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10/7/17 10-11am PST

Webinar: The New Bay Area AQMD Air Toxics Risk Reduction Rule 11-18
Will Your Facility Be One of Hundreds Impacted?

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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:  

  • Overview of Rule 11-18 requirements, and other related BAAQMD toxics rules.
  • Rule 11-18 applicability and meaning of the Significant Risk Threshold and the Risk Action Level.
  • Description of Rule 11-18 process steps and compliance requirements, from emissions inventory and risk prioritization, to health risk assessment and risk reduction. 
  • Tips to update and refine your facility Air Toxics Emissions Inventory now, to reduce potential prioritization as a high risk facility.
  • Tips to work with the BAAQMD on preparation of your facility health risk assessment, and to refine the modeling and health risk calculations using technical methods.
  • How to evaluate health risk reduction options and complete a Risk Reduction Plan for BAAQMD approval.
  • How to demonstrate emission sources will meet required Toxics Best Available Retrofit Control Technology (TBARCT).
  • Rule 11-18 compliance timelines for various risk categories and compliance options. 
  • Technical update on how BAAQMD staff are currently implementing the 2015 OEHHA Risk Assessment Guidelines.

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.

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Past Webinars and Courses

9/28/17

Webinar: Pressure on Metal Facilities is Heating Up!
Update on the LA Air Toxics Initiative

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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.
With all this increased scrutiny, what will happen next with your metal facility, and where will it end? What can you do to address what is coming?

This webinar will discuss:

  • The background to SCAQMD’s Community Air Toxics Initiative.
  • Update of enforcement activities in Paramount and Compton.
  • What is the role public nuisance laws, monitoring, source testing and health risk modeling have in all this?
  • SCAQMD rule developments that may impact your operations; 1407, 1420, 1426, 1430 & 1469
  • Relevant State legislation and other local actions flowing from the Air Toxics Initiative.
  • How to assess your status before SCAQMD visits your facility - what is a “bad” operation and what is “good”
  • Options to avoid enforcement action and revised SCAQMD toxics rule requirements, and streamline compliance costs.
  • How to proactively reduce emissions, including enclosures, scrubbers, dust collectors, housekeeping and other measures.

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.

 
4/27/17 

Webinar: How to Create a CEQA Air Quality Impact Analysis for Development Projects
Design for Success!

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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: 

  • When an Air Quality Impact Analysis must be completed under CEQA
  • Project strategies; working with agencies and the public through the process
  • Types of projects and air emission sources, construction and operation phases, analysis types, information needs
  • Pollutant types and applicable CEQA significance thresholds
  • How to construct a conservative analysis while filling in assumption “holes”
  • Significance thresholds and mitigation requirements, how to address mitigation and monitoring
  • How to review project alternatives and cumulative impacts with other projects
  • The role of air agencies in CEQA review and relationship to other actions such as air permitting
  • Special analysis cases, such as projects near schools and freeways
  • Software tools and guidance documents, CalEEMod, EMFAC, AERMOD, CAL3QHC, HARP2
  • Elements of a CEQA Air Quality Impact Analysis report


1/17/17 

Webinar: New Proposition 65 Warning Requirements: 
To Warn or Not to Warn?

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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:  

  • Overview of Proposition 65 regulation applicability and requirements
  • Description of potential toxic chemical exposure routes under Prop 65 for industrial and retail companies
  • Outline of the new warning requirements for environmental exposures, consumer products, and other categories
  • Minimum requirements for Prop 65 warnings
  • Recommendations for reviewing your Prop 65 compliance requirements, to meet the regulation and comply with 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. 

 

10/27/16

Webinar: Revised Rule 1402 for Air Toxics: Will You be Required to Take Action?

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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. 


SCAQMD has been incorporating new HRA procedures into revised Risk Prioritization Guidelines and Health Risk Assessment Guidelines, and will be requiring facilities to use the new HRA procedures. SCAQMD will begin sending out letters to covered facilities offering the new Voluntary Risk Reduction Program, requiring Air Toxic Emissions Inventory updates, updated health risk assessment (HRAs) submittals, and other actions. The requirements will depend upon the level of reported health risk impacts, based upon an approved Air Toxic Inventory Report (ATIR) or HRA. 

