the Air Toxics Initiative that will help you prepare to respond to the challenges facing your metal processing facility.
About the instructors:
Michael J. Stewart, PE, is a Chemical Engineer and Project Manager at BlueScape Environmental. He has led work related to regulatory review, air toxics emissions, air dispersion modeling, and health risk assessments for projects subject to SCAQMD Rules 1401, 1420, 1420.2, etc. He has completed projects for a variety of industries, including aerospace, foundries, petroleum refineries, chemical manufacturers, landfills, data centers and various resident and commercial developments.
James A. Westbrook, CPP is the President of BlueScape Environmental, with 30 years of experience in air quality compliance and permitting. He is currently working with several facilities impacted by the Air Toxics Initiative in the LA area, and also has worked extensively on air toxic emission issues with petroleum refineries, power plants, manufacturing plants, landfills, and ports in the region. Mr. Westbrook is a SCAQMD Certified Permitting Professional. He formerly worked for Ramboll ENVIRON and Kleinfelder.
Webinar: How to Create a CEQA Air Quality Impact Analysis for Development Projects
Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for projects ranging from ports to apartments, developers completing an Environmental Impact Report must address air emission impacts by creating an Air Quality Impact Analysis. Future air emissions from construction and operations must be estimated, impacts on local and regional air quality determined, and project mitigation and monitoring provided as needed for significant impacts.
The CEQA Air Quality Impact Analysis creation process requires special technical tools and development of many assumptions about construction equipment use, future traffic patterns and energy use. A project developer can struggle with where to begin. Even before starting the process, it is important to understand the perspective of the lead agency, commenting agencies, and public stakeholders. What will happen with your Air Quality Impact Analysis once it becomes public? Once public, experts in the field will have the opportunity to scrutinize and comment, in ways that can directly impact project design and development. Thus, the goal is to create an Air Quality Impact Analysis that is conservative, technically defensible and approvable, but that also aligns with the primary project design objectives.
If you are a project developer, attorney, consultant, or agency reviewer, you will benefit from attending this webinar. The webinar will discuss strategies and steps to complete a CEQA Air Quality Impact Analysis and work with agencies and the public toward project approval. You will learn about:
Webinar: New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements:
On August 30, 2016, the California Office of Administrative Law approved amendments to the Proposition (“Prop”) 65 regulation Article 6, “Clear and Reasonable Warnings.” The changes were implemented to give the public greater clarification on exposures, and to reduce “over-warning.”
While there is a two-year compliance phase-in period until August 30, 2018, this coming year is the time to review your Prop 65 compliance procedures. Whether for environmental or consumer product exposures, your business will need to decide whether to develop and provide new or revised Prop 65 warnings to the public, or otherwise, and to decide how and when to properly implement the new language.
This webinar will provide an overview of the Prop 65 regulations, and give you recommendations for implementing the new warning requirements:
About the instructors:
Mr. Charles Pomeroy is a Partner with Dentons. He practices environmental regulatory compliance, transactional counseling and administrative law, with particular emphasis on California's unique regulatory systems. He has been involved with counseling and litigation matters concerning Prop 65 since it’s inception in 1986.
Mr. James A. Westbrook is the President of BlueScape Environmental. He has led several Prop 65 compliance audits including review of environmental exposures to industrial workers and off-site communities, and also consumer product exposures. He specializes in constructing off-site exposure assessments for Prop 65 compounds designed to make a determination on Prop 65 warning requirements.
Mr. Robert Kuykendall, CHMM, is a Principal Consultant for BlueScape Environmental with over 40 years of experience. He specializes in environmental and occupational and safety services to the public and private sector. His extensive experience includes Prop 65 compliance, air and water quality, indoor toxics exposure assessment, hazardous materials and hazardous waste management, and asbestos and lead risk assessments.
Webinar: Revised Rule 1402 for Air Toxics: Will You be Required to Take Action?
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Board passed proposed amendments to Rule 1402, Control of Toxic Air Contaminants from Existing Sources, on October 7, 2016. Rule 1402 implements elements of the California AB2588 Air Toxic Hot Spots Program, and has been revised for changes in State Health Risk Assessment Guidelines.
Webinar:Update to ISO 14001:2015
Companies have certified their facilities to the ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management System (EMS) for various reasons. The most common reasons are that customers require it for contracts, or as a corporate operational objective. Facilities can also be “pulled into” ISO 14001 certification requirements when acquired, or as part of an enforcement action by a regulatory agency.
