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State and Tribal Air Toxics Program Meeting in Seattle, Washington

Meeting Information

Dates: March 9 - 10, 2010
Place: 29th Floor Conference Room in the Columbia Center Exit EPA Disclaimer

Registration is open until February 22, 2010.

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Who Should Attend?
Regulators involved with air toxics monitoring, EI, permitting, air toxics program development, and communications/ outreach on air toxics issues from all local, state, and federal governments.

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When and Where
March 9, 2010 is an afternoon training session and March 10, 2010 is a full day meeting. Both will take place in the conference room on the 29th floor of the Columbia Center in Seattle, Washington Exit EPA Disclaimer. Take the 29-36 bank of elevators up and signs will be present to direct you to the conference room.

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Area of Interest:
Are you attending the training?
Are you coming to the group dinner at 6pm on Tuesday, March 9th?

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A block of rooms has been reserved from Monday March 8th to Wednesday March 10th at $99 +tax/night at:
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1113 Sixth Ave, Seattle, WA. 98101. Please reserve by February 22th, 2010 to receive this rate.

You can call 1 (888) 233-9527 and reference EPA Air Toxics Program or reserve rooms online Exit EPA Disclaimer.(Note: If making your reservation online, scroll down and on the left hand side you can check room availability. You DO NOT need to become a "priority club" member or set up a "priority club" account)

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March 9, 2010 Afternoon Training

Air Toxics Data – Making the Best Decisions with the Information Available

The Air Emissions Reporting Requirements (AERR) Rule does not require collection and submittal of air toxics emission inventories. As a result, state and local agencies and tribes submit air toxics (hazardous air pollutant, toxic air pollutant) data according to their own regulations. The National Emission Inventory (NEI) includes air toxics data, but may have to rely on sources other than typical agency-derived emission inventories. At the same time, the public has available the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) each year. In developing the NEI, EPA may use information from the TRI. This information sometimes does not match up with the emission inventory information agencies have available. This training will discuss:

  • the importance of collecting air toxics emissions data,
  • what new uses EPA is envisioning for the NEI and models such as the National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA),
  • how to use the TRI Explorer and limitations of TRI data, and
  • communications issues around decisions based on the data used.
In addition, the training will include a Region 10 state, local, and tribal agencies panel on the data used locally to make decisions regarding air toxics' impacts.

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March 10, 2010 Meeting
8:00 amRegistration – Coffee and Conversation
8:30 amWelcome with Rick Albright
  • Why here/why now?
  • What we hope to accomplish during this meeting.
8:40 amAgenda Review/Logistics with Debbie Robinson
  • Review agenda, ground rules, and logistics
8:45 amWho Is In The Room – Introductions (We will assign people to tables)
  • Names, agencies, work
  • What needs to happen today to make this meeting worthwhile?
9:00 amWhat is Happening – Overview of Issues/Challenges/Innovation
  • Hot Topics Panel
    • EPA - Emerging Issues: Federal changes and new focus on Air Toxics
    • OR, WA, ID, AK, Tribes, Local Agencies – High Level Overview: current and future issues, opportunities, innovations
9:50 amOpen Forum Q & A for Hot Topics Pane
10:15 amBreak
10:30 amWood smoke
  • Background and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) (10 minutes)
  • What's happening in Region 10? (60 minutes, speakers TBA)
  • Open Forum Q & A (20 minutes)
12:00 pm Lunch
  • Lunch is on your own with many options available downstairs in the Columbia Tower
1:00 pmArea Source Implementation Case Study
  • Fifty (50) minutes for the following:
    • EPA Region 10 Collision Repair Campaign Overview
    • ODEQ and Ecobiz – John Taylor (not confirmed)
    • IDEQ – Joanna Pierce via Phone (proposed – not confirmed)
    • WA Ecology’s ERP – Peggy Morgan (proposed – not confirmed)
    • WA Local Agencies – TBA depending on attendees
  • Open Forum Q & A (10 minutes)
2:00 pmShaping EPA’s Next Area Source Campaign: Goal to provide input to OAQPS on the plan for their next area source campaign
Possible sectors could be: Dry Cleaners, Gas Distribution, Metal Fabrications, or Boilers

Background and Setup for twenty (20) minutes

Small Group Sessions - Four Rounds 15 minutes each on each sector with the following key questions: (Process is subject to change and feedback is appreciated.)
  • How might we effectively identify the sources?
  • What are some innovative ways of dealing with this source?
  • What are some practical ways to reduce emissions?
  • What enforcement strategies might work?
  • What innovative partnering might we do on this source?
  • What are the anticipated risk reductions to be gained through implementation?
Thirty (30) minutes for wrap-up discussion
3:50 pmThe remaining forty (40) minutes will be used to develop consensus on how we think we should evaluate which sector we rank as highest priority, to rank the sectors we have discussed in their order of importance, and to develop work groups where we can continue this discussion and begin to make implementation efforts.
4:15 pmMeeting Close with Conclusions and Action Items
4:30 pmAdjourn

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For more information and to give feedback, please contact:
Heather Valdez
Environmental Engineer
EPA Region 10
Office of Air, Waste and Toxics
1200 6th Ave AWT-107
Seattle WA, 98101
(206) 553-6220

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