Alliance News and Events Archives (2016 through 2019)

ALLIANCE NEWS AND EVENTS ARCHIVES

The Alliance hosts or sponsors various environmental mentoring and educational events throughout the year. View articles by clicking on the links below.


  •   2019 March Pinal County AQ Permit and Environmental Management Compliance Assistance Seminar
    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.




       



  •   2018 October 30th Compliance Assistance for Business & Industry in: CHEMICAL & WASTE MANAGEMENT Seminar
    2018 Compliance Assistance for Business & Industry in: CHEMICAL & WASTE MANAGEMENT Seminar

    The Arizona Environmental Strategic Alliance held a one-day seminar on "Compliance Assistance for Business & Industry in: CHEMICAL & WASTE MANAGEMENT" on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, at the recently remodeled Four Points By Sheraton South Mountain (10831 S. 51st St., Phoenix, AZ (Ahwatukee)).

    Seminar statistics: over 80 registered attendees represented at least 45 organizations, from five Arizona counties (Maricopa, Pinal, Pima, Gila, and Coconino). The participants included attendees from small and large businesses, city, county, and state environmental regulators, consultants, service providers, and attorneys and educators.

    Speaker Presentations

    Seminar presentations included the following (click on presentation title to download a copy of the presentation PowerPoint):

    Optimize Your EMS to Support Chemical and Waste Management, (Note - this is a large download) Matt Conway, Ping

    A Scientific Perspective on Climate Change, Larry Olson, PhD, ASU

    Minimizing and Recycling Waste and the Environmentally Responsibile Selection of Waste Disposal Services, Taimur Burki, INTEL

    Evaluating a Process Change for Effectiveness, Safety, Waste Generation & Air Emissions Reduction. CASE STUDY: Improving Dip Room Cleaning Procedure, Kale Walch, HEXCEL, and Mike Sherer, TRINITY

    E-Manifests & ADEQ's New "myDEQ", (Note, this is a very large download, 50+ M), David Janke, ADEQ

    Arizona Legislative Forecast, (No PowerPoint) Amanda Reeve, Snell & Wilmer

    RCRA INSPECTIONS: Industry Mentor: How We Prepare for a RCRA Inspection & How We Respond, Kruti Tanna, Honeywell Aerospace

    RCRA INSPECTIONS: Industry Mentor: How We Prepare for a RCRA Inspection & How We Respond, (Note, large download, 12 M), Lauren Blazeck, INTEL

    RCRA INSPECTIONS: Regulatory Mentor: What to Expect from an ADEQ Inspection & How to Respond, Jenna Brickner, Inspector, ADEQ

    Emissions Bank -Depositing Your Unused Credits, Mike Denby, APS

    Changes & Trends at US EPA, Mitch Klein, Snell & Wilmer

    The content of this seminar was developed based directly in answer to the responses we received from many of you through our recent "Seminar Topic Interest Survey". This survey was sent to approximately 250 past attendees of Alliance seminars, and we received over 40 completed response forms (thank you!). Although this seminar does not cover every interest area that was expressed by the respondants, it does focus on many of the topics that fit into the category "Chemical & Waste Management". The Alliance expects to develop future seminars to address other focus areas that were requested.

    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. For more information on this seminar and other Alliance mentoring activities, contact the Alliance at our office at 480-422-7392 or visit our website at azalliance.org.









  •   2018 February Pinal County AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar
    The Alliance and Pinal County AQCD Co-Host the Air Quality Permit Compliance Assistance For Business & Industry Seminar


    2018 Air Quality Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar / Co-Hosted with Pinal County Air Quality Control Department

    Pinal County Air Quality Control Department and the Arizona Environmental Stratgic Alliance co-hosted the fifth annual one-day Pinal County Air Quality Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar on February 15, 2018, at the Historic 1891 Florence Courthouse in Florence, Arizona.

    Attendees representing 26 organizations, including small and larger business in the Pinal County area, heard presentations from both regulatory and industry air quality experts. These presentations included: Permitting Process, Anu Jain (Pinal County Air Quality); Compliance Inspections, Bob Farrell (Pinal County Air Quality); Emission Inventory Process, Dennise Flanigan (Pinal County Air Quality); Director’s Update, Mike Sundblom (Pinal County Air Quality); Enforcement Procedures, Josh DeZeeuw (Pinal County Air Quality); Kevin Costello (Pinal County Attorneys Office); Legislative Update, Amanda Reeve (Snell & Wilmer); Installing Equipment, Robert Mills (Ping); Emergency Generators, Anu Jain (Pinal County Air Quality); Preparing for a Stack Test, Mike Sherer (Trinity Consultants). Dr. Nick Hild, ASU, and Alliance Advisory Councilor, provided both welcoming and closing remarks.

