AWMA- RMSS-AWMA lunch meeting on Tuesday, February 22 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Please join us for our next virtual AWMA lunch meeting, where our topic will be “Energy and Air Quality Regulation in Colorado:  Perspectives on Enacting Science-Based Policy in the Age of Community Science.”

The meeting will be heldonline via Microsoft Teams, from 12PM-1PM, on Tuesday, February 22nd.

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Sara Nuttall (sara.nuttall@jm.com ).

Abstract

Air emissions regulations governing the energy sector in Colorado are among the most stringent in the United States, and have driven environmental policies and regulations at the federal level.  Further, the Colorado energy sector faces increasing community scrutiny at a level unparalleled elsewhere in the nation for impacts to ozone, public health, and climate change.  Mr. Hodek will present the state of air quality regulation and progress made by the energy industry regarding improvements in air quality and associated impacts.  Further, this presentation will explore the policy challenges faced and progress made in enacting data-driven, science-based policy in the face of community science and intense activism.

Eric Hodek is a Principal at Ramboll US Consulting, Inc. He has over 24 years of environmental management experience with emphasis in air quality permitting, impact analysis and compliance.  He is an expert in air quality permitting and impact analysis under Clean Air Act (CAA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations at the state and federal level.  Mr. Hodek began practicing environmental and air quality management in Colorado in 2003 as the Environmental Manager for Cemex in Lyons.  He is currently a principal at Ramboll, a global engineering and consultancy firm, providing permitting, compliance and regulatory advocacy support to industrial and government clients on state, federal, and tribal land across the Intermountain West. As an advisor to Weld County Board of County Commissioners, he has been heavily involved in air quality legislative and rulemaking efforts affecting energy, transportation, and agriculture in Colorado.  He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Oklahoma, College of Engineering and a M.B.A. cum laude from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

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AWMA- RMSS-AWMA lunch meeting on Tuesday, December 14 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Please join us for our next virtual AWMA lunch meeting, where our topics will be “EV and EV Charging Programs in Colorado” and “Drive Toward a Carbon-Free Future.”

The meeting will be heldonline via Microsoft Teams, from 12PM-1PM, on Tuesday, December 14th.

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Joe Rubino (jrubino@slrconsulting.com).

Introduction

Reductions in greenhouse gas emissions continue to be a focus for the transportation sector in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Transportation is in the process of developing rulemaking that establishes new pollution reduction planning standards. Electric vehicles will play a role in meeting those standards. The AWMA Rocky Mountain States Section is pleased to feature two Program Managers from the Colorado Energy Office and Xcel Energy at our December meeting who will present on a variety of EV Programs that are leading the charge to improve air quality across our state.

Matt Mines is a Senior Program Manager at the Colorado Energy Office where he manages CEO’s electric vehicle infrastructure grant programs including Charge Ahead Colorado, EV Plazas and the DCFC Corridors program. These programs incentivize the widespread distribution of charging infrastructure throughout the State with the intention of enabling easy Statewide travel in an EV. Charge Ahead has funded over 1,500 stations across the State. The Plazas and Corridor programs will add extensive fast charging infrastructure throughout the State. Matt has been involved in the electric vehicle and charging infrastructure sector for 6+ years.

Title: “EV and EV Charging Programs in Colorado”

Presentation Synopsis:

Matt will cover the State of Colorado’s electric vehicle and charging infrastructure planning and programming efforts to meet the State’s ambitious goals for electric vehicles. He will cover the State’s infrastructure and incentive programs including Charge Ahead Colorado, DCFC Plazas and Corridors. 

Ryan Odell is a Program Manager at Xcel Energy where he is a part of the Electric Transportation team. Focusing on policy and program planning, he supports the implementation of Xcel’s Colorado Transportation Electrification Plan (TEP). The TEP is comprised of six portfolios: 1) Residential 2) Multi-Family Housing 3) Commercial 4) Advisory Services 5) Partnerships, Research, Innovation 6) Purchase/Lease Rebates, that include more than 20 programs. One of the key benefits Xcel aims to achieve with TEP programs are – Reduced emissions and improved air quality. Utilities are responsible for electric supply that is increasingly clean. We see a potential for EV load to be managed such that more renewables can be integrated into the grid. 

Title: “Drive Toward a Carbon-Free Future”

Presentation synopsis: Ryan will be going over how Xcel is working with partners to achieve its EV Vision and bring its many benefits to EV drivers, its customers, and society. An industry leader in transportation electrification, Xcel’s broad range of innovative, customer-focused programs are making the transition to EVs affordable, easy, and accessible. Alongside Xcel’s clean energy leadership, these efforts will bring health and environmental co-benefits to drivers, all our customers, and society, helping the United States meet the climate targets that science requires.

