**Fort Collins** Tour of the Powerhouse Energy Campus- Friday June 8th from 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Thanks to all who attended this tour. Below is a picture taken during the tour.

Join us to tour and learn about CSU’s Powerhouse Energy Institute where researchers are engaged in studying methane, air quality, energy access in the developing world, internal combustion engines, renewable energy, electric grids, energy and health, energy and society, combustion and plasma science, and thermal systems.

The Powerhouse consists of a state-of-the-art 100,000 square-foot green building that is a model for sustainable building practices and innovative architectural design. In 2015, the campus was awarded the Platinum Level LEED certification from U.S. Green Building Council.

The Powerhouse Energy Campus is located in 430 N College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524.

Public parking north of the Aztlan Community Center, 112 Willow Street
•Head north on N. College Ave.
•Turn right onto E. Vine Dr.
•Turn right onto Linden St.
•Turn right onto Willow St.
•Turn right at 112 Willow Street
•Park behind the community center
•Walk along the Poudre River Trail (red line) to the Powerhouse

Energy Institute Parking

If you plan to attend this meeting, please  please RSVP to Sergio Guerra (sergio.guerra@ghd.com) by Thursday, June 7th.


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MarkWest Consent Decree for Pipeline Pigging Operations

As you may have heard, the MarkWest Consent Decree went final recently.  A copy is available here, and a fact sheet is available at this link:  https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/markwest-clean-air-act-settlement-information-sheet This settlement was discussed at the March meeting by Chris Rimkus of MarkWest.

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

Please join us at the National Park Service “Jefferson Place” Office off Wadsworth and Hampden (US285) in Lakewood on Thursday, May 17 for another luncheon meeting of the Rocky Mountain States Section of the Air & Waste Management Association. Mike Bell and Kristi Morris of the NPS Air Resources Division in Denver will address issues and changes in the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP). We will start with refreshments and networking at 11:30, followed by the dual presentation around noon, and adjourn around 1pm. The facility is at 7333 West Jefferson Avenue; we’ll meet in the 4th floor meeting room to the left of the elevator.

Atmospheric Deposition in National Parks
The atmospheric deposition of pollutants containing nitrogen, sulfur, and mercury impacts resources in national parks in a variety of ways. In order to quantify these inputs and understand how they are changing over time, the NPS monitors wet deposition through the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP). Sulfate and nitrate concentrations in precipitation have decreased dramatically in the Northeast and Midwest due to the Acid Rain Program of the Clean Air Act, however, ammonium concentrations are increasing in the Midwest and Intermountain Region. This includes Rocky Mountain National Park where the NPS is working with the State of Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Colorado Agriculture to decrease nitrogen deposition at the park. The NADP has recently moved from the University of Illinois to the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene and an update on the transition will be presented.

Ecological Responses to Air Pollution in National Parks
The National Park Service is tasked with preserving “unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.” As pollutants accumulate within a park, it increases the risk that ecosystem components or processes will be degraded. The threshold at which negative responses begin to occur is known as the critical load. This presentation will describe how critical loads are used to identify sensitive resources within parks and how it allows us to develop an active management strategy to preserve our sensitive resources. The focus will be on new analyses describing responses of herbaceous species richness, tree species, lichen communities, and aquatic resources to nitrogen and sulfur deposition across the country.  Comparing the critical load values with the deposition maps developed by the NADP allows us to see where exceedances occur and focus management efforts. In order for critical load science to be an effective management tool, national trends need to be verified at a local scale. Increasing data collaboration efforts within the NPS and among federal agencies and academics are making this possible.

Kristi H. Morris, Physical Scientist
Air Resources Division, National Park Service
Kristi Morris received a B.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology from California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Colorado, Denver. She began work with the National Park Service (NPS) Air Resources Division as a student intern while working on her Master’s degree. In 1999, she went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Air Quality Branch and in 2004, she came back to the NPS as a Monitoring Specialist. She manages the NPS atmospheric deposition monitoring program, participates in national and regional scale monitoring networks, provides technical guidance on deposition issues, collaborates with colleagues to understand the impacts of deposition to park resources, works to improve estimates of total deposition, and performs data analysis to determine the status and trends of atmospheric deposition in national parks.

Mike Bell, Biologist
National Park Service, Air Resources Division
Mike Bell has a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of California, Riverside studying biogeochemistry as it relates to nitrogen deposition in Joshua Tree National Park. His current job is to evaluate ecosystem effects of air pollution within our National Park System and surrounding federal lands. His focus is impacts due to nitrogen (eutrophication), sulfur (acidification), and ozone (physiological damage) pollution. He synthesizes data from federal agency and academic research to inform public policy around air pollution standards and provide guidance for active management to mitigate change. Prior to graduate school, Mike spent four years working in Yellowstone, Craters of the Moon, and Joshua Tree National Parks as an entry-level ecologist.

