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

Bob Hammer and Bruce Macdonald with SLR Consulting will present on what has happened with federal air quality regulations affecting the oil and gas industry since January 2017 when the Trump administration took over.  This will include successful, pending, and unsuccessful federal government efforts toward regulatory changes.

The meeting will be held at 1801 California Street, Denver, CO 80202 in the 1st floor New York Conference room, on Monday, August 13th. 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.

Bob Hammer
Mr. Hammer is a senior expert on environmental regulations with 35 years of experience working with rules, policy, permitting, and compliance. He has been dealing with regulations, primarily in air quality consulting, for over 25 years and about 10 years working directly in industry. He has supported a variety of industries in the U.S. and internationally, with extensive experience in electric utilities, oil and gas, and mining. He is a recognized expert dealing with existing and proposed regulations and their impact on industry’s environmental compliance, operations, and management. He provides permitting, regulatory research, guidance, and technical support for planning and operations. He regularly represents clients and industry organizations while interacting with attorneys, and State, Federal, and Tribal Governments. He advances client and industry interests pertaining to the development of proposed regulations and policies. His work has included technical writing and lecturing on a variety of environmental regulations and governmental programs.
Education
B.S. in Meteorology, 1984, Metropolitan State University of Denver
M.S. in Meteorology, 1987, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Bruce Macdonald
Bruce Macdonald is a principal scientist at SLR International in Fort Collins.  He has 42 years of experience working with air quality regulations, permitting, and compliance. He has provided air quality consulting services to a wide range of industries, with extensive experience in electric utilities, oil and gas, chemicals, and mining. He regularly reviews existing and proposed regulations and provides guidance to clients in support of air permitting and compliance.  He also provides services in support of NEPA analyses, particularly related to meteorology, air quality, and climate change. He has led the preparation of 20 PSD permit applications and numerous minor source and Title V permit applications. He has served as adjunct professor at the University of Denver in their Environmental Policy and Management graduate program.
Education
B.S. in mathematics and education, North Dakota State University
M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric science, Colorado State University.

If you plan on attending this meeting, please RSVP to Sara Nuttall (Sara.Nuttall@jm.com) by Friday, August 10th.

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AWMA-RMSS Lunch Meeting – Thursday, June 28th at Holland & Hart office

Roland Hea of the CDPHE and Jill Van Noord of Holland & Hart will address the current status and recent developments in the New Source Review (NSR) program at a lunch meeting of the A&WMA, Rocky Mountain States Section. The presenters will provide a brief introduction on NSR, an overview of the recently revised NSR Policy Manual and its use by industry and regulators, and their perspectives on some of the NSR guidance memos recently issued by EPA.

Please join us for the unique opportunity to hear the perspectives of both regulators and the private sector on the complex matters of NSR permitting.The meeting will be held at Holland & Hart’s downtown Denver office located at 555 17th Street, Suite 3200, on Thursday, June 28thWe will start with refreshments and networking at 11:30, followed by the presentation around noon, and we’ll adjourn around 1pm.


Roland Hea, CDPHE
Roland Hea is the Permitting Section Supervisor for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Air Pollution Control Division. He joined the Division in 2002 and is responsible for overseeing the processing and issuance of air quality construction and operating permits. He focuses on complex permitting and New Source Review issues associated with the state’s various industrial facilities and also helps support the Division’s Oil and Gas Team.

Jill Van Noord, Holland & Hart
Jill draws on her substantial regulatory experience to counsel clients on air quality permitting and compliance strategies and effectively negotiate resolutions of enforcement actions.  She is Of Counsel at Holland & Hart’s Denver office.

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Drew Leonard (dleonard@suncor.com) by Wednesday, June 27th.

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**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.


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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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