AWMA- RMSS-AWMA lunch meeting on Wednesday, September 16 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Please join us for our next virtual AWMA lunch meeting, where we will discuss “What’s new with Building Downwash in AERMOD?”

The meeting will be heldonline via Microsoft Teams, from 12PM-1PM, on Wednesday, September 16th

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Bethany Moffat (bethany@applewoodenvironmental.com) by 11AM on Tuesday, September 15th  to receive instructions on how to attend online.

Abstract

At the 11th Conference on Air Quality Modeling, Petersen and Guerra (2016) documented several theoretical flaws in PRIME (the building downwash formulation in AERMOD) that likely account for the model overprediction tendency for certain building configurations.  Based on this initial work, an industry funded research study was initiated in late 2016 with the following overall objectives: 1) correct the known problems in the theory; 2) incorporate and advance the current state of science; 3) expand the types of structures that can be accurately handled (e.g., streamlined, porous, long, wide); 4) properly document and verify the model formulation and code for the updated PRIME (referred to as PRIME2); and 5) collaborate with EPA to work toward implementing the improved model. This talk will summarize this ongoing multi-year research project which has led to peer-reviewed journal articles and the inclusion of new research-grade alpha building downwash options in AERMOD_v19191. The alpha building downwash options are enabled by the following keywords: ORD_DWNW and AWMA_DWNW. The first option is based on research led by the EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and the second is based on the PRIME2 research effort funded by an industry group and reviewed by AWMA’s APM committee. Both options have been evaluated against field observations and the recent comparisons with field observations have shown that PRIME2 has better agreement with field observations than the current regulatory version of AERMOD. The model evaluation includes the standard EPA databases (Bowline Point and Alaska North Slope) as well as a new PRCI database for a Gas Compressor Station. Ron and Sergio will talk also about EPA’s potential plans regarding including these improvements in future AERMOD releases.

Presenters Bios:

Dr. Ron Petersen is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and an ASHRAE Fellow with over 40 years of experience using state-of-the-art research findings and wind tunnel modeling to find creative solutions for air quality problems. Ron is currently the President of Petersen Research and Consulting. After 35 years at CPP, Inc., he retired in late 2018 where Ron was a Principal and one of the three founders. CPP provides industry-leading air quality and wind consulting services to architects, industry, and developers around the world. Ron still consults with CPP and they are currently working together on a research project for BOEM to help develop improved dispersion algorithms for off-shore oil and gas platforms and drilling rigs so the OCD model can be replaced by AERMOD. Ron has been an active member of the Atmospheric Modeling and Meteorology Committee (APM) of the A&WMA for over 40 years and has published several peered-reviewed papers on complex dispersion problems for Atmospheric Environment, JAWMA, and JWEIA.

Dr. Sergio Guerra is a Senior Environmental Engineer at GHD with over 18 years of experience in Air Quality. Sergio’s expertise in research, regulations, and consulting gives him a unique insight into the interaction of the theoretical and practical aspects of air quality.  This experience is at the core of his interest in advanced methods to achieve accurate results from regulatory tools such as AERMOD. Dr. Guerra delivers presentations about his research at local and national forums of technical and non-technical audiences. His research has been published in peer reviewed journals such as the EM Magazine, the Journal of Air and Waste Management Association and other conference proceedings. Sergio holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Kansas and currently serves as the Chair of the Atmospheric Modeling and Meteorology Committee (APM) of the A&WMA- one of the most influential technical committees in dispersion modeling.

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AWMA- RMSS-AWMA lunch meeting on Thursday, August 20 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Please join us for our next virtual AWMA lunch meeting, where we will discuss “Compliance Program Development for Title V Facilities in the Serious Nonattainment Area.”

The meeting will be heldonline via Microsoft Teams, from 12PM-1PM, on Thursday, August 20th

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Lori Marquez (lmarquez@barr.com) by 11AM on Thursday, August 20th  to receive instructions on how to attend online.Everyone who has already RSVP’d should have received a confirmation and link to the meeting. If you did not receive this confirmation, please email Lori Marquez at lmarquez@barr.com to have her resend the link.

Abstract

The Denver/Metro North Front Range was designated as a “serious” nonattainment area for ozone in December 2019, which changed the threshold for “major sources” as defined in the Title V regulations from 100 tpy to 50 tpy for NOx and VOC emissions. The change in the major source threshold has resulted in many facilities becoming newly subject and required to submit an initial Title V application within 12 months of the designation. This presentation will provide an overview of the Title V program that will inform facilities both old and new to the program. We will address the development and maintenance of a compliance program supporting the monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements associated with all Title V permits.  Requirements and best practices will be reviewed for the initial operating permit applications for new major sources, as well as for renewal applications and modifications. Facilities new to the program, and those considering synthetic minor permitting to avoid the program, will gain a better understanding of the risks and resources necessary to comply with a Title V permit.

