AWMA -RMSS Lunch Meeting – Wednesday, May 29 from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Mark your calendars for our May AWMA-RMSS meeting on Wednesday, May 29th, at the conference room of the 1801 California Street Building in downtown Denver. Our guest speaker will be from Christy Woodward, Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, for an overview of the 2019 Colorado legislative changes affecting environmental regulation.:

Time:  11:30 lunch (no cost); 11:50 welcome and introductions; noon presentation

Place: Main floor conference room of the 1801 California Street Building in downtown Denver.

DIRECTIONS:

Christy Woodward, serves as the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA). She leads COGA’s regulatory strategy. Ms. Woodward has 19 years’ experience in civil and environmental engineering design and project management, including Clean Water and Clean Air Act permitting and compliance and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Wildlife and Cultural assessments for energy projects on Federal Lands. She is an Environmental Engineer and has provided technical support for the oil and gas industry, the homebuilding industry, mining industry, other private clients, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

ABSTRACT: The 2019 Colorado Legislative Session saw numerous reforms on the regulatory front for the oil and gas industry, but other components of the energy sector as well. Senate Bill 181 calls for a reorganization of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and to prioritize their mission on the protection of Public Safety, Health and Welfare, the Environment, while also requiring additional regulation from the Air Quality Control Commission of the oil and gas sector and transmission sector.  Additional legislation was passed including; HB 19-1261 – Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution, SB19-96 – Collect Long-Term Climate Change Data, and SB19-236 – Continuation of the Public Utilities Commission. All of this legislation also establishes sweeping air emissions and environmental rulemakings and changes in the coming years and decades.

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Ty Smith ((TySmith@Lesair.com) by Monday, May 27th.  Feel free to share this announcement with other colleagues who may be interested.

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Young Professionals Event! Thursday, May 16th

Please join us for our next Young Professionals event from 5-7 pm on Thursday, May 16th, at The 1up, 1925 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202.

For this Rocky Mountain States Section AWMA Young Professionals event, we will be playing arcade games while networking with other AWMA colleagues. The 1up has 45 classic arcade games, 16 pinball machines, three lanes of classic Skee-Ball and multiple sets of Giant Jenga. Drinks are on you, but hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Please RSVP to Lauren Miyazawa at lauren.miyazawa@marquezenvironmental.com by Friday, May 10th.

What’s a “Young Professional?” That depends. AWMA charges members age 35 or younger a lower membership fee — but you don’t have to be that young to attend; if you’re interested, RSVP and come! We love new members, so feel free to share this invitation with colleagues.

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AWMA -RMSS Lunch Meeting – Thursday, April 11 from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Mark your calendars for our April AWMA-RMSS meeting on Thursday, April 11th, at the conference room of the 1801 California Street Building in downtown Denver. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Doug Cox of GHD, Inc. and his talk is titled: “PFAS: What Are They, Why You Should Care, and What’s Being Done About Them.

Time:  11:30 lunch (no cost); 11:50 welcome and introductions; noon presentation

Place: Main floor conference room of the 1801 California Street Building in downtown Denver.

DIRECTIONS:

Doug Cox, PhD, is a Senior Toxicologist and Environmental Risk Assessor in GHD’s Golden, Colorado office who supports projects in North America and Australia. Doug has managed risk assessment groups and projects for environmental consulting companies in both the US and Australia and has worked for clients in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, manufacturing, property development, and others. While living in Melbourne, Doug led an air pathway risk assessment for all emissions sources associated with the Port Kembla Steelworks, then the largest steel facility in Australia. He has also worked as a toxicologist for the US Air Force Civil Engineering Center and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

He is a full member of the Society of Toxicology and has been an adjunct faculty member in Environmental Health at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Doug is part of GHDs PFAS team and provides toxicology evaluations, human health and ecological risk assessment support, as well as risk management and risk communication strategy.

Dr. Cox holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the State Univ. of New York at Geneseo and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Kansas.

