Compliance Assistance Conference

We know how challenging it can be to keep on top of the environmental regulations that apply to your business.

On October 30-31, Ohio EPA will host our 10th Compliance Assistance Conference. This year, we're moving to Dublin - the conference will be held at the Columbus Marriott Northwest at 5605 Blazer Parkway. Through our conference, you will gain valuable information and contacts to help you with your environmental compliance responsibilities.

The two-day conference will cover a variety of environmental compliance-related topics, including:

  • EPCRA, TRI and RMP Reporting
  • Air Permitting Basics and Reporting
  • Preparing for an Ohio EPA Inspection
  • Hazardous Waste Requirements Overview
  • Emerging Topics in Hazardous Waste (Textile Rules, Generator Improvement, RCRA Corrective Action 2020)
  • Used Oil and SPCC Requirements
  • Reporting When Things Go Wrong
  • Solid Waste Basics
  • NPDES Permits and Electronic (e-DMR) Reporting
  • New Source Review (NSR) and Title V Permitting
  • Compliance Assistance, Funding Resources and Options to Become More Sustainable
  • Storm Water and Wetland Permitting Requirements
  • Ohio’s Beneficial Use Program

A large part of the conference is targeted to businesses and others who need to know the basics about environmental compliance. However, the agenda also includes advanced topics, such as Title V permits and reporting and a special four-hour SPCC session. There also will be a plenary panel session from our program chiefs who will share the priorities and cover hot topics that are important to you.

We look forward to seeing you in October! If you have any questions, email Supora Johnson, or call (614) 644-2268.

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The two-day conference will cover a variety of environmental compliance-related topics, including:

  • EPCRA, TRI and RMP Reporting
  • Air Permitting Basics and Reporting
  • Preparing for an Ohio EPA Inspection
  • Hazardous Waste Requirements Overview
  • Emerging Topics in Hazardous Waste (Textile Rules, Generator Improvement, RCRA Corrective Action 2020)
  • Used Oil and SPCC Requirements
  • Reporting When Things Go Wrong
  • Solid Waste Basics
  • NPDES Permits and Electronic (e-DMR) Reporting
  • New Source Review (NSR) and Title V Permitting
  • Compliance Assistance, Funding Resources and Options to Become More Sustainable
  • Storm Water and Wetland Permitting Requirements
  • Ohio’s Beneficial Use Program

The day will begin with registration, coffee and pastries from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. After a short welcome and opening remarks, our morning plenary session will feature Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler. The conference will adjourn for the day at 5 p.m.


Breakout Session One — 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.

EPCRA (Right-to-Know), TRI (Toxic Release Inventory) Reporting (Part 1)

If you are handling chemicals at your business, you probably need to report under these programs. Even small businesses may be required to report. Come learn more about who is required to file reports and the reporting procedures for each program. This is a two-part session.

Note: This is a two-part session.

Hazardous Waste Requirements – The Basics (Part 1)

If you need to know the basics about Ohio’s hazardous waste regulations, this session is for you. We’ll cover how to evaluate your waste streams to see if they are hazardous, an overview of your requirements as a hazardous waste generator, and simple steps you can take to recycle and/or reduce wastes at your business - steps that can reduce your regulatory burden and save you money! Do you generate hazardous spent light bulbs or batteries? You may be able to manage them under less burdensome standards than regular hazardous waste. The Universal Waste rules will also be reviewed including the three new Ohio-Specific categories. This is a two-part session which continues after the morning break.

Note: This is a two-part session.

Introduction to Air Permitting and Reporting (Part 1)

Environmental regulations are complex and determining if your business needs an air permit can be confusing. If you are wondering whether you need an air permit, this first session is for you. We'll cover the basic steps in evaluating all your emission sources, documenting exemptions, and getting a permit for those that need one. We'll cover the types of permits available, including general permits, permit-by-rule options, and permits-to-install-and-operate (PTIO). Authorized pre-permit construction activities will be discussed. Finally, we’ll provide an overview of how to complete permit application data, calculate emissions of criteria and air toxic pollutants and work with your district office.

