On September 20th, the Southwest Ohio Chapter (SWOC) of the Air & Waste Management (A&WMA) Association held a meeting at the GE Training Center in Cincinnati. This facility is a national location for GE personnel to be trained, and also an outstanding meeting facility and a GE jet engine museum! As in many times in the past, our thanks go out to GE, and in particular our long-time A&WMA associate, Jim Sumner. Jim will be retiring at the end of October and plans to spend time on the road with his wife, Patty, exploring the US in their camper and enjoying life in and around both the State and National parks throughout the US. Bon voyage and Happy Trails from all your friends and colleagues at A&WMA! Thanks for everything you have done to extend A&WMA outreach to provide a neutral forum for discussion and information about recent and upcoming regulations, and for providing great support for networking within the industrial, academic and other media in the environmental arena!
This meeting started off with an introduction and background lead by Andy Weisman of RAPCA, the current SWOC Chair. An interesting thing to note, is that this was a joint meeting with our fellow colleagues from the American Institute for Industrial Hygienist (AIHA) partnering with A&WMA as an out-reach to fellow professionals. We appreciate Ralph Froehlich from Helix for suggesting this collaboration.
This was an excellent meeting anchored by Brad Miller and Anna Kelly from the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency (HCDOES). Brad is the Assistant Director and Anna the Monitoring and Analysis Supervisor of the Agency. Brad and Anna were, as always, very interesting giving a very detailed update and analysis on the most recent air regulations affecting us both statewide and federally. During both of their presentations, they fielded many excellent and insightful questions which lead to a better understanding of the key issues facing us today.
Our host firm, GE, had an excellent speaker, Dave Roberts present product, environmental philosophy and recent environmental initiatives by GE as a large, multi-national firm. Much attention was given to GE's commitment to environmental excellence, and some of their recent perspectives on risk-based focus in certain areas. Dave discussed how GE is transforming divesting some parts of the company and acquiring new additions to the firm. Dave shared GE's strategic presence in key hubs through the world; discussed the EvolutionTM Series Locomotives and how fuel efficient and fuel flexible they are; he affirmed GE's commitment to achieving top-notch environmental, health and safety goals, and how they have integrated RISK into GE's EHS Audit Programs. Many thanks to GE for sharing this information.
We also want to congratulate our three newest A&WMA members:
We have several upcoming A&WMA events that you will want to know about. They include:
All of these meetings will have details coming out soon and we encourage you to try and fit some of them into your busy schedules. Remember, PDH's certificates are earned with each technical meeting so this is part of your continuing education and professional development.
Thanks to all the members, and please talk it up and let's bring in even more new members.
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
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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.
On Thursday, April 24th, the SW Ohio Chapter held a "Breakfast with the Regulators" meeting at the Thompson-Hine building off Austin Road in Miamisburg, Ohio. Thompson-Hine sponsored the meeting which featured several excellent speakers.
As many of you know, the keynote speaker was John Paul, Director of RAPCA. Mr. Paul will be retiring this summer, and this was a chance to hear him speak once more in his RAPCA role. With a retrospective approach, Mr. Paul presented an excellent overview of some of the significant strides made in improving the overall Greater Dayton/RAPCA footprint of counties. Mr. Paul's presentation is attached here for your review and enjoyment.
Also, Mr. Paul, in recognition of both the outstanding job he has done leading RAPCA, and in appreciation for his numerous talks conducted at the request of the SW Ohio Chapter of A&WMA received a plaque from the group and a small gift as a token of our appreciation and respect for his contributions to the overall environment in our area. Arnie Beringer, outgoing SWOC Chair, and Terri Sexton, incoming SWOC Chair, both individually thanked John Paul for helping to direct their early careers in both a professional and inspiration way.
Director Paul, Thank You for your service to the community!
Mr. Paul was followed by our host, Wray Blattner of Thompson-Hine. Wray covered a number of the hot and upcoming topics that will affect many of us in the regulated community. Wray can be contacted to support your legal environmental needs at Wray.Blattner@ThompsonHine.com, and/or 937-443-6539. His firms direct website to contact him is at: http://www.thompsonhine.com/professionals/blattner-wray.
Following Wray, Mr. Greg Hemker of EHS was kind enough to share the latest information about the recently adopted "solvent wipe" rule and how this could very easily affect your manufacturing business. Greg's presentation can be found here for future information on this topic.
A big thank you also to Jim Ryckman who set up and maintains our Professional Development Hours (PDH) program where you receive PDH credits for each of the SW Ohio Chapter meetings attended.
Once again, we thank each and every one of you who made the meeting for taking the time to come, to network, and to learn new and important information that will help your firm.
On November 6th, 2013, the Southwest Ohio Chapter (SWOC) of the Air & Waste Management Association, in conjunction with the Northern Ohio Chapter (NOC) had our "All-Ohio" meeting representing all A&WMA members in the State of Ohio! This meeting was held in downtown Columbus at the fabulous Riffe Center on the 31st floor which offered a great view of the city, the river, the overall air quality, and provided an overall excellent venue to hear dynamic and technically, and regulatory savvy speakers!
This program was generously sponsored by Mr. Mike Born, of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick (http://www.slk-law.com/About-Shumaker), a full-service business law firm with more than 220 attorneys in its five offices located in Toledo and Columbus, Ohio; Tampa. Mr. Born heads up the environmental practice for the Columbus office.
This excellent program featured presentations by several people including:
The meeting was facilitated by Arnie Beringer of CEECO Equipment who started off the program. Arnie is finishing up not one, but two, terms as Chairman of the SW Ohio Chapter, A&WMA. We ALL fully appreciate the commitment that Arnie has made to bring leadership to the group, and value of membership to the local chapter. See this attached picture of Arnie being presented a well-deserved plaque recognizing his efforts to make a very positive impact on the chapter. Arnie's plaque is being presented by Jason Simon, Chapter Treasurer. Great job Arnie!
We urge you all to share the value of being a member of A&WMA and the excellent technical, regulatory and networking opportunities that come from membership in A&WMA!
Soon, we will have our newest chair in place, Terri Sexton of Navistar, and elections for other key office positions (Vice-Chair and Second Vice-Chair). Look for ballots to be sent out soon.
Thanks to all who attended. We know from the comments, everyone who did really enjoyed the presentations and networking. If you were not able to make this meeting, we look forward to connecting with you at Chapter meetings during 2014!
On September 12, 2013, the Southwest Ohio Chapter (SWOC) of the Air & Waste Management Association had our Fall Meeting at the fabulous GE Aircraft Engine Training Center and Aviation Engine Museum!
The program featured presentations by Debbie Walker and Joane Rheinhold of GE; Brad Miller and Anna Kelly of the Southwest Ohio Air Quality Agency; Terry Harris of SunCoke; and Tom Herman of Zeon Chemical representing the AWMA Scouting Council.
This meeting was sponsored by GE, which generously allowed us to use their meeting facility.
The presenters talks included:
For those who were able to attend, you had an opportunity to see the on-site, GE jet engine test cells, and get a first-hand look at how the test cell program works, how testing is conducted, and how emissions are measured, all important parts of aviation air quality.
We are fortunate to have Brad, Anna's, and Terry's presentations.
Also, remember, we have the big "All-Ohio" A&WMA presentation on November 6 in Columbus! Look for an e-mail for details and to sign up quickly to reserve your spot.
Please contact Bob McCullough of QSEM Solutions! at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-742-8888 to refer and sign up potential new members so that they can be part of the positive experiences that we offer in our Chapter. Lets all do our part to ramp up membership in our chapter to amplify the A&WMA experience!