ABSTRACT: Dr. Doug Cox will present on PFAS (perfluorinated alkyl substances), the latest “hot topic” in environmental circles. These chemicals are present in 99% of the US population due to their wide commercial and industrial use.  Most exposure to PFAS comes from contaminated drinking water sources and everyday products such as non-stick cookware, paper cups, food packaging, and clothing. Their use as a fire suppression agent has led to contaminated ground water and surface water near some military bases and airports. Concerns regarding their toxicity have generated extensive media coverage sparking the attention of regulatory agencies like EPA who are looking into ways to address this emerging contaminant. Dr. Cox will cover the latest scientific and regulatory findings regarding PFAS drawing from his experience on how these chemicals are being regulated elsewhere in the world.

Industries that will likely be affected by new regulations on PFAS include oil and gas, refineries, airports, military, electronics, and other manufacturing and processing operations.  An article on PFAS was recently included in the Denver Post (https://www.denverpost.com/2019/03/06/high-costs-perfluoroalkyl-water-contaminant/). Dr. Cox will discuss what these industries can do to prepare for the new PFAS regulations looming in the horizon.

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Sergio Guerra (sergio.guerra@ghd.com) by Wednesday, April 10th.  Feel free to share this announcement with other colleagues who may be interested.

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48th Spring Conference by SEER: Monday, March 27-29 at the Grand Hyatt Denver

On behalf of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER), AWMA-RMSS would like to share the following information regarding their upcoming conference:

SEER is pleased to present their 48th Spring Conference, which will take place March 27-29 at the Grand Hyatt Denver. The conference’s keynote speakers will include Kim Marotta (Global Senior Director Sustainability and Alcohol Policy – Molson Coors), Phil Weiser (Colorado Attorney General), and Andrew Wheeler (Acting EPA Administrator). 

Early bird registration has been extended until March 4, 2019.

Please see the brochure for more details on the program and registration information: SEER 48th Spring Conference Brochure

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AWMA -RMSS Lunch Meeting – Monday, Feb 4 from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

RMSS-AWMA lunch meeting on Monday, February 4th at Tri-State Generation and Transmission

Please join us for our next AWMA lunch meeting, where we will hear from Andy Berger, Senior Manager of Environmental Policy, and Lyle Witham, Senior Environmental Policy Analyst.

Andy Berger and Lyle Witham will discuss federal regulation of electric power sector carbon dioxide emissions. They will discuss the status of litigation about EPA’s Clean Power Plan, provide an update about the proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule, and cover recently proposed requirements for new units.

The meeting will be held at Tri-State Generation and Transmission, located at 1100 W. 116th Ave. in Westminster, on Monday, February 4th

We will start with refreshments and networking at 11:30, followed by the presentation around noon, and we’ll adjourn around 1pm.  

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Bethany Moffat (bmoffat@tristategt.org) by Friday, February 1st.

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AWMA-RMSS Announces Scholarship Awards Program for Fall 2019 – Spring 2020 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 2019-Spring 2020 period. The application is available here: 2019-2020- 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 15, 2019 (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: kip.carrico@nmt.edu
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.  One free student A&WMA membership for 1 year will be reimbursed for each awardee who joins A&WMA.

All Awards will be announced by May 31, 2019 and awarded by September 30, 2019 for A.Y. 2019-2020.

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:

http://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 15, 2019):
Prof. Kip Carrico
New Mexico Tech
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
kip.carrico@nmt.edu

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AWMA -RMSS Lunch Meeting – Tuesday, Nov 13 from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Please join us for our next AWMA lunch meeting, where we will hear from Katie Wolohan of Barr Engineering Company. Katie will spotlight the emerging contaminant – PFAS.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are emerging contaminants of concern in groundwater and drinking water systems. For energy companies, their link and liability to the issue is through the training and use of Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) concentrates. PFAS have the potential to impact water supplies and are a challenge to capture and remove. This presentation will provide a brief history of PFAS, an overview of state and federal regulations, the current state of knowledge around sampling and testing, AFFF use best practices, remediation and water treatment techniques, and will cover potential future issues that may affect water supplies.

Katie Wolohan, P.E. is a professional environmental engineer with six years of consulting experience assisting industrial and municipal clients with water and wastewater treatment, water reuse, and environmental compliance and permitting.  She has worked with multiple clients to navigate emerging contaminants (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and 1,4-dioxane) water treatment options and challenges from conceptual design and bench/pilot testing through full-scale system start-up.

