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AB 617 – Statewide Requirements for Reporting and Reducing Air Pollutants Update

In July 2017, the Governor of California approved AB 617, which requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to adopt new requirements to analyze and reduce non-vehicular air pollution.  This complimentary webinar will summarize and discuss the new California statewide requirements that may impact facilities, including:

  • Statewide emissions reporting of greenhouse gases (GHGs), criteria pollutants, and toxic air contaminants (TACs);
  • New statewide Best Available Retrofit Control Technology (BARCT) requirements;
  • New community monitoring, with a focus on high-priority areas;
  • Fenceline monitoring for facilities required by local districts; and
  • A statewide strategy to reduce emissions of TACs and criteria air pollutants in affected communities.

SB 14 Hazardous Waste Source Reduction and Management Review

California’s SB 14 requirements are often overlooked due to their 4-year documentation cycle and the disappearance of the Summary Progress Report submission requirement some years ago.  However, the statutory requirements remain in effect and are subject to both Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) and direct Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) scrutiny during inspections of subject facilities.  For most facilities, the next round of SB 14 documentation updates must be completed by September 1, 2019, and require creating three documents: the Source Reduction Evaluation Review and Plan (Plan), Hazardous Waste Management Performance Report (Performance Report), and Summary Progress Report (SPR).  This 1-hour webinar will summarize SB 14 applicability, requirements, and tips for compliance, as well as good practices to avoid difficulties in document development.

CEQA Air Quality

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) can be a major stumbling block in getting new facilities, expansions, and various land use developments through the permit approval process.  Impacts to air quality from project pollutant emissions and impacts related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are often the key issues for industrial and commercial projects when addressing CEQA.  There were some important decisions made last year as a result of CEQA lawsuits, and changes were made to the CEQA Guidelines that took effect on January 1, 2019.  This 1-hour complimentary webinar will review some of the CEQA basics, such as when CEQA is applicable and what types of environmental documentation may be required.  It will also touch on the recent decisions and changes mentioned above.  Lastly, Yorke staff will share some of the lessons we have learned in getting through the CEQA and air permitting processes.


The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is in the process of sunsetting/ending the Regional Clean Air Incentives Market (RECLAIM) program.  Over the next few years, regulation of NOx and SOx sources will transition to more traditional command-and-control rules.  Some rules have been recently amended or adopted, such as Rule 1146, Rule 1118.1, and Rule 1134, and more are scheduled.  This webinar will address the current state of the RECLAIM program and the changes expected during the transition.  Specific rule requirements will be discussed for:

  • Boilers;
  • Turbines;
  • Flares;
  • Internal combustion engines;
  • Ovens, heaters, and miscellaneous combustion; and
  • Other sources.

Storm Water Level 1 Exceedance Response Actions – Addressing Numeric Action Level Exceedances Under the General Industrial Storm Water Permit

This complimentary webinar is designed to provide information, tips, and strategies for dischargers who have exceeded one or more Numeric Action Levels (NALs) and have been elevated to Level 1 status.  Level 1 status requires the discharger to perform a series of Exceedance Response Actions (ERAs), including completing a Level 1 Evaluation by October 1 and submitting the Level 1 Evaluation Report by January 1, 2019.  Correctly analyzing the reason(s) for Level 1 exceedances and developing effective Level 1 ERAs are crucial to avoiding Level 2 status, which is an order of magnitude more complex and expensive.

Storm Water Level 2 Exceedance Response Actions – Addressing Numeric Action Level Exceedances Under the General Industrial Storm Water Permit

This complimentary webinar is designed to provide information, tips, and strategies for dischargers who have exceeded one or more Numeric Action Levels (NALs) for a second consecutive year and, therefore, have been elevated to Level 2 status.  Level 2 status requires the discharger to perform a series of Exceedance Response Actions (ERAs), starting with developing an Action Plan (due January 1) and culminating in a Level 2 ERA Technical Report.  This webinar will describe strategies for the Level 2 Action Plan and Technical Report requirements, including the processes for background source demonstrations, non-industrial source demonstrations, and the two types of industrial Best Management Practice (BMP) demonstrations.

Introduction to Industrial Hygiene

Industrial Hygiene is the science of anticipating, recognizing, evaluating, and controlling workplace conditions that may cause illness in the workplace or negatively impact workers’ health.  This webinar will discuss the regulatory background and some common applications, including:

  • Title 8 and vertical standards;
  • Key workplace hazards;
  • Organics;
  • Metals;
  • Particulates/silica;
  • Noise;
  • Heat;
  • Exposure limits; and
  • Monitoring plans, job hazard analysis, and hierarchy of controls.

Cal/OSHA Proposed Emergency Regulation to Protect All Workers from Wildfire Smoke

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has published a draft of the emergency regulation addressing indoor and outdoor worker exposure to wildfire smoke.  The regulation will address worker exposures – NOT to firefighters, but to any employee working outdoors during a wildfire event, and potentially even to some indoor industrial workers.  This webinar will cover:

  • The process and schedule for emergency rulemaking;
  • Hazards to which outdoor workers are exposed during a wildfire event;
  • Conditions under which the regulation applies;
  • Workplaces subject to the proposed emergency regulation;
  • Current requirements of the proposed regulation, including the proposed respiratory protection and training components; and
  • Proposed components of the required communication plan.

