Compliance Assistance Conference

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

 

Ohio EPA recognizes that it can be challenging to keep up with all the environmental regulations that apply to your business. To help you achieve compliance, on August 30-31, 2016, Ohio EPA will host its 9th Compliance Assistance Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Past conference attendees have provided very positive and insightful feedback, and we have used these suggestions to put together an improved and expanded agenda.

A large part of the conference is targeted to businesses and others needing to know the basics about environmental requirements. However, we've expanded the agenda to include some advanced topics, such as major source/Title V permitting requirements and advanced hazardous waste topics.

One special session we are offering this year is a multi-session course on SPCC requirements, presented by a national technical expert from U.S. EPA headquarters. We are also offering a hands-on session for businesses needing help completing minor source air permit applications. These sessions will give you an opportunity to roll up your sleeves on advanced topics critical to achieving compliance with Ohio's environmental rules. We have included new breakout sessions and added new speakers to our line-up. During the event, you will hear from business leaders eager to share their insight as to how they've gone above and beyond to meet their compliance obligations and implement sustainable business practices.

 

Director Butler and U.S. EPA Administrator Kaplan Share Current Agency Initiatives
Director Craig W. Butler provided the morning plenary address at Ohio EPA’s Compliance Assistance Conference in Columbus on Aug. 30, 2016. Director Butler spoke about current Agency initiatives and provided updates on priorities and future efforts to protect Ohio’s environment. U.S. EPA Region V Interim Administrator Robert Kaplan, the lunchtime keynote speaker on Aug. 30, provided information about U.S. EPA priorities and Ohio’s role in ensuring compliance with environmental rules and regulations.

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The general agenda for the two-day conference covers 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 - Basic and Advanced Sessions
  • Rules, Policy and Regulatory Changes that Could Affect Your NPDES Permit *NEW*
  • SPCC Requirements - Basic Overview and In-Depth Course *BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND*
  • Reporting When Things Go Wrong
  • Beneficial Use and the Future of Solid Waste Management in Ohio *NEW*
  • NPDES Permits and Electronic (e-DMR) Reporting and GIS Capabilities at Ohio EPA *REVISED*
  • Online Tools to Help Your Business *NEW*
  • Major Source/Title V Permitting and New Source Review (NSR)
  • Ohio EPA's Enforcement Program/Direction, Priorities and Updates *NEW*
  • Storm Water Requirements for Industrial ActivityWetland Requirements for Construction . . . and much more!
The day will begin with registration, coffee and pastries from 7:30 a.m. 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) and RMP (Risk Management Plan) Reporting (Part 1)

If you are handling chemicals or hazardous waste 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.

Note: This is a two-part session.

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Hazardous Waste Requirements – The Basics (Part 1)

If you need to know the basics about Ohio’s hazardous waste regulations, then 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 generated hazardous spent light bulbs or batteries? You may be able to manage them under less burdensome standards than regular hazardous waste. We will also provide information about Universal Waste in this session.

Note: This is a two-part session.

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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.

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Section 401 Wetlands Permitting in Ohio – Program and Regulatory Updates

Are you considering a 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, 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 and how to avoid common problems that could cause delays.

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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.

Do I Need an NPDES Permit? How to Get a Permit and How to Renew a Permit

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 when someone needs to be covered under the NPDES program and how to get this coverage.

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

Advanced Topics in Hazardous Waste (Part 1)

Having trouble determining if your waste is hazardous or when a waste is a listed hazardous waste? We will provide a more in depth discussion about using your knowledge of the waste and proper sampling and analysis. Are you unsure about how to manage the other hazardous waste you send for recycling? We’ll tell you the ins and outs of determining the proper regulations for recycled hazardous waste. This session will also explain management options for solvent contaminated rags and wipes.

Note: This is a two-part session.

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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.

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New and Proposed Rules, Policies and Regulations That Could Impact Your NPDES Permit

During this session, you will learn more about new and proposed rules, policies and regulations that could impact your NPDES permit.

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RMP (Risk Management Plan) Reporting

The intent of section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act is to prevent accidental releases to the air and mitigate the consequences of releases that do occur by focusing on prevention measures on chemicals that pose the greatest risk to the public and the environment. Under these requirements, industry has an obligation to prevent accidents and operate safely. The document that summarizes these requirements is called a Risk Management Plan (RMP). Come to this session to learn more about RMP requirements and whether these apply to your operations.

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

Advanced Topics in Hazardous Waste (Part 2)

Having trouble determining if your waste is hazardous or when a waste is a listed hazardous waste? We will provide a more in depth discussion about using your knowledge of the waste and proper sampling and analysis. Are you unsure about how to manage the other hazardous waste you send for recycling? We’ll tell you the ins and outs of determining the proper regulations for recycled hazardous waste. This session will also explain management options for solvent contaminated rags and wipes. This is Part 2 of the 1:30-2:45 session on advanced hazardous waste topics.

How to Report When Things Go Wrong

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 like this.

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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 also offered on day two of the conference (10:45 -12 time slot).

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How to Complete a Minor Source Air Permit Application

This session will include line-by-line instructions on how to fill out the standard application form #3150a 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 the hard copy form, the information also applies when completing an electronic permit application through the Air Services.