Take note, the update to ISO 14001:2015 will be required before September 2018. This may sound like plenty of time, but the update is likely to take companies significant resources and time to complete. Companies with contracts that require the ISO 14001:2015 certification need to plan far ahead for this update and not get behind – or risk losing valuable customer contracts!
This webinar will give you a roadmap to start and complete the ISO 14001: 2015 update. Topics will include:
The presenter for this webinar, Dr. Christina Schwerdtfeger with Coto Consulting, is a certified lead ISO 14001 auditor with 30 years’ experience. She has conducted hundreds of certification audits for Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Schwerdtfeger provides consulting services to customers who need help with their EMS. She recently guided the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority (LA Metro) toward upgrading their EMS to achieve the ISO 14001:2015 certification.
BlueScape and Dr. Schwerdtfeger are working closely to assist clients to initiate and perform the detailed work necessary to complete the update to ISO 14001:2015.
Webinar: CA Industrial Storm Water Compliance, the Cascade is Coming!
On July 1, 2015, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) introduced a New Industrial Storm Water General Permit (commonly referred to as the IGP) regulating facilities across 10 broad categories. To date, the program has required industrial sites that already had storm water plans, and many new sites, to either provide the State or Regional Water Quality Boards with a No Exposure Certification (NEC), Notice of Non-Applicability (NONA), or file a Notice of Intent (NOI) electronically under the Storm Water Multi Application and Report Tracking System (SMARTS).
Now in 2016 after a year of monitoring, many facilities who are covered under the IGP and exceeded numerical action levels (NALs) for certain pollutants carried in the storm water are now Level 1 facilities that have to conduct Level 1 Exceedance Response Action (ERA) Evaluations and Reports. A cascade of storm water monitoring results that are coming in indicates that one in three facilities is likely under this category. The Water Boards are beginning to reach out with letters to regulated facilities informing them about their Level 1 status and the need to complete the Level 1 ERA Evaluations by October 1. BlueScape expects hundreds of companies to be hustling and working with Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioners (QISPs) to meet the October 1 deadline.
This webinar will give you a brief update on the California Industrial Storm Water General Permit requirements, and how to properly prepare for the Level 1 ERA evaluations and report submittals. Topics will include:
Current California Industrial Storm Water Permit program requirements
Level 1 and Level 2 ERA assessments
The presenters for this webinar have extensive regulatory and technical experience with SWPPP development and storm water compliance:
Mr. Robert Kuykendall, CHMM, is a Principal Consultant for BlueScape Environmental with over 40 years of experience. He specializes in environmental and occupational and safety services to the public and private sector. His extensive experience includes environmental compliance, air and water quality, hazardous materials and hazardous waste management, and asbestos and lead risk assessments. He has led storm water, and sewer industrial water discharge compliance evaluations for facilities in the chemical, industrial gas, food industry, oil & gas production, water and wastewater treatment, cold storage and construction sites.
Mr. Hari Gupta, PE, QISP is a Principal Civil Engineer at BlueScape with over 24 years of experience with regulatory environmental compliance and regulatory reporting including air quality, storm water, wastewater, and hazardous waste, hazardous material surveys, and soil and groundwater remediation system design, risk assessment, vapor intrusion studies, air permitting for governmental and private clients. Mr. Gupta is certified as Qualified Industrial Storm Water Practitioner (QISP) by the California Stormwater Quality Association.
Facility operators have the challenging task to manage their operations to stay in compliance with air permit and regulation compliance requirements. Failure to maintain an effective air permit and compliance program can lead to agency violations and fines or lost business.
This webinar provided training on what facility operators need to know to stay on top of air regulation requirements, and work with agencies:
1. Summary of state and local US air quality reguations and air permit programs.
The goal of this webinar is to help facility operators and corporate managers to understand the basics about air regulations and permits, and better manage permit and compliance requirements.
This course included how to conduct air toxics health risk assessments (HRAs) in California following the latest state Guidelines: develop project information, complete air emissions calculations and air dispersion modeling, perform cancer and non-cancer risk calculations, and submit an approvable HRA to the reviewing agency. The course taught basic HRA techniques using a spreadsheet template.
This course was for:
Instruction will be provided using reading materials, live and interactive Q&A, recorded presentations, and quizzes. Each person must complete a final quiz to receive a Certificate of Completion. Results are 100% guaranteed with your money back if you are not satisfied.
This course, HRA1, is now available on-demand. Click here to purchase.
