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 March 31 – April 1, 2020, Ohio EPA will host its 11th Compliance Assistance Conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Through our conference, you will gain valuable information and contacts to help you with your environmental compliance responsibilities.

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 three-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.

If you have any questions, contact Supora Hunter.

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

  • Risk Assessment 101 (NEW) 
  • Preparing a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (NEW)
  • Intro to Water Quality Standards (NEW)
  • EPCRA, TRI and RMP Reporting 
  • Air Permitting Basics and Reporting
  • Preparing for an Ohio EPA Inspection 
  • Hazardous Waste Requirements 
  • Hazardous Waste Rules Update
  • Used Oil and SPCC Requirements
  • NPDES Permits and Electronic (e-DMR) Reporting 
  • Compliance Assistance: Resources to Help You Reduce Pollution and Achieve Compliance
  • Storm Water Requirements for Industrial and Construction Activities
  • Universal Waste and Used Oil Rules

After a short welcome and opening remarks, our morning keynote session will feature Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson. The mid-day plenary session will feature U.S. EPA Regional Administrator Kurt Thiede.


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

Storm Water Permitting Requirements for Industrial Activity
(This session is also offered on day 2)

Attend this session to learn about obtaining a permit, best management practices and how to avoid problems; including a discussion of EPA’s General Industrial Storm Water Permit.

Hazardous Waste Requirements - The Basics (Part 1)
(This session is also offered on day 2)

Two-part session covering the basic requirements of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act to help generators understand managing their hazardous waste, evaluating waste streams, and more.

Note: This is a two-part session.

Resources to Help you Reduce Pollution and Achieve Compliance

Learn about grants and free services to help your business become sustainable and stay in compliance.

Enforcement Priorities and Initiatives to Improve Inspection and Enforcement Processes

Updates and priorities of legal and enforcement programs.

Intro to Air Permitting and Reporting - Part 1

Review available permits; general, permit-by-rule options, and permits-to-install/operate. Provide an overview of completing an application, calculate emissions of criteria and air toxic pollutants.

Note: This is a two-part session.


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

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

Learn the “who, why, what, and how’s” to the reporting dashboard facilitated by the STREAMS Administrator.

Hazardous Waste Requirements - The Basics (Part 2)
(This session is also offered on day 2)

Continuation of the basics about Ohio’s hazardous waste regulations.

Intro 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.

Beneficial Use and the Future of Solid Waste Management in Ohio

Learn about the developing rules and procedures allowing reuse of materials, including those generated as part of the oil and gas industry, dredged material, water treatment sludge and more.

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

Learn the basic reporting requirements for emergency situations. Discuss several scenarios that have been identified as high-priority response and communication situations.


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

Preparing a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

Do you need to develop a SWPPP to comply with a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System industrial storm water permit? Learn the elements of a SWPPP and mistakes to avoid.

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

Learn who is required to file annual inventory reports, release/spill reporting requirements and reporting procedures.

Hazardous Waste Rules – What’s Coming Down the Line?

Learn about the new rules that will be adopted in 2020, educate attendees on the myRCRAid and e-Manifest modules of U.S. EPA’s RCRAInfo Industry Application, discuss these provisions and their benefits.

Risk Assessment 101

Overview of the fundamentals of risk assessment. EPA considers risk to be the chance of harmful effects to human health or to ecological systems.

How to Complete a Minor Source Air Permit Application

Learn 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.


Breakout Session Four — 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Intro to Water Quality Standards - the Foundation of Permitting

In this session, the three fundamentals of Water Quality Standards will be discussed: designated uses, water quality criteria, and anti-degradation requirements.

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

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

Storm Water Permitting Requirements for Construction Activities

Learn how to get a permit, best management practices and how to avoid problems. Including discussion of EPA’s General Construction Storm Water Permit.

Preparing for an Ohio EPA Inspection
(This session is also offered on day 2)

Learn about the inspection process and get practical tips on how you can prepare your business when an inspector shows up.

A Deeper Dive into the Universal Waste and Used Oil Rules

Learn the criteria used in defining a universal waste. Ohio added four new universal wastes to this category which are known as Ohio-Specific Universal Waste.

After a short welcome and opening remarks, there will be a morning panel featuring division chiefs from the Division of Surface Water, Division of Air Pollution Control and Drinking and Ground Waters discussing division priorities and compliance tactics. After lunch and before Breakout Session Three, there will be an Encouraging Environmental Excellence Award Ceremony.


Breakout Session One — 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

How to Get or Renew a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit

We will cover basics of how to get or renew an NPDES permit and how permit conditions and limits are determined.

Preparing for an Ohio EPA Inspection
(Repeat of the session offered on day 1)

Learn about the inspection process and get practical tips on how you can prepare your business when an inspector does show up. 

Air Permitting for Major Sources - Part 1

We will cover the basics of Major New Source Review (NSR), including; applicability and attainment/non-attainment, modeling basics, modifications and more.

Hazardous Waste Requirements – The Basics (Part 1)
(Repeat of the session offered on day 1)

Learn how to evaluate waste streams to see if they are hazardous, an overview of requirements as a hazardous waste generator, steps to recycle and/or reduce wastes and save money!

General Overview - SPCC Plans for Oil and Oil Products

Learn about requirements for oil production, bulk oil storage and end use storage facilities. We will cover what to expect during a federal SPCC inspection and common violations seen in the field.


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

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

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.

 

NPDES – Permit, New & Proposed Rules & Policies

Learn new and proposed rules, policies and regulations that could impact your non-stormwater NPDES permit. Including all in process and upcoming regulations that could impact your permit.

Hazardous Waste Requirements – The Basics (Part 2)
(Repeat of the session offered on day 1)

Continuation of the basics about Ohio’s hazardous waste regulations.

Resources to Help You Reduce Pollution and Achieve Compliance

Learn about grants and free services to help your business become sustainable and stay in compliance.

Special Session-SPCC Planning In-Depth
This dual breakout session continues through the end of session three until 4:30 p.m.

Course includes details on the specifics of the SPCC requirements, how to develop your plan, secondary containment and response requirements. 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 — 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Storm Water Permitting Requirements - Industrial Activity
(Repeat of the session offered on day 1)

Attend this session to learn about obtaining a permit, best management practices and how to avoid problems; including a discussion of EPA’s General Industrial Storm Water Permit.

Air Services and EPA’s eBusiness Center (eBiz)

Overview of Air Services, an online tool for completing air permit applications and eBusiness Center for other updates on interacting electronically to submit your air permit applications and reports.

Encouraging Environmental Excellence – Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability Leaders Panel

This panel discussion highlights the successes, opportunities and challenges of the successful sustainability programs of three Ohio organizations.

Working Effectively with Ohio EPA

Have you ever had challenges in navigating through Ohio EPA or wondered who to connect with to help ensure that your project made it through the regulatory channels smoothly? Do you know what do to once your permit application comes to the Agency…or even what you can do before you submit any paperwork for review? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, join this session to learn more. We will cover strategies for proactively communicating with Ohio EPA to ensure new projects make it through the regulatory processes effectively.

Special Session-SPCC in-depth
This dual breakout session continues through the end of session three until 4:30 p.m.

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.

To register for the conference, use our online registration center. You may register up to 10 attendees at a time and pay at the end of your session. Hotel reservations may be made at the nearby Hampton Inn and Suites.

Once you complete your registration 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 $250 fee covers sessions on March 31 and April 1.

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.

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
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
Attention: Supora Hunter

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 email Supora Hunter to notify us of any substitute requests.

For More Information
If you have any questions about registration, email Supora Hunter.

 

 
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