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2022 Hazardous Waste Compliance Workshop Presentation Materials
Updated for Fall Workshops
Dan Girdner – Environmental Specialist II, Guildford County
Environmental Specialist II
Dan Girdner is an Environmental Specialist II with the Hazardous Waste Section, covering Guilford County. Dan has worked in the geotechnical and environmental industries for over 20 years as a technician and consultant before joining the Hazardous Waste Section in 2019. He enjoys cooking, visiting museums and camping and hiking with his family.
CONTACT DAN GIRDNER
8:00 AM Introduction
Presented by Brent Burch – Compliance Branch head, Hazardous Waste Section, NCDEQ
Compliance Branch head, Hazardous Waste Section, NCDEQ
Brent Burch is the Compliance Branch Head with the Hazardous Waste Section. He has been with the Division of Waste Management 29 years; 25 of which have been with the Hazardous Waste Section. Brent received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from NC State University. Brent resides in Andrews where he coaches football and basketball, and helps with his church youth program.
CONTACT BRENT BURCH
8:30 AM Waste identification Part I
Richard Concepción – Western Environmental Chemist
Western Environmental Chemist
Richard Concepción is an Environmental Chemist with the Hazardous Waste Section covering 44 counties on the Western side of the State. He has been with the Section for 6 years. He has over 30 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. Richard has a master’s degree in Environmental Science with a Major in Risk Assessment and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He is also a Registered Environmental Manager and member of the American Chemical Society. He enjoys music and plays string instruments.
CONTACT RICHARD CONCEPCIÓN
9:40 AM Waste Identification Part II
Presented by Aram Kim – Inspector, Raleigh/Winston-Salem Region
Inspector, Raleigh/Winston-Salem Region
Aram Kim is an inspector with the Hazardous Waste Section, covering 10 counties in the northeastern region of the State. Aram has been with the Hazardous Waste Section since May of 2020 and she spent 6 years inspecting drycleaners across the state of North Carolina prior to joining the Hazardous Waste Section. She enjoys practicing violin and Zumba dance.
CONTACT ARAM KIM
10:40 AM Enforcement
Dan Girdner – Inspector, Winston-Salem Region
Inspector, Winston-Salem Region
Dan Girdner is an Environmental Specialist II with the Hazardous Waste Section, covering Guilford County. Dan has worked in the environmental industry for almost 20 years as a consultant before joining the Hazardous Waste Section in 2019. He enjoys camping and hiking with his family.
CONTACT DAN GIRDNER
11:05 PM Waste Minimization
Presented by Wes Hare – Inspector, Wilmington Region
Inspector, Wilmington Region
Wes Hare is an inspector with the Hazardous Waste Section, covering thirteen counties in the southeastern region. He has been with the Department since 1999, with duties including compliance and enforcement, environmental assessment, and disaster response. Wes has worked for multiple Divisions and Sections within DEQ, including: Marine Fisheries, Water Resources, the Solid Waste Section, and the Hazardous Waste Section.
CONTACT WES HARE
11:30 AM Universal Waste/Used Oil/E-Waste
Presented by Jeff Menzel – Inspector, Asheville Region
Inspector, Asheville Region
Jeff Menzel is an inspector with the Hazardous Waste Section. He has been with NCDEQ for 15 years, 6 of those years have been with the Hazardous Waste Section. He is located in the Asheville area and covers the 17 western most counties in the state. Jeff has a degree in Environmental Science and enjoys mountain biking and fly fishing.
CONTACT JEFF MENZEL
1:05 PM Inspection - Paperwork
Presented by Andrea Stermer – Inspector, Washington Region
Inspector, Washington Region
Andrea Stermer is an inspector with the Hazardous Waste Section, covering 27 counties in the northeastern region of the State. Andrea has been with the Hazardous Waste Section for three years and comes the Section with over 15 years of sunny Florida hazardous waste experience in local government. Andrea has a Bachelor of Science degree in Limnology from the University of Central Florida. She enjoys making handmade cards and running.
CONTACT ANDREA STERMER
2:15 PM Special Topics
Presented by Andrew Martin – Inspector, Mooresville Region
Inspector, Mooresville Region
Andrew Martin is an inspector with the Hazardous Waste Section. He has over 13 years of environmental compliance experience and has been with the Section for since 2014. His area includes Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties. Andrew has a Bachelor of Science from Lynchburg College and enjoys boating and mountain biking.