The changes to the HRA Guidance Manual are expected to have wide-ranging impacts for environmental review in California. For example, permits required under air district regulations may become more difficult to obtain. CEQA review for health risk impacts may face increased scrutiny. Permitting delays will also be possible due to increased agency HRA review backlog.
The topics for the complimentary webinar included:
This webinar is for:
2/10/2015, 9AM PST
This webinar was presented by James A Westbrook, President of BlueScape Environmental. He specializes in developing strategic, cost-effective permitting and compliance strategies designed to achieve client business goals. In the past 25 years, he has managed or completed more than 100 projects for industrial clients nationally, including refineries, oil & gas operations, power plants, chemical plants, solid waste landfills, hospitals, LNG facilities, port operations, glass & beverage can manufacturing, building materials manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing, battery plants, aerospace companies, and electronic manufacturing.
Air districts, planning agencies and other approval bodies are expected to adopt the guidance within the next few months, as early as November 2014. The changes are expected to have wide-ranging impacts for environmental review. For example, permits required under air district regulations may become more difficult to obtain. CEQA review for health risk impacts may face increased scrutiny. Permitting delays will also be possible due to increased agency HRA review backlog.
This webinar will help you to understand the potential business impacts of the HRA guidance and what decisions you should be making now. The topics will include:
- Brief technical description of what is changing in the updated guidance
- How the changes will be applied in the 70-year residential cancer risk calculation methodologies
- Potential impacts for four regulatory programs, New Source Review permits, CEQA, AB2588 Hot Spots Regulation, and Proposition 65
- What you should be doing to plan for these HRA guidance changes
The presenters for this webinar have extensive legal and technical experience:
James A. Westbrook, President, BlueScape Environmental
Charles H. Pomeroy, Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Mr. Westbrook specializes in constructing an air toxic health risk assessment approach designed to show compliance with regulatory impact thresholds, while meeting business objectives. In the past 25 years, he has managed or completed more than 50 health risk assessment projects. Mr. Pomeroy practices environmental regulatory compliance, transactional counseling and administrative law, with particular emphasis on California's unique regulatory systems. On health risk assessment matters, he advises clients on air permit feasibility, compliance under AB 2588, Proposition 65 warning compliance, and CEQA legal and technical issues.
4/8/2014, 9AM PDT
RICE NESHAP Compliance Requirements: The Meter is Running
BlueScape and MIRATECH are teaming up to present a webinar on the EPA RICE NESHAP compliance and monitoring requirements for diesel and gas engines.
On January 14, 2013, EPA signed revisions to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE NESHAP, 40 CFR Part 63, Subpart ZZZZ) affecting engines used for generators, pumps, compressors and other common plant equipment. Compliance dates must be met for specific size engines depending upon facility type, location and use. Some compliance dates have passed and other dates are imminent. Is your facility in compliance with the RICE NESHAP requirements?
Facilities operating a stationary engine controlled with a catalyst are required to comply with initial and continuous requirements, including performance testing, continuous monitoring of operational parameters, recordkeeping, and development of a Site Specific Monitoring Plan (SSMP). Engines not controlled by a catalyst can also have monitoring requirements. Continuous monitoring can be costly with inherent risk of compliance liability, but there are alternatives that should be understood.
This webinar will help you to understand the RICE NESHAP compliance requirements and navigate your compliance options. The topics will include:
The presenters for this instructional session have extensive knowledge and experience in this field. The webinar will be led by James A. Westbrook, President of BlueScape Environmental, and Scott McBryde, Regional Sales Manager for MIRATECH. BlueScape Environmental is an air quality and environmental consulting firm. MIRATECH is a company that specializes in emission control systems for stationary internal combustion engines.View Presentation
3/11/2014, 8AM PDT (10AM CDT)
How do I Get an Air Permit in Texas?
In Texas, the requirement to obtain an air permit is governed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This webinar provides you with practical training from the viewpoint of a facility manager or project developer. You will learn how to assess whether a permit is required for new or modified equipment, to review the feasibility of meeting permitting requirements and rule conditions, to complete the steps for writing an application to obtain a permit, and to negotiate permit conditions with the TCEQ.
3/11/2014, 10AM PDT
How do I Get an Air Permit in California?
In California, the requirement to obtain an air permit is governed by air quality regulations in 35 districts. The regulations have similar structure, but are more stringent in areas such as Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley, where greater efforts must be made to attain ambient air quality standards.
Topics covered will include:
2/27/2014, 10AM PST
AB32 GHG Reporting in California: What has Changed for 2014?
