2013 Compliance Assistance Conference

We know how challenging it can be to keep on top of the environmental regulations that apply to your business.

On May 21-22, Ohio EPA is hosting its seventh Compliance Assistance Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Through our conference, you will gain valuable information and contacts to help you with your environmental compliance responsibilities. Past attendees have provided us with very positive feedback about the conference and we've listened to them in putting together this year's agenda.

A large part of the conference remains targeted to businesses and others who need to know the basics about environmental compliance. However, we've also expanded the agenda to include advanced topics, such as Title V permits and reporting. If you have specific technical questions, we will also have staff available at an “Ask the Experts” session during the conference.

Conference details, including breakout session descriptions, payment information and logistics are provided in the tabs below. 

April 29, 2013 — Registration is full.

To sign up for the wait-list, please email Laurie Stevenson.

For full details, print the agenda.

The Compliance Assistance Conference includes a full agenda, with several topics available. Each of the sessions will feature presentations by Ohio EPA staff, technical experts in their field. When registering, select your first and second choices for topics in each session.

Please note that the following five topics will be covered through two-part sessions. You do not need to attend both parts of the two-part sessions. However, if you would like to attend both parts, you should register for each separately.

The day will begin with registration, coffee and pastries from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. After a short welcome and opening remarks, our morning plenary session will feature Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally. The conference will adjourn for the day at 4:30 p.m.

Breakout Session One — 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.

If you are handling chemicals or hazardous waste at your business, you probably need to report under one or more of these programs. Even small businesses may be required to report. Come learn more about who is required to file reports and the reporting procedures for each program.

Note: This is a two-part session.

If you need to know the basics about Ohio's hazardous waste regulations, then this session is for you. We'll cover how to evaluate your waste streams to see if they are hazardous. In addition, this session will include an overview of record keeping, reporting and container management requirements. We'll also cover simple steps you can take to recycle and/or reduce wastes at your business - steps that can reduce your regulatory burden and save you money!

Note: This is a two-part session.

Environmental regulations are complex and determining if your business needs an air permit can be confusing. If you are wondering whether you need an air permit, this first session is for you. We'll cover the basic steps in evaluating all your emission sources, documenting exemptions, and getting a permit for those that need one. We'll cover the types of permits available, including general permits, permit-by-rule options, and permits-to-install-and-operate (PTIO). Authorized pre-permit construction activities will be discussed. Finally, we’ll provide an overview of how to complete permit application data, calculate emissions of criteria and air toxic pollutants and work with your district office.

If you are discharging wastewater to a municipal wastewater treatment plant, it’s important for you to understand the wastewater pretreatment requirements. You may be subject to local discharge limits, permitting and wastewater pretreatment requirements. If you want to discharge industrial wastewater to an on-site septic system, it’s very important that you understand the UIC requirements that apply to your activity to avoid problems. In this session, we’ll review the basic requirements for discharging your wastewater.

Breakout Session Two — 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This session continues as we review the EPCRA, TRI and RMP reporting requirements.
This session continues as we cover the basics about Ohio’s hazardous waste regulations.
This session continues with an overview of record keeping and reporting requirements contained in a typical air permit. You'll get practical advice on how to keep on top of your reporting responsibilities and stay in compliance, including the reporting of equipment malfunctions and completing fee emission reports. Also included is an overview of how to handle your reporting requirements online using Air Services.
Federal and State law prohibit the discharge of pollutants to a stream or river without having a discharge permit. The discharge permit’s fancy name is National Pollution Discharge Elimination System or NPDES for short. This session will cover basics of when someone needs to be covered under the NPDES program and how to get this coverage.

Breakout Session Three — 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Having trouble determining if your waste is hazardous or when a waste is a listed hazardous waste? We will provide a more in depth discussion about using your knowledge of the waste and proper sampling and analysis. Do you generated hazardous spent lamps or batteries? You may be able to manage them under less burdensome standards than regular hazardous waste. We will provide information about Universal Waste in this session. Are you unsure about how to manage the other hazardous waste you send for recycling? We’ll tell you the ins and outs of determining the proper regulations for recycled hazardous waste.

Note: This is a two-part session.

If you handle oil or oil products, you could be subject to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. The SPCC requirements apply to even small businesses. These regulations require that secondary containment be provided for oil storage areas and that you prepare an SPCC plan to address emergency situations. If you handle oil or oil products, you’ll want to sit in on this session to learn more about how the SPCC requirements.
This session includes an overview of the latest and greatest in electronic reporting to Ohio EPA. There are now several divisions that have implemented electronic reporting systems and this session is designed to provide you with an overview and starting point in identifying what might be helpful to your operations.
The goal of Ohio EPA’s storm water program is to prevent the pollutants from entering into our waterways through contaminated storm water runoff. If you are involved in a construction project that will be disturbing one or more acres of land, you are required to get a general storm water construction permit from Ohio EPA, before you begin site activities. Plan to attend this session if you want to know more about how to get a permit, best management practices in the field and how to avoid problems.