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The day will begin at 7:45 a.m. with registration, coffee and pastries. The morning plenary session is Divisions 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.

Reorganization, Program Priorities, Hot Topics

Meet Your Division and District Chiefs – Open Discussion

In this session, Ohio EPA’s Division Chiefs will cover their current hot topics and upcoming priorities.

Participants: Bob Hodanbosi (DAPC), Tiffani Kavalec (DSW), Terrie Termeer (DMWM), Mike Profitt (DERR), Marc Glasgow (DERIE)

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. time slot)

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OCAPP - Resources to Help You Achieve Compliance, Reduce Waste and Save Money

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.

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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 also include a discussion of Ohio EPA’s General Industrial Storm Water Permit.

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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.

Speakers: Mark Howard, SPCC Team Lead, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Emergency Management and Jaime Julian, U.S. EPA Region V, SPCC Program

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.

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

Examples of Environmental Excellence – E3 Case Studies

This session features three E3 Gold Level members to provide a more detailed review of how they completed the activities that enabled them to achieve E3 Gold. This session identifies the steps taken to establish their environmental stewardship programs, how they maintain a focus on environmental stewardship as part of their overall business plan and the information they track and report for the E3 Gold Level.

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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
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Wastewater Reporting – Electronic Discharge Monitoring Reports (eDMR) Updates and GIS Initiatives

In this session you will learn about the Ohio EPA Division of Surface Water Electronic Discharge Monitoring Reports (eDMR) system. Learn the “who, why, what, and how’s” and hear the latest from what current system users are saying. The eDMR Administrator will field questions, provide information on the latest software upgrades, and provide an exciting update on Division of Surface Water applications soon to be rolled out through the eBusiness Center. This session will also include an examination of Surface Water GIS initiatives aimed at data compilation, analysis and propagation.

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Beneficial Use and the Future of Solid Waste Management in Ohio

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 alternative practices to reduce disposal of waste at landfills, including composting organic wastes (including food scraps) and recycling construction and demolition debris.

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.

Speakers: Mark Howard, SPCC Team Lead, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Emergency Management and Jaime Julian, U.S. EPA Region V, SPCC Program

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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’s Online Tools for Businesses

Do you know how to navigate Ohio EPA’s internet site to gain access to valuable tools and resources? If you need help, attend this session to learn more about finding what you need to help you with your compliance requirements. Learn more about our new Permit Wizard, our Frequently Asked Questions page, training and publications catalogs, online subscription services, newsletters and more!

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How to Get Recognized for Your Environmental Achievements

This session provides an overview of the three levels of recognition in Ohio EPA’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program (E3), examples of what organizations have done to be recognized at the Achievement, Silver and Gold Levels, a step-by-step walkthrough of the application process for each level, the benefits associated with participating in E3 and the assistance DEFA can provide to help you put together a successful application.

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Ohio EPA Enforcement Response/Priorities and Updates

In this session, we’ll cover direction, updates and priorities of Ohio EPA’s legal and enforcement programs.

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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.

Speakers: Mark Howard, SPCC Team Lead, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Emergency Management and Jaime Julian, U.S. EPA Region V, SPCC Program

 

Where is the event being held?

Columbus, Ohio

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.

Is there free parking at the Crowne Plaza?

Yes.

Are there other hotels near the Crowne Plaza?

Yes. For nearby hotel options click here.

Registration is closed - thank you for your interest! Any additional questions can be directed to Supora Johnson by email or 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 Compliance Conference is approved for 12.5 hours of continuing education credit for both days of conference participation. Please 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

Course approval number will be provided at the end of each session.

  • Please sign the Operator Certification Sheet indicating your attendance in each course room.
  • Have the Training Provider sign and date the Course Completion Form (found in conference manual).
The following sessions are approved for contact hours

Course Type* Hours Day Time
Section 401 Wetlands Permitting in Ohio – Program and Regulatory Updates WW 1.25 Tues., Aug. 30 9:45 AM
How to Get or Renew an NPDES Permit and TDS Compliance Alternatives WW 1.25 Tues., Aug. 30 11:15 AM
New and Proposed Rules, Policies and Regulations That Could Impact Your NPDES Permit WW 1.25 Tues., Aug. 30 2:00 PM
How to Report When Things Go Wrong WW 1.25 Tues., Aug. 30 3:30 PM
Preparing for an Ohio EPA Inspection WW 1.25 Tues., Aug. 30 3:30 PM
Preparing for an Ohio EPA Inspection WW 1.25 Wed., Aug. 31 10:45 AM
Storm Water Permitting Requirements for Industrial Activity WW 1.25 Wed., Aug. 31 10:45 AM
A General Overview - SPCC Plans for Oil and Oil products Both 1.25 Wed., Aug. 31 10:45 AM
NPDES Online Permit Applications and Reporting WW 1.25 Wed., Aug. 31 1:45 PM
Special Session – SPCC in-depth Both 3.0 Wed., Aug. 31 1:45 PM
 *DW - Drinking Water; WW - Wastewater; Both - DW and WW

Ohio EPA’s Compliance Assistance Conference will be held August 30-31, 2016. Sign-in will begin on August 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.

Conference Location
Crowne Plaza Columbus North
6500 Doubletree Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43229
Tel: (614) 885-1885
Toll-Free: 1-877-227-6963

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