Section 401 Wetlands Permitting in Ohio – Program and Regulatory Updates

Are you considering developing an existing green space for your new business, or contemplating an on-site expansion project? If so, will your project involve dredging, filling or other activities that may have an impact to waters of the state, such as wetlands, ponds, streams, or rivers? If so, you need to be aware of Ohio EPA’s 401 water quality certification and isolated wetlands permitting requirements under Ohio’s laws and regulations. In this session, we’ll cover the basics of the 401 and isolated wetlands requirements, application process, how to avoid common problems that could cause delays, and the new Water Quality Certified Professional Program.


Breakout Session Two — 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

EPCRA (Right-to-Know) and TRI (Toxic Release Inventory) Reporting (Part 2)

This session continues as we review the EPCRA and TRI reporting requirements.

Hazardous Waste Requirements – The Basics (Part 2)

This session continues as we cover the basics about Ohio’s hazardous waste regulations.

Introduction to Air Permitting and Reporting (Part 2)

This session continues with an overview of record keeping and reporting requirements contained in a typical air permit. You'll get practical advice on how to keep on top of your reporting responsibilities and stay in compliance, including the reporting of equipment malfunctions and completing fee emission reports.

How to Get or Renew an NPDES Permit and TDS Compliance Alternatives

Federal and State law prohibit the discharge of pollutants to a stream or river without having a discharge permit. The discharge permit’s fancy name is National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System or NPDES for short. This session will cover basics of how to get or renew an NPDES permit and how permit conditions and limits are determined.


Breakout Session Three — 2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

RMP (Risk Management Plan) Reporting

Any facility with more than the threshold quantity of a listed regulated substance in a single process is affected. A "process" is defined as "any activity involving a regulated substance, including any use, storage, manufacturing, handling or on-site movement of the substance or any combination of these activities. Come learn more about the RMP requirements and how to submit your report.

Emerging Topics in Hazardous Waste (Part 1)

This is a two-part session which includes an overview of the new and upcoming hazardous waste regulations. If you would like to know more about the changes coming to the hazardous waste program, this is the session to attend. We will have several experts in this session to answer questions you may have regarding the emerging topics, including: Corrective Action for meeting the RCRA 2020 goals; Federal hazardous waste updates; further discussion on the Ohio-Specific Universal Waste rules; rules pertaining to the recycling of hazardous waste (a.k.a. the Definition of Solid Waste Rule); E-manifest Rules; Generator Improvements Rules; and the Contaminated Apparel and Wipes Exclusion.

Air Services and Ohio EPA’s eBusiness Center

This session includes an overview of Air Services, Ohio EPA’s online tool for completing air permit applications. We will also cover the Agency’s eBusiness Center for other updates on interacting electronically with Ohio EPA to submit your air permit applications and reports.

NPDES Permit, New and Proposed Rules and Policies

During this session, you will learn more about new and proposed rules, policies and regulations that could impact your non-storm water NPDES permit. Highlights include revised NPDES rules, update on aquatic life use water quality standards rules, potential future general permits and implementation of federal 316(b) requirements, which impacts all facilities with a surface water intake.


Breakout Session Four — 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Ohio EPA’s Response Programs and Emerging High-Priority Situations

Have you ever had a spill or release of materials and weren’t sure exactly what to do? In this session, we’ll cover the basic Ohio EPA reporting requirements for emergency situations. We’ll also talk about the organization of the emergency response program at Ohio EPA and efforts to coordinate with the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. In addition, we’ll talk about some of the scenarios that have been identified by Ohio EPA as high-priority response and communication situations.

Emerging Topics in Hazardous Waste (Part 2)

This session continues as we cover Ohio’s hazardous waste emerging topics, including: Corrective Action for meeting the RCRA 2020 goals; Federal hazardous waste updates; further discussion on the Ohio-Specific Universal Waste rules; rules pertaining to the recycling of hazardous waste (a.k.a. the Definition of Solid Waste Rule); E-manifest Rules; Generator Improvements Rules; and the Contaminated Apparel and Wipes Exclusion.

How to Complete a Minor Source Air Permit Application

This session will include instructions on how to fill out the standard application for minor source air permits, common do’s and don’ts, and how a complete application allows for faster processing. Although the session will focus on hard copy forms, the information also applies when completing an electronic permit application through Air Services.