Breakout Session Four — 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Many businesses generate used oil and are subject to Ohio EPA's used oil regulations. This session will help you understand the requirements for used oil generators, including record keeping, spill response and options for recycling and disposal. We’ll also discuss regulations related to burning used oil.
Have you ever had a spill or release of materials and weren’t sure exactly what to do? In this session, we’ll cover the basic Ohio EPA reporting requirements for emergency situations like this.

Ever wonder what happens when an Ohio EPA inspector shows up at your business? First, don't panic. Come learn more about the inspection process and get practical tips on how you can prepare your business when an inspector does show up. Part one of this session will also include a panel discussion from field staff who will share with you the common problems they've seen during inspections. Or, perhaps your business has already been inspected in the past and you want some guidance on how to improve communication with the Agency. If you want to know more about what happens before, during and after an inspection and be better prepared when the time does come, stop by this session.

NOTE: This session is also offered on day two of the conference (10:45-12:00 time slot).

Ohio EPA's Division of Materials and Waste Management (DMWM) regulations cover a variety of solid waste, infectious waste and construction and demolition debris management activities. Come learn more about current activities within DMWM regarding rulemaking, initiatives, etc. In addition, we’ll cover how the division is supporting businesses in their efforts to increase recycling.

The day will begin at 7:45 a.m. with registration, coffee and pastries. After the morning plenary session from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Director Nally will present Stewardship Awards. Following lunch, we will host a panel discussion with numerous experts who will help you learn how to effectively work with Ohio EPA. The conference will end at 3:30 p.m.

Breakout Session One — 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In this session, we’ll cover the basics of Major New Source Review (NSR), including:

  • Applicability and attainment/non-attainment;
  • Modeling basics;
  • Modifications;
  • What’s new;
  • When to get a consultant; and
  • Other sources of help and timing issues.
Note: This is a two-part session.

Ever wonder what happens when an Ohio EPA inspector shows up at your business? First, don't panic. Come learn more about the inspection process and get practical tips on how you can prepare your business when an inspector does show up. Part one of this session will also include a panel discussion from field staff who will share with you the common problems they've seen during inspections. Or, perhaps your business has already been inspected in the past and you want some guidance on how to improve communication with the Agency. If you want to know more about what happens before, during and after an inspection and be better prepared when the time does come, stop by this session.

NOTE: This session is a repeat of the same session offered on day one of the conference (3:15-4:30 p.m. time slot) 

Did you know that some simple changes in the way you do business can result in not only reducing pollution, but also save you money? Reducing your waste generation may also mean that you have fewer regulations to comply with. Imagine that!

Come learn more about simple, pollution prevention (P2) strategies that you can adopt at your business. We'll show you case studies from businesses that have reduced waste and how they did it. In addition, we'll review the many resources available to you to not only help you identify P2 opportunities, but also to help you achieve compliance.

We'll cover the free services of Ohio EPA's Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention, including P2 site visits, compliance visits, assistance with air permit applications and more. We’ll also talk about financial assistance available to small businesses through Ohio’s Clean Air Resource Center.

In this session, we will talk about compliance requirements for a small to medium business operating its own public water system, including:

  • How someone is determined to be a public water system and the different types of systems.
  • The responsibilities of a PWS, including monitoring requirements, certified operators, maintenance, plan approval requirements and agency oversight.

The session will also cover electronic reporting through Ohio EPA’s eDWR system.

Breakout Session Two — 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In this session, we cover Ohio EPA’s legal process and what to do if you are in an enforcement action. We discuss common misconceptions about the enforcement process and the best ways for working with Ohio EPA if enforcement does occur. This session identifies why enforcement is necessary and how Ohio EPA takes your business concerns into account during enforcement. A summary of the Agency’s new expedited enforcement process is provided to give you a better understanding of how the process is used to protect the environment.

In this session, we’ll cover the basics of Title V permitting, including:

  • Applicability and Trigger levels
  • Avoiding
  • Modification basics
  • Where to find key guidance
  • What’s new: CAM, MACT referencing, renewals
In this open session, you will have the opportunity to ask Ohio EPA experts questions related to your air, water and waste compliance requirements.
Are you considering a green space for your new business, or contemplating an on-site expansion project? If so, will your project involve dredging, filling or other activities that may have an impact to waters of the state, such as wetlands, ponds, streams, rivers? If so, you need to be aware of Ohio EPA’s 401 water quality certification and isolated wetlands permitting requirements under Ohio’s laws and regulations. In this session, we’ll cover the basics of the 401 and isolated wetlands requirements, application process and how to avoid common problems that could cause delays.

April 29, 2013 — Registration is full.

To sign up for the wait-list, please email Laurie Stevenson.

