Region 6 Roundtable
Dec. 2, 2004
Javier Balli, EPA Region 6
David Greer, TCEQ
David James, TCEQ
Kelly Coleman, TCEQ
Grace Hsieh, TCEQ
Pierre Lichaa, TCEQ (not attending, but provided update)
Chris Campbell, WERC
Michelle Vattano, NMED
Erin Murphy, NMED
Chuck Hendrich, LDEQ
Audree Miller, ADEQ
Thomas Vinson-Peng, Zero Waste (minute taker)
December 9, 2004
Amalgam separation workshop, New Mexico (Chris Campbell)
January 5, 2005
New Mexico Hospital P2 (Chris Cambell)
January 7, 2005 (tentative)
H2E Site visits, (Kelly Coleman)
EMS Workshop, UT Brownsville, Texas (Pierre Lichaa)
MSWG quarterly meeting,
Santa Fe, NM
March 29-31, 2005
Border Environmental Conference, El Paso, TX (Chris
Regional Pretreatment Coordinators Conference, Irving, Tx
April 11-14, 2005
National Environmental Partnership Summit
(NPPR Roundtable) (p2.org)
May 2-4, 2005
Texas Environmental Trade Fair, Austin, (Grace Hsieh)
Success Story of the
By switching the
feedstock on a NOx abatement device one Louisiana company reported 4,500
tons/year of CO reduction!
New Regional P2 Coordinator
The roundtable welcomed Mr. Javier Balli as the new regional
coordinator. Mr. Balli worked with the
Region 6 roundtable from Jan. 93 to Nov. 97.
He has served as extension service liaison for EPA, where he focused on
agricultural and environmental issues.
Javier has most recently worked in outreach where he was a team
leader. He comes with an extensive
background in outreach, having served as a team leader in the outreach section.
Javier said that some of the directions he wanted to see
He also noted that we can probably expect less money for P2
in 2006 than 2005.
outlined the hospital P2 program. The
program will include a section dealing with Fats Oils and Greases (FOG’s), and
a series of site visits (done in partnership with TCEQ). He attached two presentations which are can
be gotten from him at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chris also spoke about the upcoming International Conference
on the Environment and Human Health.
This conference will be at the Camino Real Hotel in El Paso March 29-31,
2005. This event provides an
opportunity for individuals to evaluate and share information on the current
state of, and developments in, environmental and human health issues in the 10
states along the US Mexico Border.
are due to Karen Mikel at WERC by January 15;
- For more information see: http://icehh.org/
Allen spoke about the upcoming regional pretreatment
conference, which will be held in Las Colinas on March 29-31, 2005 (same day as
International Conference). He spoke
about how many pretreatment programs have integrated P2 into their
inspections. This has great potential
for integrating with small to mid sized businesses. Chuck added that we should also look at the State Economic Development
Board for this target audience.
Regional Roundtable Meeting
The group discussed when and where the next regional
roundtable conference should be held.
Both the pretreatment and the International conference hold great
promise for expanding our presence in the region. Javier mentioned he would be at the International conference, but
may make both. Thomas said he would try
to make both, and both conferences wanted him to speak. Chris had to be at the International
Conference. In addition to the conflict
of schedules the group also discussed lack of travel scholarships for the
regional roundtable. These scholarships
were handled by UTEP which was under a regional grant that no one applied for
this year. There was some discussion of
not having a regional roundtable until roughly September, and splitting
attendance of the roundtable members between the two conferences.
New Mexico E.D. - Multi State Working Group
Michelle had agreed to host the multi state working group
(MSWG) in New Mexico. She asked the
group for guidance on a number of issues.
much work is involved?
does EPA view/support MSWG?
There was no clear answer on this subject, however all
agreed that we should partner with them when we can.
David james talked about the issue of Fats Oils and Grease;
these “FOG’s” are major contributors to Sanitary Sewage Overflows. He was planning to work with Chris and Kelly
to roll the FOG work into the H2E program.
He is also planning to use Texas House Bill 1979 as a model standard for
Pierre Lichaa, of the TCEQ border P2 program asked Thomas to
note that they just had a Site Visit to Trico products in Brownsville, Tx and
that they were using the opportunity to encourage them to join TCEQ’s Clean
Texas EMS program. They also plan to
have a Border EMS workshop on Feb. 8, 2005 in Brownsville that will be
conducted jointly with UT Brownsville.
Grace Hsieh mentiond the Texas Environmental Trade Fair
would be in May 2-4, 2005. This is TCEQ’s premier event with an average
attendance of about 3,000.
David Greer is working with the National Measurement
workgroup and will be meeting with them in Dallas this December.
Audrie gave an update for ADEQ’s P2 Program. They finished the agency EMS internal
aspects and impacts ranking. ADEQ is working with the Arkansas Energy Office to promote a group purchase of hybrid electric vehicles among state agencies
Due to reorganization, the Arkansas state P2 program will be
moving from the Watershed team to the Technical Services Division, and Audree
will be reporting to Cynthia Reagan, the former P2 coordinator for the
Allen Giliam, the state pretreatment program coordinator
mentioned he would be working with the Arkansas dental association in April to
educate dentist on P2 and other issues.
He recently did a survey that showed Dentist were unaware of many
Chuck mentioned that Gary is retiring. Chuck is filling the P2 position in the
interim, and will be applying for the position. They are working with Louisiana industries on cost cutting
measures, in cooperation with EPA. He
gave an example of one company that switched the feedstock for the NOx
abatement device and reduced the Carbon Monoxide emissions by 4,500 tons/year.
Chuck also mentioned that they are working on an assistance
call where they are trying to find proper disposal for dog food infected with
Mad Cow Disease.
January 27, 2005
Time: 2-3pm EASTERN
Call in number:
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