This webinar will answer your questions and provide you with helpful information you can use for compliance with Rule 1402 requirements: 

- Description of Rule 1402 program steps, from emissions inventory, to prioritization, and health risk assessment. 
- Your status in the Rule 1402 program, is your facility now a Significant Risk facility? 
- How to work with SCAQMD to change status to a non-Significant Risk facility. 
- Should your facility opt for Voluntary Risk Reduction, what are the benefits? 
- Updating the Air Toxics Emissions Inventory or Health Risk Assessment, things you should know. 
- What are the options to reduce health risk impacts? 
- Timelines under the various Rule 1402 facility risk categories and compliance options. 

The instructor for the webinar is James A. Westbrook, President of BlueScape Environmental. Since 1987, Mr. Westbrook has managed or completed more than 50 AB2588 ATIR and HRA projects for petroleum refineries, rock and gravel facilities, power plants, petroleum refineries, building material manufacturers, coating manufacturers, aerospace companies and many others. 

 

9/21/16 

Webinar:Update to ISO 14001:2015
Don't Get Behind and Lose Valuable Contracts! 
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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:  

  • Drivers for ISO 14001 Certification
  • Relationship of ISO 14001 Systems to Environmental Management Information Systems (EMIS)
  • Process and Timeline for Update to ISO 14001:2015
  • Update Requirements, Level of Effort, Key Differences from ISO 14001:2004
  • Types of Assistance for the ISO 14001:2015 Update
  • Minimum Requirements for Certification

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.

9/8/16 

Webinar: CA Industrial Storm Water Compliance, the Cascade is Coming!
Your Level 1 ERA Evaluation is due Oct 1, What Now?
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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

  • Program applicability
  • NEC and Notice of Non-Applicability (NONA)
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and SMARTS electronic reporting requirements
  • Best Management Practices and requirements
  • Monitoring Plans, sampling, and inspections
  • Role of the QISP in Storm Water compliance

Level 1 and Level 2 ERA assessments

  • Trigger for assessment, pollutant Numerical Action Levels
  • Level 1 ERA Report Requirements
  • How to know your facility is heading to Level 2 status and what can be done now

    Tips for SWPPP updates, streamline and gap assessments

    Should you implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) if the Industrial General Permit is not yet applicable to your facility?

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.   

7/28/2015
Webinar: Air Permits and Compliance for Facility Operators

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.
2. Regulations for common equipment, pollutants covered, and exemptions.
3. Permit types, what is found in air permits and what is not.
4. Air permit "to-dos"; recordkeeping, monitoring, source testing and reporting.
5. How to setup a good air permit and compliance recordkeeping system.
6. How to recognize when a new permit or change in a permit is needed.
7. How to conduct "permit hygiene" to stay up-to-date, improve operational productivity and remove unnecessary process limits.
8. Working with agencies: inspections, renewals, compliance issues.

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.

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4/23/2015
HRA1: Online Training Course
Air Toxics Health Risk Assessments in California, with Introductions to the Updated Hotspots Analysis and Reporting Program Software 
(included live introduction and Q&A sessions, recorded modules, quizzes, and office hours)

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:

  • Environmental consultants and facility EHS professionals who need to complete HRAs, and agency staff who review HRAs.

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.

Included:

  • Valuable knowledge to complete HRAs in California, using the final updated state Guidelines!
  • Learn HRA best practices under state regulatory programs.
  • Understanding of types of air toxics emission sources most likely to trigger HRA review requirements in California.
  • Steps to complete an approvable HRA; with risk thresholds, project design concepts and refinement strategies.
  • An introduction to current air dispersion modeling practice using screening tools and AERMOD.
  • Training on how to develop HRA data inputs, including emissions and source data, land use and receptor data, exposure parameters, and meteorological data.
  • Detailed instruction on methods to calculate cancer risks and non-cancer chronic and acute risks.
  • Discussion on how to interpret HRA results to make project design and risk management decisions.
  • Refinements to make when initial HRA results do not pass the risk thresholds.
  • Office hours 

This course, HRA1, is now available on-demand. Click here to purchase.

4/16/2015
Webinar: The California Health Risk Assessment Guidance is Final: Regulatory Update

The final Air Toxics Hot Spots Program Guidance Manual for Preparation of Health Risk Assessments was adopted by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment on March 6, 2015. To kickoff health risk assessment (HRA) training, BlueScape hosted a webinar to review changes that are coming now that the Guidance Manual is final. Special focus was on recent Air District implementation decisions, especially by the South Coast AQMD, San Joaquin Unified Valley APCD, and more.

