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Insights and guidance on the changing dynamic of California's air toxics requirements

Register for CH2M’s webinar Thursday, December 14, 2017 to learn about recent technical changes to health based air toxic rules impacting industrial, commercial, and public facilities.

Permitted industrial, commercial, and public facilities are required to report air toxics releases under California’s Air Toxics “Hot Spots” Program (Assembly Bill 2588) to help identify facilities having localized impacts, to ascertain health risks, and to notify nearby residents of significant risks. Since the adoption, owners and operators of impacted facilities have been able to comply with the program’s requirements at minimal cost. A 2015 Hot Spots program update expanded the reach of the program and the number of facilities now impacted.

To learn about the recent technical changes to health based air toxic rules, register for CH2M’s free webinar presentation Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm Central Standard Time.

Guidelines for calculating health risk were revised to capture current scientific understanding of impacts toxics can have on communities. Local air districts are responding to the program changes with new regulations for industrial, municipal, state, and federal facilities with air contaminant emissions.  Important recent changes facing toxic air pollutant sources include:

  • OEHHA Methodology change to public health risk assessments.  This change makes the calculated carcinogenic public health risk value three times higher than the previous risk value. The new method drives the calculated cancer risk value up, even without any change to a facility’s operations.
  • Amended toxic air pollutant rules. Many local regulators have or soon will update rules that pertain to toxic air pollutants, including adding new retrofit control programs.
  • Increased public scrutiny and media focus on industry sources, placing additional pressure on facilities with environmental reporting requirements.

Webinar synopsis:
This webinar will summarize the newest technical changes to health based air toxic rules and explain how an organized systematic approach to evaluating a facility’s toxics can save time and capital costs as the Hot Spots Program continues to evolve.

Webinar discussion will focus on existing stationary sources that emit air toxics, air toxic emissions reporting, and human health risk assessments under The California Air Toxics “Hot Spots” Program.

Who should attend:

  • California facility owners/operators that emit toxic air pollutants: stationary combustion sources (including emergency generators), painting or welding operations, chemical and gas processing facilities, gas stations, and high solvent usage facilities.
  • Industry sources planning to construct and/or install equipment.
  • All wastewater facilities.
  • Facility owner/operators previously required to report air toxics emissions or perform human health risk assessments, or may be required to in the future.

Webinar attendees will learn how to:

  • Recognize potential impacts new health risk assessment changes will have on a facility.
  • Identify Air Districts that may require additional analyses of facility air toxics emissions.
  • Plan communications to the public on how a facility is impacting human health.
  • Understand how resource allocation and budgeting could be impacted by a Risk Reduction Plan or community engagement requirements.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Monica Wright is an air quality technical expert and environmental consultant with 15 years of experience in environmental compliance. Dr. Wright’s extensive experience helping clients meet unique environmental and air quality goals includes air pollutant and odor dispersion analysis and modeling, California and Oregon health risk assessments, scientific field studies, and regulatory review. Dr. Wright has Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences and Resources: Chemistry from Portland State University, Oregon, and a BA in Chemistry from Wheaton College, MA.

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