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27 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
Exploring the Use of Artificial Intelligence in EHS Compliance with ehsAI CEO Margery Moore
In this episode, we are joined by ehsAI CEO Margery Moore. Margery discusses ehsAI’s artificial intelligence (AI) platform that is used to automate the process of reading environmental permits, regulations, and other similar documents and summarizing the requirements contained therein. We talk about the background of AI and its use in other industries and how ehsAI has brought AI into the EHS arena. We discuss the long standing and time-consuming task of processing lengthy permits and regulations that EHS personnel have dealt with in the past and how AI can streamline that process and make it more accurate. Finally, we explore the role that AI could have in EHS programs in the future. This topic fits with one of the themes of our podcast: practical advice on forward looking solutions and strategies that can make EHS programs more efficient and more accurate.
23 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
Air Lookahead Regulatory Update with Amy Marshall
In this episode Amy Marshall joins us once again to provide an end of 2021 air quality regulatory update. It has been 14 months since we first launched our new podcast format with a lookahead to a potential Biden administration. Now we are just under a year into the administration and explore the latest policy, regulatory, and legal activity. Topics covered include New Source Review, ambient standards, air toxics, and environmental justice among others. As always, we discuss some practical advice on how this activity will translate into permitting and environmental compliance programs.
28 minutes | Nov 30, 2021
EHS Program Digital Solutions: An Introduction
In this episode, we explore the growing activity related to digital solutions for EHS programs. We discuss how digital solutions can be used to assist in automating, tracking, benchmarking, and establishing ongoing improvement approaches when it comes to EHS and sustainability programs. Stephanie Taylor shares some of the basics and lessons learned form her experience in assisting with the implementation of new digital platforms as they have evolved over the years. This episode will be valuable for any EHS professionals that use digital platforms as part of their EHS programs.
19 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Fine Particulate Current Events and Strategies (Part 2)
In this episode, we continue the conversation related to fine particulate (PM2.5) current events and strategies to plan ahead for important permitting projects. We address how ambient monitoring for PM2.5 could fit into the planning process for upcoming projects. We also cover the possibility of innovative permitting approaches such as plantwide applicability limit (PAL) permits and the role that they could plan in the planning process. We close the conversation by addressing U.S. EPA’s draft guidance on precursor pollutant modeling for PSD permitting requirements and the implications of the guidance moving forward.
26 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Fine Particulate Current Events and Strategies (Part 1)
In this episode, we discuss U.S. EPA’s recent release of a supplement to the 2019 Fine Particulate (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) Integrated Science Assessment (ISA). The supplement document is a continuation of U.S. EPA’s re-evaluation of the PM2.5 NAAQS that is anticipated to be further tightened next year. We discuss where U.S. EPA stands in the NAAQS revision process. We also explore the implications of a tightened NAAQS on air permitting projects, discuss the conservative layers associated with the air quality modeling tools that are available, and consider proactive steps that can be taken to prepare for a NAAQS revision.
17 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Environmental Justice and Cumulative Risk Assessments (Part 2 with Dan Dix)
In this episode, we continue our Environmental Justice policy conversation with Dan Dix by exploring cumulative risk assessments. We discuss what cumulative risk assessments are, what they address, the tools available to conduct them, and what they are attempting to ultimately measure. We round out the conversation by discussing how the cumulative risk assessment process could fit into Environmental Justice policy moving forward and how facilities can prepare.
20 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Environmental Justice and Ambient Monitoring (Part 1 with Dan Dix)
In this episode, we dig further into potential Environmental Justice (EJ) policy implications and explore the connections to ambient air quality monitoring. We discuss how ambient monitoring has evolved over time to the small sensors that are widely available to the general public today. We explore the advantages (and limitations) of the currently available small sensor technology. Finally, we review how small sensor technology could fit into the stakeholder involvement process for operating permit renewals and construction permit applications.
15 minutes | Aug 3, 2021
Climate and Environmental Justice Policy Update
In this episode, Amy Marshall and Rich Hamel discuss the latest activity around the Federal administration's two biggest priorities: Climate and Environmental Justice. The climate discussion focuses on Federal climate issues being addressed in the infrastructure bill, status of climate goals, state-level regulatory activity, and a few actions that are occurring internationally. The Environmental Justice discussion focuses on recent activity related to U.S. EPA blocking the issuance of permits for environmental justice concerns and the future implications of those actions on holistic level.
