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Course Title Instructors Day/Time   Level 
AIR-299: AERMOD Air Dispersion Modeling  Michael Hammer  Sunday, June 24
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Beginner
AIR-316: Inverse Modeling to Calculate Air Pollutant Emission Rates from Ground-Level Sources  Tim Minnich, Robert Scotto  Sunday, June 24
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Intermediate
AIR-252:  Air Quality Permitting and Compliance Basics Ali Farnoud, Courtney Adcock
 
Monday, June 25
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Beginner/
Intermediate 
EMGM-267: Air Pollution Law: Legal Fundamentals and Practical Guide to Legal Issues under the Clean Air Act  Clara Poffenberger, Sandra Franco Monday, June 25
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
All levels 

Course Descriptions

Sunday, June 24

  
AIR-316: Inverse Modeling to Calculate Air Pollutant Emission Rates from Ground-Level Sources
Sunday, June 24 • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Instructors: Tim Minnich,  Partner, Minnich and Scotto and Robert Scotto, Partner, Minnich and Scotto

Inverse modeling refers to a group of methods for calculating an air pollutant emission rate from a measurement, or a series of measurements, taken downwind of a source.  This course focuses on the area-source technique as the preferred inverse-modeling approach for calculating such emission rates from ground-level sources. 
 
Inverse modeling, the measured downwind concentration serves as input to an air dispersion model which is configured to predict, or “back-calculate,” a source emission rate.  This is the inverse of how air dispersion models are generally employed: predicting a downwind concentration from a known source emission rate.  Although there are other inverse-modeling approaches for calculating a source emission rate, the area-source technique is the simplest and least expensive, and enjoys the significant advantage of lending itself to real-time application.
 
The area-source technique can be applied using most air dispersion models; however, this course considers only AERMOD, due to its demonstrated accuracy and its regulatory status as a U.S. EPA Guideline air dispersion model.
 
AIR-299:  AERMOD Air Dispersion Modeling
Sunday, June 24 • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructors: Michael Hammer, Senior Product Specialist, Lakes Environmental Software 
 
The course provides attendees with a full understanding of the AERMOD modeling system by balancing theory with hands-on-real world case studies. At the end of this course, participants should be able to understand the basics of regulatory air dispersion modeling for permit applications and risk assessments.
No prerequisites are required. A working knowledge of Microsoft Excel™ would beneficial to the attendees.
 
At the end of the course the attendee will be able to understand the basics of regulatory air dispersion modeling for permit applications and risk assessments. All students will be required to bring a laptop.
 
Monday, June 25

AIR-252: Air Quality Permitting and Compliance Basics
Monday, June 25 • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructors: Ali Farnoud, Ph.D., Ramboll and Courtney Adcock, P.E., Ramboll
 
The course will review the history of the federal regulations under the Clean Air Act, the main portions of an air quality construction/operating permit, and a general review of state permitting nuances.  The course is designed to provide an overview of permitting and compliance in the United States with respect to the Clean Air Act.
 
Participants will be able to gain a further understanding of what it takes to obtain an air quality permit for construction/modification at an industrial facility, and comply with a Title V air permit.
  
EMGM-267: Air Pollution Law: Legal Fundamentals and Practical Guide to Legal Issues Under the Clean Air Act
Monday, June 25 • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Instructors: Clara Poffenberger, Esq and Sandra Franco, Esq, Franco Environmental Law
 
This course provides the fundamentals of the U.S. legal system that is useful to understanding how environmental law is made and implemented in the U.S and the specifics of development and implementation of air law and regulations. The course will cover the legal aspects that govern the development of air regulations at the federal level and at the state level and discuss the role of courts in challenges to regulations. Discussion will include legal aspects related to air quality standards, new source performance standards, fuel standards and other federal standards that have been subject to federal court review.
 
The course will cover federalism and the role of states, courts and citizens and the connections to the U.S. legal system, the Clean Air Act, and the U.S. Constitution. As a refresher on environmental and administrative law, attorneys will learn the specific connections to air regulations, and hear about key court decisions and air legal determinations. Environmental professionals will learn how the legal system drives the rulemaking and administrative procedures. New and experienced environmental professionals as well as attorneys will gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of the law around air regulations.