If you plan to attend this meeting, please  please RSVP to David Maxwell (dmaxwell@blm.gov) by Thursday, May 17th.

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AWMA -RMSS Lunch Meeting – Wednesday, March 14 from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Mark your calendars for the next lunch meeting of the Air & Waste Management Association, Rocky Mountain States Section on March 14th, 11:30am – 1:00pm. The Davis Graham and Stubbs office (1550 17th Street, Suite 500, in Downtown Denver) has kindly offered to host this meeting in their large conference room.

The program will feature:
1) The revocation of EPA’s Once In, Always In (OIAI) policy for HAP major sources, presented by Will Marshall – Associate with Davis Graham & Stubbs (click on his name to link to his bio)

2) EPA Region 3 and 5 pipeline pigging enforcement developments, presented by Chris Rimkus, Managing Counsel for MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P.

Lunch will be provided, but please RSVP to PGreer@bonanzacrk.com by Tuesday March 13th.

Come network with colleagues and learn about these topics and more! Share this announcement with others who may be interested.

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Young Professionals Event! Wednesday, March 7th

AWMA-ROCKY MOUNTAIN STATES SECTION: Calling all Young Professionals!

Please join us for our quarterly Young Professionals event from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, March 7th, at Marlowe’s, 501 16thStreet, Denver, CO 80202.

For our second Rocky Mountain States Section AWMA Young Professionals event, we’ll play trivia with an AWMA twist! Drinks are on you but hors d’oeuvres will be provided. RSVPs are encouraged; please email Ginger Fast at gfast@ltenv.com by Wednesday, February 28th.


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, Feb 27 from 11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Mark your calendars for the next Rocky Mountain States Section Air & Waste Management Meeting on Tuesday February 27th at the first floor conference center at 1801 California Street in Downtown Denver. Please note that the meeting will start and end a little earlier than usual, 11:00am – 12:30pm.

Tobi Oke, our guest speaker present “Improved Biomass Cookstoves – Do they truly improve the reduction of aerosol particles numbers?” Research studies estimate about 3 billion people burn some form of biomass fuel daily for either cooking or heating purposes. Their emissions are considered the most important environmental risk factor, responsible for an estimate of 3.9 million deaths and about 4.8% of lost healthy life. Global efforts with “improved cookstoves” offer improved efficiency and reduced exposures, most especially mass concentrations of CO and PM2.5 by up to 50%. However, there are still some questions as to what degree improved cookstoves reduce human exposure to air pollutants, particularly the number of ultrafine particles (particles with diameter less than 100nm). Ultrafine particles have been implicated for health outcomes including lung cancer, upper respiratory infections in children, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease due to these fine particles’ unique properties such as high mobility, surface area, and ability to penetrate deeply into the alveolar region of the lungs. Thus, it is important to consider the extent that improved cookstoves help to reduce the particle number emissions as a function of size from combustion of solid fuels. Here I will look at the influence of combustion efficiency and fuels on particle number emission factors.

Oluwatobi Oke (Tobi) hails from Lagos, Nigeria. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria and proceeded to work for a year in an engineering consulting firm. Passionate about the environment, he decided to pursue another M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Kip Carrico at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro. His research study focused on “Aerosol Physical Properties and Emission Factors from Open Biomass Burning and Cookstove Emissions.” During his program, he did not limit his interest to Air Quality. He interned with D.C. Water in Washington, D.C., where he worked with Professional Engineers on stream restoration, stabilization and sewer designs. Upon graduation, he later worked on a 6 month contract with Buckman Direct Diversion, Santa Fe, on a research study in conjunction with Los Alamos National Lab on addressing the LANL-origin contaminants in storm water runoff in the Rio Grande. His affinity for research motivated him to pursue a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins where he is currently working on the “influence of built environment on human health and air quality in U.S cities.”

Attendance is free, but please RSVP by Monday 2/26 to Joe Rubino at RubinoJoe@stanleygroup.com. Feel free to share this announcement with other colleagues who may be interested.

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AWMA-RMSS Announces Scholarship Awards Program for Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 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 2018-Spring 2019 period. The application is available here: 2018-2019- AWMA-RMSS Scholarship Application.

Applicants must be juniors, seniors, or graduate students who will be enrolled full-time 2018-2019 in a college or university in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, or Wyoming.

Applications: Applications must be received by February 28, 2018 (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.

2016-2017- AWMA-RMSS Scholarship Application

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, 2018 and awarded by September 30, 2018 for A.Y. 2018-2019.

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:


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 28, 2018):
Prof. Kip Carrico
New Mexico Tech
Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801

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Young Professionals Networking Event! Wednesday, October 25th

AWMA-ROCKY MOUNTAIN STATES SECTION: This is a networking call for Young Professionals!!

