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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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.

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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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