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Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

The National Inspection/Enforcement Multi-Media Workshop, hosted by EPA Region 6, OECA and EPA Region 6 States

Inspector Workshop

About the workshop:

When and Where:

The workshop was held May 15 -17, 2012 at the EPA Region 6 office 12th floor conference rooms, and at the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Headquarters located 2 blocks from the EPA Region 6 Office at 1401 Pacific Avenue.

Agenda Link (pdf)

Who:

It was intended for Federal, State, Tribal and local inspectors and enforcement staff in the Air, RCRA and NPDES programs.

Registration: Registration Form - Complete the form and send it to sharpe.taylor@epa.gov

What:

The workshop combined training for these programs into a single concurrent Multi-Media training event with the ability for attendees to move from one media to another.  

EPA Order 3500.1 Refresher Training:

The workshop met the revised EPA Order 3500.1 Training and Development of Individuals Who Lead Compliance Inspection/Field Investigations.

How Was This Developed?:

The agenda for the event has been developed by committees from EPA, OECA and EPA’s Region 6 States for each workshop media. The agenda is developed by inspection and enforcement staff in order to increase the regulatory knowledge and inspection skills of inspectors and enforcement officers.

Success of our 2009 and 2010 Workshops:

The last two workshops held in 2009 and 2010 each hosted about 400 attendees from EPA Region 6 and Region 6 states as well as from other Regions, Tribes and municipalities.  The interaction among the States, local programs and the EPA is critical in the development of quality inspection and enforcement programs, particularly with the states and local programs assuming a greater portion of the complex regulations now affecting the regulated community.

No Cost!:

The workshop was available free of charge to both the on-site attendees, and those who attend via webinar.  Attendees must pay their own travel costs.

Questions?:

Air: Jim Gold, USEPA at (281) 983-2153 (or e-mail gold.jim@epa.gov)

NPDES: Juan Ibarra, USEPA at (214) 665-8493 (or e-mail at ibarra.juan@epa.gov)

RCRA: Roxanne King, USEPA at (214) 665-7595 (or e-mail at king.roxanne@epa.gov)


Biographies and Presentations

 