In Other News…

Thank you to Todd Parfitt, Director of WYDEQ, for his presentation on EPA initiatives, regional haze, and wintertime ozone issues for our November monthly meeting. His presentation is available for viewing on our Presentations webpage. The RMSS-AWMA website now has a page for job postings: https://awma-rmss.org/job-postings/. Please email the general RMSS-AWMA inbox at awma.rmss@gmail.com if you would like our website to include a link to your

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Final Program for October 7th Conference Released

The final program for the 2021 AWMA-RMSS Conference is available here.

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AWMA- RMSS-AWMA lunch meeting on Thursday, September 16 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (in person with virtual option)

Please join us for our first IN-PERSON AWMA lunch meeting in a long, long time.  Christy Woodward of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association will be talking about “Air Quality – What’s Happening in the Oil & Gas Industry.”  The meeting is going to be an IN-PERSON meeting (with a virtual option).  Again, just in case you missed it, the meeting will be held IN-PERSON, from 12PM-1PM, on Thursday, September 16th, at Liberty Oilfield Services (950 17th Street, Suite 2400). Please check in on the 24th floor and then proceed to the conference room on the 23rd floor. Lunch will be provided if you RSVP that you are going to attend IN-PERSON.

If you plan to attend this meeting (IN-PERSON or virtually), please RSVP to Ty Smith (tysmith@lesair.com ) by 11AM on Wednesday, September 15th.  State in your email if you are going to be IN-PERSON or virtual.  If you attend virtually, we’ll send you a link to join.  If you are going to attend IN-PERSON, we’ll buy you lunch!

Let’s all get together and say Hi on Thursday!  Remember, the RMSS-AWMA 2021 Air Quality Conference will be IN-PERSON and held on October 7, 2021 at the Denver West Marriott.  Get registered now by going to https://awma-rmss.org  and click on “Buy Tickets.”

Summary

Air quality needs have been and will continue to change in Colorado.  Come listen to Christy Woodward of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association talk about upcoming regulatory changes for the December GHG rulemaking coupled with the Colorado Emission Inventory.

Presenter’s Bio:

Ms. Woodward has 22 years’ experience in civil and environmental engineering design and project management, including air and water quality permitting, National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting and compliance and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) assessments.  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).  Ms. Woodward provided technical design skills, report writing, and project management for a wide-ranging environmental health and safety projects.  Her technical experience includes rulemaking, litigation, waste rock characterization, regulatory compliance, permitting, and agency negotiation; planning and implementation of surface and subsurface investigations and remedial evaluations; remedial design and implementation; design and implementation of hydrogeological, hydrological, and sedimentation studies; watershed management projects; and stormwater control projects.  In addition, Ms. Woodward has facilitated and led teams of air engineers, legal counsel and environmental health and safety professionals through rulemaking and compliance assistance during her 22-year career.

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DRAFT CONFERENCE PROGRAM RELEASED!

The AWMA Rocky Mountain States Section Air Quality Conference will take place October 7, 2021.  We look forward to hosting you in-person and are committed to providing a safe, relevant, and educational conference. To register, please visit the registration section of the Air Quality Conference webpage.

Thank you to our conference sponsors! If you or your company is interested in being a conference sponsor, please  contact Ty Smith at tysmith@lesair.com for more information about sponsorship levels and benefits.

Please find the preliminary program here.

Thanks to our Sponsors!
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2021 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair Special Awards Press Release

The Air & Waste Management Association Rocky Mountain States Section is proud to announce the winners of the Air & Waste Management Awards for 2021

Jai’Lee Keever-Espinoza 7th grade
$50, certificate
Pueblo Charter School for the
Arts & Sciences Pueblo
Recycle Capsule

Alexander Zhang 8th grade
$100, certificate
Summit Middle Charter School Boulder
Carbon Capture: Refining the Process

Rachel Christensen 12th grade
$50, certificate
Evergreen High School Evergreen
The Environmental Effect on Aquatic Ecosystems of
Run-Off from Wildfires Where Fire Retardant
Slurry Was Used

Gitanjali Rao 10th grade
$100, certificate
STEM School Highlands Ranch
Detection of C. parvum Transposons in Potable
Water Using Genetically Engineered Bioelectric
Sensors

See full press release here.

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – October 7, 2021 Air Quality Conference in Denver

The Rocky Mountain States Section – Air & Waste Management Association (RMSS-A&WMA) is hosting a one-day Air Quality Technical 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, October 7, 2021.  The focus of this conference is on current and future air quality issues affecting the Rocky Mountain Region and may include emerging regulatory and policy trends.  This will be the 7th Air Quality Conference hosted by the  RMSS-A&WMA in the past 15 years.    