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:

  • Description of regulatory programs impacted by the HRA Guidance changes, New Source Review air permits, RCRA permits, CEQA, and the AB2588 Hot Spots Regulation.
  • Progress update on Air District implementation of the HRA Guidance, for the largest districts, especially South Coast AQMD and San Joaquin Unified Valley APCD.
  • Technical description of what has changed in the final, updated Guidance.
  • Strategies to stay under risk thresholds and avoid expensive emission controls or mitigation.
  • Strategies for making business decisions, now that the HRA Guidance is final. 

This webinar is for:

  • Consultants, EHS professionals, attorneys and agency regulators.
  • Developers planning to complete projects that will have air toxics emissions from mobile equipment, combustion units, manufacturing operations, and many other sources.
  • Persons who complete or review HRAs under the California regulatory programs.

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2/10/2015, 9AM PST
Air Quality in 2015: What You Need to Know


BlueScape presented this webinar on what companies need to know about the changing US air quality regulations in 2015. 
 The presenter, James A. Westbrook, will present this perspective by agency jurisdiction (federal, state, local), program area, and by selected regions and industries. Corporate and facility environmental managers, attorneys, pollution equipment vendors, and consultants will benefit from planning for what is coming in 2015. The webinar will also address what attendees want to know, with requests submitted at registration. The topics will include: 

  • Recent and upcoming changes in US EPA air quality regulations, including Ozone Standards, Clean Power Plan, GHG Emissions for Power Plants, MACT Standards, and NSR/Title V Regulations

  • Changes in important state and local regulations in California and the Gulf Coast.

  • Changes impacting such industries as power generation, chemical manufacturing, oil & gas production, oil refining, and heavy manufacturing.

  • Strategic business decisions companies should consider making in 2015.

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.

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10/16/2014, 10AM PDT
The Potential Business Impact from Health Risk Assessment Guidance Changes

BlueScape and McKenna Long & Aldridge hosted a complimentary webinar to review proposed California Air Toxics Health Risk Assessment (HRA) guidance changes, and how they may impact your business. On June 20, 2014, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) released proposed updated guidance for HRAs, that will adopt the use of new age-specific sensitivity factors (ASFs) for children. The factors, which account for updated scientific data, will increase calculated residential cancer risk impacts by up to three times. 

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.

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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:
 

  • A brief review of engine applicability categories under the RICE NESHAP;

  • Listing of the most important compliance requirements and schedules;

  • Examples of control systems and monitoring equipment that can be installed;
  • Continuous monitoring requirements, including the required operating parameters; 
  • Site Specific Monitoring Plan format and example; 

  • How to notify the implementing agency of plans to comply with the NESHAP, and assess changes needed to air permits; and

  • Alternatives for compliance plan development to meet NESHAP requirements.
 


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.

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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.
  • Which emission source or units require air permits;
  • How to qualify as De Minimis or under a Standard Exemption;
  • Steps to apply for the different types of permits, Permit by Rule, Standard Permit, Minor Permit, and Major Permits;
  • How to complete air emission calculations, with industry and unit-specific examples;
  • Elements of minor and major New Source Review; BACT, offsets and Title V;
  • Key thresholds that trigger a more difficult permitting process;
  • Modeling for ambient health standards and air toxic impacts; and
  • How to work with the agency on your permit conditions.
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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.

This webinar will provide 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 air district.

Topics covered will include:

  • Which emission source or units require air permits;
  • How to determine exemptions for commonly installed units, including combustion and coating equipment;
  • Steps to completing the air permitting process; 
  • How to complete air emission calculations, with unit-specific examples;
  • Elements of minor and major New Source Review; BACT, offsets and Title V;
  • Differences in requirements amount the major air districts;
  • Special requirements, including modeling for ambient health standards and air toxic health risks; and
  • How to work with the agency on your permit conditions.
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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:

  • Update on the AB32 Mandatory GHG Reporting regulation changes effective 1/1/14;
  • Changes to calcultion methodologies and data reporting requirements;
  • Changes to verification requirements;
  • Considerations for EPA Mandatory Reporting;
  • Update on Cap-and-Trade in CA; and
  • Key Dates and Deadlines.
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12/08/2011
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.
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09/29/2011
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).
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03/15/2011
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.
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12/07/2010
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.
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10/12/2010
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.
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09/09/2010
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
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07/29/2010
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.
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06/04/2009
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.
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01/20/2009
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!
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Custom Webinars

BlueScape 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:
  • New area source MACT requirements
  • Maintaining compliance when faced with limited environmental resources
  • Title V deviation and compliance reporting
  • Mandatory greenhouse gas reporting
To schedule a custom webinar for your environmental staff or association members, contact BlueScape at (858) 695-9200.