  • Dawn R. Anderson, P.E.
    • Vice President at CP&Y
    • Class A Wastewater Operators License
    • Registered professional engineer
    • Designed chlorine disinfection systems for 1-ton container arrangements and bull storage systems with chlorine feed arrangements of both liquid and gas.
    • Operated a 1-ton liquid chlorine feed system with multiple containers on a single header, including evaporators, chlorinators, gas vacuum transmission and eductors at the final feed point.
    • Worked with Bill Tatum in 2010 on Trinity River Authority’s Alternative Disinfection Evaluation that included the existing chlorine system rehabilitation versus new technology systems of sodium hypochlorite, UV and ozone.
    • Contact info: danderson@cpyi.com
    • Presentation: Disinfection and Troublshooting Bacterial Violations (Acrobat PDF, 9MB)
  • Michelle Baetz
    • Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Stephen F. Austin State University
    • Environmental Investigator with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (then known as the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission) since 1999 in the air quality section.
    • Air Section Manager of the Tyler Region since 2008.
    • In addition to her duties with the TCEQ, Michelle and her husband own and operate BP Cattle Company, a beef cattle and hay production operation. They run 300 head of cattle over 1500 acres and bale up to 4,000 rolls of hay annually.
    • Presentation: Anatomy of a Coal Fired Power Plant (Acrobat PDF MB)
  • Michael Barrette
    • Team Leader for Enforcement Targeting and Public Access in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the U.S. EPA's headquarters
    • Champion for public access to information about facility environmental violations and performance of state environmental agencies
    • Started EPA’s popular Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) website, which was recently cited by President Obama as a model for government transparency
    • National expert on enforcement and compliance data, and has shaped national enforcement policy for the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and other statutes
    • Masters in Public Administration
    • Prior to joining EPA, worked for the New York State Legislature
    • Contact Info: barrette.michael@epa.gov
    • Presentation: ECHO and OTIS databases (Acrobat PDF, 3MB)
  • Sam Becker
    • 30+ year employee with the U.S. EPA.
    • Currently on detail to EPA Region 4 in Athens, Georgia, where his focus is on the field support programs
    • Has held Management positions in the media and administrative areas.
    • Former Deputy Assistant Regional Administrator for Management
      • Region's Quality Management Program
      • Houston Laboratory
      • Budget, human resources, facilities grants and contracts
    • US Army Corps of Engineers
    • The State of Missouri Department of Natural Resources
    • St. Louis Testing Laboratory.
    • Presentation: Field Operations Tools (Acrobat PDF, 22MB)
  • Brian E. Boyer
    • Brian is Vice President and managing partner of COMM Engineering, an engineering and environmental consulting firm in Lafayette, LA. COMM Engineering specializes in oil and gas environmental issues especially air pollution controls, emission testing and air quality permitting.
    • Brian has 23 years of experience in the environmental field. Six years of those years of experience were with the River Bend Nuclear Station in St. Francisville, LA. He worked for Marathon Oil Company as an Environmental Representative from 1989 to 1994. In 1994 he joined COMM Engineering as Environmental Manager.
    • At COMM he manages projects for air emission inventories, permitting of oil and gas operations, engine emission testing, water permitting, USEPA Gas STAR program work, and due diligence audits.
    • Presentation: (Acrobat PDF, 15.8 MB)
  • Mike Bowden
    • Environmental Engineer with the U.S. EPA, Region 4, Science and Ecosystem Support Division in Athens, GA.
    • Chief of the Enforcement Section with the Enforcement and Investigations Branch in Athens, directing RCRA and Water (NPDES) field activities.
    • Served for 2 years as Chief of the Superfund and Air Section.
    • NPDES inspector with the Water Program in Athens (1985-2003) conducting NPDES inspections, providing technical assistance and training, and conducting oversight of State NPDES activities.
    • Worked in the private sector for a short period of time with Environmental Resources Management, a consulting firm located in Atlanta. While there, worked with land application wastewater treatment systems, and small community systems.
    • B.S and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Georgia in 1985
    • Contact Info: bowden.mike@epa.gov
    • Presentation: POTW's Advanced Overview of the Activated Sludge and Solids Processes (Acrobat PDF, 35MB)
  • Hein Braun
  • Wayne T. Craney, P.E.
    • Registered Professional Engineer in Iowa and Oklahoma
    • Engineering Manager for the Industrial Wastewater Enforcement Section of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) since 1996
    • Water Quality Division of ODEQ since June 1993
    • District Engineer in the Public Water Supply Enforcement Section from 1993 to 1996
    • Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service for 30 years (1963-1993)
    • Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in 1962
    • Masters of Science in Sanitary Engineering from Washington State University in 1969
    • Masters of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University in 1975.
    • “Outstanding Engineer in Management” award from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Engineers in 2007
    • Contact Info: wayne.craney@deq.ok.gov
    • Presentation: Phase II MS4 Evaluations: Requirements and Results (Acrobat PDF, 2MB)
  • Brian Dickens, P.E.
    • Environmental Engineer with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Region 5, Chicago.
    • Brian received his B.S. degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa and his M.S. degree in Environmental Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
    • He is registered Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois.
    • He began his career in 1993 as a Project Engineer with Amoco/BP Amoco Chemical Corporation managing the installation of large environmental control projects. He then transitioned to an environmental engineering position within the company where he focused on solid and hazardous waste, remediation, and clean water matters.
    • In 1999, Brian moved to Cerestar USA, a company of Cargill, ultimately becoming an Environmental Manager responsible for all environmental affairs for three manufacturing facilities. He began working for U.S. EPA’s Air Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Branch in 2003 where he has focused on air emissions from the wastewater treatment, steel, and chemical industries.
    • Brian has been EPA Region 5’s flare contact since 2006, and has been the national leader for EPA’s flare enforcement initiative since 2008. He has presented on flares and combustion at numerous governmental and private-sector conferences, provides onsite training and expertise to EPA’s regional offices, and serves as a flare and combustion technical adviser to EPA’s rule-writing group in the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
    • Presentation: Flare Activity Overview (Acrobat PDF, 1.5MB)
  • Tim Doty
    • Team Leader Mobile Response Team, Field Operations Support Division Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Tim Doty received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and Planning/Environmental Management in 1988, and a Master’s Degree in Applied Geography in 1993, from the Geography and Planning Department at Southwest Texas State University. 
    • Began his career at the Texas Air Control Board in 1990, and has remained at the Agency during its transition to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 
    • 22 years of experience conducting ambient air monitoring and assessment work.  Monitoring expertise and experience range from various organic and inorganic sampling methodologies to civil and criminal investigations. 
    • Mr. Doty became the Team Leader for the Mobile Response Team in 1999, and his current Team responsibilities include ambient air monitoring, staff training, multi-media monitoring and assessment, and emergency response support. 
    • He has served as a resource in serving on various technical and rule-making teams and as a technical expert in developing and establishing the Agency’s FLIR GasFindIR Camera program.
  • Racquel Douglas
    • Environmental Engineer with U.S. EPA Region 6, Water Enforcement Branch.
    • Graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earning both her Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering and Master’s in Environmental Sciences.
    • 8+ years of experience in the water and wastewater engineering field.
    • Serves as the EPA Region 6 Municipal Infrastructure Coordinator and Vessel General Permit Coordinator.
    • Contact Info: douglas.racquel@epa.gov
    • Presentation: Sanitary Sewer Overflows, a Federal Perspective (Outline, Acrobat PDF, 0.1MB) (Acrobat PDF, 0.5MB)
  • David Edelstein
    • David Edelstein serves EPA Region 6 as Regional Criminal Enforcement Counsel. His prior experience with EPA is in RCRA Enforcement. David received his Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Masters of Science in Environmental Science from Cleveland State University.
    • Contact: edelstein.david@epa.gov
  • Carrie J. Evenson, Ph.D.
    • Environmental Programs Specialist IV in the Industrial Wastewater Enforcement Section of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ).
    • District Representative for the northwest portion of the state.
    • Backup for Stormwater Enforcement staff as needed and has lead the way in developing the MS4 evaluation forms and procedures currently in use by ODEQ.
    • Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science in May 1999, graduating with Special Distinction
    • Ph.D. in Environmental Science in May 2004 from the University of Oklahoma.
    • Worked for ODEQ for seven years.
    • Contact info: carrie.evenson@deq.ok.gov
    • Presentation: Phase II MS4 Evaluations: Requirements and Results (Acrobat PDF, 2MB)
  • Gary Fogarty
    • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Region 12, Houston, Texas
    • TCEQ as a pretreatment compliance investigator (PCI) for the past 13+ years. One of two PCIs in the TCEQ.
    • Territory includes the El Paso, Midland, San Angelo, Waco, Beaumont, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, and Laredo regions.
    • Galveston County Health District as an Environmental Health Specialist for 9+ years
      • Sanitarian for 5 years.
      • Duties covered a wide range of environmental issues.
    • BS Degree in Agriculture from Texas State University.
    • Contact info: gary.fogarty@tceq.texas.gov
    • Presentation: Centralized Water Treatment Plants (Acrobat PDF, 20MB)
  • Debbie Ford
    • U.S. EPA, Region 6, Dallas, Texas, 3+ years
      • Environmental Scientist in the Air Enforcement Division of EPA Region 6 in Dallas.
    • LDEQ in the Southwest Regional Office in Lake Charles for 12+ years.  
      • Performed inspections of major regulated industries (refineries, petrochemical, pulp and paper, oil & gas production) to determine compliance with federal and state environmental air regulations.
      • Responded to incident/upset notifications from local industry and complaints from the public.
      • Responsible for investigating major spills/upsets, commenting on major permit modifications, and assisting with EPA inspections in Louisiana.
