Welcome to the Southwest Ohio Chapter of
the Air & Waste Management Association

Breakfast with the Regulators - Dec. 4th

On December 4th, Frost Brown Todd (FBT) hosted the Southwest Ohio Chapter (SWOC) of the A&WMA from 7:30-10:45 at their beautiful offices at 3300 Great American Tower at 301 East Fourth Street in downtown Cincinnati. This meeting was facilitated by Terri Sexton, SWOC Chairperson, and featured several excellent speakers as part of our "Breakfast with the Regulators" series. Anchoring our technical program were Brad Miller, Assistant Director of HCDOES, and Anna Kelley, Monitoring & Analysis Supervisor. Brad and Anna gave an excellent review of the current standards, the proposed standards, and what those changes will mean to our region and across the nation in specific cities and regions. They have been kind enough to share their presentation and you can review that presentation by clicking here. We encourage you to view this informative, detailed overview.

Photos from the Meeting - please click to view larger image

  • Steve Wesloh Of FBT Discussing The Impact Of Recent Regulatory And Legal Interpretations
  • Brad Miller Of HCDOES Discussing Ozone Changes
  • Anna Kelley Of HCDOES Discussing Current And Future Standards And The Affect On Attainment Status
  • Attendees At The SWOC AWMA Meeting

Also prominent in the program were excellent talks by Steve Wesloh, Thad Driscoll and Chris Kahn of FBT. They discussed in detail several pertinent areas of interest that could impact industry including: Credible Evidence, recent Supreme Court cases, CASPR rule, GHG cases, MATS, and accidental release rule (RMP) recent enforcement activities.

Thanks to FBT for hosting this meeting. It was another good Networking, Regulatory, and Technical meeting.

We are currently planning for the SWOC A&WMA meetings for 2015 and wish each and every one of you an outstanding Holiday Season! Looking forward to 2015 and more informative, and networking friendly, A&WMA events.

TUCSWOC A&WMA Meeting at
the University of Cincnnati

On September 19th, the University of Cincinnati hosted the Southwest Ohio Chapter (SWOC) of the A&WMA from 12-2:30 for a technical and networking meeting at Tangeman University Center. This meeting was facilitated by Terri Sexton, SWOC Chair, and featured several excellent talks by UC students as part of the UC "Seminar Series". The students are all involved in interesting and technically challenging projects.

Presentations were shared by Kaiqi Li, Marissa Liang, Worrarat (Lynn) Thiansathit, and Yang Liu. We also had the opportunity to hear Carol Clinton, PhD discuss sustainablity. Pictures of those speakers are included below, please click on the thumbnail to see a larger version.

  • Kaiqi Li
  • Marissa S. Liang
  • Terri Sexton At UC
  • Worrarat Thiansathit
  • Yang Liu
  • Carol Clinton PhD Presenting on Sustainability

We want to thank Dr. Tim Keener for pulling together this meeting, for being our UC host, and his excellent work now and over the past many years in developing technically astute engineers and in his support for the Air & Waste Management Association.

We also had the opportunity to hear Carol Clinton, PhD, P.E., LEED AP, and President of E3 Strategic Partners (who is also A&WMA Education Council Chair). Carol gave a very insightful and interesting paper on "Sustainability at Multi-national Companies" which provided a look into how many corporations are implementing sustainability practices in their organization.

Many thanks to UC and Carol for your presentations!

2014 “All-Ohio” A&WMA one day seminar

On Tuesday, July 29th, the SWOC in conjunction with the NOC, joined together for the “All-Ohio” A&WMA one day seminar. This meeting was hosted by the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus. Our hosts at Battelle were Karen Riggs and Brian Boczek. A little information about Battelle:

Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, with over 22,000 employees at more than 60 locations globally. A 501(c) (3) charitable trust, Battelle was founded on industrialist Gordon Battelle’s vision that business and scientific interests can go hand-in-hand as forces for positive change.

Today, Battelle manages the world’s leading national laboratories and maintains a contract research portfolio spanning consumer and industrial, energy and environment, health and pharmaceutical and national security. We are valued for our independence and ability to innovate within virtually any business or research climate. From large government agencies and multi-national corporations to small start-ups and incubator projects, Battelle provides the resources, brainpower and flexibility to fulfill our clients’ needs.

Onto the Meeting:

By all accounts, everyone enjoyed what was an informative, interesting and varied group of speakers that included:

  • Terri Sexton, Navistar, SWOC Chairperson
  • Karen Riggs, Battelle, Topic: Battelle Background
  • Pamela Allen, Chief of the Division of Materials and Waste, Ohio EPA, Topic: Waste Management Update
  • Bob Hodanbosi, Chief of the Division of Air Pollution Control, Ohio EPA, Topic: Air Quality Update
  • Craig Butler (our featured luncheon speaker), Director of the Ohio EPA, Topic: Directors’ Update
  • Tom Kelly, Battelle, Topic: Status/Restrictions in the Use of Drones for Autonomous Air Sampling and Potential Applications in Ohio
  • Arnie Beringer, CEECO Equipment, Topic: Air Pollution Control Equipment Technologies
  • Neeraj Gupta, Battelle Topic: Making CO2 utilization and Storage Ready for Commercial Deployment in the Midwestern United States
  • Kathy Milenkovski, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, Attorneys at Law, Topic: Environmental Potpourri: an update on various regulatory and enforcement matters.

The overall program was packed with information that enlightened the attendees from the excellent regulatory information provided by our OEPA speakers, to the interesting background and diverse scientific projects at Battelle, to an excellent opportunity to network across the broad spectrum of manufacturing, academia, consultants, other scientific community, and regulatory agency staff. 

Dir. Butler



Thanks also go out to Jim Ryckman, our educational chair, who set up and maintains our Professional Development Hours accreditation. All attendees received 6.25 hours of credits for attending this interesting, and engaging meeting.

As presentations are sent in, we will post them on this SWOC website for your ease of review.

We look forward to you attending our upcoming meetings. As the dates and venues are finalized, we will send out an e-mail to give you an opportunity to be part of the great networking and technical aspects of your Southwest Ohio Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association.




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