Arizona Environmental Strategic Alliance

The Alliance and Pinal County AQCD Co-Host the Air Quality Permit and Environmental Management Compliance Assistance For Business & Industry Seminar

Pinal County Air Quality Control Department and the Arizona Environmental Strategic Alliance co-hosted the sixth annual one-day Pinal County Air Quality Permit and Environmental Management Compliance Assistance for Business and Industry Seminar on March 26, 2019, at the Holiday Inn, Casa Grande, Arizona. Sixty-three registered attendees representing 41 organizations, including small and larger businesses and organizations from at least 6 counties and 4 states, heard presentations from both county agency and industry air quality and environmental management experts.

This year's presentations included both Air Quality Permit Compliance presentations and Environmental Management Assistance related presentations.

PRESENTATION TITLES with LINKS to PowerPoints (Not all presentations include a PowerPoint):

 "When Your Best Laid Plans Unravel":  Responding to Complications That Arise During Stack Testing, Permitting, etc. and Engaging the Regulatory Body Early and Often (Kale Walch, HEXCEL);

Emissions Bank - Depositing Your Unused Credits (Mike Denby, APS);

Air Permitting - Process and Improvements (Anu Jain, PCAQCD);

Air Inspections - Process & Common Issues (Bob Farrell, PCAQCD);

Pina County Economic Development Updates (Greg Stanley, County Manager, PINAL COUNTY);

Keynote: Arizona Legislative Forecast (Amanda Reeve, SNELL & WILMER);

Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program (Len Drago, ADEQ);

New Projects: Air Quality Process (Mike Sundblom, Director, PCAQCD);

RCRA Inspections: Preparing for and Responding to a RCRA Inspection (Lauren Blazeck, INTEL);

Dust Permits - Process & Common Issues (Craig Grismore, PCAQCD);

Changes & Trends at the US EPA (Mitch Klein, SNELL & WILMER)

Closing Remarks by Dr. Nick Hild, ASU.   

The Pinal County and Alliance Air Quality seminars continue our series of mentoring and educational environmental compliance seminars. This seminar, and others like it, support several of the primary goals of the Alliance, including protecting Arizona's environment through mentoring and educating Arizona small businesses and providing regulatory compliance assistance. In addition, this and our other Alliance seminars support the Alliance goal of fostering working relationships and communication between environmental regulators and industry.


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Record Attendance at the July AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar   Maricopa County AQ Dept and the Alliance co-hosted the second annual AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar for 88 registered attendees, representing 55 organizations, on July 14, 2015. Our thanks to the speakers, attendees, and Maricopa County AQ Department for their participation and work that made this a great success! "It's important for us to continue to offer this type of seminar to engage the community through innovative environmental compliance to further the mission of clean air for Maricopa County residents and visitors. The expertise and experience that the Alliance provided during the seminar was truly valued by the Department."–director philip McNeely, Maricopa County Air Quality Director


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PP 01 Welcome

PP 02 Kale Walch "When your best laid plans..."

PP 03 Mike Denby, Emissioins Bank

PP 04 Anu Jain, Air Permitting Process and Improvements

PP 05 Bob Farrell, Air Inspections - Process & Common Issues

PP 06 Greg Stanley, Pinal County Economic Development

PP 08 Len Drago, VESP

PP 09 Mike Sundblom, New Projects

PP 10 Lauren Blazeck, Inspections

PP 11 Craig Grismore, Dust Permits