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.






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

3:00-3:30          Break

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



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              

10:20-10:50          Break

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


3:00-3:30              Break


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


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   

10:00-10:45       Break

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! 

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