2020 Environmental 101 Seminar

March 3-4, 2020


Metalcasters who handle environmental responsibilities encounter unique issues and concerns in their plants every day. This seminar will include practical level instruction on routine compliance activities, permitting, reporting, record keeping, testing, pollution control, and environmental management systems.

Do you ever wonder what happens at EHS Committee meetings? When you participate in the Environmental 101 Seminar, you're invited to stay on March 5 for the Water, Waste, & Byproducts Committee at 9 a.m. and/or the Air Quality Committee meeting at 11 a.m. Ongoing committee participation will require AFS Membership, but all are encouraged to participate as visitors. If you have questions please contact Juliette Garesche at (847) 824-0181, ext. 224.

Early Registration (through February 11, 2020): $600 member, $900 non-member

Standard Registration (after February 11, 2020): $720 member, $1,080 non-member


  • Schaumburg, IL
  • March 3-4, 2020
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Hotel Information

  • Holiday Inn - Chicago - Northwest Schaumburg
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • $89.00

Make your reservation by calling (847) 885-0101 and asking to book under the AFS Block.  Room rate is $89.00.  The hotel’s check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Check-in prior to the hotel’s published check-in times are subject to availability. Check-out time is noon. There will be a free shuttle from the hotel to AFS.  There is also a free shuttle from O’Hare airport to the hotel and back, however the airport shuttle needs to be arranged through the Holiday Inn.  Breakfast buffet is also included with hotel stay. 

Conference Agenda

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
7:30 - 8 a.m.
Registration/Continental Breakfast
8 - 8:15 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
8:15 - 9 a.m.
Session 1: Environmental Management: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

Bryant Esch, Waupaca Foundry Inc.    
•    Overview of metalcasting issues for the environmental manager            
•    Potential environmental impacts of metalcasting processes     
•    Overview of major laws and regulations affecting foundries        
•    Overview of environmental management systems
•    Online information reference resource

9 - 10:15 a.m.
Session 2: Waste Management

Dan Oman, Haley & Aldrich; 
Bryant Esch, Waupaca Foundry Inc.
•    Waste management laws                
•    Waste management regulations

•    Identification and classification of foundry wastes    
•    Testing/point of generation/baghouse dusts    
•    Waste generator requirements                    o  Storage, accumulation and labeling
        o Containers, emergency response, planning 
            and training 
        o Waste minimization and shipment
•    Management of other wastes
    o Oily wastes, empty containers, aerosol cans, 
        contaminated wipes/rags, universal waste 
    o Other non-hazardous foundry process wastes
Recordkeeping and reporting

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. - Noon
Session 2: Waste Management (continued)
Noon - 1 p.m.
Lunch (Provided by AFS)
1 - 2:15 p.m.
Session 3: Air Quality

Craig Schmeisser, Mad River Strategies; Jeet Radia, McWane Inc.; Kathy Moore, Keramida Inc.
•    Clean Air Act                 
•    Review of basic terms and concepts    
•    Basic emission estimation techniques    
•    Air permitting 
    o Construction permits, operating permits
    o Major Source/Minor Sources, PSD/NSR avoidance concepts

2:15 - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 - 4 p.m.
Session 3: Air Quality (continued)

•    NESHAPs — Applicable MACT and GACT requirements review
•    Stack testing basics — What you need to know 
•    Air dispersion modeling basics        
•    Air pollution control systems commonly used in foundries
•    Neighborhood issues commonly encountered by foundries
•    Road to Success: Air Professionals Top 10

4 - 4:30 p.m.
Day 1 Wrap-up/Ask the Experts
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
7:30 a.m.
Registration/Continental Breakfast
8 - 10 a.m.
Session 4: Water Quality — Laws and Regulations

Paul Turpin        
•    Introduction to the Clean Water Act        
    o Structure of the act, definition of 
        “Waters of the U.S.”    
    o Use designations, water quality criteria, and 
        use impairments        
    o Anti-degradation, technology-based vs. water 
    o Effluent limits
•    Types of permits                            

     o Section 402 — Wastewater, Stormwater          

     o Indirect discharge — Industrial pretreatment        o Section 404                
•    Metal Molding and Castings (foundries) 
•    Categorical pretreatment standards
•    Monitoring and reporting overview
•    Common compliance pitfalls

10 - 10:15 a.m.
10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Session 5: Stormwater Management

Larry Bowers, McWane Inc.
•    Introduction to the EPA Stormwater Management Program        
    o Applicability and relationship to state permits
    o Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan     
       (SWPPP) development 
       (Introduction to AFS template)
    o Non-numeric technology-based effluent limits
    o Benchmark monitoring
    o Visual evaluations
    o Routine and comprehensive inspections
    o Corrective actions and the iterative process
•    State permit variability
•    Metalcasting specific opportunities and challenges
•    Overview of common administrative management practices
•    Overview of available structural controls (treatment
•    Common compliance pitfalls

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Session 6: Other Environmental Requirements

6A. Major Regulations for Metalcasters
Greg Kramer, ME Global
•    Laws and regulations affecting foundries:
    o CERCLA (aka Superfund), SARA, EPCRA, TSCA, 
        FIFRA (all w/ EPA) and HMTA (w/DOT)    
•    Asbestos
•    Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB)
•    Pesticides and radiation             
•    Testing
6B. Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans 
Mack Overton, Keramida, Inc.    
•    Who is subject to SPCC rules? What are the requirements?
•    What to do when you are subject to SPCC? 
•    Common compliance issues
6C. Beneficial Reuse and Recycling
Mike Lenahan, KB Foundry Services        
6D. Management Issues
Greg Kramer, ME Global; Mack Overton, Keramida Inc.
•    Recordkeeping and reporting            
•    Training requirements            
•    Regulatory inspections (EPA, state, local) –            Do’s and Don’t’s            
•    Community relations    

3:30 - 4 p.m.
Wrap-up/Ask the Experts

•    Questions and Answers

4 p.m.
Seminar Ends


Registration Fees

Early Registration (through February 11, 2020): $600 member, $900 non-member

Standard Registration (after February 11, 2020): $720 member, $1,080 non-member

Cancellations & Substitutions

Substitutions will be accepted anytime. However, cancellations of confirmed registrants with full refund of fees will not be accepted unless received at least two weeks prior to the conference date. In the unlikely event the conference is cancelled for any reason, AFS liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.