15 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
U.S. EPA Five Month Regulatory and Policy Update - Part 2
In this episode the conversation with Amy Marshall about Federal administration activity continues. We continue to explore the possible implications around the removal of the previous administration’s guidance rulemaking. We discuss ongoing litigation around ambient standards, New Source Review (NSR), and One in Always In policy among others. We also explore new proposed rulemaking from the administration that bear watching in the future, including a sneak preview of climate and environmental justice policies as they continue to emerge.
15 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
U.S. EPA Five Month Regulatory and Policy Update
In this episode we are joined by Amy Marshall to revisit the air quality regulatory, policy, and ongoing litigation activities in play five months into the new U.S. EPA administration. We discuss actions that are being reconsidered and actions that have been vacated by the new administration. Among these topics is a discussion about the PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard reconsideration that could have far reaching impacts on future environmental permitting and modeling for capital projects.
17 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Continuous Emissions Monitoring Landscape - Part 2
In this episode we discuss connecting with CMS staff at regulatory agencies. We discuss what we should expect to see from the new Federal administration moving forward. From there we cover the technologies that we could see come to fruition in the coming years related to CMS and CMS data so that you can consider how those technologies and reporting obligations might impact your CMS programs. The continued advancement of electronic reporting and ramp up of CMS requirements will keep CMS at the forefront of EHS compliance programs moving forward.
25 minutes | May 28, 2021
Continuous Emissions Monitoring Landscape - Part 1
In this episode we discuss the foundations of a continuous monitoring sytem (CMS) program including good versus bad data, data validation considerations, and the importance of documentation. The institutional knowledge around a CMS program is critical and is something that is being lost at many facilities and state regulatory agencies over time. We address the philosophies to consider to retain and document the most important institutional knowldege around this important compliance aspect of an EHS program.
14 minutes | May 7, 2021
Emissions Reporting Consistency - Part 2
In this episode we explore the ongoing Federal push for emissions inventory standardization. We specifically discuss practical experiences with the Common Air Emissions Reporting (CAER) system being rolled out by U.S. EPA . We also highlight the possible expansion into the CAER system by different state agencies. The CAER system is an indicator of the ongoing trend towards greater electronic reporting and standardization. Finally, we discuss general advice on preparing for future emissions reporting cycles.
29 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Emissions Reporting Consistency - Part 1
In this episode we discuss the various reporting layers that facilities encounter when preparing air emissions information for reporting. We also generally visit the growing importance of consistency across emissions reports. Common areas of possible inconsistency are discussed as is the role of state regulatory agencies in preparing emissions information on behalf of facilities (the NEI process). We also begin to discuss how electronic reporting systems within various states are evolving. Part 2 will continue the discussion and will wrap up with practical advice around addressing consistency in reporting.
14 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
A Practical Look at NPDES Permit Renewals
In this episode we take a practical look at National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit renewal applications. What is thw goal of a permit renewal process? What are some key areas to consider streamlining? We also look at upcoming PFAS considerations around NPDES permits
16 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
A Practical Look at SPCC Plans and Requirements
In this episode we take a practical look at Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) requirements. Topics discussed include SPCC plan layouts, applicability requirements, and a quick look at some current legal activity around SPCC.
12 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Federal Regulatory Activity Check-In: Part 2 of 2
In this episode we look at the first several weeks of the new U.S. EPA administration. Part 2 of 2 turns toward more "day to day" permitting items. We explore some recent activity related to New Source Review reform and speculate on activity related to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Both items are important for future capital project planning. We also discuss potential PFAS regulation and upcoming TRI reporting. What is the latest and what is coming up next?
12 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Federal Regulatory Activity Check-In: Part 1 of 2
In this episoide we look at the first several weeks of the new U.S. EPA administration. Part 1 of 2 exames where two key priorities stand so far for two key priorities: Environmental Justice and Climate regulatory and policy. What's the latest and what is coming up next?
14 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
The New Federal Administration Climate Priority
The upcoming Biden Administration of U.S. EPA will have among its list of priorties steps to address climate policy and regulation. This episode explories some of the policy and regulatory action that we might expect to see under the new administration. We also explore how some of these upcoming priorities might fit into climate planning that companies are already undertaking and how these connections can fit into a holistic approach for company planning.
13 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
The Future of Air Quality Modeling - Part 2 and 2
In this episode we look ahead to the future of available air quality models. From there, we cover proactive steps that facilities can take to prepare for possible modeling obligations in advance of important capital projects. The importance of potential meteorological monitoring and ambient pollutant background monitoring are also covered in the context of upcoming projects.
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