    • B.S. and M.S. degrees from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana
    • Contact Info.: ford.debbie@epa.gov, 214-665-7235
    • Presentation: Above Ground Storage tanks (Acrobat PDF, 4MB)
  • Bess Foret
    • Regulatory Compliance Supervisor, Lafayette Consolidated Government
    • Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Sustainable Resources from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
    • After graduating, she worked for biology professor, Dr. Robert Twilley in his research lab at UL, Lafayette. She then was employed by the Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District as education coordinator and office manager. Since 2002, she has been employed by the Lafayette Consolidated Government Public Works Department in the Environmental Quality Division office of Regulatory Compliance. The Regulatory Compliance Section maintains environmental compliance for Lafayette Consolidated Government operations and projects ranging from; USTs and AST compliance, overseeing the closed municipal landfill, hazardous material management, Corps of Engineer and LPDES compliance. Regulatory Compliance is also the main coordinators for Lafayette Consolidated Government’s MS4 Permit as well as other LCG LPDES permits.
    • Bess is currently the Supervisor of the Regulatory Compliance Section, which has seven employees.
    • Contact info: bforet@laayettela.gov
    • Presentation: Understanding Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Phase II (Acrobat PDF, 7MB)
  • David Garcia
    • Associate Director of the Air/Toxics Inspection and Coordination Branch, in the Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Division at U.S. EPA, Region 6, Dallas, Texas, for 7 years.
    • Chief for the Air Enforcement section and Special Assistant to Larry Starfield, the former Deputy Regional Administrator at Region 6.
    • 21 years of work experience at EPA have been spit between air permits and air enforcement.
    • Civil Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.
    • Presentation: Easy to Spot Air Issues (Acrobat PDF, 14.5MB)
  • Charlie Garlow
    • Attorney, U.S. EPA's Air Enforcement Division in Washington, DC, for most of his 25 year career.
    • Focus on air toxics, ozone depleting substances, and, like everyone else, PSD/NSR enforcement.
    • Chair of the CAA Penalty Policy Workgroup.
    • Graduate of Harvard University and West Virginia College of Law
    • Admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States as well as the West Virginia Bar.
    • Detail to TSCA/FIFRA/EPCRA enforcement
    • Spent a year on Capitol Hill as a LegisFellow working in the office of Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) on energy and environmental issues.
    • Presentation: (Acrobat PDF, 1MB)
  • Gary Goldman
    • Office of Compliance & Enforcement Field Operations Central Texas Area Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Air Section Manager, Waco Region
    • Mr. Goldman earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Gary began his career as an Environmental Technician working in the field of emissions testing where he conducted testing from a wide array of industrial sources throughout the United States. In 1999, he joined the TNRCC as an Emissions Evaluator in the DFW Region. In 2007, Gary became the Air Section Manager for the Waco region.
    • Prior to earning his degree, Gary served in the United States Navy as a Sonar Technician aboard a diesel electric attack submarine.
    • Contact info.: gary.goldman@tceq.texas.gov, 254-761-3008
    • Presentation: Performance Test Basics (Acrobat PDF, 12.5MB)
  • Kris Goschen
    • Mr. Goschen is currently the Federal Facility Program Manager in Region 7’s Enforcement Coordination Office. 
    • He started his career in 1986 with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as a RCRA and Water inspector and moved to EPA in 1989. 
    • During the past 24 years, Mr. Goschen has conducted over 500 hazardous waste and multimedia inspections.
    • Mr. Goschen has been an instructor for EPA’s National Enforcement Training Institute (NETI) since 1993.  He has delivered many national courses and has recently returned from Jordan training the Ministry of Environment.  He has also worked with the Republic of South Africa on a multi-year effort developing South Africa’s inspection and enforcement program.
    • Mr. Goschen has a degree in Environmental Science and Physical Geography and is a Registered Environmental Manager.  He was an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado and is an ISO 14001 lead auditor for Environmental Management Systems.
    • Please welcome Mr. Goschen.
    • Presentation: Communication 101: Entry, Exit and Interviewing (Acrobat PDF, 8MB)
  • Al Havinga
    • Director of a six person compliance policy staff in the U.S. EPA’s Office of Compliance, Washington, DC.
    • Responsible for Agency inspection policy; issuance of inspector credentials to 1,900 EPA and 800 state and tribal inspectors; inspector training; and 18 Agency sponsored compliance assistance centers.
    • Supervises EPA’s Agriculture Compliance Assistance Center in Kansas City, which provides up-to-date compliance information for farmers, agribusiness, and information providers on environmental requirements affecting agriculture.
    • Al has previously served as Chief of the Agriculture Branch which is the lead Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) compliance contact for EPA – with responsibilities for FIFRA inspections, inspector training, compliance assistance, information management, compliance policy, and management of the FIFRA state enforcement grant.
    • Worked as a drinking water regulation manager issuing 38 drinking water standards, supervised an underground injection control staff; and developed tribal environmental policy guidance and regulations.