RMSS-AWMA is hereby issuing a Call for Abstracts for the October 2021 conference.  The time allotted for each presentation is 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes allocated for questions and answers.  The Abstract Submittal Deadline and Submittal Package requirements are listed below:

1.      Abstracts will be accepted through Monday, May 3, 2021.
2.      Authors who previously submitted abstracts for the original RMSS 2020 conference are welcome to resubmit updated presentations for reconsideration by the Technical Conference Content Committee.
3.      Abstracts shall be approximately 150 words and the submittal package shall include:
A.      Title
B.      Author(s)
C.      Affiliation
D.     Author(s) contact information (e-mail and telephone number)
E.      Brief bio of the author(s) – about 100 words
4.      Topics of Interest as they affect the Rocky Mountain Region :
a.      Air Quality Permitting, Compliance and Enforcement Trends (Local, State and Federal)
b.      Climate Change in the Rocky Mountain Region/Western US
c.       Air Quality Monitoring
d.      Air Quality Modeling (Federal or State guideline revisions, advancements in model development, etc.)
e.      Industry-Specific Air Quality Issues (Emission Controls, Utilities, Transportation, Oil and Gas, Refineries, etc.)  
f.        Air Quality Rule Changes (Ozone Non-Attainment Area Designation changes, impact on permitting, etc.)
g.       Air Toxics 
h.      Air Quality Evaluations under NEPA
i.        Air Quality Impacts and Health (pandemic concerns, increased wildfire smoke events, etc.)
5.      Send your abstract and bio electronically by Monday, May 3, 2021 to: 

Peg Young, Technical Conference Content Committee, RMSS-AWMA

E-mail: pegyoung6622@gmail.com

Questions:  Call (720) 320-4839

Abstracts will be selected by Wednesday, June 30, 2021.  All those submitting abstracts will be notified shortly thereafter. Please ensure your complete contact information is enclosed with your submittal.

Thank you for your interest in participating in this conference.

Link to PDF

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AWMA- RMSS-AWMA lunch meeting on Friday, December 18 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Please join us for our next virtual AWMA lunch meeting, where Keith Hay, the Director of Policy at the Colorado Energy Office, will provide an update on the GHG Pollution Reduction Roadmap and the implementation of near-term actions to make progress toward the 2025 and 2030 goals.

The meeting will be heldonline via Microsoft Teams, from 12PM-1PM, on Friday, December 18th

If you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Sara Nuttall (sara.nuttall@jm.com ) by 5PM on Thursday, December 17th to receive instructions on how to attend online.

Abstract
In 2019, Colorado adopted science-based goals of reducing greenhouse gas pollution reduction goals of 26% by 2025 and 50% by 2030 from a 2005 baseline. To make progress toward those goals, Governor Polis directed state agencies to work together to develop a GHG Roadmap Reduction Roadmap that would assess the sources of pollution and outline actions the state can take. The presentation will cover the key findings of the Roadmap, discuss the action steps the state can take, and provide an update on the legislative and regulatory agenda.

Presenter’s Bio:
Keith Hay is the Director of Policy at the Colorado Energy Office where he leads a team developing legislative policies and strategies and regulatory policies to increase the use of clean energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and beneficial electrification to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Prior to joining the Energy Office, Keith worked at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC), including as an Advisor to the commissioners where he worked on resource planning, renewable energy plans, and rate cases. Prior to advising, Keith was a member of the PUC’s Research section where he led investigations into electric vehicle integration, rate design, and new approaches to regulation. When not working, Keith enjoys skiing, climbing, and generally spending time in the mountains with his family.

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AWMA- RMSS-AWMA lunch meeting on Thursday, October 29 from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Please join us for our next virtual AWMA lunch meeting, where we will discuss “Bringing the the Denver Metro and North Front Range Area into compliance with the federal ozone standards”

The meeting will be held online via Microsoft Teams, from 12PM-1PM, on Thursday, October 29th

f you plan to attend this meeting, please RSVP to Sergio Guerra (sergio.guerra@ghd.com) by 11AM on Wednesday, October 28th  to receive instructions on how to attend online.

Synopsis
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently reclassified the Denver Metro and North Front Range Area’s nonattainment status for ozone from Moderate to Serious. The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC), in coordination with the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division (APCD) of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), has developed a State Implementation Plan (SIP) aimed at bringing the area into compliance with the federal ozone standards. Amanda Brimmer and Jessica Ferko of the RAQC will be discussing the development of this plan including, photochemical modeling, emissions inventories, and control strategy evaluation, as well as the approval and submittal  process the plan is currently undergoing.

Presenters Bios
Amanda Brimmer is the Technical Director of the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC). In this role, Amanda facilitates development of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for ozone for the Denver Metro/North Front Range nonattainment area as well as managing other air quality planning activities including providing technical direction and support for Council activities.  Prior to joining the RAQC, Amanda was a Principal Air Quality Planner with the North Central Texas Council of Governments in Arlington, TX.  Amanda graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and earned a master’s degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas, Arlington.  Outside of work, Amanda enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her two daughters.

Jessica Ferko is an Air Quality Planner for the Regional Air Quality Council. She has seven years’ experience working in the air quality field, and uses her experience to perform specialized work in air quality planning, control strategy evaluation, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining the team at the RAQC, Jessica worked in consulting; focusing on environmental permitting and air dispersion modeling. Jessica graduated from Kalamazoo College with a degree in Chemistry, and Michigan State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering. When not working, Jessica spends her time climbing rocks, riding bikes, and puttering in her garden.

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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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