Are you a young professional or a young-at-heart professional? Please join us for a Young Professionals event from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, October 25th, at Breckenridge Brewery (“Breck on Blake,” located at 2220 Blake Street, Denver, CO 80205).

Since this is our first Rocky Mountain States Section AWMA Young Professionals event, we’ll “speed network” to get to know each other! Drinks are on you but hors d’oeuvres will be provided. RSVPs are encouraged; email Ginger Fast at gfast@ltenv.com by October 18th.

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AWMA -RMSS Lunch Meeting – Thursday, June 22 from 11:30-1:00 PM

Don’t forget to RSVP for the AWMA meeting next week at Graham & Stubbs Thursday, June 22nd, at 11:30. John Jacus, Katie Schroder, and Chelsea Grossi, all of DGS, will present an environmental regulatory update that includes a review of key Trump Administration actions and orders, an update on the Bureau of Land Management’s venting & flaring rule and the associated litigation, and a summary of Quad Oa NSPS litigation.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sara Nuttall(sara.nuttall@jm.com) by Wednesday June 21st. We will begin with networking and lunch at 11:30, and the presentation will start around noon. DGS Law is located at 1550 17th Street, Suite 500.

Speakers Bio:
John Jacus represents clients under all major federal and state environmental laws and regulatory programs, including the Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Clean Water Act, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). His practice includes environmental litigation, administrative proceedings and representation in complex business transactions. He is experienced in rulemaking and adjudicatory proceedings, permitting, litigation for cost recovery, citizen suits, environmental insurance coverage, and the judicial appeal of adverse agency actions, among other matters (click here for his complete bio).
Katie Schroder‘s practice focuses on all aspects of energy development on federal lands. Ms. Schroder counsels clients on oil and gas leasing and development on federal lands and agency compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act. She has extensive experience with the Endangered Species Act, including the process for listing species as threatened or endangered, the process for obtaining permits under section 10 of the Act, and the development of conservation agreements for candidate species (click here for her complete bio).
Chelsea Grossi focuses on regulatory and litigation counseling in environmental and natural resources law. She works with oil and gas, mining, biofuels, industrial, aerospace, and manufacturing clients. She has represented clients in environmental administrative and civil litigation matters, negotiated settlements with enforcement agencies, and advising clients on a host of regulatory matters affecting the industry, including the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act, the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Act (PHMSA). Click here for her complete bio.

To all of you who attended our Air Quality Conference last month, THANK YOU for making it such a success! We will be publishing copies of the speakers’ presentations on our website (awma-rmss.org); if you click on “2017-Air-Quality-Conference,” and then “Final Program,” you’ll see live links for some of the afternoon sessions. We’ll be adding the rest soon.

Please feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues!

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AWMA -RMSS Lunch Meeting – Thursday, January 12 from 11:30-1:00 PM

Mark your calendars for the first Rocky Mountain States Section’s luncheon meeting of 2017, which will be held Thursday, January 12th at Tri-State Generation & Transmission, 1100 W 116th Ave, Westminster, CO 80234. We plan to start with lunch and networking at 11:30, followed by our guest speaker, Detlev Helmig of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Boulder, at noon.

Topic: 2000 – 2015 Changes in the Summertime Ozone Chemistry in Colorado. Detlev will present an assessment of long-term (2000-2015) ambient ozone mixing ratios, diurnal amplitudes, and trends using hourly ozone data from a total of 47 sites in the State of Colorado, focusing on summer ozone values (June, July, August), which is the time when most exceedances of the ozone National Air Quality Standard have been recorded. For sites with at least 10 years of complete datasets, (19 sites total) trends were determined for the yearly 5th, 50th and 95th percentile values of the ozone mixing ratios, and for the daily ozone amplitudes. For ozone mixing ratios, most sites show an increase of the 5th and 50th percentile values, whereas the majority of sites experienced a decrease of the 95th percentile values. In contrast, most of the sites show a decrease of the yearly 50th and 95th percentile values of the daily amplitudes. The dichotomy of ozone diurnal amplitudes and trends, and their spatial distribution is discussed in terms of the influence of ozone precursors, i.e. volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission and reported ambient concentration in the State of Colorado.

Speaker Bio: Detlev Helmig is an Associate Research Professor, Institute of Alpine and Arctic Research (INSTAAR) and Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (PAOS), University of Colorado, Boulder. He received his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Duisburg/Germany, has published numerous atmospheric chemistry articles, and been an invited speaker for the American Geophysical Union, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and other scientific organizations in France, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland and the United States. A more detailed bio can be found at http://instaar.colorado.edu/arl/detlev.html

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP by Wednesday, January 11 to Bethany Moffat at bmoffat@tristategt.org.

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