    • Prior to EPA, Al worked as a park ranger for the Michigan park system.
    • Al joined EPA in 1980 as a Presidential Management Intern after receiving a MPA in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. in Park and Natural Resource Management.
    • Presentation: Inspector Training Credentials (Acrobat PDF, 0.5MB)
  • Van E. Housman
    • Mr. Housman is the National Program Manager for Mining and Mineral Processing in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.
    • EPA identified mineral processing and mining facilities as an enforcement priority for FY 2005-2013. The goal of the National Initiative is to ensure that high-risk facilities are in compliance with environmental laws and are working to reduce risk to human health and the environment.
    • Mr. Housman has been at EPA for 23 years and currently conducts inspections in addition to his other duties. He has served as an Attorney-Advisor, the Associate Director of the RCRA Enforcement Division, OECA, and as a Chemical Engineer at EPA’s Office of Solid Waste.
    • Mr. Housman received his law degree from George Washington University, MBA from Marymount University, and Engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines.
    • Contact Info: housman.van@epa.gov
    • Presentation: Process Based Inspecitons as Applied to Mining and Mineral Processing
  • Dan Hoyt
    • Environmental Engineer Air Enforcement Section, Air Toxics & Inspection Coordination Branch Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Division U.S. EPA Region 6
    • Dan has been with EPA since September 2011. Dan’s primary experience has been working as an environmental investigator/engineer on air enforcement and monitoring issues. Dan worked for many years with the City of Houston, Bureau of Pollution Control and Prevention, managing the Bureau’s Special Initiatives Section, which includes the City’s Mobile Ambient Air Monitoring Laboratory.
    • Dan was raised in Buffalo, New York and moved to Texas with his family in 1985. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Houston.
    • Presentation: (Acrobat PDF, 12MB)
  • Joseph A. Janecka, P.E.
    • Field Operations Support Division Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Air Program Liaison. Assists field investigators with technical issues regarding emissions events, air permits and rules.
    • Joe is a registered Professional Engineer in Texas, licensed under Mechanical and Environmental Branches. 
      His education includes: BS Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, August 1981; MS International Relations from Troy University – European Region, December 1986; and MS Engineering Management from the University of Texas at Austin, May 2011.
    • Joe’s work experience includes: United States Air Force from October 1981 - June 1992 where he performed mechanical engineering, construction management, and readiness planning duties worldwide; followed by a short term with Travis Braun consultants in San Antonio; and then he joined the Texas Air Control Board in December 1992.
    • From December 1992 - December 2006 Joe performed permitting functions including development and issuance of Title V Federal Operating Permits, computer database system, and program and guidance development for the air program of the TCEQ and its predecessor agencies. 
    • In December 2006, Joe transferred to his current position in the Field Operations Central Office, as an Air Program Liaison.
    • Contact Info: 512-239-1353, Joseph.Janecka@tceq.texas.gov
    • Presentation: Air 101 - An Overview of Environmental Air Regulation (Acrobat PDF, 0.3 MB)
  • Maureen Kennedy
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  • Diana McDonald
    • NPDES wastewater enforcement program 28 years, the last ten in storm water enforcement. Have 40 plus years federal service, including 13 years with the Department of Defense working for the US Navy.
    • Field certified, conducting inspections mainly at construction sites, issuing enforcement actions where necessary along with resulting penalties.
    • Served on several national storm water workgroups including the workgroups that helped define storm water significant non-compliance, the storm water Enforcement Response Guide, How to Conduct an MS4 Audit, How to Conduct an MS4 Inspection and Audit, among others.
    • Served on National Compliance Assistance workgroups to develop compendium of compliance assistance tools for all industrial sectors. Conduct storm water related training including general storm water training, inspector training, and MS4 self-evaluation training.
    • Worked with two construction associations in forming partnerships to enhance and encourage compliance. Those associations were the Texas Association of Builders and TEXO, the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex Association of General Contractors. Both programs are on track to becoming national programs.
    • Contact info: mcdonald.diana@epa.gov
    • Presentation: Understanding Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (Acrobat PDF, 0.5MB)
  • Dolan McKnight, P.E.
    • Presentation: POTW New Technology – Odor Control, Nutrient Removal, Pharmaceuticals (Acrobat PDF 50MB)
  • Roxanne King
    • Enforcement Officer and Inspector, U.S. EPA Region 6
    • BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas
    • Masters in Engineering Management from Kansas State University
    • Ms. King has worked extensively in environmental management and internal auditor roles for the Department of Defense (DoD) from 1998 until 2010 and has also served as an emergency responder for the EPA. Her work has ranged from an engineering technician tripping pipe on drill rigs to sampling anthrax on the capital. From 2003 through 2007 she performed various environmental duties for the DoD in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and a dozen other countries in the region. Having left the DoD as a civilian in 2010, Ms. King joined the Region 6 Surveillance Section in the Enforcement Division to perform inspections and conduct enforcement activities.
