CRMA Environment, Health & Safety Summit
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Chattanooga Convention Center
8:00AM – 3:30PM
Call for Papers:
We are currently soliciting presentations for the 2022 Environment, Health & Safety Summit. Interested persons are encouraged to submit abstracts as they relate to environmental topics affecting manufacturing with emphasis on the following topics: Water, Air, Waste, Health & Safety and Regulatory matters. Papers related to the following areas are particularly encouraged:
Environment Management Systems | Energy, Emissions & Air Quality | Risk & Liability Management | Pollution Prevention | Environmental Training Compliance | Risk Management | Remediation | Sustainability | Environmental Response | Waste Treatment & Management |Storm Water & Wastewater Regulatory Updates | Health & Safety
Abstract Submission Guidelines:
Presentation topics will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Quality – Abstracts should clearly and concisely explain the presentation and its significance to environmental standards
Timeliness – Focus on current and/or future interest and significance to the environmental industry
Relevance – Highlight applications or topics that can be applied to environmental standards
Innovative – Concepts and technologies that are particularly innovative
Ability to Evaluate Success (or Failure) – If the topic represents application of a method, what can the presentation tell the audience about what did or did not work, and why?
Uniqueness – Topics should not duplicate another in the session or the conference
To submit an abstract for the 2022 Summit, please complete the form below:
2021 Agenda (2022 Agenda Available Soon):
8:30 AM Keynote Presentation
Ron Drumeller, Executive Director, Air Pollution Control Bureau
Air Pollution Control Bureau Update
12:00 PM Lunch Environmental Panel
Jeremy Copeland, Wacker Polysilicon
Brian Humphrey, Miller & Martin, PLLC
Harry McCann, TDEC
Amy Katcher, TDEC (Moderator)
3:30 PM Keynote Presentation
J. Wayne Cropp, Baker Donelson
Environmental Stewardship in the Biden Era
10:00AM Breakout Sessions
Generator Improvement Rule
(Ian Smith, Trinity Consultants)
Trinity Consultants will be going over the Generator Improvement Rule that became effective in Tennessee on May 13th. Trinity will cover the changes that will affect each type of generator in Tennessee and how the rule has affected facilities in other states that have already implemented the rule.
ESG Investment Trends + green|light, Chattanooga Green Business Certification
(Michael Walton, green|spaces)
The term ESG (environmental, social and governance) is becoming more commonplace, particularly inside C-Suite boardrooms and also within investment management strategy. Leading asset managers, such as Blackrock, are requiring ESG principles be tracked, disclosed and included in decision making by the companies within their portfolio, and other investment firms are joining the front. In addition, investors are considering ESG in the overall valuations of companies and the SEC has put in place a watchdog enforcement unit to target wrongdoings over these disclosures.
The bottom line is that companies not already considering ESG in their current and future strategic plans will be at a disadvantage as pressure mounts from consumers, employees and industry mandates, as well as global supply chain disruptions. In the Chattanooga region, we have a unique opportunity to lead profitable and effective ESG principles, both with collaboration and local partnerships.
Green|spaces’ green business certification program – green|light – is a great way to start or continue your sustainability journey. This step-by-step guide focuses on eliminating inefficiencies, promoting conscious and local sourcing of goods and services while encouraging employee engagement, attraction and retention.
Why Safety Begins at Your Feet
(Dax Turner, Chattanooga Safety Products & Corey Clark, Timberland Pro)
Safety footwear should be the first stop when you begin to think about the overall safety of your employee’s but is often overlooked. In most cases the first piece of PPE that employee is wearing that hits the production floor or job site is going to be their safety footwear.
There are a couple questions you must ask yourself when you have an employee who is suffering from severe foot pain. Is that employee practicing the best safety procedures? Are they producing at an optimum rate? What is the quality of their work? Finally, what is their attitude going to be like if a supervisor must address any of these issues? Foot pain can have a negative impact on the overall happiness, safety consciousness and the productivity of an employee.
This presentation by Chattanooga Safety Products will explain how we outfit our customers with their safety footwear. Our goal is the reduction or elimination of foot pain by getting the right tool to do the job and how to maintain that tool so it will have a longer performance.
11:00AM Breakout Sessions
Emergency Preparedness – Are you Ready?
(Randall Woodlee, Marion Environmental, Inc.)
Emergency preparedness is an essential part of every industry. Companies need to be prepared for environmental disasters, man-made disasters, and in today’s world biological disasters. This presentation will outline steps for companies in any industry to have an effective written plan that helps them maintain compliance with governing bodies. In addition, it will not only help them write an effective plan, it will show them how to apply it in real time, in real world scenarios through training, and proper techniques used to deliver the information. Emergency Preparedness is a constant that will change on a steady basis. So, the only way to be prepared is to stay prepared!
TDEC – Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
(Crystal Warren & Donovan Grimwood, TDEC)
While environmental regulations exist to protect your and your family’s health and the surrounding air, water, and soil, maintaining compliance with environmental regulations can be a challenge for small businesses. TDEC’s Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) helps small business understand regulations and provides them with free and confidential guidance to become compliant. In addition to providing an overview of the SBEAP program, this session will discuss commonly observed stormwater compliance issues at manufacturing facilities and highlight success stories from facilities across the state. Time for questions from the regulated community to TDEC staff will be allocated.
A Study for Rehabilitation Robotics for Lower Back Pain Prevention
(Erkan Kaplanoglu, UTC – Engineering Management & Technology)
The aim of this project is to develop a pneumatically controlled robotic balance board for preventing low back pain exhibit altered motor control. The pneumatically controlled balance board has three pneumatic muscles that can be contracted and relaxed independent of each other. This gives the board six directions of movement with which it can move users to stimulate activity in the lower back and abdomen. The robotic system has two subsystems that Electromyography (EMG) data acquisition and inertial measurement unit (IMU)subsystems. A graphic user interface (GUI) was also designed for data collection and control. Through the validation study, we were able to demonstrate that the system can accurately integrate IMU and EMG data to provide clinicians new insights into how individuals react to their environment.
1:30PM Breakout Sessions
Lessons Learned: TDEC
(Chris Pool, Trinity Consultants)
Trinity will present on lessons learned in working with TDEC in completing PSD Particulate Matter, Nitrogen Oxides, Carbon Monoxide, & Greenhouse Gas permit applications. Discussion will include modeling protocol, Federal Land Management letters, RACT BACT LAER Clearinghouse review, and draft permit development.
Stormwater Permits (TMSP)
(Jessica Rader, TDEC)
This session will be on the Tennessee Multi-Sector Permit (TMSP) for industrial stormwater discharges. Tennessee’s 2015 TMSP reflected the federal Multi Sector General Permit (MSGP), which expired on June 4, 2020. EPA has proposed a 2020 MSGP that is fundamentally different from the previous permit and from Tennessee’s 2015 TMSP. The comment period for the federal MSGP ended June 1, 2020, and the final permit federal Muti Sector General Permit was issued in January of 2021. The session will discuss the changes in EPA’s new permit (2021 MSGP) which will likely be implemented in Tennessee’s new permit (TMSP) which will be issued in 2022.
Natural Resource Management + Emergency Response
(Dave Czayka, EnviroScience, Inc.)
Natural resources are important to both the natural and economic worlds. Natural Resource Management considers the economic impacts, social science, physical science, pollution control and study of the resource itself. This presentation will include a discussion of natural resource management in the context of un-planned projects (emergency response). The focus of the presentation includes agency coordination, wetlands, listed species and strategies to successfully complete these projects while satisfying stakeholders and meeting regulatory expectations.