Preparing for an Ohio EPA Inspection

Ever wonder what happens when an Ohio EPA inspector shows up at your business? First, don't panic. Come learn more about the inspection process and get practical tips on how you can prepare your business when an inspector does show up. Part one of this session will also include a panel discussion from field staff who will share with you the common problems they've seen during inspections. Or, perhaps your business has already been inspected in the past and you want some guidance on how to improve communication with the Agency. If you want to know more about what happens before, during and after an inspection and be better prepared when the time does come, stop by this session.

The day will begin at 7:45 a.m. with coffee and pastries. The morning plenary session is Division Chiefs – Reorganization, Program Priorities, Hot Topics from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. The conference will end at 4:30 p.m.


Breakout Session One — 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.

How to Save Money and Become More Sustainable Through Energy Efficiency

Small and medium-sized manufacturers may be eligible to receive a free assessment from a regional Industrial Assessment Center (IAC). Teams located at 28 universities around the country conduct the energy audits to identify opportunities to improve productivity, reduce waste and save energy. Dr. Kelly Kissock leads the IAC program at the University of Dayton. As one of the original four centers, the Dayton IAC has helped identify savings and increase productivity for more than 900 manufacturers in multiple industrial sectors through recommendations and changes in processes and equipment. This session will describe the energy audit process and effective approaches to reduce waste, as well as how to qualify for a free assessment.

Preparing for an Ohio EPA Inspection

Ever wonder what happens when an Ohio EPA inspector shows up at your business? First, don't panic. Come learn more about the inspection process and get practical tips on how you can prepare your business when an inspector does show up. Part one of this session will also include a panel discussion from field staff who will share with you the common problems they've seen during inspections. Or, perhaps your business has already been inspected in the past and you want some guidance on how to improve communication with the Agency. If you want to know more about what happens before, during and after an inspection and be better prepared when the time does come, stop by this session.

NOTE: This session is a repeat of the same session offered on day 1 of the conference (3-4:30 p.m.)

Ohio’s Materials Marketplace and Financial Incentives to Encourage Recycling

Be a leader in Ohio’s emerging circular economy and achieve your recycling and waste reduction goals! The session will highlight the Ohio Materials Marketplace (OMM) and how this fee and interactive system allows businesses and organizations to connect and find reuse and recycling solutions for waste and by-product materials. The session will also discuss Ohio EPA’s Recycling & Litter Prevention Grant program, the application process and the types of activities funded. This competitive grant program provides opportunities for local governments, businesses and nonprofit organizations to establish and implement recycling & litter prevention programs, market development for manufacturers, expansion of equipment and processing facilities, and infrastructure improvements leading to processing efficiencies. Examples of organizations who have received funding under this program will be reviewed to demonstrate the types of activities funded under this program, and the components of a successful grant application.

Storm Water Permitting Requirements for Industrial Activity

The goal of Ohio EPA’s storm water program is to prevent the pollutants from entering into our waterways through contaminated storm water runoff. Certain industrial sectors are required to get a storm water permit and implement a storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) to ensure that industrial activities do not result in contamination of storm water runoff. Plan to attend this session if you want to know more about how to get a permit, best management practices and how to avoid problems. The session will include a discussion of Ohio EPA’s General Industrial Storm Water Permit.

A General Overview - SPCC Plans for Oil and Oil Products

If you handle oil or oil products, you could be subject to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. The SPCC requirements apply to even small businesses. These regulations require that secondary containment be provided for oil storage areas and that you prepare an SPCC plan to address emergency situations. If you handle oil or oil products, you’ll want to sit in on this session to learn more about how the SPCC requirements. This presentation will cover requirements for oil production, bulk oil storage and end use storage facilities. Learn about “what to expect during a federal SPCC inspection” and the common violations seen in the field.

NOTE: This is a general overview session which is presented once during the conference. There is a more in-depth three-hour SPCC session following this overview that will cover the specifics of developing an SPCC plan, secondary containment, spill response, as well as the policy issues associated with the new SPCC guidance document.


Breakout Session Two — 1:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Air Permitting for Major Sources/Title V Facilities (Part 1)

In this session, we’ll cover the basics of Major New Source Review (NSR), including:

  • Applicability and attainment/non-attainment
  • Modeling basics
  • Modifications
  • What’s new
  • When to get a consultant, other sources of help and timing issues

Beneficial Use and the Future of Solid Waste Management in Ohio (Sludge/Residual/Dredge)

Come learn more about what Ohio EPA is doing to develop rules, policies and procedures to allow and encourage the easy reuse of materials, including but not limited to, materials being generated as part of Ohio’s emerging oil and gas industry, dredged material, water treatment sludge, foundry sand and solid waste burned for energy recovery. This session will also highlight the new construction and demolition debris recycling program.

