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's 10th compliance conference in October was, again, a huge success. We started from rather humble beginnings with 77 people at our first event in 2005 and have grown over the years to now selling out at record pace with 350 participants (or more) over the past several years.

The success and growth of the conference is attributable to not only the commitment of the attendees, but to the work and commitment of those behind-the-scenes, the presenters and the facility. It really is a lot of work, but I truly believe we are paid back by the relationships we’re establishing and the benefits we're providing to our regulated entities. Our goal is to make it the best experience for our attendees and I think we've hit that mark time and again.

The feedback from this year’s event was the most positive we’ve ever received. Every single breakout session got excellent reviews and all speakers got high marks as well. I think the quotes above highlight how many people felt.

The success of this conference, along with the interactions between the Agency and regulated entities during the event and moving forward really do have a lasting impact and have put Ohio EPA on the national map in terms of our outreach efforts. We continuously have other states ask us how we’ve built such a successful program, including wanting to come and observe our conference to help build their own. Thanks again — we are looking forward to seeing you at future events!

Laurie Stevenson, Chief

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Tentative plans are to hold our next conference in October 2019

 
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Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler presented five Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Platinum Level awards at the Agency’s Compliance Assistance Conference on Oct. 31, 2018 in Columbus. Ohio’s E3 Program recognizes businesses, nonprofits and government agencies for going above and beyond compliance with requirements while demonstrating environmental excellence. Platinum Level is the highest level award. Platinum recognizes organizations that have expanded their environmental programs beyond their own facility to make a positive impact on the surrounding community. 

The E3 program also provides Gold, Silver and Achievement levels of recognition. An organization can work through levels of recognition including Achievement at the base level; Silver Level recognizing outstanding accomplishments in environmental stewardship; and Gold Level recognizing comprehensive environmental stewardship programs. All levels require a commitment to meet or exceed environmental regulatory requirements. 

Congratulations to all the 2018 platinum, gold and silver winners! If you are interested in applying for recognition for your organization under the E3 program, please visit epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/ohioe3, or call 1-800-329-7518. We are glad to help guide you through the process and get your organization the recognition it deserves.


American Municipal Power, Inc. — Columbus
 

General Motors LLC — Toledo Plant
 

Ohio University — Athens
 

Washing Systems — Loveland
 

YSI, Inc. — Yellow Springs

 

 

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The two-day 2018 conference covered 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

After a short welcome and opening remarks, our morning plenary session featured Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler. The mid-day plenary session focused on Program Priorities and Hot Topics for Water, Solid Waste and Beneficial Reuse (presentation materials). 


Breakout Session One — 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials


Breakout Session Two — 11 a.m. to 12 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.

Presentation Materials

Hazardous Waste Requirements – The Basics (Part 2)

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

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

Special Session – SPCC In-Depth

This approximate three-hour session begins at 11 and runs until the end of day one of the conference. 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.

Presentation Materials


Breakout Session Three — 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

Special Session – SPCC In-Depth

This approximate three-hour session begins at 11 and runs until the close of day one of the conference. 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.

Presentation Materials


Breakout Session Four — 3:45 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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

Special Session – SPCC In-Depth

This approximate three-hour session begins at 11 and runs until the close of day one of the conference. 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.

Presentation Materials

The mid-day plenary session focused on Program Priorities and Hot Topics for Air, Waste and Environmental Response/Remediation (presentation materials and additional references). 


Breakout Session One — 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.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.

Presentation Materials

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.)

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials


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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials


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.

Presentation Materials

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.

Presentation Materials

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.

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