Presenters’ Bios:

Dawn Meyers is a Senior Air Quality Consultant with Barr Engineering Co. She has nearly 25 years of experience and expertise across gathering, transmission, and processing for the oil and gas industry. She worked for one of the largest energy companies in North America for over 20 years, where she was responsible for air quality permitting and compliance. Dawn was appointed by the governor to serve on the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission for a three-year term in 2009.  Dawn has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Environmental Engineering from Colorado State University.

Tony Widboom is a Vice President and Senior Environmental Engineer with Barr Engineering Co. with 14 years of experience. His expertise lies in air quality permitting and compliance for a variety of industries, including petroleum refineries, manufacturing, mining, and power generation. Tony has significant experience working on Title V permit applications across the country, including for facilities subject as a result of a change in attainment designation. He joined Barr with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

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AWMA- RMSS-AWMA lunch meeting on Wednesday, July 22 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Please join us for our next virtual AWMA lunch meeting, where we will hear from Megan DeMasters, a specialist in air quality programs within the Environmental Services Department at the City of Fort Collins.

A changing climate is expected to increase the risk of local and regional wildfires, which can affect air quality. Given the risk of wildfires in our area, Fort Collins is assessing what it means to be a Smoke Ready Community. Megan’s presentation will include:

• Definition of what it means to be a smoke-ready community
• Overview of programs and plans to increase smoke-readiness in Fort Collins including:
– Education and outreach materials prepared
– Collaborative partnerships
– Next steps in becoming a smoke-ready community
• The presentation will also include some lessons learned from COVID-19 as they relate to wildfire smoke preparedness.

The meeting will be held online via Microsoft Teams, from 12PM-1PM, on Wednesday, July 22nd

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Ginger Fast (gfast@ltenv.com ) by 11AM on Wednesday, July 22nd  to receive instructions on how to attend online.

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AWMA- RMSS-AWMA lunch meeting on Tuesday, June 11 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Our speaker for this meeting is John Putnam, Director of Environmental Programs at CDPHE.

John will discuss Per- and Polyfluoroalkl Substance issues in the State of Colorado.  This includes the current regulatory status of the family of PFAS chemicals, recent legislation and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Action Plan for PFAS.

The meeting will be held online via Microsoft Teams, from 12PM-1PM, on Thursday, June 11th

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Garrett Clemons (Garrett.Clemons@nglep.com) by 11AM on Wednesday, June 10 to receive instructions on how to attend online.

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AWMA- RMSS-AWMA lunch meeting on Tuesday, May 12 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Please join us for our next virtual AWMA lunch meeting, where we will hear Patrick Cummins,  Senior Policy Advisor at the Center for New Energy Economy (CNEE) of Colorado State University, and Keith Hay, Director of Policy at the Colorado Energy Office, speak about GHG emissions trends and policy developments in Western states.

The sources of electric power in the Western US have changed dramatically in the last ten years and those changes continue even with the demise of EPA’s Clean Power Plan.  Many Western states and utilities have made strong commitments to clean energy by 2030 and established long-term goals to be carbon free.  In Colorado, Governor Polis is acting to address the climate crisis through a bold vision to get to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 and meet the science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gas pollution established by the state legislature last year.  This presentation will cover: 1) GHG emissions trends and policy developments in Western states, with a focus on what’s happening in the electric power sector, and 2) an overview of Colorado’s GHG Pollution Reduction Roadmap project.

The meeting will be heldonline via Microsoft Teams, from 12PM-1PM, on Tuesday, May 12th

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Miriam Hacker (miriamhacker@aspenoutlook.com ) by 11AM on Tuesday, May 12th  to receive instructions on how to attend online.

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AWMA- RMSS-AWMA lunch meeting on Wednesday, April 22 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Mark your calendars for our April AWMA-RMSS meeting on Wednesday, April 22. This will be a web-based meeting, instructions will be sent to those interested. Our guest speaker will be Maninder Thind and his talk is titled: “Quantifying Air Quality and Health Impacts from Energy Systems: Electricity, Agriculture, Transportation.”

Time:  12:00 PM (no cost)

Place: Meeting will be through Microsoft Teams. RSVP to Sergio.Guerra@ghd.com.