  • Dolan McKnight, P.E.
    • Presentation: POTW New Technology – Odor Control Nutrient Removal Pharmaceuticals (Acrobat PDF 45MB)
  • Myles Mungle, P.E.
    • District engineer in the Municipal Wastewater Enforcement Section of the Water Quality Division of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.
    • Conducts compliance inspections of wastewater systems, provides technical assistance to municipalities and county DEQ personnel, evaluates engineering reports for constructing new or rehabilitating old wastewater systems, investigates complaints, and prepares enforcement actions.
    • 7 years experience in wastewater treatment related to industrial and municipal (since 2000) facilities.
    • B.S. in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
    • Professional engineer registered in the State of Oklahoma.
    • Certified in Oklahoma as a Class A wastewater works operator and a Class A wastewater and water laboratory technician.
    • Contact Info: myles.mungle@deq.ok.gov
    • Presentation: Sanitary Sewer Overflows (Acrobat PDF, 12MB)
  • Michael Overbay, P.G.
    • Regional Ground Water Center Coordinator, Source Water Branch, Water Quality Division, U.S. EPA Region 6
    • Mike is a geologist, licensed by the State of Texas
    • Began a career in the oil business in the mid-1980’s
    • Started at EPA in 1987 in the Water Quality Section
    • Moved to the Hazardous Waste Division in 1990
    • Worked on site investigations under RCRA and CERCLA for 18 years, primarily at chemical plants, mining sites, and military bases
    • Returned to the Water Quality Division in 2008 to become the Ground Water Center Coordinator
    • Is currently serving as one of many Co-Principal Investigators on the EPA National Study of Potential Impacts to Water Resources by Hydraulic Fracturing
    • Contact info: overbay.michael@epa.gov
    • Presentation: Oil & Gas Fracking and Process Wastes (Acrobat PDF, 10MB)
  • Stacy Pentecost
    • Environmental Investigator, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Region 12 (Houston)
    • Education:
      • Texas A & M University at Galveston, Galveston, Texas B.S., Marine Biology
      • University of Houston at Clear Lake, Houston, Texas M.S., Biology and M.S., Environmental Management
    • Experience
      • Environmental Investigator in the Water Quality Section of the Water Program at the TCEQ Houston Office since October 1, 1989.
      • Industrial/Municipal Wastewater Technical Specialist at the TCEQ Houston Office since April 1, 2000.
    • Contact Info: stacy.pentecost@tceq.texas.gov
    • Presentation: Wastewater Sampling 101 (Grab Samples) (Acrobat PDF, 6MB)
  • Mark Potts
    • Work Experience:
      • 2012-present – USEPA, Region 6, Associate Director, Hazardous Waste Enforcement Branch
      • 2005-2012 - USEPA, Region 6, Associate Director, Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Division
      • 1999-2005 - USEPA, Region 6, Chief Hazardous Waste Enforcement Branch
      • 1997-1999 - USEPA, Region 6, Chief Air Toxics Section
      • 1989-1997 - USEPA, Region 6, Chief ALONM Section, Hazardous Waste Enforcement Branch
      • 1987-1989 - USEPA, Region 6, Chief Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana Compliance Section, Water Enforcement Branch
      • 1986-1987 - USEPA, Region 6, Superfund Section
      • 1977-1986 - USEPA, Region 6, Industrial Compliance Section,
    • Education
      • Engineering and Evaluation Branch Education: B.S. Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1976
      • B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington, 1981
  • Jon Rauscher
    • U.S. EPA, Region 6 in Dallas, Texas for the last 24 years.
      • Superfund Divsion
        • Senior Risk Assessor
        • Environmental Unit Leader in the Incident Management Team for emergency responses
        • Team Leader
        • He has been involved with the responses to the BP Oil Spill and Hurricane Katrina.
      • Water Quality Protection Division
        • Team Leader
      • Ph.D. from Colorado State University, and B.S. and M.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
    • Contact Info: rauscher.jon@epa.gov
    • Presentation: Explaining Toxicity Thresholds to the Public (Acrobat PDF, 4MB)
  • Tony Robledo
    • 5 years military active duty as an Army officer
    • Joined the EPA Region 6 office in 1990 where he worked as a Superfund Enforcement Officer
    • 1995 accepted a position in the Air Enforcement Section as an Air Enforcement Officer
    • Completed detail assignments as the Acting Pesticides Section Chief and as Acting Surveillance Section Chief for EPA Region 6
    • Completed a one-year detail as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Regional Administrator for EPA Region 6
    • Bachelors degree from the School of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington
    • Masters degree in Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Chris Ruhl
    • Oil Team Leader and On-Scene Coordinator, U.S. EPA Region 6, Superfund Dvision
    • Chris Ruhl began his career at EPA as a compliance inspector in Region 6.  He has conducted and overseen hundreds of compliance inspections throughout the years.  He now oversees the cleanup of oil spills and implements the region’s oil spill prevention program within the Emergency Response group.
    • Contact Info: ruhl.christopher@epa.gov
    • Presentation: EPA's Oil Spill Prevention Program (Acrobat PDF, 5MB)
  • Louis Salguero
    • Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Science and Ecosystem Support Division, Athens, Georgia.