Pollution Prevention and Sustainability

Come learn more about what Ohio EPA is doing to develop rules, policies and procedures to allow and encourage the easy reuse of materials, including but not limited to, materials being generated as part of Ohio’s emerging oil and gas industry, dredged material, water treatment sludge, foundry sand and solid waste burned for energy recovery. This session will also highlight the new construction and demolition debris recycling program.

Storm Water Permitting Requirements for Construction Activities

Construction sites impact Ohio’s waters by adding pollutants, especially sediment, to rainwater running off construction sites during construction and making long-term land use changes that alter the hydrology and pollutant loading of local streams. Construction projects disturbing one or more acres of ground are required to get a storm water permit and implement a storm water pollution prevention plan (SWP3) to limit the negative impacts of construction projects on Ohio’s waters. Plan to attend this session if you want to know more about how to get a permit, best management practices and how to avoid problems. The session will include a discussion of Ohio EPA’s General Construction Storm Water Permit.

Special Session – SPCC In-Depth

This approximate three-hour session begins at 1:45 and runs until the close of the conference at 4:30. It is a hands-on course designed to go into detail on the specifics of the SPCC requirements, including how to develop your plan, secondary containment and response requirements. Plan to join this session if you need to get “in the weeds” on SPCC requirements. The course will include a detailed rule review and implications of the new guidance document from U.S. EPA. Each session builds upon the previous presentation and there is no repeat content.


Breakout Session Three — 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Air Permitting for Major Sources/Title V (Part 2)

In this session, we’ll cover the basics of Title V permitting, including: applicability and trigger levels; modification basics; where to find key guidance; and what’s new: CAM, MACT referencing, renewals.

Ohio EPA – Legal Priorities and Perspective

Resources to Help You Reduce Pollution and Achieve Compliance

Did you know that some simple changes in the way you do business can result in not only reducing pollution, but also save you money? Reducing your waste generation may also mean that you have fewer regulations to comply with. Come learn more about simple, pollution prevention (P2) strategies that you can adopt at your business. We'll show you case studies from businesses that have reduced waste and how they did it. In addition, we'll cover the free services of Ohio EPA's Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention, including P2 site visits, compliance visits, assistance with air permit applications and more.

Division of Surface Water Tracking, Reporting and Electronic Application Management System Reporting Capabilities

In this session you will learn about the Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water Tracking, Reporting, and Electronic Application Management System reporting capabilities. Learn the “who, why, what, and how’s” to the REPORTING dashboard. The STREAMS Administrator will field questions, provide information on the latest software upgrades, and provide an overview of the Emergency Upset, Bypass and Overflow Report as well as the streamlined Non-compliance Report.

Special Session – SPCC In-Depth

This approximate three-hour session begins at 1:45 p.m. and runs until the close of the conference at 4:30 p.m. This hands-on course is designed to go into detail on the specifics of the SPCC requirements, including how to develop your plan, secondary containment and response requirements. Plan to join this session if you need to get “in the weeds” on SPCC requirements. The course will include a detailed rule review and implications of the new guidance document from U.S. EPA. Each session builds upon the previous presentation and there is no repeat content.

 

Where is the event being held?

Columbus Marriott Northwest
5605 Blazer Parkway
Dublin, Ohio 43017
Map and Directions

What is the registration fee?

The conference registration is $150.00 for the two-day event.

Can I register for just one day of the event?

No. The conference registration fee of $150.00 is for the two-day event. We are not registering attendees for one day.

Are there refunds if I can't make it to the event?

No. Ohio EPA will not issue refunds, however, you can send someone else in your place as a substitute if you are unable to attend. Contact us to transfer your registration spot.

Can I update my registration information (e.g., pay when I register and select my breakout sessions later)?

Yes. Your confirmation will include a link to your account where you can go in and select or change your breakout session preferences.

What payment options are available when I register?

Ohio EPA is using Eventbrite for payment and registration. You will also sign up for your breakout sessions when you register, although you can update your registration information to specify your breakout sessions later. When you register, you will have the option to pay by credit card (AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover).

