2019 4C Conference Workshops
  • Emerging Contaminants
  • Perfluoroalkyl
  • PFAS
  • Oil and Gas
  • BWON
  • 4C
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BWON Auditing for Experts

Instructor(s) / Participants 
Ken Garing - Retired US EPA Chemical Engineer
Calvin Niss - Senior Vice President, Trihydro Corporation
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Steve Probst - Founder and CEO, 4C Marketplace and Conference, 4C Marketplace

Course Date and Time
Friday, February 8, 2019
8:00AM/Course Length - 8 Hours

Course Description
Ken Garing, Calvin Niss and Steve Probst will provide tips, tools and tricks to successful BWON audits. Topics covered will include commonly missed streams, common violations, recommendations for best management practices and key elements of sustainable programs with a low cost of compliance.

Whether your BWON program is in tip top shape, needs a tune up or is a broken down mule, don’t miss this opportunity to collaborate and connect with the collective wisdom of these three old timers.


BWON Fundamentals – Implementing a Comprehensive BWON Program

Instructor(s) / Participants
Calvin Niss - Senior Vice President, Trihydro Corporation
Erin Novini - Chemical Engineer, P.E., Trihydro Corporation
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Course Date and Time
Thursday, February 7, 2019
1:00PM/Course Length 4 Hours

Course Description
In this workshop, Trihydro will show you how to implement a BWON compliance program efficiently and cost-effectively. We realize that things change and people change – this training will help those who are just stepping into BWON roles or who have been in their roles for less than 5 years. Our experienced team has assisted over 50 refinery and chemical plants with BWON consent decree compliance, auditing, and program implementation since the inception of the rule in 1992.


Oil & Gas Air Regulations – What You Need to Focus on Now

Instructor(s) / Participants
Jay Christopher - Senior Scientist, Trihydro Corporation
Calvin Niss - Senior Vice President, Trihydro Corporation
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Course Date and Time
Thursday, February 7, 2019
8:00AM/Course Length 4 Hours

Course Description
The oil and gas sector has seen massively regulatory change since 2016, particularly with respect to air compliance requirements.  Regulations have been issued, withdrawn, and modified by multiple regulatory agencies.  In addition, challenges to some of these regulations have been made in the courts.  The end result is a confusing mix of regulations, policies and expectations.  

The workshop will provide some clarity and direction about what the oil and gas sector may want to consider.  While not providing formal legal guidance, the workshop will address the air compliance challenges confronting upstream and midstream oil and gas companies.  We will discuss current EPA regulations and the proposed NSPS OOOOa changes, as well as a few examples of evolving issues at the state level.  We will provide insights into recent EPA enforcement actions, as there are some important issues in recent consent decrees affecting gas processing plants.  We will also highlight current volatile organic compound (VOC) and methane leak detection and repair (LDAR) monitoring and reporting programs.  Lastly, we will review some of the most recent changes to New Source Review (NSR) permitting policies and the impacts to the oil and gas sector.



Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Latest Developments in Analysis, Risk Evaluation, Remediation, and Regulations

Instructor(s) / Participants
Mitch Olson Ph.D, P.E. - Environmental Engineer, Trihydro Corporation
Andrew Pawlisz - Program Specialist/Senior Toxicologist, Trihydro Corporation
Fritz Krembs, P.E., P.G. - Senior Engineer/Geologist, Trihydro Corporation
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Martha Maier - Vista Analytical
Charles Maguire - EPA Region 6
Gary Chauvin - Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Mike Aplin - Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Hunter Anderson - Air Force Civil Engineer Center
Jeff Civins - Haynes Boone

Course Date and Time
Thursday, February 7, 2019
8:00AM/Course Length 4 Hours 

 Course Description
Should we be concerned about PFAS? PFAS compounds are a large group of persistent environmental contaminants used for firefighting, mist suppression, and industrial processes. These constituents have become a concern due to the increased frequency of detections in public water supplies, surface water, human receptors, and wildlife throughout the United States and globally. Combined with their persistence, widespread mobility, and ubiquitous presence, concerns with the potential for toxicity to the human health and the environment, have made PFAS a current issue of considerable interest.

This workshop is intended for refinery environmental professionals seeking to understand PFAS as an issue of emerging concern and gather latest information. The presentation topics include identity, history, uses, sources, fate and transport, analytical and field methods, levels in human receptors and environment, toxicology and risk assessment, regulations, remediation, practical case studies, legal, and next steps. Following the presentations, a panel comprised of industry, government, academic, laboratory, vendor, and consultancy experts will engage the attendees in a discussion on any of the deliberated topics. The workshop will conclude with a synopsis of the presentations, addressing the question posed at the beginning of this abstract.



Potpourri – NSPS Refinery MACT

Instructor(s) / Participants
Jay Christopher - Sr. Business Unit Advisor - Air & Process Services, Trihydro Corporation
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Course Date and Time

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
8:00AM/Course Length 2 Hours

Course Description:
The refining air regulatory compliance world continues to churn.  How do you keep up with it all?  What should we expect over the next two years?  This two-hour workshop will provide you with insights from people at the front lines of these issues.

This workshop is intended for refining and chemical sector environmental staff seeking to build their understanding of current air issues.  We are targeting an interactive session, so please come prepared to learn and share.

There will be short presentations on current hot topics affecting the following issues:

  • Refinery Sector Rule implementation issues, including fenceline monitoring (your reports are due soon!)
  • Benzene Waste National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) QQQ
  • Flares … have you finished your Continuous Parameter Monitoring System (CPMS) plans?
  • Recent EPA Air Permitting Policy Changes
  • Leak detection and repair (LDAR) and optical gas imaging programs
  • Storage Tanks

Following the presentations, a panel comprised of industry, government, and consulting experts will engage the attendees in a discussion on these and other discussion topics of interest to the attendees.


To register for any of the workshops, please register via the 4C HSE Conference website: 

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