California's AB32 requires annual reporting submissions by April 10, 2014. This webinar will update you on changes this year in the reporting regulation, including those affecting applicability, emission calculation methodologies, reporting, and verification requirements. A brief update on the cap-and-trade regulation will also be provided.
Focus industries include power generation, utilities, manufacturing, fuel producers and suppliers, refineries, and others:
The California Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Rule is Final - What Do You Know!
This is the first part of a two-part webinar/seminar series. On October 20, 2011, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted the groundbreaking rule California Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Market-Based Compliance Mechanisms. The rule, which becomes final next month, will limit greenhouse gas emissions at hundreds of facilities and electricity importers by January 1, 2013. In 2015, the program will also include importers and distributors of natural gas, transportation fuels and other fossil fuels. The economic impacts are expected to be felt in every corner of California where energy is used. Heavy litigation of the rule is expected.
What Project Developers Need to Know about the New Air Rules in Indian Country
On June 10, 2011, EPA finalized a Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to ensure that Clean Air Act permitting requirements are applied consistently to facilities in Indian country. The FIP puts in place the two remaining pieces of the preconstruction air permitting program for minor New Source Review (NSR) and nonattainment major NSR in Indian country. The FIP establishes requirements for EPA to issue air permits, or allows tribes to accept delegation of the federal program, or allows tribes to develop and seek approval of a Tribal Implementation Plan (TIP).
EPA Air Toxics Standards for Boilers and Process Heaters
On February 21, 2011, EPA finalized air toxics standards for new and existing boilers and process heaters located at major sources, and boilers located at area sources. This webinar provides guidance to facilities to assess rule applicability, to understand the requirements and to come into compliance.
EPA's GHG Reporting Program: Are You Ready?
For the first time, hundreds of industrial facilities will be required by EPA to report their Year 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions online by March 31, 2011. This webinar provides guidance to help companies prepare for reporting, by assessing operations and data collection quality, by understanding EPA's systems and requirements for reporting, and by developing a plan for meeting those requirements.
Air Modeling for Non-Modelers: What's Up with the New Ambient Standards
In 2010, EPA has made three important changes related to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS): 1) a new 1-hour NO2 standard, 2) a new 1-hour SO2 standard and 3) removed the ability to use PM10 as a surrogate for PM2.5. These changes could have a major impact on the ability for companies to show they do not cause or contribute to NAAQS exceedances. Companies need to be aware of the changes they face when required to use air modeling to show compliance.
EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule: Understand How it Will Impact Your Business
The Tailoring Rule, issued on May 13, 2010, establishes the first federally-imposed limits on greenhouse gas emissions for stationary sources, and defines the PSD (Prevention of Significant Deterioration) and Title V thresholds for air permitting. This webinar provides valuable insight into the requirements of the proposed rule, and allows you to assess your current operations and expansion plans for alignment with the EPA's requirements
EPA Tailoring Rule Permit Strategies
The Tailoring Rule, issued on May 13, 2010, establishes the first federally-imposed limits on greenhouse gas emissions for stationary sources, and defines the PSD (Prevention of Significant Deterioration) and Title V thresholds for air permitting. This webinar goes into greater detail regarding the EPA's GHG Tailoring Rule, and provides permitting strategies that may prevent delays, unexpected expenses, and uncertainties to make the permitting process run more smoothly.
UPDATE – The South Coast AQMD Moratorium on Permits
In January, 2009, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) notified thousands of facilities of a moratorium on certain air permits. Many facilities can no longer claim exemptions from emission offset requirements. As a result, in order to go forward, permit applicants may be forced to halt projects or purchase expensive emission reduction credits (ERCs). SCAQMD recently estimated that 3,150 permits are affected at a cost impact to Southern California businesses that may exceed $4 billion.
The South Coast AQMD Moratorium on Permits
This week the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) will be notifying 20,000 regulated facilities of a moratorium on certain permits. By court order, Permits to Construct issued since Sep. 8, 2006 may be invalid if the applicant relied on Rule 1304 offset exemptions funded by the District Bank. District Bank offsets are no longer available for similar new or pending permit applications. FIND OUT WHETHER YOUR FACILITY IS IMPACTED!
Custom WebinarsBlueScape frequently presents custom webinars for companies and associations on timely environmental issues affecting the organization. This format can be used to train staff from multiple sites efficiently with no out of office time and can be recorded for later viewing. Recent custom webinars have focused on topics such as: