EEHS School Agenda


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ENVIRONMENTAL • ENERGY
HEALTH & SAFETY SCHOOL
August 5 & 6 2019 • McKimmon Center • Raleigh NC
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Which Course is Right for You?

Courses are designed to meet the needs of attendees with varying degrees of proficiency in the subject matter. Proficiency levels are identified for each course as NOVICE, INTERMEDIATE, or ADVANCED.

Novice | Intermediate | Advanced

Novice: I know nothing about this subject. 
Intermediate: I know something about this subject.
Advanced: I know this subject.

Air Quality Courses

AQ-1: The Basics of Air Permitting | Do I Need a Permit?

This session will serve as a refresher course on air permitting in our State.  Approximately half of the session will provide an overview of the state and federal permitting requirements for stationary sources, the types of permits issued for different source categories, the procedural requirements associated with each type of permit, and the difference between state and federally enforceable requirements.

The remainder of the session is targeted at small facilities.  This portion of the session will include an overview of the 02Q .0102 permit exemptions and a discussion of permitting options available to small facilities (i.e., permit exemption and registration).  Compliance with applicable regulations for exempt and registered facilities will also be discussed.

Audience
Novice

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Davis Murphy, Permits Coordinator for the Winston Salem Regional Office of the NC Division of Air Quality


Davis Murphy began his work with the DAQ as an intern in the Mobile Sources Compliance Branch while completing an Environmental Technology degree at North Carolina State University.  Since graduation he has worked for the division for 9 years in many roles including Mobile Sources Technician, Compliance Inspector, and Permit Engineer.  He currently serves as the Permits Coordinator in the Winston-Salem Regional Office.  Davis can be reached at davis.murphy@ncdenr.gov or (336) 776-9644.

AQ-2: The Building Blocks of Air Permitting

This course will explain how AQ permitting has evolved from the 70s until now.  The AQ permitting that is required today is based on a set of permit building blocks and requirements that began back in the 70s and have evolved through today.  This class will explain how the SIP, NSPS, PSD, NNSR, Title V, and NESHAP requirements have formed the AQ permitting requirements as we know them today, and why there are about 5 definitions of a major source.

Audience
Novice

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Dale Overcash, PE, Principal Consultant, Trinity Consultants
Alan McConnell, Partner, Kilpatrick Townsend


Dale Overcash has 39 years of environmental experience principally dealing with air quality permitting and compliance issues.  Mr. Overcash has 25 years of environmental consulting experience and prior to that worked 14 years as a permit writer and manager in the North Carolina Division of Environmental Management, Air Quality and Water Quality Sections.

Mr. Overcash is currently employed with Trinity Consultants as a Principal Consultant and Office Manager of the Raleigh Office.  He serves as the senior technical lead for providing air quality permitting and compliance services to the industrial sector in NC and SC.

Mr. Overcash has served on the Board of Directors for Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association and was the CAPCA President in 2016.  He is currently the Dean of Air and serves on the Steering Committee for the EEHS school and is an active member of the Science and Technology Committee for the NCMA.

Mr. Overcash is a 1980 graduate of NC State University with a BS in Biological and Agricultural Engineering and is a registered PE in North and South Carolina.


Alan McConnell provides environmental representation, counseling and litigation services on a wide range of legislative, administrative and regulatory matters in the field of environmental law, with a particular emphasis on the Clean Air Act. Other areas of his practice include solid and hazardous waste regulation (including CERCLA, RCRA and state solid and hazardous waste programs), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Clean Water Act (including the regulation of wetlands and water resource allocation issues), the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65), occupational safety and health issues, land use issues, and environmental liabilities attendant to corporate transactions.

Mr. McConnell has extensive experience with state and federal environmental and administrative laws, with special emphasis on the regulation of air pollution. He has assisted industrial clients with stationary source air quality permitting (both Title V and state permits) and enforcement matters throughout the nation. Mr. McConnell has also represented numerous clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the appeal of final U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules promulgated under Titles I (stationary sources) and II (mobile sources) of the Clean Air Act.

Mr. McConnell is listed in the 2019 and the ten years immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Environmental Law and he is listed as #1 in the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions. Mr. McConnell was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law in 2019 and the 11 years immediately preceding. He was also recognized as a 2017 "Raleigh Lawyer of the Year" in the area of Environmental Law by The Best Lawyers in America®. Mr. McConnell was named to Business North Carolina's "Legal Elite" list in 2009 and 2010 as one of North Carolina's top environmental attorneys and was recognized as a North Carolina "Super Lawyer" in 2010, and again in 2019 and the seven years immediately preceding, for Environmental Law by Super Lawyers magazine. He was named by International Who's Who of Business Lawyers for Environmental Law in 2011.

AQ-3: Maintaining a Defensible Compliance Record

We’ve all written them—notes or e-mails that made sense at the time but later required context or explanation.  We’ve also read notes or e-mails in which the writer was making a joke or just blowing off steam. Those documents can cause embarrassment or loss of a case when they have to be produced in litigation. This session will use video and live demonstration to help you create good documents and avoid creating bad ones.

Audience
Advanced

Format
Presentation

Speakers
Max Justice, Retired of Counsel, Parker Poe
Steve Weber, Partner, Parker Poe
Fern Paterson, Partner, Parker Poe


Max Justice has extensive experience in regulatory and administrative law and has represented clients in federal and state courts and agencies, with special emphasis on proceedings involving environmental issues.

He is general environmental counsel for national manufacturers and other companies. In addition, he frequently lectures and participates in seminars on environmental law and compliance issues.

While at Wake Forest University, Max was the associate editor of the Wake Forest Law Review.


Steve Weber focuses his practice on environmental, administrative, and municipal law, as well as class action litigation. Steve has experience in regulatory compliance matters, business transactions involving environmental issues, and environmental litigation. Steve also regularly participates in environmental and business class action litigation.

Steve authors articles on environmental law and compliance issues and is a regular speaker on emerging environmental issues.

While at the University of the Pacific, Steve was the associate legislation editor of the Pacific Law Journal.


Fern Paterson focuses her practice on environmental, administrative, and regulatory law. Fern's practice includes litigation, regulatory compliance matters, and business transactions for a wide variety of clients, including traditional energy, renewable energy (solar, wind, biogas, and biomass), chemical manufacturing, engineering, wood products, waste management, real estate development, and other commercial and manufacturing clients. Fern also assists in professional negligence and product liability litigation, including litigation alleging personal injury. She is licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Prior to joining Parker Poe, Fern was a private environmental consultant focusing on technical air issues and, later, a chemical engineer for the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality – Division of Air Quality (DAQ). While at DAQ, Fern drafted and negotiated permits for manufacturers and provided litigation support to the North Carolina Department of Justice. She also coordinated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the regulated industrial community, environmental groups, and individuals affected by various legal and technical issues. Fern is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in North Carolina.

Fern was appointed by the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to serve on the Air Quality Commission (AQC) and has served as a commissioner since 2013. The AQC provides stakeholder input to the BOCC, local municipalities, and Mecklenburg County Air Quality staff through the review and recommendations of air pollution management policies and long-range plans and operations.

Fern regularly speaks on environmental topics such as emerging issues in environmental law, air quality compliance, environmental audits, and endangered species consultations. She also maintains an active pro bono practice, helping indigent clients expunge criminal records and representing abused and neglected children through North Carolina's Guardian ad Litem program.

While at North Carolina Central University, Fern was a senior editor of the North Carolina Central Law Review.

AQ-4/5: Major New Source Review 101 and Recent Trump Administration Memos (a Two Part Session)

This session will provide the attendee with a basic understanding of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) preconstruction permitting program. The last hour of the course will be devoted to several regulatory actions and guidance documents issued by the Trump administration related to PSD and associated legal implications. The basic PSD session will address definitions, applicability and control technology evaluations. Only a brief overview of air dispersion modeling will be covered. Applicability topics will include PSD exemptions, actual-to-projected actual calculations and could have accommodated emissions adjustments.

Audience
Advanced

Format
Panel

Speakers
Joe W. Sullivan, PE, AECOM
John Evans, RTP Environmental


Joe W. Sullivan is a Professional Chemical Engineer with 28 years of experience in the area of multi-media environmental permitting and compliance with an emphasis on air quality-related projects. Mr. Sullivan has worked with a wide variety of industrial sectors during his career including the chemicals manufacturing, phosphate fertilizer industries, electric power generation, data centers, forest products, bulk petroleum storage and distribution and tire manufacturing. Throughout most of his career much of Mr. Sullivan’s experience has involved major New Source Review permitting and applicability determinations. He has taught national training courses targeting advanced PSD permitting strategies and other instructional courses.

 


John Evans is currently a consultant with RTP Environmental Associates.  He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a law degree.  He worked for several years in industry as a plant engineer.  He then worked for the State of North Carolina for 25 years in a variety of positions ranging from permit engineer, Associate Attorney General, and General Counsel and Chief Deputy Secretary for the NCDEQ.  He has published numerous regulatory and legal articles related to the Clean Air Act and North Carolina regulations.

Energy & Sustainability Courses

ES-1: Resiliency Panel Discussion

The dynamic environment driven by climate change, sea level rise, regulatory and legal requirements requires a change in planning and design toward resilient and adaptative approaches to managing facility assets and risks. Traditional approaches are being rethought due to these changing forces, shifting understanding of risks, and financial considerations. This presentation will discuss key issues, concepts, technical approaches, and strategies related to flood protection, sea level rise, and coastal risks for resilient and adaptive design of asset, infrastructure, and ecological protection.

Audience
Novice/Intermediate

Format
Panel

Panelists
Paul Tschirky, PhD, PE, DCE, Geosyntec
Gene Jensen, Electrical PE, PMP, Arcadis
Art Samberg, NCSU, U.S. DOE Southeast CHP Technical Assistance Partnership

Moderator
Peter Thibodeau, PhD, PG


Dr. Paul Tschirky is a Senior Principal at Geosyntec Consultants based in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana office. He leads Geosyntec’s Coastal and Resilience and Adaptation practices, with over 20 years of experience in coastal/hydraulic engineering, resiliency, and restoration. Dr. Tschirky has provided planning, design, analysis, modeling, construction documents, and project management for a wide variety coastal and riverine projects for public and private sector clients.

Dr. Tschirky has led multidisciplinary teams developing coastal master plans, preparing guidance for the design of coastal infrastructure, and assessing the impact of coastal structures. Projects have included shoreline protection, marsh creation, ecosystem restoration, hydrodynamic, wave, hurricane surge and sediment transport modeling, dredging, flood hazard assessments, sea level rise impacts, basin planning projects, navigation and ship mooring and maneuvering studies. He lived in North Carolina for more than 7 years and was involved in the development of the State’s initial Beach and Inlet Management Plan, Shallow Draft Dredging Study, Terminal Groin Study, and various beach monitoring projects.

He has presented at numerous local and international conferences and published papers on topics ranging from coastal wetland restoration to passing ship effects. He is a founding member and current chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers Louisiana Chapter of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports, and Rivers Institute and is a board-certified Diplomate in Coastal Engineering by the Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers.


Gene Jensen has 37 years’ experience in all phases of the electrical industry at American Electric Power and Iberdrola USA. He has spent the last 15 years as a Transmission & Distribution operational vice president and has focused on dealing with emergency restoration response and developing strategies to deal with weather patterns that have become increasingly unpredictable.

Jensen has led resiliency efforts to harden our electric grid by designing higher strength materials into the system and utilizing technology to reduce electric outage times for customers. This is done primarily with switches and breakers that communicate remotely via SCADA.

Mr. Jensen's duties included prioritizing critical customers such as police, fire, hospitals and other facilities into both the emergency response and the ongoing design for their facilities to remain on during catastrophic weather events. This involved determining if micro grids applications were in order or simply increasing the resiliency of their service from the electric supplier.

Mr. Jensen currently works with clients overseeing their system resiliency efforts as well as helping them improve their response and approach to large scale outages caused by catastrophic weather events such as hurricanes, nor’easters and ice storms.


Art Samberg is a Program Director at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University.  He is also the Assistant Director for the US DOE Southeast Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership. Art specializes in Combined Heat and Power, renewable energy and industrial energy efficiency projects. He provides educational outreach and conducts technical and feasibility assessments to facilities that are considering deployment of clean power, renewable energy and/or energy efficiency upgrades, including CHP. Art has a Master’s Degree in meteorology and has spent most of his career providing air quality and environmental permitting and consulting services to the power generating and renewable energy industries.


Peter Thibodeau is a senior hydrogeologist and remediation manager based in Raleigh, NC. He has 20+ years experience supporting manufacturing, industrial, and power clients on complex RCRA, CERCLA, and other groundwater investigations. Peter is a groundwater modeling expert, including development of groundwater flow and contaminant fate/transport models. He has a proven ability to manage and mentor staff on remediation, site assessment, and permitting projects.

Peter has worked on numerous permitting and compliance projects for manufacturing and power clients. He has also worked as an expert witness on multiple groundwater projects.Peter has provided many successes for his clients, using innovative and cost-effective strategies and solutions to achieve permitting approvals, remediate groundwater plumes, and navigate complex problems with groundwater discharge to surface waters.

Peter places great value on people and organizations. His clients and team members appreciate his dedication to relationship management and his positive, proactive and cost-efficient approach to managing programs. Peter listens carefully and learns from internal and external clients by communicating openly, transparently, and with great enthusiasm. As a manager, he motivates and engages staff by providing clear expectations, ownership in project work, and commitment to the job at hand. His clients receive great benefits from this responsible and accountable approach.

In his spare time, Peter enjoys paddleboarding, kayaking, camping, and hiking with his dog.

Phone: 919-675-0364
Email: pthibod37@yahoo.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/peter-thibodeau-728b23b

 

ES-2: Energy Generation and Demand in NC and Our Neighbors

The state of energy generation and consumption is changing throughout the Southeast.  Energy generation has been shifting from coal to natural gas and renewable sources.  As renewable sources comprise a greater percentage of overall generation battery storage capacity has been on the rise to reduce the burden on the electric transmission and distribution system.  As generation has been shifting, energy demand has flattened with most forecasts flattening as well.  Electric transmission and distribution projects have been largely focused on reliability and security.  These changes have not come without controversy and much debate.  The purpose of the proposed session is to provide an overview of the changes in energy demand and consumption in the Southeast.  The state of current affairs will be discussed along with a forecast of the future based on the integrated resource plans recently prepared by the major energy producers in the Southeast.

Audience
Intermediate

Format
Presentation or Panel (TBD)

Speaker
Mark McIntire, Duke Energy


Mark is a licensed Professional Engineer focused on environmental and social governance, the intersection of compliance, policy, operations, corporate citizenship, brand and reputation. He leads a team of energy and sustainability professionals focused on supporting business operations through regulatory negotiations, strategic engagement, lobbying and philanthropy. His team strives to deliver stewardship that is complimentary with business plans and executed in a way that strengthens connections with customers, regulators and stakeholders.

ES-3: Supply Chain Energy Management

This course will describe the energy management journey at HanesBrands including the principles of energy management, components of an energy management program, tools and resources available, benefits of external partnerships such as EPA’s Energy Star program and universities, challenges associated with program implementation for a company with a diverse product mix, and examples of trial and error during the development of an award-winning program.

Audience
Novice/Intermediate

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Phillip Hunsucker, Hanes Brands, Inc.


Phillip Hunsucker is a member of HanesBrands’ corporate facility engineering and energy management team, which has responsibility for leading the company’s environmental sustainability program globally. Hunsucker is a “double deacon,” having earned both his Master of Arts in Environmental Sustainability (MaSUS, 2015) and his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (2014) from Wake Forest University.

Hunsucker is an organizational entrepreneur with experience developing corporate environmental sustainability strategy, managing and analyzing supply chain energy and environmental data, and commercializing opportunities in solid waste recovery. His experience also includes corporate social responsibility reporting through platforms such as CDP and Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. In his free time, Hunsucker enjoys hiking, playing the guitar and visiting craft breweries.

ES-4: Business and Sustainability, Changing Company Culture to Embrace Sustainabilty | NC Clean Energy Plan and Executive Order 80

This presentation will discuss Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 80 and North Carolina’s Commitment to address climate change and transition to a clean energy economy.  The presentation will highlight stakeholder vision for NC’s energy future, successes, challenges, and recommendations for achieving the vision.  Other initiatives related to transportation electrification and clean energy workforce development will also be covered.  The presentation will briefly discuss state efforts related to disaster mitigation planning, risk assessment and resiliency.

Audience
Novice

Format
Presentation

Speakers
Sushma Masemore, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment, NCDEQ


Sushma Masemore has 29 years of federal, state, and industrial experience in air pollution engineering and energy systems. Sushma currently manages programs related to weatherization assistance, energy planning, and energy efficiency.  Sushma is leading implementation of Governor Cooper’s Executive Order on climate change and clean energy economy by bringing clean energy solutions and sustainable practices into public and private sectors.  Sushma has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland Baltimore County, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in NC.

Occupational Safety & Health Courses

OSH-1: NC OSHA Update

NCDOL will began the 5-year Special Emphasis Program this year which focuses on reducing fatalities and amputations in those NC businesses beginning this year. The initial year will be spent planning, followed by 4 years of inspection of target industries

Audience
Novice

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Scott Mabry, Deputy Director of NC OSHA, NC DOL


Scott Mabry joined the Director’s office in December 2016 as the Assistant Deputy Commissioner for OSH. A NC native, Scott hails from Norwood, NC, afterwards moving to Raleigh to attend NC State University. Upon earning his degree, he entered the health and safety field where he has been ever since. Splitting his 29 years between private industry and public service, Scott has a broad perspective on challenges employers face every day. Over the years, he has spent time in safety and health consulting, construction safety, time with both compliance and consultative services at NCDOL, safety and health in a university setting and most recently as the Director of Safety and Risk Management with NCDOT. Please feel free to talk with Scott about his past experiences and more importantly, his future at NCDOL.

Scott Mabry
Assistant Deputy Commissioner
N.C. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Division
scott.mabry@labor.nc.gov
Phone: (919) 807-2863

Where has Scott worked over the years?
EEC, Inc. – environmental, health and safety consulting
Bolton, Corp. – a full service construction company
NC Dept. of Labor – health compliance and consulting
The EI Group, Inc. – environmental, health and safety consulting
NC State University – environmental health and safety
NC Dept. of Transportation – safety and risk management
NC Dept. of Labor – OSH administration

OSH-2: Dysfunctional Practices that Kill your Safety Culture (and what to do about them)

A man finds himself on the top step of a step ladder; a woman removes the guard to her machine; a worker is not wearing her safety glasses in the plant; a roustabout uses the wrong sized clamp instead of retrieving the right tool from the supply truck; a supervisor teaches a new worker to take short cuts; a mechanic climbs on top of the active machine to find the oil leak.  Why do these folks do these things?  Is it because they are stupid?

Our tendency is to blame workers for safety errors and label their personal failings as the cause of the error. Labeling does not solve problems that cause error and, frankly, it may all be an illusion of human perception leading us to false conclusions. Our human tendencies result in interactions that hurt the safety of our workers and the effectiveness of the systems we put in place to protect them.

These tendencies build dysfunctional management practices that create fear associated with your safety programs. I want to teach you a better way to analyze the behaviors of your employees to understand why they were put in a position to take the risk in the first place. Your system may be perfectly designed to promote risks and create safety traps. By analyzing the context of behavior we can discover ways to change your system to optimize safe behavior and reduce injury.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe the dysfunctional practices that harm safety cultures including labeling, blaming, single data-point management, and instilling fear through negative reinforcement.
  • Participants will be able to define behavior in the context of the work environment. We first define behaviors in a way that are as open to unbiased analysis as the elements of physics and chemistry. We define behavior as a dynamic variable, reacting every moment along predictable paths in the context of environmental events.
  • Participants will be able to describe sources of Behavioral Variance such as behavioral variants of safe behavior; those alternative competing behaviors that put workers at-risk.
  • Participants will learn how to discriminate the Context when analyzing the causes of behavior.  We analyze the work context of safe and at-risk behaviors to understand why the worker was put in position to take the risk and/or avoid the safe behavior.
  • Participants will be able to determine the system variable that need adapting to change behavior on a permanent basis across all workers.  We determine the management systems that need to be abolished, adapted, or built to change work contexts that encourage risk to ones that influence safe decisions.

Audience
Novice/Intermediate

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Timothy Ludwig, PhD, Appalachian State University


Timothy Ludwig earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech researching the benefits of employee-driven behavioral safety programs under E. Scott Geller continuing his post-doctoral work in industrial engineering studying applications of W. Edwards Deming to quality and safety improvement.  His popular website Safety-Doc.com is a content-rich resource of safety culture stories, blogs, research, videos, and services.  Dr. Ludwig was cited in Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) “50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow”. Dr. Ludwig serves on the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies’ Behavioral Safety Accreditation Commission that reviews best-in-industry safety practices and offers objective feedback on safety programs.

Dr. Ludwig is a Distinguished Graduate Professor at Appalachian State University where he teaches in the nationally recognized Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management Masters program. Dr. Ludwig's teaching has been recognized with the North Carolina University Board of Governors’ Excellence award and has been inducted into the University's Academy of Outstanding Teachers. Dr. Ludwig served as editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and is the past President of the Organizational Behavior Management Network.

Dr. Ludwig is the author of dozens of scholarly articles that empirically document the successes of methods to improve safety and quality in industry through behavior-based solutions. His books include Intervening to Improve the Safety of Occupational Driving (2001), Behavioral Systems: Understanding Complexity in Organizations (2010), Behavioral Science Approaches to Process Safety: A Response to Industry’s Call (2018), and Dysfunctional Practices that Kill your Safety Culture (2018).

Dr. Ludwig has over 30 years experience in research and practice in behavioral safety where he integrates empirical findings into his safety consulting. Within his consulting practice Dr. Ludwig has helped assess, design, and implement safety and quality improvement programs in over 50 companies.  Dr. Ludwig has delivered over 50 of his popular keynote presentations in 15 countries worldwide.

OSH-3: Think the Scaffolding Standard only applies to Construction?! Most Common Industrial Scaffolding Violations and How to Avoid Them!

Each year numerous fatalities and needless injuries occur as a result of improper scaffold erection and use. Scaffolding safety is not unique to the construction industry. Maintenance and facility engineering staff in industrial operations routinely erect scaffolding “in house” for a wide range of plant operations and maintenance related activities. This session will focus on the most common safety violations associated with scaffold erection, use and dismantling. We will also address proactive measures to avoid these common pitfalls. NCDOL has initiated a five year “Special Emphasis Program” aimed directly at employers who routinely utilize scaffolding to insure their employees are properly trained in the safe use of scaffolding and the enforcement of the OSHA Scaffolding Standard.

Due to excessive fatalities resulting from scaffolding safety violations, NCOSHA’s Scaffolding Standard will be a part of NCDOL’s Special Emphasis Programs over the next five years

Audience
Advanced

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Barry Maxwell, MS
Senior Safety Professional


Barry Maxwell has 27 years of experience in developing and facilitating occupational safety, environmental and industrial hygiene programs for the fields of general industry, construction, education, and healthcare.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Production and Marketing Management and a Master of Science in Occupational Safety.

His professional specialties include inspection and evaluation of construction sites and industrial facilities for potential safety hazards, development of safety and occupational health programs, conducting safety training programs, respirator fit testing, and scaffolding and trenching inspections.

Some specific training experience includes: (1) develop, market, and present occupational safety & health programs to train personnel from the general industry, construction, and healthcare fields on any / all occupational safety topics, such as confined space, fall protection, trenching, scaffolding, respiratory protection, and asbestos awareness; (2) teaches the OSHA 10 / 30-hour Voluntary Compliance courses for General Industry and Construction; (3) taught an undergraduate safety class at East Carolina University; and (4) routinely conducts new-employee safety training and annual employee retraining on most occupational safety topics.

OSH-4: Vapor Intrusion Studies - Key Issues, Understanding & Assessing Risks

Vapor intrusion (VI) assessments have become a common component of commercial property evaluations. However, evaluation of volatile organic chemicals (VOC) can be a complex and sometimes confusing business - do we sample? where do we sample? what do we sample? After a quick review of the principles behind vapor intrusion and its assessment, we will explore VOC issues in occupied buildings, including potential health effects and sampling strategies. The course will include a quick look at ASTM and EPA documents addressing VI, particularly EPA Technical Guide 9200.2-154. We will examine the EPA Vapor Intrusion Screening Levels (VISL) and how they compare to other VOC criteria such as LEED, OSHA Permissible exposure Limits (PEL) and Threshold Limit Values (TLV). In conclusion, we will review various mitigation solutions that can be employed where VI is a concern in new or existing buildings

Audience
Advanced

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, FAIHA
Senior Vice President, EI Group


Lindsay Cook’s professional specialties include the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene and safety, indoor air quality, microbial contaminants, laboratory health and safety, ventilation, noise, and EHS management systems.  He is the current Vice President and rising President (2020) of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and provides leadership for EI programs in industrial hygiene, safety, training, and occupational health.  The AIHA currently has 10,000+ active members with annual budget of over $20MM.  He has advised the National Centers for Health Statistics, CDC, NIOSH, EPA and other federal agencies on Indoor Air Quality.

Mr. Cook routinely assists corporate clients in the development and implementation of environmental health and safety management systems using principles of ISO 14000 and OHSAS 18000. As a part of his international practice, Mr. Cook recently served a key role in developing comprehensive new health and safety regulations for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  Mr. Cook was a key contributor to several efforts in Abu Dhabi, including the development of the health and safety regulatory framework in the city/state and developing the risk assessment tool for first responders.

Mr. Cook has a wealth of experience with managing and conducting health and safety audits and consultation in a wide range of industrial settings, including government and military facilities.  Mr. Cook was previously Director, Facilities, Health, Safety & Environment for the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, leading all aspects of facility operations and health, safety and environmental support.

Mr. Cook is certified in the comprehensive practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene and is a Certified Safety Professional. Mr. Cook was appointed by Labor Commissioner Cheri Berry to the North Carolina OSHA Advisory Council and continues to serve in that policy oversight role.  In addition to being the Vice President of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Mr. Cook is also Past Chair of the ANSI Z9 Accredited Standards Committee on Health & Safety Standards for Ventilation Systems and has overseen the development of the original and two subsequent revisions of ANSI/AIHA Z9.5 “Laboratory Ventilation” standard.  Mr. Cook has presented professional development courses in Laboratory Health and Safety nationwide for the American Industrial Hygiene Association. He has developed special expertise and taught on such diverse issues as the handling of carcinogens and high hazard materials in laboratories, to the risks posed by chemical and biological weapons and pandemic influenza.  He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and is a frequent speaker on health and safety topics.

OSH-5: Electrical Safety Fundamentals with a Brief Summary of NFPA 70E

This session will focus on two (2) distinct parts of the OSHA standard (1910 Subpart S and 1910.147) relating to electrical safety.  The first portion of this session will provide practical instruction on safe electrical work practices associated with equipment usage, identification of hazards, separation criteria, grounding requirements and hazardous locations.  Since a significant number of violations cited by OSHA inspectors are related to electrical hazards, examples of common industry citations will be discussed.  Recently enacted and impending changes to the national Electric Code will be introduced so that industry representatives can plan-ahead to adopt the revised standards at their facilities.

The second phase of the session will focus on lockout/tagout procedures referenced in 29 CFR 1910.147.  Training requirements, machine specific lockout/tagout procedures and energy isolating devices will be featured in this session.  This phase will emphasize the importance of developing written lockout/tagout safety programs that are tailored to a specific facility.  Control of hazardous energy is one of the most frequently cited OSHA standards in general industry.  This session will feature examples of failures to comply with the standard.

Audience
Novice/Intermediate/Advanced

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Michael L. Saylors
Project Manager, Safety Compliance and Training
EI Group


Michael Saylors is a Project Manager for Safety Compliance and Training at EI’s Roanoke, Virginia office.  Mr. Saylors has over 40 years of electrical and facility safety experience.  His experience includes aspects of general industry electrical, machine control, machine guarding, maintenance supervision, facility engineering, and environmental, health, and safety management.

Specific areas of competence include electrical safety, arc flash protection, fall protection, machine guarding, confined space, and risk assessments.  Mr. Saylors previously served as the Environmental, Health, and Safety Manager for Federal Mogul Blacksburg. During his tenure at Federal Mogul, Mr. Saylors managed the effort to gain certification to OHSAS 18001 for Occupational Health and Safety Management and re-certified the facility to ISO 14001 for Environmental Management.

Mr. Saylors career has been heavily concentrated in the electrical field. Mr. Saylors has worked as an Industrial Electrician, as an Electrical Engineer designing machine controls, as a Maintenance Supervisor with various craftsmen, as a Plant/Facility Engineer, and as an Environmental, Health and Safety Manager for an automotive supplier. He has written electrical safety and LOTO programs and performed numerous machine and task-based risk assessments. Mr. Saylors currently trains electrical employees to the requirements of NFPA 70E and to other general industry safety-related requirements.

OSH-6: Ergonomics in the Modern Industrial Work Environment

This presentation explains the fundamentals of ergonomics. It is a practical approach to the art and science of ergonomics including an explanation of common workplace ergonomics stressors, associated illnesses (tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet, etc.) and early warning signs. Depending on how accidents/injuries are recorded, ergonomics can generally account for over 50% of all industrial accidents. This presentation will provide attendees with the tools to recognize stressors and implement corrective actions to reduce ergonomic stressors in the modern work environment.

Audience
Intermediate

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Bill Taylor, CSP, Principal Safety Professional, Safety Compliance Training


Bill Taylor is a Principal Safety Scientist at The EI Group, Inc. (EI). Mr. Taylor began his safety career 40 years ago.  During this time, he has served as corporate safety director in the tobacco processing industry, safety director for a major municipality and for the past 29 years has worked as a consultant providing consultative services to a wide range of public and private sector employers from small manufacturers to some of the largest employers in the world. His public-sector clients have ranged from universities to local and state government and Federal agencies such as The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mr. Taylor, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, is an authorized OSHA Outreach instructor and has been teaching OSHA Outreach courses such as 10 and 30-hour hazard recognition, since 1989.  He has served as a faculty member at the University of North Carolina’s Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center since 1989 where he has been course creator, director and lead instructor for the Institute’s 30-hour Fundamentals of Safety course

Special Topics Courses

ST-1: Drones - Their Rise and Benefit in the Workplace

The use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as “drones”, represents a next-generation technology, revolutionizing how we collect, analyze and consume data.  By leveraging advanced sensor technology, high-precision GPS and state of the art autonomous capabilities, we can view industrial projects from a perspective and scale not easily obtained only a few short years ago.  This presentation will focus on the lessons and know-how needed to launch a safe, compliant and successful UAS Program.  Additionally, it will highlight several innovative use cases for UAS technology for industrial and manufacturing applications including: facilities maintenance, surveying/mapping, building inspections and agricultural & forestry.  Weather permitting, an on-site flight demonstration will also be provided.

Audience
Novice

Format
Presentation and Outdoor Demonstration

Speaker

Garrett Shields, GISP, CFM – UAS National Program Manager, Wood


Garrett Shields serves as the Program Manager for Wood's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program and is a FAA Licensed Remote Pilot, NCDOT Certified Commercial UAS Pilot, Certified GIS Professional and a Certified Floodplain Manager.  He is responsible for overseeing all UAS operations in the US, ensuring compliance with all local and federal regulations. Garrett coordinates pilot training, flight operations and post processing standards across over 50 corporate locations. Additionally, he manages a team of highly talented and forward-thinking geospatial professionals for Wood's Water, Geospatial & Technology Group in Raleigh, NC.  Garrett also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the NC ArcGIS Users Group (NCAUG) as well as on the Technical Committee for the NC Chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

ST-2: Environmental Justice in Environmental Permitting

In 2018, the Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board was established to “assist the DEQ in achieving and maintaining the fair and equal treatment and meaningful involvement of North Carolinians regardless of where they live, their race, religion or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies”. The session will focus on the activities of the Equity Advisory Board and discuss the role of environmental justice at the DEQ.

This presentation will include a review of the DAQ’s commitment to include public outreach in the application/permitting process.  This is illustrated by increased number public meetings, public notices, public hearing + pre-meeting, and the inclusion of environmental justice discussion in permitting.

Audience
Novice

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Renee Kramer, NCDEQ Title VI and Environmental Justice Coordinator


Renee Kramer is an Environmental Senior Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. Her diverse skill set includes statistical analysis and modeling; landscape ecology, hydrology and analysis; and water resource finance and planning. Renee received a Master's degree in Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in May 2017.

ST-3: Emerging Contaminants Part One: Update from NCDEQ

Recently, concerns about emerging contaminants have dominated the new cycle. Compounds such as GenX, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and 1,4-Dioxane are of concern to both industry and the general public. The NCDEQ is working to evaluate the presence of these compounds across North Carolina and develop an appropriate regulatory response. In this session, representatives from NCDEQ will provide an update of NCDEQ’s current activities in regards to emerging contaminants in North Carolina. This session is part 1 of a 2-part series along with ST-4.

Audience
Novice/Intermediate

Format
Panel

Speakers

Mike Abraczinskas, Director NCDEQ Division of Air Quality
Linda Culpepper, Director NCDEQ Division of Water Resources


Mike Abraczinskas is currently the Director of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality (DAQ).  Mike has 21 years of diverse experience in air quality (over 19 with DAQ). Mike has been the Director of DAQ since March 2017.

He graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Meteorology and a Minor in Environmental Science.  Also, Mike is certified as an Engineer-In-Training (EIT) and is a graduate of the North Carolina Public Managers Program.

Mike is currently serving in leadership positions of several regional organizations comprised of State and Local Air Quality Agencies:

  • Chairman for the Southeastern States Air Resource Managers (SESARM)
  • Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association (MARAMA)
  • Board member of the Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA)

Additionally, Mike is actively involved in the activities of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA).


Linda Culpepper earned a B.S. in chemistry from St. Andrews College and a MSPH in environmental sciences and engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill. She worked in a variety of positions in the NC Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Waste Management for 28 years, including permitting, technical assistance, compliance and as the Division’s deputy director and director. In 2018, Linda was named director of the Division of Water Resources after serving as interim director since November 2017.

ST-4: Emerging Contaminants Part Two: Managing Emerging Contaminants in a Changing Regulatory Environment

This session is the second in a 2-part series on emerging contaminants. With limited information and changing regulations, managing emerging contaminants can be a challenge. This session will consist of an attorney panel to discuss how industries may be impacted by a changing regulatory environment and how facilities can take a proactive approach to manage these compounds.

Audience
Novice/Intermediate

Format
Panel

Speakers
Jessie King, Williams Mullen
Lisa Rushton, Womble Bond Dickinson
Sean Sullivan, Troutman Sanders


Jessie King focuses her practice on environmental legal issues. A former chief attorney for Environmental Quality Control Division of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), she has substantial experience helping companies and individuals obtain environmental permits, perform due diligence and negotiate business transactions.

Jessie’s experience spans regulatory and transactional matters. She has worked with clients – including manufacturers, landfill owners, developers, landlords, tenants, banks, brokers, heirs, farmers, and government agencies – on matters such as Brownfields redevelopment, permitting, enforcement, lending, foreclosure, bankruptcy and inheritance. Her experience over the last 20 years spans matters affecting land, air and water including solid waste, hazardous waste, hazardous substance releases at Superfund sites, underground storage tanks, air permitting, toxic substance reporting, spill reporting, water permitting and wetlands.

Jessie has been recognized as a leading environmental attorney by Chambers USA (2017-present), named among Columbia Business Monthly's "Legal Elite" (2013-present) and listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Environmental Law and Litigation - Environmental (2018-present).

An active professional and community volunteer, Jessie is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbia. She was a founding member and now serves on the board of the Commercial Real Estate Women - Midlands chapter. She also serves on the board of the Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA). She earned her J.D. from the University of South Carolina and her B.A. from Roanoke College.


An industry-leading environmental transactions attorney, Lisa Rushton, guides corporate clients, including global, multi-national, and local corporations, real estate developers, financial institutions and investment funds on matters relating to federal, state, and local environmental, health and safety laws and regulations and was identified by Chambers as one of the leading environmental practitioners for business transactions.

With substantial experience in matters relating to air and water pollution control laws, solid and hazardous waste management and cleanup, toxic substance control laws and the development of “brownfield” properties, clients rely on Lisa’s guidance and due diligence to understand environmental issues attendant to corporate and real estate transactions, debt and equity financings, public offerings, and bankruptcy proceedings. She routinely assists buyers, sellers, lenders, borrowers, debtors, landlords and tenants with understanding and apportioning environmental liabilities; manages the environmental due diligence process; and drafts and negotiates contractual provisions covering environmental aspects of business and real estate transactions.

Lisa has more than twenty years of experience overseeing the investigation and remediation of site conditions, counseling clients on compliance obligations and the implementation of environmental management systems, and assisting clients in the defense of claims relating to environmental liabilities and allegations of on compliance. She has specific experience representing clients in such industries as: energy generation and sale; waste management; real estate development; telecom; pharmaceutical; chemicals; adhesives and coating manufacturing; pulp and paper manufacturing; aluminum steel mills; and airport management.


Sean Sullivan is a partner in the Troutman Sanders' environmental practice. His practice focuses on compliance counseling and enforcement defense regarding all of the major federal environmental statutes, as well as the preparation of comments on federal and state rulemakings, brownfields redevelopment, and environmental support for the firm's corporate and real estate practices.

He regularly advises manufacturers and electric utilities regarding air permitting and compliance questions, NPDES and wetlands permitting, hazardous waste management, the regulation of pesticides, Tier II Reporting and Toxic Release Inventory Reporting. Sean has also assisted developers to negotiate a number of Brownfields Agreements with the North Carolina Brownfields Program.

