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Preconference: Biofuels Environmental, Health & Safety Forum


September 15, 2020

This day long forum is designed specifically for EHS professionals with a comprehensive look at the practices and disciplines necessary to keep a plant operating safely and within the environmental parameters established for it by permits, state and federal regulations. The agenda offers a sweeping look at everything from environmental and safety agency priorities to staff training and finally to energy and water sustainability.

Virtual Event Registration

Early Bird Rate
August 19, 2020
August 19, 2020

Producer Virtual Event Registration
Ethanol, Biodiesel, Advanced Biofuels/Biochemical, Cellulosic

Virtual Event Registration $395.00$495.00

Registration includes access to all preconference and co-located events.
If you have any questions on registration or rates please give us a call at 866-746-8385.


Tuesday, September 15
*Central Standard Time zone

7:30 am – 4:30 pm Expo Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am Dedicated Expo Time
8:30 am - 8:40 am Welcome
  • Chandler Taylor, Vice President, Barr Engineering
8:40 am – 9:30 am EPA Region 5 and 7 Air Quality Priorities and Activities
  • Nathan Frank, Section Chief, Air Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Section (IL/IN), EPA Region 5
    Clean Air Act Compliance and Enforcement Issues Impacting the Ethanol Industry
  • Eric Sturm, Owner & Lead Consultant, Air Regulations Consulting LLC
    Five Important EPA Letters to Know Regarding the Clean Air Act in the Last Year
9:30 am – 10:00 am Common Legal Issues Associated with Ethanol Plant Environmental Compliance
  • Todd Palmer, Partner, Michael Best
10:00 am – 10:30 am Dedicated Expo Time
10:30 am – 11:00 am The Remaining Useful Life of Your Critical Assets
  • Jay Beckel, CSP, CHMM, API Inspector, Sr. Vice President, Risk & Compliance Services, ERI Solutions Inc.
11:00 am – 11:30 am Inspect Yourself So You Can Correct Yourself
  • Jessica Buckley, Project Manager, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
11:30 am – 12:00 pm Energy and Water Sustainability of the U.S. Biofuel Industry
  • May Wu, Principal Environmental Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Dedicated Expo Time
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Understanding Water Pollutant Investigations and Properly Deploying Necessary Corrective Actions
  • Abby Morrisette, Environmental Engineer, Barr Engineering
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm State of the Art Ethanol Plant Stack Testing Protocols
  • Dan Despen, President, Interpoll Laboratories
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm The Current Status of Process Safety Management/Risk Management Program Compliance in the Ethanol Industry
  • Shawn Zablocki, Owner, Z2 Safety Solutions LLC
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Dedicated Expo Time
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Deploying State of the Art LDAR for Best-in-Class Plant Tank Inspections
  • Colin Sheffield, Vice President/Senior EH&S Consultant, ERI Solutions Inc.
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Panel Discussion: Leveraging the Best EH&S Thinking Inside Your Operation to Guarantee Employee Safety and Environmental Compliance
Moderator: Chandler Taylor, Vice President, Barr Engineering
  • Jessica Karras-Bailey, Principal, RTP Environmental Associates Inc.
  • Katie Hill Brandt, Senior Analyst, Merjent
  • Matt Henry, Manager Midwest Operations, Pinnacle Engineering Inc.
4:30 pm Adjourn

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