Technical Program

Final program available! 

Keynote Speakers - Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Kelly Cook, Director, Critical Infrastructure Division
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Kelly Cook has been designated the TCEQ’s “Hurricane Czar”, responsible for spearheading the environmental response efforts associated with the extensive environmental challenges caused by Hurricane Harvey.  He will provide an overview of the State of Texas’s response to Hurricane Harvey and the impact such an event has on local waste management.     

Bob Patton, Jr., Manager, Industrial Waste Permits Section
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Success in any arena can be achieved faster and more efficiently through the cooperation and coordination of various parties working toward a common goal.  The Texas Industrial & Hazardous Waste Permits Section which manages the Hazardous Waste Combustion Program is putting action steps in place to ensure that all affected parties will have a voice in the resolution of pertinent issues.  Applying successful lessons learned in other TCEQ programs, we can quickly initiate those same steps in the Hazardous Waste Combustion Program to advance everyone’s interests. Examples of these successful steps will be discussed during the presentation.
Will Wyman, Program Supervisor, Waste Permits Division
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) received delegation for The Hazardous Waste Combustor Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT EEE) program in January of 2015.  The Industrial and Hazard Waste (IHW) Permits Section reviews MACT EEE performance test plans, performance test reports, and other associated submittals for 56 total units at 24 RCRA permitted facilities.  Over a five-year cycle, more than 100 plans and reports are submitted to the IHW Permits Section for review and approval.  Problem: the plans and reports needed to be standardized so review efficiencies could be achieved by project managers.  After surveying states and EPA, the IHW Permits Section found only one state using standardized formats for submittals.  In that last two years, the IHW Permits Section developed the following tools: QA/QC checklist for Notice of Compliance (NOC) data sets; Comprehensive Performance Test (CPT) Plan Coversheet; CPT Plan Checklist (outline); Interactive radio button CPT Plan Checklist; and
A NOC report format. 

Keynote Speakers - Thursday, March 8, 2018

Paul. Lemieux. PhD, Associate Division Director, NHSRC/DCMD
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed fifteen national planning scenarios around which individual facilities, communities, states, and federal authorities are to develop response plans. These national planning scenarios include a variety of all-hazards type incidents ranging from hurricanes to earthquakes to nuclear power plant accidents. A key element of most of these national planning scenarios is the potentially massive quantities of waste that must be managed during the response to these incidents. This presentation will describe the types and quantities of wastes that will be generated during the response activities following these incidents, and the crucial role that thermal treatment and combustion will have in dealing with those wastes.

Selin Hoboy, Vice President, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Stericycle, Inc.
Waste management is a necessary part of every business and a responsibility that is often an afterthought when compared to other processes.  However, the transportation and disposal of certain wastes require very careful consideration.  This was certainly the case during the Ebola crisis in 2014.  Healthcare facilities dispose of regulated medical waste every day, but when Ebola-contaminated waste was generated, the healthcare industry was unprepared.  Processes from the packaging waste within the hospital environment to the end disposal had to be reexamined.  Incineration of these wastes was quickly identified as the best alternative, but which class of regulated incinerators could process such wastes? How would federal and local government agencies react? Would there be a reaction of the general public?  Selin Hoboy and fellow team members at Stericycle, Inc. were forced to respond to the issues in real time as the Ebola crisis expanded and took shape in the United States.  Join us in a conversation that gives an inside, boots on the ground, perspective of the how the waste industry responded and hurdles that had to be overcome and.  Selin gives an overview of the industry and government worked together to tackle the challenges and safely managed this infectious waste stream.  In particular, she will highlight the tools that were developed then and continue to evolve today. 

Marcel J. Blanchard, Assoc. Vice President – Utility & Fleet Operations
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
Marcel Blanchard will provide an overview of the captive medical waste incinerator operation the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas.  UTMB operates a 750 lb/hr medical waste incinerator that is permitted as a large, new incinerator which will also be featured in this year’s  Tech Tour. The system has recently passed its third consecutive stack test and meets some of the lowest emission limits in industry today.  In 2014 UTMB responded to a request from the Texas Commission on Air Quality (TCEQ) to receive and destroy medical waste from the Ebola patients treated in Dallas.  Mr. Blanchard will include in his discussion how to deal with public opinion on special waste.