ST-5: "I am an Environmental Consultant! Wait, You Say I am Liable for What?"

For companies facing environmental enforcement or cleanup actions, the tendency can be to look for someone to blame.  Often the finger points toward environmental consultants. Whether it be breach of contract, negligence, professional malpractice, or other claims, consultants may face liability in many practice scenarios.  This session will identify common legal pitfalls environmental consultants encounter and defenses available.

Audience
Novice

Format
Presentation

Speakers
Ryan Trail, Attorney, Williams Mullen


Ryan Trail represents companies facing complex environmental regulatory issues in the manufacturing, real estate and banking sectors. He helps companies maintain compliance with constantly evolving environmental laws and regulations, and he counsels landowners, potential purchasers and lenders on environmental liabilities related to contaminated real estate. Ryan also helps clients obtain and comply with numerous environmental permits, including industrial wastewater discharge permits, storm water permits and air permits.

Ryan counsels clients on matters involving the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund). He also advises industrial clients on chemical reporting requirements featured in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Ryan frequently advises clients on matters involving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC).

Ryan serves on the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Issues Committee and is involved with business-related trade associations throughout South Carolina, including the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, the Upstate Employers Network and the Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association. Ryan earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2008. He graduated with his B.A. from Presbyterian College in 2004.

Waste Management Courses

WM-1: Hazardous Waste Generators – What to Expect When You’re Inspected

This course presents an opportunity to learn from someone else’s mistakes. Compliance Inspectors from the NC DEQ Hazardous Waste Section will walk students through the good, the bad, and the ugly things they have found during compliance inspections at hazardous waste management facilities. Complete with pictures of the best and the worst, this session leaves a lasting impression.

Audience
Novice

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Richard Concepción, Environmental Chemist, NCDEQ, Hazardous Waste Management Section, Western Region


Richard Concepción is an Environmental Chemist with the Hazardous Waste Section covering the Western side of the State. He has been with the Section for 3 years. He has around 35 years’ experience in the environmental management field, for both private and government entities. He taught as a part-time professor for Mortuary Science for 15 years. He has a Master in Environmental Science with a Major in Risk Assessment and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a second one in Chemistry. He is also a Registered Environmental Manager. He enjoys music and plays string instruments.

WM-2: Are You Ready for an Emergency Response? What to Include in a Contingency Plan

Decisions made in the timeframe immediately following an unexpected chemical release can set the tone for regulatory interaction, affect public perception of your facility and Company, and affect your Company’s bottom line.  This session will provide some practical insights on actions that facility personnel can take to be better prepared in the unfortunate event of a significant chemical release.  Lessons learned will also be presented.

Audience
Novice

Format
Panel

Speakers
Mark Hawes, Director of Environment, Safety, and Product Compliance, Shurtape Technologies, LLC
Cory Hylton, Project Manager, Hepaco
Mike Walker, PE, Vice President, Principal Engineer, EI Group


Mark Hawes has global responsibilities for EHS for 6 manufacturing locations engaged in Pressure Sensitive tape and various consumer products including 1 Canadian location; and 1 location in China.

Mark has experience actively developing and managing 3 Title V Air Permits and drives program/work-practice development and training to allow shop floor employees to easily understand requirements to insure compliance in Safety, HAZ-MAT, Waste, SPCC, SWPPP, and other areas. He initiated a Shop Floor level safety program designed to empower employees to take ownership of Safety at the Shop Floor Level allowing for more direct communication of safe-work practices and adherence to practices.

Mark conceived, developed, and received the nation's first Greenhouse Gas "Plant-Wide Applicability limit" air permit providing a firm commitment to limiting future GHG emissions while providing cost effective operating flexibility. Actions resulted in US EPA formally recognizing PAL applicability to manage GHG emission sources.

Mark is responsible for assurance of Product Safety for consumer and industrial products through verification of conformance to US and Global Standard, US LHAMA & CPSIA Standards, and EU requirements including REACH (SvHC), RoHS, Packaging Standards, Timber Standards, etc. Support customers engaged in automotive supply chain via IMDS.


Cory Hylton has more than 16 years in the fire service, training and emergency response experience.

He was a member of the State of NC Regional Response Team and City of Greensboro Hazardous Materials Team.

He works closely with clients and government agencies to ensure effective and efficient response to hazardous materials emergencies as well as industrial cleanup.

He has obtained degrees from North Carolina Central University and Fayetteville State University.


Mike Walker has been providing environmental and safety services to manufacturing for 40 years.  That experience has afforded him the opportunity to work in various areas of emergency prevention and preparedness, included developing emergency action plans, oil spill response plans, and hazardous waste contingency plans and the associated training.  Further, Mr. Walker’s process safety experience has allowed him opportunities to conduct process hazard assessment on all types of industrial processes, across the US and abroad, and has served as an expert witness for federal OSHA.  He has developed and implemented PSM programs that have included floor level training and guidance to support a culture change around safety.  He has conducted and designed training exercises in association with large oil storage spill response requirements. Last year he was dispatched to a train derailment incident that occurred at a client’s site here in NC.

Mr. Walker is a Civil Engineering degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master of Engineering degree from Clemson University.  He moved to North Carolina in 1985 and is southern by choice….and looking forward to college football.

WM-3: NCDEQ Permit Transformation

NC Department of Environmental Quality began a project 2 years ago to bring their permitting processes into the 21st century.  A major component of the project is to have a portal that allows users to apply, submit, pay, and track their permits online.  This session will include an update on the project and give insights to what you can expect to see from the permitting portal.

Audience
Novice/Intermediate

Format
Presentation

Speakers

Jamie Ragan, Director, Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service, NCDEQ


Jamie Ragan began working with NC DEQ in 2003 as a Senior Environmental Specialist. In her time at DEQ, she has been providing technical assistance to the agricultural community, businesses, industries and government entities. In 2014, Jamie became the Environmental Assistance Section Chief in the Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) and in 2018, she was appointed as Director of DEACS. Jamie holds a Master's degree in Environmental Health from East Carolina University and has 20 years' experience providing pollution prevention technical assistance.

WM-4: Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Trouble?

Everyone has a junk drawer or storage closet where we leave things we don’t want to deal with or think about, but is this an acceptable approach for industry?  It is not uncommon for companies to store off-spec production materials, old building materials, maintenance supplies, that old drum nobody remembers, and other items in unused and often forgotten areas of a facility.  What are the potential regulatory and legal risks related to these items, and what are your responsibilities to report and remove these items when they no longer bring you joy?  The course will cover a range of housekeeping principles and will describe a program to maintain compliance and control liability.

