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ICAC Spotlight: Looking West - California’s Unique Market Opportunities

Posted By Haley Armstrong, Thursday, February 1, 2018

ICAC Spotlight: Looking West - California’s Unique Market Opportunities

As the largest manufacturing state in the country and the 6th largest economy in the world, California has long been an economic leader. The state is now a policy leader setting the standard in implementing clean air policies and serves as a template for other state and regional initiatives. The dynamic combination of a large manufacturing sector, leading economy and assertive clean air policies, presents market opportunities for ICAC and its member companies in California.

 

In ICAC’s recent webinar, “California’s Market Opportunities,” we explored California’s unique regulatory structure and two main policy initiatives: The Interagency Refinery Task Force (IRTF) and AB 617.

 

CARB: A Unique Regulatory Approach

 

In most states, the EPA sets the nationwide air quality and emissions standards and oversees enforcement. State environmental agencies then implement emissions control actions needed to fulfill federal requirements. In California, the Air Resources Board (CARB) is an independently appointed board that operates the nation’s most extensive air monitoring network and often sets more stringent standards than existing federal standards for a range of emissions sources. The board oversees 35 local air pollution control districts that directly regulate emissions from businesses and stationary facilities.

 

“Due in part to its size and complexity of air challenges, California has had to be a pioneer in air policy,” says Chris Hessler, partner at AJW, Inc. and a co-presenter at the ICAC webinar. “California has forged approaches that have been used elsewhere to address air quality problems.”

 

Interagency Refinery Task Force

 

In 2013, as the result of a refinery fire, California set up the Interagency Refinery Task Force (IRTF), charged with evaluating opportunities for reducing risks associated with refinery safety. IRTF issued the first Refinery Emergency Air Monitoring Assessment Report to inventory air monitoring capabilities, and expanded on this report in 2017.

 

The latest report recommends monitoring as a routine requirement for enhanced fence line and community monitoring within the area of major stationary sources of emissions. New emission requirements and a focus on reducing emission risks for surrounding communities are now also part of the IRTF’s recommendations.
New monitoring equipment, such as hand-held monitors, process-unit monitors, fence line monitors and an assortment of community monitors, will have to be purchased by refineries, air districts, local response agencies and the state. Existing equipment may need to be upgraded and additional equipment deployed. All this equipment will need to be maintained and operated within the ever-expanding networks.

 

“As time goes on, additional emission control requirements may be required,” says Clare Schulzki, ICAC Executive, “and this presents a significant opportunity for ICAC members.”

 

A Policy Push for Cleaner Air - AB 617

 

Last year, as part of a broader effort to extend California’s cap-and-trade program, California implemented a new community air protection program, known as AB 617. The law seeks to increase community-level monitoring of air pollution in areas identified as most at risk for exposure.

 

AB 617 requires CARB to establish both a statewide community emissions monitoring and reporting plan as well as a statewide strategy for emissions reductions. In turn, the state’s 35 local air districts will be responsible for requiring emissions monitoring and data collection and for developing plans for implementing emissions reductions. The new law also tasks CARB with creating a clearinghouse for both air monitoring and emission control technologies.

 

“There clearly is an opportunity for ICAC members due to increased air measuring, monitoring and data analysis as well as increased demand for new and updated control technologies” says Schulzki.

 

What Can ICAC Do?

 

As the trusted voice of the clean air technology industry, ICAC is in position to help CARB and the local air districts in California by providing technical expertise.


• Review existing air measuring and monitoring technologies
• Develop key considerations to ensure appropriate collection and analysis of data
• Help develop protocols for new technology or existing technology in new applications
• Assist as strategies and measures for reducing emissions are developed
• Help Identify the best available retrofit control technologies


For more information about AB 617 and opportunities in California, please check out the ICAC December webinar titled, “Expanding Markets: California’s Market Opportunities” on the ICAC website under the Resource Library. Click here to access now.

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ICAC Staff Prepare Memorandum Regarding MATS

Posted By Haley Armstrong, Monday, January 8, 2018

ICAC Staff Prepare Memorandum Regarding MATS

At a December Clean Air Act Advisory Council meeting, Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, addressed the agency's Clean Air Act priorities. Wehrum indicated he is "torn about what action to take over the Obama EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule for power plants", and he noted that “there is a lot of money left to be spent in this program” by utilities to comply. Wehrum also mentioned that EPA cannot ignore Supreme Court decisions critical of the agency's statutory interpretations on such matters and that “we are not going to wait around forever” to address MATS.

