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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!


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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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Giving Thanks for New Technologies

Posted By Betsy Natz, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Clean AirIf there's one thing to give thanks for this holiday season, it's the new technologies that have sprung up, paving the way for cleaner air and a healthier tomorrow. While we use pollution control technologies and tracking systems to measure the impact of pollution on people's everyday lives, new studies have shown great progress in a pollution tracking system like none other: social media.


As representatives of the air pollution control industry, we know that tracking pollution in some of the world’s largest cities can be next to impossible. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are shedding light on social media as a new approach to the issue, presenting this innovative solution as a way to assist in mapping pollution by user feedback. But how?


Researchers tested this digitally focused initiative in China, one of the most polluted countries in the world. Mining a Twitter-like social platform ‘Sina Weibo,’ they monitored posts relative to air quality. Using both word choices and author locations to estimate the air quality of a given region, this study highlighted feedback and the perspectives from inhabitants of 108 different cities over the course of 30 days. After compiling the data, the researchers found that the levels of pollution directly correlated with tweets around bad or good air quality in those cities. 


This study offers a way for those of our industry to acquire information on if and how pollution is affecting people in certain regions throughout the world. While this pollution tracking system may not be the end-all solution for our industry, it allows us to keep an open mind when it comes to new technologies and data.  


Be it digital or not, feedback and perspective drive policy. Adopting these new initiatives will help us help our lawmakers form legislation to better combat, and end air pollution. 


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