• SEC Climate Disclosure Rule

    In this episode Colin talks with ALL4 colleagues Daryl Whitt, Technical Director of Climate and Sustainability and Connie Prostko-Bell, Director of ESG & Sustainability to understand the SEC Climate Disclosure rules which were approved by the Commission on March 6, 2024. We will talk about why it’s important, what’s in the rule, who will need to comply, the timeline, and how to get ready.

    36m - Mar 28, 2024
  • PM2.5 NAAQS Lowered

    In this episode I am joined by Dan Dix to discuss U.S. EPA's announcement of a more stringent fine particulate NAAQS. We review the changes that have been finalized, the process that state agencies will now embark on to set new NAAQS designations, future permitting and compliance implications, and steps that companies can take right now to plan ahead for continued operations and their important capital projects.

    45m - Feb 10, 2024
  • PFAS Regulatory and Policy Update

    In this episode I am joined by Karen Thompson to discuss PFAS. We review the current landscape of PFAS regulatory and policy developments and talk about the implications of proposed regulations for manufacturers, waste disposal, and public treatment plants among others. We also discuss regional waste capacity disposal considerations.

    32m - Dec 8, 2023
  • A Conversation Exploring Environmental Compliance as a Service (ECAAS)

    In this episode I am joined by Nick Evans of Precision Partners. Nick and I discuss how Precision Partners is offering environmental compliance as a service (ECAAS). We discuss broadly the concept of ECAAS and how it can be applied as a tool in the management of environmental programs and risk, specifically to air pollution control systems and outlet emissions rates. We also discuss the "as a service" model and where it has been applied to other areas within manufacturing (e.g., energy as a service). Finally, we discuss those situations where ECAAS is most appropriate and when it might not be a fit and finish up looking to the future of the service concept.

    30m - Apr 13, 2023
  • EPA Proposes Revised PM2.5 NAAQS - Flash Conversation

    If you are involved in permitting associated with particulate matter to any extent, you won't want to miss this conversation. In this episode we discuss U.S. EPA's proposed tightened PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard. We discuss the standard, timing, monitoring data availability, upcoming state agency actions, the difference between the low and high end of the proposed range, and permitting implications and proactive steps that companies can take to plan ahead.

    45m - Jan 17, 2023
  • Environmental Justice Regulatory and Policy Update

    In this episode we provide an update on all things Environmental Justice regulatory and policy. We discuss U.S. EPA's anticipated cumulative risk rulemaking and its potential implications on permitting and capital projects. We then move to a discussion about EJ screening tools that have been released including EJScreen 2.1 and items therein to be aware of. We discuss the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council recommendations to U.S. EPA that include proposed implementation of an ambient monitoring network that would provide public access to ambient monitoring data in near real time. We also cover some local examples of Environmental Justice philosophy being applied by U.S. EPA and state agencies to specific projects. We wrap up with practical advice on what industrial facilities and companies can be doing to proactively plan for EJ policy and regulation.

    36m - Nov 29, 2022
  • EHS Budget Planning Update for 2023

    In this episode we explore a variety of regulatory and policy activities that could impact your EHS budgets above and beyond the routine in 2023. We explore air topics such as the fine particulate ambient standard tightening, ozone redesignations and the proposed Good Neighbor Rule, and MACT activity. We also review the broad topic of Federal and State Environmental Justice policy and things to plan for in your EHS program. We continue the conversation with the proposed Facility Response Plan federal rule, local stormwater general permit expirations, and TRI reporting next year. Finally, we finish the conversation with a quick highlight of the SEC carbon rulemaking and digital solution considerations.

    37m - Sep 21, 2022
  • Vapor Intrusion: Things to Consider in Mitigation Design

    In this episode, Paul Hagerty joins us to discuss the issue of vapor intrusion. We start with what vapor intrusion is, when it occurs, and how common it has become. We discuss different vapor intrusion mitigation strategies including one of the most common approaches: vapor barriers. The criteria used to select vapor barrier designs are rooted in engineering and information from vapor barrier vendors. We discuss work that Paul has done to develop a model that evaluates the thickness of barrier that is required in a given situation. His work concludes that in many typical cases, selection of thicker and thicker barriers is not needed. We close out the conversation with some practical advice for things to consider if you are involved in vapor intrusion mitigation projects.

    19m - Aug 30, 2022
  • Stack Testing and Data - How to Get the Most out of Testing (Part 2 of 2)

    In this episode, we first visit the broad concept of data accuracy and propagation of error in a conversation that will be helpful for anybody working with data and presenting it to another stakeholder. We then talk about tools for measuring data, limitations of data, and data sensitivity in a given situation. We close the conversation out by going back to stack testing and providing practical advice for EHS managers that are preparing for stack testing. This includes discussing lessons learned from the field as it relates to conducting a successful stack test.