Maninder Thind is a PhD Candidate in Air Quality in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle. Maninder brings extensive experience in energy-related air quality modeling and analysis. His doctoral research work is at the intersection of air quality and public health with focus on quantifying air quality metrics and fine particulate matter (PM2.5)-related health impacts from different energy systems – electricity generation, agriculture, and transportation. As part of this work, he acquired deep proficiency in a novel and emerging air quality model called, Intervention Model for Air Pollution (InMAP). Maninder was previously a graduate intern (currently on collaborative appointment) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO. Maninder earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee.

Abstract: Through this talk, Maninder will present methods and important contributions from his doctoral work that aims to quantify and evaluate metrics for greenhouse and criteria air pollutants to estimate environmental consequences from interventions, quantify air quality impacts on human population from point, area, and mobile emission sources, and evaluate health impacts from air pollution by race, income, and geography. He will introduce an emerging spatial air quality model called, Intervention Model for Air Pollution (InMAP) that he used to estimate human health impacts from different emission source sectors and their impacts on demographic groups (race-ethnicity, income).

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Sergio Guerra (Sergio.Guerra@ghd.com) by COB Tuesday, April 21. Meeting link and instructions will be emailed.

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AWMA-RMSS Announces Scholarship Awards Program for Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 Academic Year

The Air and Waste Management Association- Rocky Mountain States Section announces the opening of the application period for the Scholarship Award Program for the Fall 2020-Spring 2021 period. The application is available here: 2020-2021- AWMA-RMSS Scholarship Application.

Applicants must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students who will be enrolled full-time 2019-2020 in a college or university in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, or Wyoming.  Applicants may win scholarships for a maximum of 3 years (requires reapplication).

Applications: Applications must be received by February 14, 2020 (mail or email accepted), and must include the following. Please assemble these documents into a single pdf file or hardcopy (except reference letters which should be sent by the referee directly):
1. Coversheet (following page)
2. Copy of your transcripts or grade records for the last 2+ years (unofficial is acceptable)
3. Plan of Study – Two (2) page max detailing your academic program & training
4. Statement of Professional Goals – Two (2) page max detailing your long range plan
5. Complete CV or Resume- Six (6) page maximum
6. Two letter(s) of reference from an advisor and another faculty member. These should be emailed separately by the letter writers to: bethany@applewoodenvironmental.com
7. Award winners will be requested to participate with RMSS-A&WMA as student liason, lunch meeting speaker, planning committee for A&WMA national meeting, or in another capacity.

Awards: Anticipated 4 +/- 2 awards with amounts to be determined based on section financial status.  Past scholarships have been $250 to $1500 per student.  Final scholarship awards and amounts will be based on a merit based system to the top students as judged by an independent review panel (judging form is attached).  A 1-year student A&WMA membership will be reimbursed per awardee who joins A&WMA.

All Awards will be announced by May 31, 2020 and awarded by September 30, 2020 for A.Y. 2020-2021.

National Scholarship: Graduate level applicants are highly encouraged to separately apply to the A&WMA national student scholarship competition. A similar but separate application must be made at:

https://www.awma.org/scholarships

The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that enhances knowledge and expertise by providing a neutral forum for information exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach to more than 5,000 environmental professionals in 65 countries. A&WMA promotes global environmental responsibility and increases the effectiveness of organizations to make critical decisions that benefit society.

Submit Applications (by Feb 14, 2020):
Bethany Moffat
bethany@applewoodenvironmental.com
Applewood Environmental Inc.
2410 Urban Street
Lakewood, CO 80215

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EXTENDED CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – MAY 14, 2020 Air Quality Conference in Denver

The Rocky Mountain States Section – Air & Waste Management Association (RMSS-A&WMA) is hosting a one-day Air Quality Conference at the Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Blvd., Golden, Colorado (located on the North side of I-70 at Exit 273) on Thursday, May 14, 2020.  The theme of the conference is “Air Quality Issues in the Rocky Mountain Region”.  This is the 7th Air Quality Conference the RMSS-A&WMA has hosted in the past 14 years. 

