2016 AFPM Environmental Conference

16 - 18 October 2016

The AFPM Environmental Conference focuses on regulatory and policy issues at the plant level. The meeting format consists of both technical presentations and question and answer sessions. The sessions are designed to address the impacts of various environmental regulations on refineries and petrochemical plants and to provide solutions and compliance mechanisms for a facility. A poster session highlights technologies and systems developed or used by organizations to improve environmental compliance and controls. The Conference features industry experts from refining and petrochemical companies.

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ERM at the Conference

Workshop: Next Generation Capital Project Permitting
Sunday, October 16, 1:00-5:15 PM

Getting permits approved is getting harder. Under an increasingly challenging regulatory framework and adversarial social climate, obtaining environmental approvals is creating greater risks for project costs and schedules. This workshop will explore strategies for increasing speed to market, reducing capital risks, and boosting the economic viability of projects. Using various expert perspectives (technical, legal, policy, regulatory, public affairs, etc.), and interactive discussion, the workshop agenda is designed to present solutions, and help the audience see the road ahead more clearly.

ERM’s facilitation of the workshop will particularly focus on extracting lessons learned from permitting of projects across the country and how those lessons can be applied to effectively manage capital project permitting in the future.

Workshop Registration

ERM will also be hosting a Post-Workshop Reception at Palace Cafe starting at 5:30pm.

ERM Technical Presentations

ERM’s experts will present during the conference technical sessions.

Monday, October 17

Environmental Justice Trends: Managing Risks to Refineries
Kristina Mitchell, ERM and Kevin McGee, CITGO Petroleum Corporation

Tuesday, October 18

Have Refinery LDAR Programs Improved in the Era of Consent Decrees? A Historical Look at Over a Decade of LDAR Audit Results
Donald Bradley III, ERM

Lessons Learned from Fenceline Monitoring Trial Programs 
Larry Hottenstein, ERM and Lester Keel, Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company

Automatic Control of Flare Gas Net Heating Value - Implementation and Lessons Learned
Patricia Sorensen, ERM


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