Compliance Assistance Conference

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

 As a precautionary response to COVID-19, Ohio EPA is currently operating with most staff working remotely. If you are working with our staff on a current project and you know the name of the employee you are working with, email them at firstname.lastname@epa.ohio.gov or call them directly. The Agency website has contact information for every district, division, and office. In order to reach us, please contact Ohio EPA’s main phone line at (614) 644-3020 or the main line for the division or office you are trying to reach.

After March 23, our district offices and Central Office will be temporarily closed and will have increasingly limited ability to receive deliveries, plans, etc. All entities are encouraged to submit plans, permit applications, etc., electronically where there are existing avenues to do so, such as the eBusiness Center (eBiz). Please refer to the list of available services on the main eBiz webpage. We encourage you to make use of all that apply, even if you have not used eBiz in the past. Plans under 25 MB can be emailed. For large plans over 25 MB, entities should work with the reviewer/division to upload via LiquidFiles. Directions for submitting docs via LiquidFiles is available on YouTube. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you in advance for your understanding.

To report a spill or environmental emergency, contact the spill hotline (800) 282-9378 or (614) 224-0946

We regret to inform you we have canceled the Compliance Assistance Conference scheduled for March 31 – April 1, 2020 due to concerns surrounding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  The health and safety of attendees remains our top concern, and we must take every precaution to protect our citizens.  If you made hotel reservations, contact the hotel directly to cancel your reservation.

The Compliance Assistance Conference will be rescheduled for the fall 2020.  When the new date is confirmed with the Greater Columbus Convention Center you will receive an email.

Creating an amazing conference experience first and foremost means keeping everyone’s health and safety a top priority.  We are working closely with our partners at the Greater Columbus Convention Center to ensure best-in-class practices are followed to support the health and wellness of everyone in attendance.

Your registration will transfer to the new conference dates.  We understand that some attendees may be unable to join us on the new conference dates.  Ohio EPA will issue refunds.  Please send me an email at supora.hunter@epa.ohio.gov to cancel.

We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Best regards,

Supora

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

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  • 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 — 9:30 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
(This session is also offered on day 2)

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 12:15 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 Program: What to Do and What to Expect When You Have a Spill

Are you prepared for when a spill happens? Attend this session to learn what to do and how Ohio EPA responds with real world examples.


Breakout Session Three — 1:45 p.m. to 3:00 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 — 3:15 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 does 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 Environmental Response and Revitalization, Division of Materials and Waste Management, Division of Air Pollution Control and the Division of 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 — 9:45 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)

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.

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 12:30 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
(Repeat of session offered on day 1)

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.

This approximate session begins at 11:15 and runs until the close of the conference at 4:30. 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 3:45 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 session begins at 11:15 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.

 
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