    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. For more information on this seminar and other Alliance mentoring activities, contact the Alliance at our office at 480-422-7392 or visit our website at azalliance.org.

    Copies of the Speaker Presentations

    Copies of the Speaker Presentations are available here: Permitting Process, Anu Jain (Pinal County Air Quality); Compliance Inspections, Bob Farrell (Pinal County Air Quality); Emission Inventory Process, Dennise Flanigan (Pinal County Air Quality); Director’s Update, Mike Sundblom (Pinal County Air Quality); Enforcement Procedures (1), Josh DeZeeuw (Pinal County Air Quality); Enforcement Procedures (2) Kevin Costello (Pinal County Attorneys Office); Legislative Update (No PP), Amanda Reeve (Snell & Wilmer); Installing Equipment, Robert Mills (Ping); Emergency Generators, Anu Jain (Pinal County Air Quality); Preparing for a Stack Test, Mike Sherer (Trinity Consultants).








       



  •   2017 September Maricopa County AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar
    The Alliance and Maricopal County AQD Co-Host the Air Quality Permit Compliance Assistance For Business & Industry Seminar

    The fifth consecutive annual one-day Maricopa County AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar, hosted jointly with Maricopa County Air Quality Department and the Alliance, was held in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 28th, 2017. This educational, mentoring, and networking event exceeded all previous Alliance seminars in attendance numbers as well as number of presentations and speakers. The Alliance series of mentoring and educational environmental compliance seminars support several of the primary goals of the Alliance, including to mentor and educate Arizona small businesses by providing regulatory compliance assistance. In addition, this and our other Alliance seminars support the Alliance goal of fostering working relationships and communication between regulators and industry.

               To provide attendees with a greater range of AQ presentation topics, this year the agenda included a number of breakout sessions during the late morning and early afternoon. These breakout sessions were held both on the 9th floor and the 8th floor ballroom. Also new this year, two 'sponsors' contributed financial support. Geosyntec contributed $500 to help with lunch costs, and CH2M contributed $300 to help with break refreshments. MCAQD provided an information table to answer questions and provide information to attendees. Several ASU students participated as volunteers helping with tasks such as monitoring the registration tables. This included one ASU intern working with MCAQD, and two students from the ASU Environmental Management Technology program.  All attendees received a folder with a name badge, agenda, speaker bios, and an individually printed "Certificate of Participation".

    STATISTICS / HIGHLIGHTS
    Number of registered attendees:  131 (last year, 119)
    Facilities or organizations represented:  76 (last year, 77)
    Attendees came from at least 4 counties, including Pinal, Pima, Maricopa, and Birnillio  (NM)
    Number of Presentations: 13.  Number of Speakers: 17 (including MCAQD Staff, Alliance Members and Industry Experts). 




       



  •   2017 May 25 Stack Testing Seminar

    Alliance Hosts First Stack Test Seminar

    On May 25th, the Arizona Environmental Strategic Alliance held our first Stack Testing Seminar at Intel in Chandler, Arizona. Over 61 registered attendees representing 32 organizations participated in the full-day seminar. An additional 15 participated from an out-of-state Intel location through the use of a Skype connection providing audio and PowerPoint access.

    Craig McCurry (Intel), Alliance Chair and Seminar Moderator, opened the seminar with introductions and a welcome to guests. Morning sessions included Intel Stack Testing Requirements and Methods of Compliance, FTIR stack test basics and compliance test methods, FTIR detection limits, and FTIR lessons learned. Our lunch speaker was Attorney Mitch Klein (Snell & Wilmer) who spoke on EPA Policy Under the Trump Administration. Afternoon sessions, moderated by Geetha Shankar (Intel), included two panel discussions. The first, an "Industry Expert Panel" focusing on Trends in Compliance, with speakers Brian Benaway, Spectrum Environmental Solutions; Mike Sherer, Trinity; Tim Higgs, CH2M; Curt Laush, Geosyntec Consultants; Robert Sandoval, INTEL; Mark Hajduk, APS. The second panel was "Keys to Successful Compliance Tests, with speakers Scott Treece, Maricopa County AQ Dept; Kale Walch, Pinal County AQCD; Dustin Fitzpatrick, Pima County; and David Kim, ADEQ.

    The Alliance extends our appreciation to Intel for its help hosting and providing the facilities for the seminar. We are also grateful to our two guest sponsors for helping make this seminar possible:  Geosyntec Consultants, our Lunch Sponsor; and CH2M, our Break Sponsor.

    For more information on this and future seminars, contact the Alliance at 480-422-7392 or email Jim Thrush at jimthrush@cox.net.