You can also pay by check, following the instructions in Eventbrite. If you are paying by check, Ohio EPA will confirm your registration upon receipt of payment. Payment must be made prior to arriving at the event, or your registration will be canceled. If you are from another state agency and want to pay by ISTV, contact us directly for further instructions.

Any questions regarding payments can be directed to Supora Johnson by email or by phone at (614) 644-2268.

Registration is now open.

To register for the conference, use our online registration form. If you have multiple people who want to attend from a company, you will need to complete a separate registration form for each person. Once you complete your registration form and select your breakout sessions, you will be provided with instructions to pay the conference registration fee. The instructions are also included below. You will receive a confirmation from Ohio EPA regarding your registration and sessions you've selected to attend. In addition, you will receive a separate receipt once payment is made. 

There is no partial or one-day registration fee. The $150 fee covers sessions on October 30 and 31. 

Paying the Registration Fee 

Your payment options include: 

  • Payment by ISTV (for other state government agencies only) 
  • Payment by check submitted to Ohio EPA (payable to Treasurer, State of Ohio) 
  • Payment by credit card (AMEX, VISA, MC) through Eventbrite 

You will be asked to specify your method of payment at the end of this registration form and will be provided further instructions and a link if you choose to pay by credit card. 

If you are a state government agency paying by ISTV, for more information email Supora Hunter or call (614) 644-2782. 

If you are paying by check, make check payable to: Treasurer, State of Ohio . [Please include names of conference attendees in a note attached to the check.] Send check to: 

Ohio EPA, Director's Office 
Attention: Supora Hunter 
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049

If you are paying by credit card (AMEX, VISA or MC) visit our Eventbrite payment site. You will receive a separate confirmation of receipt of payment. This will occur immediately if you make an online credit card payment through Eventbrite. Ohio EPA will confirm other forms of payment (check or ISTV) upon receipt. 

Cancellation Policy 

Once you have registered and paid for the conference, NO REFUNDS will be issued. If you cannot attend, you may send a substitute. Please notify us of any substitute requests by fax at (614) 644-3184 or by phone at (614) 644-2268. 

For More Information

If you have any questions about registration, email Supora Hunter or contact her by phone at (614) 644-2268.

Certified Hazardous Materials Manager Credit 

Ohio EPA’s Compliance Conference may be approved for CMPs. Please sign your name on the CMP sign-in sheet and specify one or both day’s attendance at the Registration Table to verify attendance. If you need confirmation for CMP approval, we will email you with a certificate of attendance. Consult the IHMM webpage for further instructions on submittal and process for receiving your CMPs at www.ihmm.org

Registered Sanitarian Credit 

Ohio EPA’s is seeking approval for registered sanitarian continuing education credit for both days of conference participation. We will post information and instructions once approval is received. If approved, you will be required to sign the Registered Sanitarian Credit Sheet located at the registration desk. A copy of the approval letter and proof of attendance will be emailed to you. 

Ohio Professional Engineers - Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements 

Ohio EPA has not submitted any courses for prior approval by the Ohio P.E. board. It will be up to the engineer to determine that the courses they take meet the state requirements and that the continuing education provider meets the requirements set out by the board. Please sign the Ohio Professional Engineers-Continuing Professional Development sheet located at the registration desk so documentation that verifies your attendance can be emailed to you. For more information about P.E. CPD requirements, see www.peps.ohio.gov/ContinuingEd/AcceptableHours.aspx

Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Contact Hours 

Ohio EPA is seeking course approval for certified operators. We will post information and instructions once course approval is received. You will be required to: 

  • Sign the Operator Certification sheet indicating your attendance in each course room. 
  • Have the Ohio EPA trainer sign and date the Course Completion Form (found in conference manual).

Ohio EPA’s Compliance Assistance Conference will be held October 30-31. Sign-in will begin on October 30 at 7:30 a.m. Enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries as you visit our information booths and await the start of the conference proceedings at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided on both days at the facility. Day one concludes at 5 p.m., day two at 4:30 p.m.

Columbus Marriott Northwest
5605 Blazer Parkway
Dublin, Ohio 43017
Map and Directions

The hotel is offering a special group rate for $144 per night 10/29-10/31. The last day to book is Oct. 8, 2018. Book your room online or call (888) 801-7133.