Air Dispersion Modeling

This air quality webinar is designed for facilities that emit air pollutants and are affected by air quality regulations that may require air dispersion modeling.  Currently, there are several air quality regulations that include air dispersion modeling requirements under certain conditions, including the Air Toxics “Hot Spots” Information and Assessment Act (AB 2588), local Air District toxics programs, New Source Review and local Air District permitting programs, federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration, and air quality impact analyses for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) studies.  This 45-minute webinar will include a review of the various types of air dispersion models, how and when they are generally used, the site-specific information required to run a model, the types of outputs generated by air dispersion models, and typical uses of outputs.

If you have any questions, please contact John Furlong, (949) 248-8490 x233 | JFurlong@YorkeEngr.com

Hazardous Waste Regulatory Changes: Federal Changes and Impacts on California

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a rule that finalized a much-needed update to the hazardous waste generator regulations to make the rules easier to understand and provide greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed.  For example, the new rule codifies the concept of “episodic” generation and allows a typical small quantity generator (SQG) to continually follow the less stringent SQG requirements, even when it periodically generates enough waste to qualify as a large quantity generator (LQG).  States with authorized programs, including California, must eventually adopt all of the EPA’s more stringent requirements, but can choose whether or not to adopt the requirements that provide greater flexibility or are otherwise less stringent than the existing federal regulations.  The webinar will describe the federal rule changes, discuss which must be and which may be adopted in California, and review the schedule and process for California’s corresponding rule changes.

If you have any questions, please contact Geoff Knight at (949) 248-8490 x239 | GKnight@YorkeEngr.com

BAAQMD Air Toxics Rule 11-18

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) adopted a new toxics rule on November 15, 2017, implementing new guidelines for the AB 2588 Air Toxics “Hot Spots” Program in the BAAQMD area.  Rule 11-18 is expected to impact a large number of facilities in the BAAQMD that emit toxics.  This webinar will explain how the BAAQMD will update the toxics information at facilities through Rule 11-18.  The webinar will also include an overview of the AB 2588 program and provide strategies to reduce the likelihood of public notice or risk reduction plans being required per Rule 11-18.

Air Quality California Toxics Update

This complimentary webinar is designed for facilities that emit air toxics and, thus, are potentially affected by California’s Air Toxics “Hot Spots” AB 2588 air toxics program.  The toxics regulation program methodologies were revised in 2015 and have led to significant air toxics update requirements for many facilities in your local Air District.  This webinar will provide a summary of how the AB 2588 program works, how it is being revisited by the local Air Districts, and useful tips and strategies for reaching and maintaining compliance.  Details will include the AB 2588 process steps used to calculate your toxics priority score and techniques for reducing both your score and facility health risk impact.

Air Quality – Odor Quantification and Control

This complimentary webinar will address how air quality odors are handled from a regulatory standpoint, as well as odor quantification, odor monitoring systems, odor modeling, odor control systems, and generally how to address odor issues.  There are numerous substances that can cause odors; as an example, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is known to be a common odor-causing compound, and some individuals can detect an odor nuisance as low as 0.5 parts per billion (ppb).  Monitoring for H2S or other odors presents unique challenges due to the intermittency of source strength, the limitations to instrument detection levels, and operating data acquisition systems that manage instantaneous and short-term averaging periods, as well as threshold notifications.  Each of the odor compounds will have unique control system requirements.  This webinar will cover common odor situations and practical steps that can be taken to address odor complaints.

Introduction to Environmental Reporting: Air, Water, and Waste

As we enter 2017, Environmental Health & Safety mangers are preparing themselves for the array of environmental reports that will need to be completed for operations that occurred in 2016, including hazardous materials, hazardous waste, storm water, industrial wastewater, and air quality reports.  This 60-minute webinar will focus on the reporting requirements and give you an overview of common air, water, and waste reports, the thresholds that require these reports be completed, the systems used to report, clarification on what is included, and submittal deadlines.

CARB Large Spark-Ignition (LSI)/Forklift Engine Fleet Regulation

The CARB forklift regulation applies to facilities with forklifts and sweepers/scrubbers, industrial tow tractors, or airport ground support equipment that are propane/compressed natural gas (CNG)/gasoline-fueled or electric.  In 2016, CARB passed new mandatory reporting and labeling requirements for fleets with four or more LSI forklifts, which will take effect in 2017.  This 45-minute webinar will include requirements, practice tips, and a spreadsheet to help you calculate fleet averages to maintain compliance.

CARB Off-Road Diesel Regulation

Initial reporting for all fleet sizes to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) occurred back in 2009, but did you know that annual reporting has started for both large and medium-sized fleets?  Beginning January 1, 2017, medium-sized fleets need to be in compliance with the fleet averages and must be reported prior to March 1, 2017.  This 45-minute webinar will give you an overview of the regulation and annual reporting requirements and describe what upgrade options you can consider to meet annual performance standards.

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