    • Senior environmental engineer and with over 30 years of experience in the NPDES program.
      • Has conducted CEIs, CSIs, PAIs, DEs, and criminal investigations at wastewater facilities.
      • Provided environmental help in the Central America region addressing wastewater problems of the region.
      • Project leader in building three pilot wastewater treatment plants that use sustainable and appropriate technologies.
    • Mr. Salguero has served on a committee for the United Nations Environmental Programe to help establish wastewater standards for a treaty in the Greater Caribbean area.
    • Contact info: salguero.louis@epa.gov
    • Presentation: Use of Process Control Tests at a Wastewater Treatment Plan (Acrobat PDF, 77MB)
  • Andrew Salverson
    • Andrew Salveson. Associate Vice President at Carollo Engineers. Oversees disinfection and advanced wastewater treatment at Carollo. Designed over 3 dozen UV systems. Operated and tested all major systems. 2007 WateReuse Association Person of the Year for “bringing innovative technologies to market”
    • Contact Info: asalveson@carollo.com
    • Presentation: Disinfection and Troublshooting Bacterial Violations (Acrobat PDF, 9MB)
  • Cary Secrest
    • U.S. EPA for 18 years where he has developed a specialty in remote sensing of air pollutants.
    • Expert in the Measurement and Analysis of Benzene in the Houston Ship Channel area.
    • Bachelors of Science from the University of Maryland. 
    • Presentation: (Acrobat PDF, 12MB)
  • Jeremy Seiger
    • Environmental Scientist with the U.S. EPA, Region 6 for the past eight years.
    • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) Enforcement Officer and Inspector in the Water Enforcement Branch
    • Mr. Seiger has conducted many compliance inspections and investigations throughout EPA Regions 2, 3, 4 and 6 into the impact of CAFO operations on surface and groundwater quality. Several of his investigations have evolved into significant enforcement cases which have resulted in improving the quality of surface and groundwater resources.
    • He has represented the Agency at various state-level agricultural conferences and served as a member of several EPA work groups at the regional and national levels. Jeremy has also conducted field training sessions on CAFO agricultural operations in the areas of proper soil and water sampling techniques, reviewing Nutrient Management Plans, and site inspections for his EPA counterparts at other Regional offices.
    • Previously employed by an environmental engineering firm, conducting field surveys and assisting clients acquire proper environmental permits.
    • Mr. Seiger holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science Degree in Plant and Soil Sciences, with a Minor in Geology from Oklahoma State University.
    • Contact Info: seiger.jeremy@epa.gov
    • Presentation: Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation Innovations Beyond Inspections (Acrobat PDF , 7MB)
  • Colin Sheffield
    • Director of Regulatory Review and Special Projects, Guardian Groups
    • Focused on expanding Guardian's environmental compliance services with concentration on developing scalable LDAR programs, process management, training, compliance metrics and QAQC tool development and evaluation.
    • Prior to joining Guardian, Colin was with Valero Energy, serving as Corporate Lead Environmental Specialist. Colin’s consent decree expertise, industry insights and proven track record for keeping facilities in compliance augment Guardian’s LDAR and environmental service professionals and overall business growth strategy.
    • Contact Info: csheffield@guardiangrps.com, 832-458-4194.
    • Presentation: LDAR Basics (Acrobat PDF, 3.7 MB)
  • Robert D. Singletary
    • Supervising Attorney for the Air Quality Division at the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”). 
    • Prior to joining DEQ in 2003, Mr. Singletary worked in private practice focusing on environmental and natural resource issues at a law firm in Cheyenne, Wyoming. 
    • Previously served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Environmental Protection Unit at the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General. 
    • Graduated, with honors, from the University of Tulsa College of Law in May 2001, earning certificates in both Public Policy and Resource, Energy, and Environmental Law.  While in law school, Mr. Singletary served as Editor-in-Chief of the Energy Law Journal and was selected a National Member of the Order of Barristers. 
    • Graduate of Texas A&M University
    • Presentation: Wynnewood Refining Case Study (Acrobat PDF, 2MB)
  • Don Smith
    • Enforcement Officer in the Air Toxics and Air Surveillance Section, U.S. EPA, Region 6, Dallas, Texas
    • Region 6 Oil and Gas Team since 2010
    • B.S. in Chemistry from Texas A&M - Commerce
    • Environmental Chemist for 25 years
    • Contact Info: smith.donald-m@epa.gov
  • John Smith
    • Field Operations Support Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Air Liaison with expertise in stationary source sampling
    • John Smith was graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1976 with a B.S. in Forestry majoring in Environmental Management .  When he began stack sampling in 1978 every EPA Reference Method was contained in 34 pages of the Federal Register.  After 15 years and a thousand stack tests in 20 states working for SouthWestern Labs, METCO, Radian, and Law Environmental, John joined the Source Review Unit of the Texas Air Control Board in 1993.  He helped develop the Emissions Evaluator Career Ladder and Certification program and completed EE Certification in October, 1998.  He worked on the Engineering Services Team until it was reorganized in 2001 and he was moved to the Compliance Support Division.  The 2007 reorganization of the Compliance Support Division moved him to his current position in the Air Program Support Section.