CONTACT ANDREW MARTIN
2:55 PM Inspection - Walkthrough
Presented by Rose Pruitt – Inspector, Mooresville/Winston-Salem Region
Inspector, Mooresville/Winston-Salem Region
Rose Pruitt is an inspector with the Hazardous Waste Section covering 10 counties in the central piedmont part of NC. She graduated from Wake Forest University and has almost 20 years of experience as an inspector with the NCDEQ. Previously, Rose was an inspector with the Water Resources and the Underground Storage Tank Program. Rose joined the Hazardous Waste Section in 2017 and covers ten counties in the central Piedmont area.
CONTACT ROSE PRUITT
3:55 PM Intro to Chemist, Soil Sampling Plans, & Closure Guidance
Presented by Autumn Romanski – Eastern Environmental Chemist
Eastern Environmental Chemist
Autumn Romanski is an Environmental Chemist with the Hazardous Waste Section that covers Eastern North Carolina. She is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Autumn was first employed as a sales engineer in the chemical industry for 7 years. She has spent the last 15 years at the NC Department of Environmental Quality and joined the Hazardous Waste Section 4 years ago. She enjoys traveling, and all things water!
CONTACT AUTUMN ROMANSKI
Presentation Downloads and Recordings
DISCLAIMER: All materials posted on this page are intended for use by those who attend one of the NCMA co-sponsored Online North Carolina Hazardous Waste Compliance Workshops in May, 2022. Any errors in the information found on this page cannot be used as a defense for noncompliance with hazardous waste management rules. Regulated entities are responsible for compliance regardless the information found on this page or interpretation of the meaning of these materials. All information is subject to change and correction prior or subsequent to user access.
Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service (DEACS) Handouts
Handout 1 - Overview of NC Department of Environmental Assistance and Customer Services
- Technical Assistance - Handouts 2, 4, 5 & 6,
- Recycling and Material Management - Handout 4,
- Resources and Energy Efficiency - Handout 5,
- Recognition Programs: NC Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) - Handout 2
& NC GreenTravel - Handout 3,
- Recycling Outreach Programs (Recycle Guys, Recycle Right NC & Recycle More NC), Handout 4 and
- NCDEQ Regional Office presence, Handout 6
Handout 2 - NC Department of Environmental Quality's Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI)
ESI promotes and encourages superior environmental performance in North Carolina. This voluntary program is available at no cost. ESI seeks to reduce the impact on the environment beyond measures required by any permit or rule, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources and resulting in long-term economic benefits. As part of the ESI program, DEACS staff provide technical assistance and advise on strategies to reduce their water and energy usage. ESI members, including businesses and others, are required to institute a performance-based system to achieve their environmental goals
ESI Program Brochure Updated for 2022
Handout 3 - North Carolina Green Travel Initiative Version 2
The NC GreenTravel program recognizes tourism-oriented businesses for their accomplishments in environmental stewardship, including energy and water conservation, waste reduction, recycling and other practices that help protect the environment.
Handout 4 - Recycling and Materials Management
The Recycling and Materials Management Section (RMMS) promotes recycling programs and helps expand recycling infrastructure. RMMS works closely with Waste Reduction partners (WRP) to identify and implement waste reduction and recycling efforts by commercial, institutional and industrial generators providing critical material supply to manufacturers, reducing dependence on landfills and saving natural resources.
RMMS Brochure Updated for 2021
Handout 5 - Resource and Energy Efficiency
The Waste Reduction Partners (WRP) team helps organizations (Manufacturers, Businesses, Agriculture, Local governments, K-12 schools & institutions, Non-profits) to improve environmental and energy management through efficiency techniques that save money. The WRP team conducts on-site assessments and provides consulting services to businesses and public facilities throughout North Carolina. Consulting services are confidential and most are provided at no cost to the client. These services are supported through government and utility-sponsored grants
WRP team performs the following onsite assessments
- Energy Efficiency
- Water Use Efficiency
- Soil Waste Reduction Assessments (Zero Waste)
- Agricultural Plastics Recycling
WRP Brochure Updated for 2021
Handout 6 - NCDEQ Regional Office Presence
Environmental Assistance Coordinators are closer to our customers in the department’s seven regional offices and can provide on-site consultation and coordinated permit reviews for proposed projects. Their primary responsibility is to assist businesses, industries, local governments, other institutions, consultants and residents as they seek to identify, understand and comply with the state’s environmental requirements.
Environmental Assistance Coordinators Regional Directory Updated for 2022