    PowerPoints for the seminar are available here:

    1. Strategic Alliance / Welcome to Intel
    2. FTIR 101 and FTIR Compliance-Based Methods
    3. FTIR DLs Laush
    4. FTIR Lessons Learned Trinity
    5. Strengths and Limitations of FTIR Testing




       



  •   2017 February 1st Pinal County AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar
    The Alliance and Pinal County AQCD Co-Host the Air Quality Permit Compliance Assistance For Business & Industry Seminar


    SUMMARY

               The fourth annual One-Day Pinal County AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar, hosted jointly with Pinal County Air Quality Department and the Alliance, was held in Florence, Arizona, on February 1st, 2017. Attendance set a record for our Pinal County AQ seminars, with 61 registered attendees -- exceeding last year's record of 56 attendees.  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.

    Attendee surveys were distributed. When asked to rate the overall value of the seminar, 33 attendees out of 35 gave the highest (5) or second highest (4) score, and the remaining 2 gave an average score (3).  Nearly all who responded said they would be interested, or somewhat interested, in attending a future Alliance seminar (33 out of 34).

    STATISTICS / HIGHLIGHTS
    Number of registered attendees:  61 (last year, 56)
    Facilities or organizations represented:  39 (last year, 39)
    Attendees came from at least 5 counties and from 3 states, including:
    Pinal (AZ), Maricopa (AZ), Pima (AZ), Jefferson (CO), and Bonneville (ID)
    Number of Presentations: 10.  Speakers: include Pinal County AQ Regulators and Industry Experts

       



  •   2016 July Maricopa County AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar
    The Alliance and Pinal County AQCD Co-Host the Air Quality Permit and Environmental Management Compliance Assistance For Business & Industry Seminar

    2016 July 14th Maricopa County & AESA
    Air Quality Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar
    Phoenix, Arizona

    SUMMARY

               The fourth annual One-Day Maricopa County AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar, hosted jointly with Maricopa County Air Quality Department and the Alliance, was held in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 14th, 2016. This educational, mentoring, and networking event was one of our most successful and best attended seminars. The Alliance series of mentoring and educational environmental compliance seminars support several of the primary goals of the Alliance, including to mentor and educate Arizona small businesses by providing regulatory compliance assistance. In addition, this and our other Alliance seminars support the Alliance goal of fostering working relationships and communication between regulators and industry.

               New this year:  (1) Each registered attendee received a printed, personalized, "Certificate of Participation" (a sample copy is attached) to document their attendance and express our appreciation of their participation. (2) Also new this year, Maricopa County provided, at no charge, the use of the historical & beautifully restored 8th floor penthouse ballroom of the Maricopa County Security Building on Central Avenue. (3) Parking Validations -- because the location required paid parking, the Event Committee arranged for purchase of pre-paid parking validation stickers, and made these available for purchase online at cost ($12). 38 attendees selected this option. These were distributed in person on the day of the seminar. (4) Two MCAQD information tables were set up and staffed by MCAQD personnel to answer questions and provide more information to attendees (photos on next page).

    STATISTICS / HIGHLIGHTS
    Number of registered attendees:  119 (last year, 88)
    Facilities or organizations represented:  77 (last year, 39)
    Attendees came from at least 3 counties, including Pinal, Maricopa, and Winn (LA)
    Number of Presentations: 10.  Speakers: include Maricopa County AQ Dept Staff and Industry Experts



       




  •   2016 May 20th Alliance Jointly Tours ASU MacroTechnology Works Facility with A&WMA
    Alliance members jointly toured the ASU MacroTechnology Works facility with A&WMA on May 20th, 2016.


       



  •   2016 January Pinal County AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar
    The Alliance and Pinal County AQCD Co-Host the Air Quality Permit Compliance Assistance For Business & Industry Seminar


       

    2016 January 27th Pinal County & AESA
    Air Quality Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar
    Florence, Arizona

    SUMMARY

               The third annual One-Day Pinal County AQ Permit Compliance Assistance Seminar, hosted jointly with Pinal County Air Quality Department and the Alliance, was held in Florence, Arizona, on January 27th, 2016. This educational and mentoring event in many ways was even more successful and well attended than our previous Pinal County and Alliance Air Quality seminars, and continued the Alliance series of mentoring and educational environmental compliance seminars. This seminar, and others like it, support several of the primary goals of the Alliance, including to mentor and educate Arizona small businesses by providing regulatory compliance assistance. In addition, this and our other Alliance seminars support the Alliance goal of fostering working relationships and communication between regulators and industry.
    Attendee surveys were distributed. We received high marks in all areas. Out of the 24 attendees who returned the surveys, 23 said "Yes" they would be interested in attending a future Alliance AQ or other seminar, and 1 answered "Somewhat" interested..

    STATISTICS / HIGHLIGHTS
    Number of registered attendees:  56 (last year, 54)
    Facilities or organizations represented:  39 (last year, 34)
    Attendees came from 3 counties, including Pinal, Maricopa, and Pima
    Number of Presentations: 10.  Speakers: include Pinal County AQ Regulators and Industry Experts