IT3/HWC Technical Program

Learn the latest on thermal treatment technologies and hazardous waste policy and solutions

Final Program available! 

Keynote Panel

From Natural Disasters to Pandemics: Remaining Operational and Compliant

During natural disasters and uncertain times, like we are in now during a pandemic, ensuring facility compliance can be challenging.  In some cases, it may not even be possible. Most companies have solid contingency plans for certain types of natural disasters, like weather, when you know it is coming, or even have plans for unplanned events like fires. But it was hard to think that a small microscopic virus could have upended our lives this way. Ensuring compliance was almost impossible for all aspects of businesses when supplies for normal daily items, like gloves or chemicals that are typically in abundant supply, simply disappear. Then, to think the unthinkable: if your employee base couldn’t work. These are the new operating conditions we have to think about. This session will look at options to ensure you stay operational and in compliance by properly preparing, recordkeeping and reporting, and working with regulators to ensure that issues are communicated so your compliance record doesn’t hang in the balance.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Selin Hoboy, Vice President, EHS & Compliance, GFL Environmental
  • Kristin Gordon, Houston Office Director/Senior Consultant, All4 LLC

Selin Hoboy, Vice President, EHS & Compliance, GFL Environmental

Selin Hoboy recently began her role as Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety and Compliance at GFL Environmental, Inc. Selin is responsible for ensuring safety and environmental compliance at all solid waste facilities within GFL and dealing with all regulatory matters at all levels (EPA, DOT, OSHA, CDC, etc.).  She has been managing environmental health and safety matters for over 25 years, with over 20 of that within the waste industry and works closely with trade associations such as National Waste and Recycling Association. Selin provided critical support and worked closely with federal, state and local authorities to solve waste management issues during the Ebola epidemic and now has been working on COVID-19 pandemic issues. She currently sits on two Ebola training Advisory Boards. She has her B.S. from Penn State in Environmental Resource Management.

Kristin Gordon, Houston Office Director/Senior Consultant, All4 LLC

Kristin Gordon is a Senior Consultant with over 20 years of experience as an air quality consultant and currently leads ALL4’s Houston Office. Kristin has air quality consulting experience in over 25 states with an emphasis on MACT, NSPS, PSD/NSR and Title V permitting and has worked for clients in a wide variety of industries, including waste management, chemical, petroleum refining, power, incineration, cement, pulp and paper, and oil and gas. She is actively involved with the A&WMA GCC as Secretary and is an AFPM environmental committee member. Kristin is a registered professional engineer in several states including Texas. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Ohio University and an MBA from Villanova University.  

Panels will offer insight and discussion on the following topics:
Thermal Treatment – A Historical Perspective from 1980s to 2020
In the US, over the past four decades there have been many changes in thermal treatment technologies and regulations. This panel will review a historical perspective of the journey. The systems and technologies discussed are mobile and transportable incinerators and thermal desorbers, commercial fixed facility incinerators, off-site TSDF’s (Treatment, Storage, and Disposal Facility) for disposal of wastes such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), dioxins and industrial wastes and gasifiers for energy recovery.

Panel Moderator: Prakash Acharya, APTIM

Panelists include:

  • Prakash Acharya, PE, CHMM, APTIM
  • Mel Keener, Executive Director, CRWI
  • Thomas Busmann, Vice President, Focus Environmental, Inc. 

Hazardous Waste Incinerator Comprehensive Performance Test Program Best Practices
Hazardous waste incinerator comprehensive performance source test programs, or “CPTs,” are one of the most complex emission testing programs conducted with many moving parts and responsible parties involved. This panel will discuss various aspects of successful CPT programs with the panelists sharing their experiences, best practices, and lessons learned. The panelists have diverse CPT experience which will enable them to share their insights on topics ranging from process operations and waste feed injection to source emission field testing. 

Panel Moderator: David Ostaszewski, Ramboll

Panelists include:

  • Robert Baxter, B3 Systems, Inc.
  • Jesse Rocha, Alliance Source Testing, Inc.
  • Prince Knight, Norlite Corporation

PFAS Thermal Treatment Perspectives
The thermal treatment of PFAS wastes, including AFFF, is an emerging issue that is rapidly evolving and involves multiple sectors with many different perspectives. This panel includes representatives from EPA, the States, DOD and the thermal treatment industry who will share their perspectives. Topics to be covered include an overview of EPA’s NDAA interim guidance and associated research needs and activities.

Panel Moderators: Lara Phelps and Jeff Ryan, U.S. EPA

Panelists include:

  • Carlos Pachon, U.S. EPA, Office of Land and Emergency Management
  • Erin Newman, U.S. EPA Region 5 
  • Mel Keener, Executive Director, CRWI
  • Jeff Ryan, U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development
  • Janice Willey, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Navy