Given these comments and the ongoing interest that many ICAC members have expressed in the MATS rule as it continues to be considered at EPA, the ICAC staff has developed a memorandum summarizing the current status, the potential outcomes, and possible actions regarding MATS.

The memorandum:
1. Summarizes the current regulatory and litigation status of EPA’s Mercury Air Toxics Standard (MATS) (also known as the utility air toxics rule);
2. Outlines some possible legal and regulatory options that EPA may consider shortly and;
3. Suggests some possible actions for ICAC and its members to take in the months ahead to both monitor and possibly influence EPA’s actions regarding MATS.

 

To access the full memo, click here.

ICAC staff will continue to develop intelligence regarding EPA’s plans for MATS and strategize with interested members regarding possible ways in which to influence the outcome at EPA in ways that benefit ICAC.

For any questions, please contact Haley Armstrong (harmstrong@icac.com).

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Special Feature: Hiring Veterans Makes Good Business Sense

Posted By Haley Armstrong, Friday, December 1, 2017

Special Feature: Hiring Veterans Makes Good Business Sense

By Matthew Goodwin, AJW

 

Giving back to those who have served our country is a good idea, it’s also very good business. Veterans come to the civilian workforce with the experience that makes them valued employees. Among other things, they understand teamwork and respect procedures which is essential for productivity. They understand health and safety standards which helps ensure they are mindful of the protection of fellow employees, property and equipment. They also can effectively deal with the pressures of tight schedules while making sure the job is done right. In addition, they can also help businesses earn tax credits for hiring them.

 

According to Jordie Kern, founder of 7 Eagle, (https://7eagle.com) a recruiting firm dedicated to finding jobs for veterans, there are often tax credits for hiring veterans. This can range from $2,400 to $5,600 for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit and up to $9,600 with the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit.

 

Kern says that the veteran community delivers industry employees who are highly skilled and have the kind of training, leadership skills and discipline that is hard to find in the civilian ranks.

 

Kern started 7 Eagle four years ago as a way to give back to those men and women who had given so much to the U.S. His own father served in World War II, but never liked to talk about it. As a result, Kern grew up not feeling the pull to join the military which he regretted as he got older.

 

7 Eagle provides veterans with mentoring, training, role playing and other techniques to maximize the candidate’s success. They help veterans tackle the interview process by making a two-minute video of themselves which is then edited by 7 Eagle and along with some accompanying paperwork is presented to prospective employers.

 

As a result of their efforts, 82% of candidates get interviews and the majority are made offers.

 

Kern says that, “helping the veteran community and helping companies hire great workers is a win-win."

 

7 Eagle is not the only company that has made its mission to help vets find work after their service.

 

Durr Systems is a 15,000-employee international mechanical and plant engineering firm and a has been a member of ICAC for over a decade. They are headquarted in Germany, but have a significant presence in the US. For the better part of a year they had been trying to fill a number of field service technician positions. They were having very little success. Either candidates were not qualified, or they seemed to show little interest in putting in the time in the field before they wanted to move up in the organization.

 

Richard Garvey, Director of Operations for Clean Technology Systems, along with his HR staff began to quiz their existing service staff for suggestions. It turned out that their most senior service technician was ex-navy. He suggested that they consider hiring ex-military staff.

 

The HR department began to look into job fairs that focused on placing veterans. During their search, they came across a company called Bradley-Morris (https://www.bradley-morris.com/).

 

Bradley-Morris is the largest military-focused recruiter in the U.S. It was founded in 1991, and has had over 30,000 successful placements since then. They have offices in Atlanta, Austin, Norfolk, San Diego and Cincinnati.

 

Garvey and his HR staff had confidence in Bradley-Morris and in no time qualified candidates were sourced. Garvey found that these candidates were not only technically qualified, but they were willing and eager to put the necessary time in the field and in many cases, build a career in field service.

 

In fact, Garvey said that almost every ex-military candidate was better than their non-military counterparts. Their leadership skills and their discipline were exactly what Durr was looking for.

 

Garvey has enthusiastically shared his success with other divisions within Durr Systems including their overseas offices who have found veterans looking to stay in Europe.

 

According to Garvey, “Anything we can do for them after what they have done for us is more than appropriate.”