The meeting will be held at the Colorado State Bank Building, located at 1600 Broadway Denver, CO 80210, on the 5th floor conference room, on Tuesday, November 13thWe will start with refreshments and networking at 11:30, followed by the presentation around noon, and we’ll adjourn around 1pm.


If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Dawn Eisinger (dawn.eisinger@marquezenvironmental.com) by 10 AM on Monday, November 12th.

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FHWA Webinar: NEPA AQA for Highway Projects- Friday Oct 26 from 8:00 AM-Noon

We would like to share the information for this webinar on the Overview of NEPA Air Quality Analysis for Highway Projects presented by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Resource Center and sponsored by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Date/Time: Friday, October 26, 2018 from 8 am to noon MDT.
Intended Audience:  managers, practitioners, and modelers

Webinar Agenda:
Session 1 – Guidance and current practice for assessing air quality pollutant impacts from highways
Session 2 – General approach for using the EPA’s MOVES model in highway air quality analysis
Session 3 – General approach for using the EPA’s dispersion models in highway air quality analysis

Preview of the Modeling Workshop on NEPA Air Quality Analysis for Highway Projects scheduled for November 14-16, 2018 in Denver.
The Webinar is a prerequisite to the Denver Workshop and will be recorded for those unable to join the Webinar at the scheduled time.

To join the Webinar, click on the link to the meeting room: https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/nepa_aq_overview/

and call into the audio conference:
Toll Free Number – 8664345269
Participant Passcode – 2715819
If you have any questions, please contact Rose at rose.waldman@state.co.us

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Young Professionals Event! Tuesday, Sept 25th

Please join us for our next Young Professionals event from 5-7 pm on Tuesday, September 25th, at Tarantula Billiards, 1520 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80202.

At this Rocky Mountain States Section AWMA Young Professionals event, we will enjoy getting to know other AWMA members with a game night.  Attendees will be split into groups designed to meet and network with new people. Examples of the games available are: pool, foosball, air hockey, shuffle board, heads up, and various other card/board games. Drinks are on you but hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Please RSVP to Roxana Meza at roxana.meza@marquezenvironmental.com by Thursday, September 20th.

What’s a “Young Professional?” That depends. AWMA charges members age 35 or younger a lower membership fee — but you don’t have to be that young to attend; if you’re interested, RSVP and come! We love new members, so feel free to share this invitation with colleagues.

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AWMA -RMSS Lunch Meeting – Tuesday, Sept 18 from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Michael Ogletree with the City and County of Denver and Julian Cyrus with Lunar Outpost will present on air quality monitoring and new sensor technology used in the Denver urban area. They recently teamed up to win the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, enabling them to increase the number of air sensors around schools and along the I-70 corridor.

The meeting will be held at 1801 California Street, Denver, CO 80202 in the 1st floor New York Conference room, on Tuesday, September 18th. We will start with refreshments and networking at 11:30, followed by the presentation around noon, and we’ll adjourn around 1pm. Please ask the Security Desk how to get to the conference room if you need assistance. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Ginger Fast at gfast@ltenv.com by Monday, September 17th.

Michael Ogletree
Michael Ogletree is the Air Quality Program Manager, in the Department of Public Health and Environment at the City and County of Denver. He is responsible for air quality management, ranging from updating and maintaining emissions inventories, performing dispersion modeling, participating in air quality rulemakings and recommending local/regional/state air pollution control strategies, to overseeing and participating in air quality monitoring studies. He serves as a subject matter expert on citywide air quality matters.

Julian Cyrus
Julian Cyrus is COO and Co-Founder of Lunar Outpost, a Colorado based advanced technology company established in 2017. While its long-term vision focuses on space technology, Lunar Outpost is committed to bringing its expertise and innovations down to Earth to have a positive impact on the near-term here as well. Julian is an engineer by trade, graduating from The University of Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Biology minor, as well as from CU Boulder with an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and research done in the field of Bioelectromagnetics. After CU, he went to work for Lockheed Martin on the Orion Program, NASA’s next manned spacecraft. He then left Lockheed to work on Lunar Outpost with his brother, Justin Cyrus. They, along with the rest of the Lunar Outpost team, are excited to be partnered with the City and County of Denver and look forward making air quality monitoring more accessible to users around the country.

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