    • Contact Info.: John.Smith@tceq.texas.gov, 512-239-1676
    • Presentation: Performance Test Basics (Acrobat PDF, 12.5MB)
  • Brett Spiers
    • Resident Agent in Charge (Acting) of the Baton Rouge Resident Office of U.S. EPA's Criminal Investigation Division
    • Recent Baton Rouge office accomplishments: 41 defendants charged; 33 defendants sentenced; 154 months of incarceration; 990 months of probation; $14,784,800 in criminal fines; and $2,775,000 in community svc payments.
    • Mr. Spiers served as the Lead Case Agent on multiple high impact cases involving violations of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA, and Title 18. His most recent case, Pelican Refining, generated the largest criminal fine in Louisiana’s history for violations of the Clean Air Act.
    • Primary Firearms Instructor and OJT coordinator for the Baton Rouge office.
    • Contact Info: spiers.brett@epa.gov
  • Alyssa Taylor, R.E.M.
    • DFW Regional Air Section Manager, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
    • Has been with the TCEQ since 1999 in the DFW Air Section. 
    • Started as an Environmental Air Investigator, was a Team Leader for 5 years, and became the Air Section Manager in 2006. 
    • For over 2 years she has been heavily involved in natural gas issues related to the Barnett Shale area in North Texas. 
    • Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington
    • Presentation: Field Experience with Oil & Gas Operations (Acrobat PDF, 13MB)
  • Bill Tatum
    • Project Manager of the Central Regional Wastewater System Wastewater Facility which is owned and operated by the Trinity River Authority of Texas
    • The Central Regional Wastewater System is an Advanced Treatment Facility and is permittd for 162 MGD
    • Class A Water & Wastewater TCEQ Operators License
    • Bachelor’s of Administration in Business from the University of North Texas in Denton
    • Contact info: tatumb@trinityra.org
    • Presentation: Disinfection and Troublshooting Bacterial Violations (Acrobat PDF, 9MB)
  • Tammy Toups
    • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
    • Tammy has a degree in Microbiology from Nicholls State University.
    • She has been working for the Department of Environmental Quality in Air Quality and Hazardous Waste for six and a half years as an inspector.
    • Tammy has been on the EPA planning workshop committee for five years.
  • Laura Valenciano
    • Environmental Investigator IV, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Region 16, Laredo, Texas
    • Chemistry degree from San Jacinto College
    • Biology degree from Southwest Texas State University
    • Classroom instructor and laboratory expert.
    • Has been with the TCEQ Laredo Regional Office Water Section since 2001
    • Contact Info: laura.valenciano@tceq.texas.gov
    • Presentation: Laboratory QA/QC: How to Read Lab Rat (Acrobat PDF MB)
  • Frances Verhalen, P.E.
    • Enforcement Officer, U.S. EPA Region 6, Dallas, Texas
    • Contact Info: verhalen.frances@epa.gov
    • Presentation: Corrective Action Inspections: What to look for and Why (Acrobat PDF MB)
  • Dale C. Vodak, P.G.
    • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
      • Twenty four years Environmental Investigator
      • Additional Duty Safety Officer for Tyler Region
      • former Emergency Response Coordinator for TCEQ Tyler Region
      • Member of the TCEQ State-Wide Strike Team
      • Senior Level Certificatiohns & License Senior Level Industrial Hazardous Waste
      • Senior level Municipal Solid Waste
      • Senior Level Emergency Response and Senior Level Petroleum Storage Tanks
      • Professional Geoscientist License #2674
    • Education
      • Bachelor of Science Degree from University of Wisconsin Madison
    • Prior Work
      • Underground Storage Tank Testor for Lawrence Tank Testing - Houston Branch
      • Exploration and Production Geologist for Champlin Petroleum
      • Mudlogger for Petrograph Mudlogging,
    • Presentations: Universal Waste
  • Michael J. Walker
    • Mike Walker serves as the Director of the National Enforcement Training Institute in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, U.S. EPA, Washington, D.C. Mr. Walker has been involved in the litigation and negotiation of many high profile environmental enforcement actions since he began his career in EPA’s Chicago, IL, Regional office in 1979. Mr. Walker is the author of numerous articles including:
      • High Stakes on a Fast Track: Administrative Enforcement at EPA,
      • Introducing the Environmental Data Police,
      • Attitude is Everything - Dealing With EPA’s Enforcement Program,
      • How to Handle Difficult Chemicals: The Unused Tool in EPA’s Chemical Toolbox -TSCA Section 7 of the Toxic Substances Control Act,
      • Alternate Dispute Resolution in EPA Enforcement Proceedings,
      • The Use of the Toxic Release Inventory in Low Income and Minority Communities, and
      • EPCRA Citizen Suits: An Evolving Opus with a Discordant Note.
    • Mr. Walker serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at William & Mary College of Law teaching Natural Resources Law, and at both the University of Toledo and Maryland School of Law, where he teaches: “Federal Commercial Chemical Regulation: TSCA, FIFRA, EPCRA & RCRA.”
    • Presentation: Field Documentation and Evidence for Inspectors (Acrobat PDF, 2MB)
  • Michael Williams
    • Inspector and Enforcement Officer with U.S. EPA, Region 6, Houston, Texas.
    • Contact Info: williams.michael@epa.gov
    • Presentaiton: NPDES Wastewater Sampling (Acrobat PDF, 4MB)
  • Joe Willingham
    • Contact Info: joe.willingham@deq.ok.gov
    • Presentation: Construction Storm Water Linear Projects (Acrobat PDF 38MB)

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