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

Word from the Chair:

NEWSLETTERHere is the NEWEST newsletter for the SWOC (3rd Quarter).  The newsletter is intended to provide the SWOC members information regarding what’s planned for the Chapter throughout the year and maybe provide a bit of information of local significance or a link to an interesting article or two that was not in EM.  

Arnie Beringer, 2017-2018 SWOC Chair

Spring Meeting

On Thursday, May 17th, the Southwest Ohio Chapter (SWOC) of the Air & Waste Management (A&WMA) Association participated in a Joint A&WMA/SAME (the Society of Military Engineers) meeting at the Hope Hotel located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). This joint meeting allowed A&WMA members both memberships to network, better understand each organizations missions, and discuss our mutual interest in meeting the challenges of environmental compliance.

Arnie Beringer, SWOC Chair, started the A&WMA side off expressing his gratitude at sharing the meeting with the SAME members. A&WMA directors, Jim Ryckman, and Gary Bramble contributed to the meeting discussion about the real effects of climate change in the Ohio River Basin. Gary shared his past experience as an observer at the UN climate change conference a few years ago. Jim discussed how A&WMA through meetings and support of scouting, was contributing to many stakeholders understanding of the importance of climate change.

This theme was expounded on our excellent speaker, Mark Kessinger, that shared some of the background and latest thoughts on Climate Conditions for the Ohio River Basin. His presentation was based on a study that he was instrumental in developing called Ohio River Basin Climate Change, which can be found here: http://www.huntingtonnews.net/sites/default/files/n64/Drum_Session1C_3.pdf. One of the interesting conclusions of this report includes, Temperatures forecasted to climb ½ degree per decade between 2011 and 2040 and 1 degree per decade between 2040 and 2099. Also, impacted systems include our dams, levees, thermoelectric power plants, navigation, water supply, hydropower, transportation, AND, ecosystems, like aquatic systems, terrestrial systems, and more. Most of us at the meeting felt it really did bring the climate change issue home to the Ohio Valley.

Our next meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, September 12 and our host and venue will be a the Thompson Hine law offices right off Austin Road in Miamisburg/Miami Township. Wray Blattner, and Nathan Hunt from Thompson Hine, will be presenting, as will Ellen Hewitt of Trinity Consultants, and Jenny Marsee, who will share the latest environmental perspectives with RAPCA, and more!

As usual with our regular A&WMA meetings, we will have a complimentary continental breakfast, great speakers, and will run from about 8-10. Further details will be shared as we get closer to the time, but, SAVE THE DATE for Wednesday, September 12th. See you there.

Fall Meeting

On Wednesday, October 25, the Southwest Ohio Chapter (SWOC) of the Air & Waste Management (A&WMA) Association held a meeting in downtown Cincinnati at the awesome Great American Tower. The FBT offices in the Great American Tower feature a phenomenal view of the river, the baseball park and Cincinnati, very nice!

This meeting was sponsored by our friends at Frost Brown Todd (FBT) law! Many thanks to Kevin McMurray, Steve Wesloh, Thad Driscoll and Chris Kahn of FBT for some great presentations and being great hosts. Also, thanks very much to Brad Miller and Anna Kelly of the Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services (HCDOES) for an interesting and helpful insight into their thoughts on the latest air quality status in our area. 

This meeting was kicked-off by the SWOC Chair,Andy Weisman, of RAPCA. Andy welcomed the crowd, discussed the Agenda and introduced our host, Kevin McMurray of FBT! As with almost every SWOC meeting, we had great speakers, a complimentary continental breakfast, a great venue, and a wonderful opportunity to network, learn and share ideas on recent key regulatory and technical issues affecting the environmental community. 

This meetings Regulatory, Legal and Technical speakers included: 

Kevin McMurray and Chris Kahn of FBT


Brad Miller and Anna Kelly of HCDOES 

Steve Wesloh of FBT 


Thad Driscoll of FBT 

All of the speakers had excellent presentations, were well-received and several good questions were asked during the Q&A which followed each session. As always, (due to our educational chair, Jim Ryckman) we offered Professional Development Hours (PDH) and handed out those PDH certificates following the meeting.


Meeting attendees


This was the final meeting of the 2017 SWOC A&WMA year. We hope you enjoyed the many opportunities this year to enrich your career by gaining knowledge of the environmental regulatory, technical and legal “hot topics” within our industry. We welcome your input to each and every session as we continue to look for Value to you our very important members of this environmental community. We would ask that you remember that face-to-face meetings with your peers are a GREAT way to network within the industry and we welcome your attendance at the meetings and participation in the association. 


We congratulate Thad Driscoll on his wedding (last week)! Also we want to thank our current Chair, Andy Weisman, on two counts, namely, doing a GREAT job as our Chair during 2016 and 2017, AND, on his recent promotion at RAPCA where he now is the head of the permit section for the Agency! Congrats Andy.



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