By virtue of this announcement, the Section is extending its Call for Abstracts for this conference.  The time allotted for each presentation shall be 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes allocated for questions and answers.  Details are listed below:

  1. Abstracts will now be accepted through Friday, November 22, 2019.
  2. Abstracts shall be approximately 150 words and the submittal package shall include:
    1. Title
    2. Author(s)
    3. Affiliation
    4. Author(s) contact information (e-mail and telephone number)
    5. Brief bio of the author(s) – about 100 words
  3. Topics of Interest as they affect the Rocky Mountain Region:
    1. Air Quality Permitting, Compliance and Enforcement Trends (Local, State, Federal)
    2. Climate Change in the Rocky Mountain Region/Western US
    3. Air Quality Monitoring
    4. Air Quality Modeling (Federal or State guideline revisions, advancements in model development, etc.)
    5. Industry Specific Air Quality Issues (Emission Controls, Utilities, Transportation, Oil and Gas, Refineries, etc.)
    6. Air Quality Rule Changes (Ozone Non-Attainment Area Designation changes, impact on permitting, etc.)
    7. Air Toxics
    8. Air Quality Evaluations under NEPA
  4. Send your abstract and bio electronically by Friday, November 22, 2019 to: 

Peg Young, Technical Conference Content Committee, RMSS-A&WMA

E-mail: pegyoung6622@gmail.com and awma.rmss@gmail.com

Questions:  Call (720) 320-4839

All those submitting abstracts will be notified regarding the program committee’s decision. Please ensure your complete contact information is enclosed with your submittal. Thank you for your interest in participating in this conference!

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – May 14, 2020 Air Quality Conference in Denver

The Rocky Mountain States Section – Air & Waste Management Association (RMSS-A&WMA) is hosting a one-day Air Quality Conference at the Denver Marriott West, 1717 Denver West Blvd., Golden, Colorado (located on the North side of I-70 at Exit 273) on Thursday, May 14, 2020.  The theme of the conference is “Air Quality Issues in the Rocky Mountain Region”.  This is the 7th Air Quality Conference the RMSS-A&WMA has hosted in the past 14 years. 

By virtue of this announcement, the Section is issuing a Call for Abstracts for this conference.  The time allotted for each presentation shall be 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes allocated for questions and answers.  Details are listed below:

  1. Abstracts will be accepted through Monday October 14, 2019.
  2. Abstracts shall be approximately 150 words and the submittal package shall include:
    1. Title
    2. Author(s)
    3. Affiliation
    4. Author(s) contact information (e-mail and telephone number)
    5. Brief bio of the author(s) – about 100 words
  3. Topics of Interest as they affect the Rocky Mountain Region:
    1. Air Quality Permitting, Compliance and Enforcement Trends (Local, State and Federal)
    2. Climate Change in the Rocky Mountain Region/Western US
    3. Air Quality Monitoring
    4. Air Quality Modeling (Federal or State guideline revisions, advancements in model development, etc.)
    5. Industry Specific Air Quality Issues (Emission Controls, Utilities, Transportation, Oil and Gas, Refineries, etc.)  
    6. Air Quality Rule Changes (Ozone Non-Attainment Area Designation changes, impact on permitting, etc.)
    7. Air Toxics 
    8. Air Quality Evaluations under NEPA4.
  4. Send your abstract and bio electronically by Monday October 14, 2019 to: 

Peg Young, Technical Conference Content Committee, RMSS-AWMA
E-mail: pegyoung6622@gmail.com
Questions:  Call (720) 320-4839

Our goal is to select abstracts for the conference by Thursday November 14, 2019.  All those submitting abstracts will be notified. Please ensure your complete contact information is enclosed with your submittal.

Thank you for your interest in participating in this conference.

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AWMA-RMSS Board of Directors Opening

The Air & Waste Management Association – Rocky Mountain States Section (AWMA-RMSS) provides a nonpartisan forum for networking, education, and discussion of technical issues relating to air and waste management. A principal goal of the Rocky Mountain States Section is to stimulate and enhance environmental, quality, and ethical leadership among our member professionals. The Section is operated/maintained by a Board of Directors which is made up of 4 officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary) and 8 at-large board members (Directors) from various backgrounds. The Directors typically serve 3-year terms.

We currently have an opening for a Director. Since our current Board is made up of representatives from the private sector (both consulting and industry), we are seeking to achieve more diversity by adding Board Members who represent either the higher education sector or regulatory agencies. Board Members may be involved in a number of activities, which include but are not limited to:

  1. Helping to arrange and be present at member meetings;
  2. Providing hot topics for monthly meetings;
  3. Developing ideas to further engage and increase our membership;
  4. Promote networking opportunities;
  5. Evaluating applications for and awarding student scholarships;
  6. Judging science fairs;
  7. Helping to organize and execute our one-day environmental conference which is held every 2 years (next one scheduled for May 2020); and,
  8. Attending Board meetings (either in person or teleconference).

Additional information about our Section can be found in our web site: https://awma-rmss.org/  

Any member is welcome to apply. If you want more information about being considered for a Board position or just want to learn more about the Section, please contact Joe Rubino (Current Chair) from Stanley Consultants at rubinojoe@stanleygroup.com.

Thank you for your interest in AWMA-RMSS!

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