MCTA Meeting and CE Program
Air Permitting and Compliance: What to Expect When You're Inspected
Date: May 1, 2019
Location: Tighe & Bond, 53 Southampton Road, Westfield, MA
Due to the popularity of its November continuing education program on Air Quality Regulations, Permitting and Compliance, MCTA is presenting on the topic again but this time with a different focus and a Western Massachusetts locale.
The May 1st conference will take a closer look at compliance and enforcement with MassDEP presenting on the Massachusetts Air Pollution Control program and on a Panel Discussion on regulation, permitting, compliance and enforcement. Robinson + Cole will present on legal issues including how to stay in compliance, self-disclosure and what to do if you are found in violation. Tighe & Bond along with MassDEP will present a case study, and Trinity Consultants will reprise its presentation on Modeling with a focus on regulatory compliance.
This will be an interactive program with ample time for audience comments and questions. The panel discussion will encourage audience participation.
The target audience is professionals involved with plant design, management, operation and environmental compliance and reporting.
The conference, which starts at 9 am, will be preceded by a members meeting and reception for western Massachusetts legislators. Registration for the members' meeting begins at 7:30: Registration for the program only, begins at 8:45.
Please contact Katherine Robertson at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
MCTA Swing For Science Golf Tournament
Have fun while doing good! Proceeds will benefit the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair Scholarship Program.
Date: Thursday, September 12th, 2019
More Information Coming in 2019!
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National Association of Chemical Distributors
Halogenated Solvents Industry Alliance, Inc.
The Vinyl Institute
Associated Industries of Massachusetts
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
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Bills Filed for 2019-2020 Legislative Session
To address the misinformation on PFAS, the American Chemistry Council facilitated a webinar for the Toxics Use Reduction Institute and IC2, which hosted the program. The webinar, "The PFAS Universe: Uses, Classification, and Degradation," is now accessible to a general audience and features Steve Korzeniowski, BeachEdge Consulting for the FluoroCouncil and Bob Buck from The Chemours Company.
EPA Rolls Out PFAS Action Plan, February 14, 2019
SAB Meeting, January 16, 2019
Mass DEP PFAS Hearing January 16, 2019
MassDEP held a public hearing on a request by a group of non-government organizations to regulate PFAS as a class and establish an MCL for drinking water. If you could not be there, the meeting is available in its entirety on YouTube:
MCTA's November 29th Program
Air Permitting and Compliance: What it Might Mean to You and Your Neighbors
Notice of Public Hearing, October 25, 2018
The Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs will hold a public hearing on October 25, 2018 from 1 pm to 3 pm in conference room C, 2nd floor, 100 Cambridge Street. The purpose of the meeting is to add three categories of chemistry to the TURA List of Toxic or Hazardous Chemicals. Under state law, users, generators and manufacturers of high amounts of these chemistries will have to report use and will have to prepare plans for the reduction of use. MCTA will be present.
Materials for MCTA's Government Affairs Call on 9/27/18 @ 4 pm
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SAB Meeting September 12, 2018
Administrative Council Meeting, September 25, 2018
MCTA's May PFAS Program
The filing deadline has passed for legislation to be heard in the 2017-2018 session although bills may still be filed as “late filed.” Bills are being processed and assigned numbers by the Clerk’s office. MCTA will post information on legislation filed for the current session that may have an impact on members. Rep. John Mahoney of Worcester filed legislation to make the burden of TURA compliance less onerous for businesses in the Commonwealth.
At its September 27, 2017 meeting, the Science Advisory Board heard a presentation by Wendy Heiger-Bernays, "Per- & Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances and Potential Relationships Between Endocrine Effects." It is expected that this document will guide the SAB as it works toward regulating short-chained perfuorinated hydrocarbons.
The SAB also released its guidance on nanomaterials as requested by the administration in response to a request by a coalition of non-governmental organizations.
It also released its assessment of Safer and Effective Alternatives to Methylene Chloride for Paint Stripping Products.
MCTA TURA Reform Legislation Filed in House
Materials from MCTA's: Regulation & the Bottom Line During a Time of Change
Science Advisory Board (SAB)
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