Audience
Novice

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Maureen Hoke, PE, OBG part of Ramboll
Ethan Ware, Partner, Williams Mullen


Maureen T. Hoke, PE, obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.  She is a Registered Professional Engineer in twenty states along the east and gulf coasts of the United States, and has more than 27 years of professional engineering experience with a focus on water; wastewater; site development; and environmental investigation, remediation, and compliance. As a Vice President with Ramboll, Maureen has a proven track record of building and leading diverse, multidisciplinary teams to deliver both technical solutions to complex projects for clients, as well as continual improvement of the organization's quality and safety cultures. She has a keen ability to focus on people, while building business and maintaining schedules and budgets, through collaboration. Maureen was the first woman in OBG's (acquired by Ramboll in 2019) history to open a new regional office, establishing the current Savannah, GA office in January 2008.  She was awarded the New York State Society of Professional Engineers' Young Engineer of the Year award in 2000, and OBG's Earl F. O'Brien Leadership Award, presented to an individual whose vision, loyalty and exemplary leadership have advanced the Company’s growth and reputation, in 2012. She serves on many advisory boards for Professional, University, and secondary school engineering and technical programs, and delivered the 2019 Commencement Address to Georgia Southern University’s Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing.


Ethan Ware is a Partner with the law firm of Williams Mullen. He manages the Firm’s Columbia, South Carolina, office and represents businesses and industries in environmental and health and safety legal matters. Ethan has appeared on behalf of businesses in negotiations relating to environmental permits, in defense of environmental and OSHA enforcement actions by state and federal agencies, in defense of toxic tort lawsuits, and on behalf of industry in criminal and civil environmental actions.


Ethan is listed as a leading environmental attorney by Chambers USA (2016-present), and he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for environmental law and environmental litigation (2013-present). In 2013, Ethan was named the Best Lawyers® Columbia Lawyer of the Year for both environmental law and environmental litigation. In addition, Martindale-Hubbell has rated Ethan an AV attorney, its highest rating available. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina, and he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Wofford University. He may be reached at eware@williamsmullen.com or 803-567-4610.

Water Quality Courses

WQ-1: Introduction to Industrial User Permitting | NPDES Permitting in Nutrient Sensitive Waters

Wastewater discharge from an industry to a municipality may be subject to an Industrial User Permit (pretreatment permit).  This session will review why your facility is (or is not,) subject to a pretreatment permit, the typical process by which a municipality develops pretreatment permit limits, and the industry’s responsibilities during the permit application process. Questions that are frequently asked to DEQ and industry experts will also be discussed.

New and expanding facilities in nutrient-sensitive waters (Neuse River Basin, Tar-Pamlico River Basin, etc.) will face a much more difficult permitting path when draft DEQ regulations are finalized.  Significant changes to regulations regarding nutrient offset credits will substantially increase the cost and availability of credits, impact the ability of facilities to expand, and discourage the establishment of new manufacturing facilities in these areas.

Audience
Novice

Format
Presentation/Panel

Speakers
Stanford Baird, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Maria Scicchitano, EIT, Ramboll


Maria Scicchitano is an engineer in Ramboll’s water division. She supports industrial facilities to develop wastewater treatment system design and permitting solutions. Her primary areas of focus are treatability testing, biological treatment system design, and pretreatment permitting and compliance reporting for industrial facilities.

 

 

 


Stanford Baird is a partner in the Raleigh office of K&L Gates LLP global law firm and has over twenty (20) years’ experience solving environmental problems.  His practice focuses on a broad spectrum of environmental matters, including regulatory matters, compliance counseling, litigation, enforcement defense, and environmental aspects of real estate development and business transactions. Mr. Baird regularly represents manufacturing clients on environmental permitting, regulatory, and compliance matters, and he routinely negotiates with state and federal environmental agencies and other environmental stakeholders. Additionally, Mr. Baird handles administrative appeals and oversees environmental due diligence and cleanup activities.  Mr. Baird is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute.  Mr. Baird earned his J.D. degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1995 and his bachelor degree at Duke University in 1992.

WQ-2: To Spill or Not to Spill Oil - Is Your Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plan up to the Job?

Many business, commercial operations, and manufacturing and educational institutions are required to have Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan.  This course presents the requirements for an SPCC Plan and if your facility qualifies as a Tier I or Tier II SPCC facility.  The course will also present related obligations for facility inspections, record keeping, training, tank integrity inspections, and facility response plans.  Attendees will be provided templates for inspections and employee training and will see actual good practices and examples of where improvements were needed. Attendees will return to their facilities more confident and skilled with tips and techniques to prevent and to prepare for oil spills. A simple effective plan, with trained people who care, will prevent environmental catastrophes – come and access applicable methods that you can apply right away.

 

Audience
Novice/Intermediate

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Tom Raymond, PE, PMP, S&ME, Inc. Senior Engineer, Vice President


Tom has 34 years of environmental engineering experience providing compliance, spill investigation and remediation services at 100’s of sites. Tom says, prevention is MUCH less costly than spill cleanups. Tom is a licensed Professional Engineer and a certified Project Management Professional skilled in the following areas: SPCC Plans – preparation and implementation; soil and groundwater assessments and remediation of hazardous substances and waste, permitting and compliance; Underground and aboveground storage tanks - removal, soil and groundwater assessment and remediation, compliance and site closure; Engineering Expert Witness Support for environmentally impacted sites; and NPDES and POTW permitting.

WQ-3: Industrial Stormwater Discharge | Stormwater Monitoring Practices

North Carolina’s Stormwater NPDES general permitting program for industrial activities have common requirements among the 21 general permits available.  This course provides an overview of the commonly cited permit conditions and will review key components of permit requirements such as the components of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, analytical and qualitative monitoring requirements, record keeping, and reporting.  The laboratory portion of the course includes a demonstration of industry standard stormwater discharge sampling protocols and sample management practices.  Attendees will come away with the tools and techniques to confidently manage their Stormwater NPDES permit requirements.

Audience
Novice/Intermediate

Format
Presentation

Speaker
Edmund Woloszyn, Jr., R.E.M. Principal Scientist, Project Manager


Ed has 29 years of environmental consulting experience in providing services under federal and state environmental regulatory compliance programs (RCRA, CWA, CAA).  He has assisted the recycling industry, metal manufactures, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers throughout North Carolina in applying for general and site-specific stormwater NPDES permits and developing stormwater management programs.