    24m - Aug 15, 2022
  • Stack Testing and Data - How to Get the Most out of Testing (Part 1 of 2)

    In this episode, we have a conversation with Gene Youngerman about stack testing and data. We start with the basics of stack testing and what makes it complicated, then review the different reasons why a stack test is conducted and what types of data match up with those different stack testing drivers. This includes a conversation about operating scenarios and how they should be considered for different types of testing (compliance, engineering, risk data, etc.). We finish the conversation by talking about how long stack testing data stays representative and discussing reasons why new data may be required.

    25m - Jul 15, 2022
  • Federal Air Regulatory and Policy Update

    In this episode, we are joined once again by Amy Marshall to discuss current regulatory and policy events at U.S. EPA. We cover National Ambient Air Quality Standards (fine particulate, ozone, and lead) activity and implications. We also review air toxics activity with a focus on Boiler MACT and the National Air Toxics Assessment Database. We close with a discussion about New Source Review permitting and some practical advice about staying connected with U.S. EPA and regulatory activity. Tune in to this episode and future episodes to stay connected to what you need to know about U.S. EPA’s activities and priorities.

    21m - May 4, 2022
  • Environmental Justice Policy and Regulation - April 2022 Update

    In this episode, we provide an update on Environmental Justice (EJ) regulatory and policy activity. We explore some of the recent tools that have been updated and released such as the new version of EJScreen and the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool. We discuss possible next steps for Federal regulatory activity and the wide variety of activity occurring within individual states. We also offer practical advice about how companies can be preparing for EJ regulatory and policy activity that could occur in the future.

    22m - Apr 15, 2022
  • The Ambient Standard Designation Process - What to Know (Part 2)

    In the second episode of our conversation with John Slade, we continue to explore the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) designation process. We discuss situations where individual companies are brought into a designation process by agencies, nonattainment permitting requirements for large sources, and timing considerations for large project permitting when a NAAQS change is imminent. We wrap up the conversation by discussing how companies can be proactive by tracking ambient monitoring data in the midst of NAAQS changes such as the upcoming fine particulate NAAQS revision.

    24m - Mar 31, 2022
  • The Ambient Standard Designation Process - What to Know (Part 1)

    In this episode, we discuss the process that state agencies follow when evaluating a new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). We discuss the steps in the NAAQS designation process that state agencies take and the aspects of the process the facilities should be attentive to. We address the ambient data that state agencies utilize for designations, the concept of exceptional events, the state agency personnel that are typically involved in the process, the begin to cover the levers that state agencies can pull to bring an area for nonattainment to attainment. The NAAQS designation process is something that all stakeholders in the process should understand due to its importance in influencing permitting requirements in a given geographic area.

    23m - Mar 16, 2022
  • Data Science and Your EHS and Sustainability Programs - Part 2

    In this episode, we continue our conversation with Aditya Shivkumar around data science. We explore several data projects that utilize continuous emissions monitoring data to extract useful information about emissions limits, equipment reliability, and predictive alarms around operations. We then discuss how data science will enter new areas of environmental, health, safety, and sustainability programs and how new technologies related to artificial intelligence are helping to shape that evolution. We finish up by discussing some general advice around the utility and caveats related to the use of data.

    25m - Mar 3, 2022
  • Data Science and Your EHS and Sustainability Programs - Part 1

    In this episode we discuss the broad field of Data Science. We explore the history of Data Science and discuss how it can be used within EHS and sustainability programs. We cover the broad incentives such as regulation, policy changes, and ESG evolution that companies are encountering to further incorporate data into their decision making. We further drill down into the process of using data to gain insights that help to drive compliance, efficiency, and sound decision making. We also begin to explore a continuous monitoring system (CMS) program as an example of an area where the use of data can improve EHS programs.

    26m - Feb 17, 2022
  • Preparing for TRI Reporting: an Emerging Contaminant Check-in

    In this episode, Kayla Turney joins us to provide an update on emerging contaminants with a focus on PFAS, among others. We talk about Federal PFAS regulatory and policy activity and explore additional compounds for listeners to keep an eye on in the future. We also discuss upcoming reporting and provide practical advice on best practices for Tier II reporting and changes to be aware of and prepare for relative to TRI reporting.

    17m - Jan 27, 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.

    26m - Jan 12, 2022
  • 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.

    22m - Dec 22, 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.

    27m - Nov 30, 2021
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