Once you complete your registration form and select your breakout sessions, you will be provided with instructions to pay the conference registration fee. The instructions are also included below. You will receive a confirmation from Ohio EPA regarding your registration and sessions you've selected to attend. In addition, you will receive a separate receipt once payment is made.

There is no partial or one-day registration fee. The $135 fee covers sessions on May 21 and 22.

Paying the Registration Fee
Your payment options include:

  • Payment by ISTV (for other state government agencies only)
  • Payment by check submitted to Ohio EPA (payable to Treasurer, State of Ohio)
  • Payment by credit card (AMEX, VISA, MC) through Eventbrite

You will be asked to specify your method of payment at the end of this registration form and will be provided further instructions and a link if you choose to pay by credit card.

If you are a state government agency paying by ISTV, for more information email Supora Johnson or call (614) 644-2782.

If you are paying by check, make check payable to: Treasurer, State of Ohio . [Please include names of conference attendees in a note attached to the check.] Send check to:

Ohio EPA, Director's Office
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, Ohio 43216-1049
Attention: Supora Johnson

Ohio EPA will confirm payment (check or ISTV) upon receipt.

Cancellation Policy
Once you have registered and paid for the conference, NO REFUNDS will be issued. If you cannot attend, you may send a substitute. Please notify us of any substitute requests by fax at (614) 644-3184 or by phone at (614) 644-2344.

For More Information
If you have any questions about registration, email Laurie Stevenson or contact her by phone at (614) 644-2344.

Certified Hazardous Materials Manager Credit

Ohio EPA's Compliance Conference may be approved for CMPs. Please sign your name on the CMP sign-in sheet at the Registration Table and we will email you the necessary documents. Consult the IHMM webpage for further instructions on submittal and process for receiving your CMPs.

Registered Sanitarian Credit

Ohio EPA's Compliance Conference is approved for 10.5 hours of continuing education credit for both days of conference participation. Please sign the Registered Sanitarian Credit Sheet located at the registration desk. Ohio EPA will email you a copy of the approval letter and proof of attendance.

Voluntary Action Program Certified Professional PDHUs

The conference is eligible for a maximum of 5.5 PDHUs for attendance at the following sessions:

  • Tuesday: Hazardous Waste Requirements (Parts 1 and 2) – 2.75 PDHUs, Special Topics in Hazardous Waste (Part 1) – 1.5 PDHUs
  • Wednesday: Call Before You Build - 1.25 PDHUs.

Attach the conference agenda to your renewal application with the number of PDHUs indicated. This event has been preapproved. Please check the website for more information.

Ohio Professional Engineers — Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements

Ohio EPA has not submitted any courses for prior approval by the Ohio P.E. board. It will be up to the engineer to determine that the courses they take meet the state requirements and that the continuing education provider meets the requirements set out by the board. For more information about P.E. CPD requirements, see http://www.pdhengineer.com/States/ohio_state_requirements.htm. Ohio EPA can provide you with a certificate of attendance for the conference or individual sessions, if needed.

Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Contact Hours

  • Course approval number will be provided at the end of each session.
  • Please sign the Operator Certification Sheet indicating your attendance.
  • For each session you are receiving credit hours for, have the Training Provider sign and date the Course Completion Form (found in conference manual).

The following sessions are approved for contact hours:

Session Title Credit Type Number of Hours Session Day Session Time
Do You Know Where your Floor Drains Go? Both 1.25 Tuesday 9:45
Do I Need an NPDES Permit WW 1.25 Tuesday 11:15
SPCC Plans for Oil Both 1.25 Tuesday 1:30
Do I Need a Storm Water Permit WW 1.25 Tuesday 1:30
How to Report When Things Go Wrong Both 1.25 Tuesday 3:15
How to Prepare for an Ohio EPA Inspection Both 1.25 Tuesday 3:15
How to Prepare for an Ohio EPA Inspection Both 1.25 Wednesday 10:45
Does your Business Operate a Public Water System? DW 1.25 Wednesday 10:45
Ohio EPA's Enforcement Process and Policy Both 1.25 Wednesday 2:15
Intro to Section 401 and Isolated Wetland Permits WW 1.25 Wednesday 2:15
*DW – Drinking Water, WW – Wastewater, Both – DW and WW

Ohio EPA’s Compliance Assistance Conference will be held May 21-22, 2013. Sign-in will begin at 7:30 a.m. Enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries as you visit our information booths and await the start of the conference proceedings at 8:30 a.m. The conference is scheduled to end at 4:30 p.m. on day one and 3 p.m. on day two. Lunch will be provided on both days at the facility.

Conference Location
Crowne Plaza Columbus North
6500 Doubletree Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43229
Tel: (614) 885-1885
Toll-Free: 1-877-227-6963

Map and directions

The Crowne is holding a limited number of rooms for conference attendees at a discounted rate. When you call, let them know you are attending the Ohio EPA Compliance Conference and inquire about a reduced rate.

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