2021 Fall Technical Workshop and Forum
October 13-15, 2021
The safety of our attendees, participants, and staff is our main concern. We will be following the recommended national and local guidelines and working with the facility to take all precautions necessary at that time, which include mask recommendations, sanitizing stations, social distancing, and safer food and beverage serving options. Masks will be strongly encouraged for all participants at all sessions and other events and will be provided at registration.
CAPCA FALL CONFERENCE AGENDA
WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 13, 2021
9:00-11:30 TECHNICAL SESSION: Basics of Environmental Control Equipment and Systems
Basics of Environmental Control Equipment and Systems Technical Workshop will feature instructors provided by equipment vendors and will review VOC Control, Dust Collection, and NOx mitigation controls. This session provides the framework for a basic understanding of equipment specification, operation, and design considerations.
Jeff Broderick - CCA Combustion - NOx controls
Rodney Pennington- NESTEC Inc. – Thermal Oxidation
J Kirt - Boston-Global Manager of Torit Product Technology, Donaldson Torit – Dust Collection using baghouse cartridge collectors and cyclones.
11:30-1:30 Young Professionals Committee Lunch Meeting
Nathan Daniel – Bunnell Lammons Engineering
Austen Meyer – One Environmental
1:30-1:40 Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Kevin Nesbitt – CAPCA President
1:40-3:00 Increasing public interest in local air quality, combined with low-cost advancements in technology, is leading to increased growth in the air quality measurement sector. This session will examine these new, lower-cost monitoring technologies (sensors). We will discuss the basic types of air sensors, how regulatory agencies are responding to the opportunities and challenges presented by the proliferation of these devices, what new developments are on the horizon, and explore citizen scientist sensor activities in the Carolinas.
Heather Murphy, Environmental Program Consultant, NC Division of Air Quality
Eben Cross, CTO and Co-Founder, QuantAQ
Maria Sharova, Manager of Citizen Science, Clean Air Carolina
Ross Smith, Terracon
3:30-5:00 Construction Permitting Process: A Case Study on Path Forward and Lessons Learned (What strategies can be used and what are the tradeoffs? For example, is it better to avoid a major source classification through avoidance limits, or to become a major source?)
Brian Hill– Principal Consultant at ERM: Environmental Resources Management - Construction Permitting Strategies and Lessons Learned
Pamela Welch, Environmental Manager, Fiber Industries – Transitioning from Construction to Operating Permit with a Phased Start-Up
Considerations for Selecting the One-step Versus Two-step Permitting Process for Title V Sources in North Carolina: A Case Study
Gary Keffer, Director of Environmental, Health, and Safety, Consolidated Diesel Plant-Whitakers
THURSDAY - OCTOBER 14, 2021
8:30-8:40 Welcome & Introductory Remarks
Kevin Nesbitt – CAPCA PRESIDENT
8:40–9:10 EPA AIR PROGRAM UPDATE: This presentation will provide an update on activities and priorities for EPA Region 4 on air quality matters and how these affect sources in North and South Carolina
Caroline Freeman, Director, Air & Radiation Division, USEPA Region 4
9:10-9:45 SC AIR PROGRAM UPDATE: This presentation will provide an update on air quality priorities and activities before the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.
Rhonda Banks Thompson, P.E., Chief, Bureau of Air Quality, SCDHEC
9:45-10:20 This presentation will provide an update on air quality priorities and activities before the NC Department of Environmental Quality.
Mike Abraczinskas, Director, Division of Air Quality, NCDEQ
10:50-11:30 Q&A with Morning Speakers
11:30-12:00 State of SCDHEC – Is DHEC splitting up? This session will discuss the intent and progress of SHaPE SC, what to expect in 2022 and how this will (or will not) affect you!
Myra Reece, Director of Environmental Affairs, SCDHEC
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
1:30-3:00 The Science of Climate Change and Impacts to Regulatory Programs and Policies. Greenhouse gases are gases in Earth's atmosphere that trap heat and impact our climate. This session will provide the latest in greenhouse gas science followed by a discussion on the most recent climate assessment for the Carolinas in regards climate variability and trends, particularly related to extreme events such as heavy precipitation, heat waves, cold waves, and winter storms. In addition, this session will survey existing and proposed climate related programs and policies in North America, including the regulatory basis and insights on potential federal and state carbon related taxes and energy efficiency programs. This is a must session for environmental professionals seeking to gain a better understanding of greenhouse gas science, climate change trends, and potential regulatory impacts.
Greggory Carbone, PhD, Professor at University of South Carolina – Background and Science surrounding Greenhouse Gases
Kenneth Kunkel, PhD, North Carolina Institute of Climate Studies – What is the data telling us?
John Bird, PE, Arauco North America – Existing and Proposed North America GHG/Climate Regulatory Programs
3:30-5:00 PM What are the Impacts of the Biden Administration’s Climate Goals? The Biden Administration has set the following goals: 50-52 percent reduction from 2005 levels in greenhouse gases in 2030; 100 percent carbon- free electricity by 2035; and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050. How will we get there? In this session we will hear what actions companies are taking now, what goals they are setting, and how they will achieve them.
Tom Effinger, Dominion Energy - Dominion Energy Climate Goals
Rolly Sauls, Nucor - Sustainability and Carbon Goals
Lauren Swan, AECOM - Reducing Carbon and Improving Sustainability of Communities & Infrastructure
FRIDAY - OCTOBER 15, 2021
8:30-8:35 Welcome & Announcements
Kevin Nesbitt, CAPCA President
8:35 – 9:30 Legal Perspectives: What’s hot in the air arena? Join us for coffee Friday morning to hear from lawyers working on legal air and associated environmental issues in North Carolina, South Carolina and nationwide
Fern Patterson, Partner, Parker Poe – North Carolina Perspective
Alex Shissias, Owner, Shissias Law Firm – South Carolina Perspective
9:30-10:00 We are excited to have SC’s Attorney General speak to CAPCA about his office’s legal actions on various air topics in light of everchanging federal policy and regulatory changes.
SC Attorney General Alan Wilson
10:45-12:00 A Case Study: The Ripple Effects of the Ethylene Oxide (EtO) IRIS change. During this session, you will learn more about EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment process and how a change in the EtO IRIS cancer toxicity value set off a chain of events including a review of multiple air regulations for chemical manufacturing facilities and commercial sterilizers, and a number of new community-level air monitoring studies. The session panelists will also discuss EPA’s ongoing research to address the elevated EtO background concentration levels being found across the United States. You will also hear how one state agency has dealt with community concerns and media scrutiny as a result of the EtO IRIS change and community monitoring results in a large metropolitan area.
Kelly Rimer, Leader, Air Toxics Assessment Group, US EPA Office of Air Quality Planning
and Standards (OAQPS)
Kenneth L. Mitchell, Ph. D., Deputy Director, Air and Radiation Division, US EPA Region 4
Karen Hays, Chief, Air Planning Branch, Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Thank you to our 2021 CAPCA Contributors!
Thank you to our 2021 CAPCA Contributors!
Click here for information on contributor opportunities for the 2021 Fall Conference.