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ICAC Announces 2017 Washington Clean Air Summit

Posted By Haley Armstrong, Tuesday, January 24, 2017

ICAC will host its second Washington Clean Air Summit in Arlington, VA on May 2-4, 2017. Last year's Clean Air Summit was very successful, with more than 50 attendees participating in the three-day event. To learn more about the 2016 Clean Air Summit, click here: http://www.icac.com/?page=2016AM.

 

The program and registration details for the 2017 Washington Clean Air Summit will be released as they become available. For updates, please visit: http://www.icac.com/page/2017CAS  

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ICAC Announces 2016 Washington Clean Air Summit

Posted By Haley Armstrong, Thursday, February 25, 2016

The ICAC is excited to announce that it will hold the first annual Washington Clean Air Summit on May 4-6, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The Clean Air Summit replaces this year's ICAC Annual Meeting, which was slated to be held at Kiawah Island Golf Resort on the same days, and was cancelled due to the management transitions of the ICAC in early 2016. The ICAC leadership believes the Clean Air Summit will be a successful and useful event for all members.

 

The Clean Air Summit will include a cocktail reception at the AJW offices on the evening of May 4, a membership meeting featuring high-level speakers on key topics of importance to the ICAC membership followed by a membership dinner on May 5, and a half-day of meetings with legislators and regulatory agencies on May 6. 

 

For more information on the 2016 Washington Clean Air Summit, click here or contact Haley Armstrong.

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ICAC Announces New Subscription Service

Posted By Haley Armstrong, Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Updated: Friday, October 2, 2015

Do you want to get ahead in the air pollution control and monitoring industry but don’t qualify for membership in the ICAC?  Consider subscribing to our “Cleaning the Air: Industry Updates” newsletter.

 

ICAC has recently launched its new subscription for non-members.  Organizations that have an interest in the air pollution control and monitoring industry that do not otherwise qualify for ICAC membership can apply to be subscribers.  Once a week, you will receive our confidential newsletter with the most up-to-date news, analysis, and technical expertise. Instead of spending considerable manpower and money shifting through articles, the most important updates and news are a click away, delivered straight to your inbox.

 

For more information, please contact Haley Armstrong at harmstrong@icac.com or Betsy Natz at bnatz@icac.com or 571-858-3708.

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ICAC Releases its 2015 ICAC Market Study

Posted By Allison Yeates, Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ICAC has released its 2015 ICAC Market Study.  This extensive, 129-page report builds on the 2014 ICAC Market Study and provides extensive analysis by markets, electric utility, industrial boiler, Portland cement, etc., while addressing both industrial and utility markets for CEMS. It reports on air pollution control and monitoring industry related topics including electric power, continuous emission monitoring, industrial sectors, upcoming and pending rules, and contains an overall regulatory overview.

 

The projections for the U.S. market on air pollution control are in the context of key regulatory market drivers, helping company executives understand some of the key risk factors inherent to the forecast and how changes to regulations might impact the forecasts presented.

 

The 2015 ICAC Market Study is available for purchase on the ICAC website.  Get your copy today!

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ICAC's 2015 Annual Meeting Rundown: Everything You Need to Know

Posted By Betsy Natz, Tuesday, May 12, 2015

This year’s Annual Meeting event was a huge success with nearly one hundred participants in attendance. 

 

Attendees had the opportunity to share ideas and collaborate with one another during the evening networking receptions.

 

The event kicked off with a Roundtable Meeting entitled “Understanding the Impacts of Regulations” with the overall objective of how to balance your business’s bottom-line with governmental regulations.  Vince Albanese, consultant with Fuel Tech, Inc., led off with a presentation “Government Affairs: An Essential Part of Marketing for Environmental Services Business.”  Jim Staudt’s, Andover Technology Partners, presentation “From Regulation to Market Forecast,” took a deeper dive into Vince’s subject by showing the methodologies he takes in developing the annual ICAC Market Forecast.  Finally, Doug Austin, ICAC, gave his traditional regulatory update of recent developments in NAAQS, MACTs, and GHG.

