Kansas Environmental Conference
KDHE Hosts the 2015 Kansas Environmental Conference
The 2015 Kansas Environmental conference was held August 18 - 20 at the Ramada Topeka Hotel & Convention Center. The conference, which focused on environmental compliance, pollution prevention, and sustainability, recorded an attendance of 375 individuals participating throughout the event.
On Tuesday, August 18, the KDHE Bureau of Waste Management hosted a Basic Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop and an Advanced Hazardous Waste Generator Workshop. Over 100 individuals attended these workshops to learn more about hazardous waste generator requirements and other topics. The Brownfields Workshop also took place on Tuesday with over 50 in attendance to learn about Brownfields properties and how to fund successful redevelopments through different available resources.
The conference commenced the morning of Wednesday, August 19, with a plenary session on the "Kansas Environment Update" presented by John Mitchell, Director, KDHE Division of Environment. In conjunction with Mr. Mitchell's presentation, KDHE Bureaus provided updates on each of their respective bureaus: Leo Henning/Bureau of Environmental Remediation, Mike Tate/Bureau of Water, Bill Bider/Bureau of Waste Management, and Rick Brunetti/Bureau of Air.
Following Mr. John Mitchell's and the KDHE Bureau Director's presentations, David Cozad, Regional Counsel of EPA Region 7, gave a presentation addressing the topic of "EPA Enforcement Theory".
The Pollution Prevention (P2) Awards luncheon was also held on Wednesday. Via Christi Health received the Pollution Prevention with Distinction Award. DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport, General Motors Fairfax Assembly, and Sherwin-Williams each received a Pollution Prevention Award.
Concurrent sessions covered various topics related air, water, waste, remediation, sustainability and pollution prevention. Following the concurrent sessions, conference attended a special question and answer plenary entitled "As the Regulators". This Q & A plenary enable conference attendees to ask questions regarding environmental regulations and receive answers from the business perspective.
The closing plenary session entitled "Mars: Sustainability in a Generation" was presented by Mark Baker, Site Engineering Manager of Mars Corporation. Mr. Baker's presentation reviewed the Mars Topeka building sustainability initiative which enabled LEED Gold certification. In addition, Mr. Baker also discussed the sustainability goals and current practices of the Mars Corporation.
Thirty-three vendors displayed their projects and services at the conference. A vendor reception was held on Wednesday evening. This was a great opportunity to visit with the vendors in a relaxed atmosphere. New to the Kansas Environmental Conference, was poster session held in conjunction with the vendor reception. Kansas college students and Pollution Prevention (P2) interns displayed five poster boards.
If you would like to participate in the planning of the 2016 Kansas Environmental Conference, please email Melissa Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos courtesy of Diana Lehmann of KDHE's Bureau of Water.
The following is a list of presentations given at the 2015 Kansas Environmental Conference.
- Opening Plenary
- John Mitchell - Kansas Environment Update
- Leo Henning - Bureau of Environmental Remediation
- Mike Tate - Bureau of Water
- Bill Bider - Bureau of Waste Management
- Rick Brunetti - Bureau of Air
- David Cozad - EPA Enforcement Theory
- Air Quality Presentations
- Stack Testing - Javier Ahumada & Adam Irvin, KDHE Bureau of Air
- Voluntary Measures to Reduce Ozone Formation - Amanda Graor, Mid-America Regional Council & Shawn Maloney, City of Wichita
- Preparing for an Air Inspection - David Butler and Jennifer Nichols, KDHE & Dan Wilkus of Westar Energy
- Air Inventory Software - Melissa Weide & Will Stone, KDHE Bureau of Air
- Air Permitting Update - Mindy Bowman & Will Stone, KDHE Bureau of Air
- GHG Regs & IIID - Tom Gross, KDHE Bureau of Air
- Water Quality Presentations
- Industrial Wastewater Permitting - Don Carlson, KDHE Bureau of Water
- Kansas and Drought - Diane Knowles, Kansas Water Office
- Hays Water Conservation - Toby Dougherty, Hays City Manager
- Energy Generation through Anaerobic Digestion - Susan Pekarek, Johnson County Wastewater
- Earthquakes in Kansas: An Update of Research at the KGS - Tandis Bidgoli, Kansas Geological Survey
- Kansas Bluegreens.Pretty Name, Big Trouble - Tom Stiles, KDHE Bureau of Water
- Environmental Remediation Presentations
- Consultant Case Studies:
- Surface Mining Section Overview - Murray Balk, KDHE Surface Mining Section
- Regulatory, Remedial, & Redevelopment Collaboration RACER Trust Fairfax Industrial Site (Panel discussion without presentation to post) - Chris Carey, KDHE Bureau of Environmental Remediation, Robert Hare, CHMM, Chad Meyer, COO Northpoint Development, Bruce Rasher, RACER Trust
- Waste Management Presentations
- Record Keeping & Other Hazardous Waste Compliance Topics - Rebecca Wenner & Christine Mennicke, KDHE Bureau of Waste Management
- The Disposal of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) in KS - Bill Bider, KHDE Bureau of Waste Management
- Long Term Care of Closed Industrial and C & D Landfills - Dennis Degner, KDHE Bureau of Waste Management
- Pollution Prevention
- Save Energy and Money with Effective Compressed Air Systems - David Carter & Jacquelyn Sommers, KSU PPI
- P2 Intern Success Stories - Nancy Larson, David Carter, & Jade Edmonds, KSU PPI
- Farm to Fork or Farm to Landfill? - Nancy Larson & Barb Goode, KSU PPI
- Proactive Approach to Sustainability Issues Panel Discussion - Ron Sturgeon, Osborne Industries, Inc., Stephen Keiter, 3P Processing, Troy Williams, CNH Industrial, Nancy Larson, KSU PPI
Improving the Effectiveness of Interceptor Trench for Hydraulic Containment of Chloride Impacted Groundwater at a Natural Gas Liquid Storage Facility - Jeffrey Binder, Burns & McDonnell
Risky Business? Growing Food Crops on Brownfield Sites - Sabine Martin, CTOR Solutions, LLC