 

Thursday, we heard from an informative and engaging list of speakers:

  • Jeff Holmstead, Attorney, Bracewell & Giuliani – “Overly Ambitious? A Realistic Look at What EPA Will Actually Accomplish in the Next 2 Years”
  • Mark Svrcek, Chief Operating Officer & Sr. VP of Corporate Strategy, Central Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. – “Proposed Clean Power Plan Projected Impacts on South Carolina Consumers”
  • Vince Brisini, Director of Environmental Affairs, Olympus Power, LLC – “Practical Issues of CO2 Regulation using the Clean Air Act”
  • Tomás Carbonell, Senior Attorney, US Climate & Air Program, Environmental Defense Fund – “New Horizons in Protecting Public Health and Climate Under Existing Federal Law”
  • Clint Woods, Executive Director, Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies – “New Developments in Cooperative Federalism and the Clean Air Act”
  • Myra Reece, Air Bureau Chief, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – “The Need for Clean Air Act Reform”
  • Janet Gellici, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, National Coal Council – “Fossil Forward – Revitalizing CCS”

On Friday, we held our annual membership and divisions meeting.  ICAC officers provided reports and reviewed ICAC’s key accomplishments in FY15.  We also took a look at the future and how ICAC can continue to lead efforts to improve air quality and provide the most value to our members.  Congratulations to Sheila Glesmann, Angelos Kokkinos and Karl Walby for receiving Persons of the Year awards for their outstanding work with ICAC!

 

At the General Divisions Meeting, Doug Austin led the attendees through past and upcoming division activities, with assistance from the Division Chairs, Angelos Kokkinos, GHG Division; Angelos and Mark Burns, Power Division; Sheila Glesmann and Rich Mimna, Mercury Control Division; Cindy Khalaf, NOx Control Division; Bob Davis, Emissions Measurement Division; and Karl Walby, Industrial Source Division.  Thank you to each of our division chairs for their insight and leadership throughout the year.

 

We would also like to thank this year’s ICAC Annual Meeting Sponsors for their contributions and making this year’s event a success!

 

Help spread the word! Share this with your followers who may have been unable to attend.

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SAVE THE DATE: 2015 ICAC Annual Meeting

Posted By Betsy Natz, Friday, March 6, 2015
Updated: Friday, March 6, 2015

How can you get involved in the clean air conversation? Attend ICAC’s 2015 Annual Meeting.

Every year, we hold our Annual Meeting event, bringing together today’s leaders, our membership, and those advocating on behalf of clean air technologies to collaborate, share ideas, and form impactful partnerships. For those in the air pollution control and monitoring sector, this is a wonderful networking opportunity.  

On April 22-25, 2015, we’ll host our 2015 ICAC Annual Meeting at Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. As an organization, we aim to provide a valuable experience to both members and non-members that will help advance the air pollution control and monitoring sector and connect new faces. This year we’re particularly looking forward to our exclusive line-up of speakers and the rich topics that will be discussed by each.

Whether you’re planning to attend our Annual Meeting to learn more about our organization, or you simply want to know more about the latest trends and where we’re headed as an industry, here’s what you can look forward to:

  • ICAC Roundtable: Understanding the Impacts of Regulation;
  • A look at what EPA is expected to accomplish over the course of the next 2 years;
  • A review of the complicated maze of federal and state agencies;
  • Best practices for working with EPA, state agencies, and peripheral third parties;
  • New developments in Cooperative Federalism and the Clean Air Act;
  • And much, much more.

Interested in attending? Check back here for more updates on speakers and additional meeting sessions and register for the 2015 ICAC Annual Meeting today.

We look forward to sharing this year’s event and the latest industry news with you.

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ICAC Roundtable: Collaborating for Sound, Flexible Policies

Posted By Betsy Natz, Thursday, February 5, 2015
Updated: Thursday, February 5, 2015

What is one of the best ways to promote collaboration across the industry? Roundtable meetings.

 

In last week’s blog, we took a look at 2015 to focus in on where we’re headed as an organization, and industry. And with all of the changes on the horizon, finding ways to generate collaboration within the air pollution control arena will become crucial to our success. With that in mind, ICAC is taking the initiative to lead this concerted effort, welcoming both members and newcomers to take part in the regulatory development discussion during our Annual Meeting feature event on April 22, 2015: ICAC Roundtable: Understanding the Impacts of Regulations.


Together, we’ll explore the complicated maze of federal and state agencies, talking through the reasons why close participation with federal and state agencies will provide your company with benefits including the ability to forecast revenue and earnings flow, and the rebutting of inaccurate or old information that agencies or contracted third parties may have. Throughout the Roundtable session, we’ll also take a deeper dive into the regulatory process, outlining current emissions limitation provisions for pollutants, and discussing best practices for working with EPA, state agencies, and peripheral third parties.

 

We encourage you to join us for this opportunity to share ideas and foster partnerships with fellow colleagues and representatives from across the air pollution control and monitoring technology sector. Participating in this important dialogue, will help our industry take the practical and effective steps needed to implement best practices and take action on the right regulations, at the right time. 

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