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Friday, May 1, 2015

Enviro-Events Calendar for May 1, 2015

Environmental seminars, forums, education, networking and social opportunities in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York
& Delaware

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May 4, 2015
Public Hearings to Discuss Revisions to Chapter 78 and 78a
Revisions address standards for surface activities at oil and gas well sites
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Klump Academic Center
1 College Ave., Williamsport, PA 17701
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) invites the public to discuss  revisions to the Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites (Chapter 78 and 78a). Each speaker will have the opportunity to present up to five minutes of verbal testimony. To ensure that all speakers have a fair and equal opportunity to present their testimony, relinquishing of time to other speakers will be prohibited, and groups are asked to designate one speaker. All presenters should bring three copies of their comments and exhibits for submission to DEP. Those who wish to present testimony during the hearing are asked to register in advance by contacting the DEP Policy Office at 717-783-8727. Individuals will be called to testify in the order they registered. If time permits at the hearing, those who did not register in advance will be given the opportunity to testify. Those who prefer to present their comments in writing or who are unable to attend one of the hearings may submit written testimony online at or by e-mail to They may also send comments to DEP Policy Office, 400 Market St., P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Comments must be received by May 19, 2015. A subject heading of the rulemaking, the commentator’s full name, and a return address must be included in each comment submission. DEP will consider relevant comments and provide a written response in its final rulemaking.


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May 5, 2015
PADEP hearing on Shell cracker plant permit   
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Central Valley High School
160 Baker Road Ext.
Monaca. PA
The state Department of Environmental Protection has scheduled a public hearing on whether to issue an air quality permit for Royal Dutch Shell's proposed ethane cracker plant in Beaver County. The department will take oral testimony on the permit application. The plant will convert ethane into ethylene, and then into polyethylene. Based on the permit application, the plant would be capable of producing 1.6 million metric tons of polyethylene per year.

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May 7, 2015

New Jersey WasteWise Business Network 
9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
New Jersey Forensic Science Technology Center Auditorium
1200 Negron Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08691 (Mercer County)
No attendance fee
NJ Certified Recycling Professionals will earn 2.5 recertification credits for attending 9:30 a.m.  Welcome and Update – Steve Rinaldi, WasteWise Chair, NJDEP, Bureau of Recycling and Hazardous Waste Management 9:40 a.m.  "Green” Printing and A Whole Lot More! – Michael Kaufman, Owner, Cox Printers
10:10 a.m. Climate Change:  Update on Recycling’s Impact on Greenhouse Gas Reduction – Anthony Broccoli, Associate Professor, Rutgers University Department of Environmental Sciences
10:50 a.m. Break
11:05 a.m. Business Recycling Economics 101 (How Waste Reduction and Recycling Can Improve Your Bottom Line!) – Jim Morris, Associate Vice President, Rutgers University, Division of Contin. Studies
11:35 a.m. Case Study – Getting to Zero Waste and Beyond! - Dr. Nadereh Afsharmanesh, Vice President of Sustainability and Education, Earth Friendly Products
12:05 p.m. Open Discussion
12:15 p.m. Adjourn/Networking
Note:  GPS and Driving Directions  – If for some reason, your GPS does not recognize 1200 Negron Drive in Hamilton, NJ, 08691, please try Horizon Drive, Hamilton NJ 08691.  The facility is in the Horizon Center on Rt. 130. Please RSVP to Steven Rinaldi at

May 7, 14 and 21, 2015 - Optional Lab Day - May 28, 2015
Practical Applications in Hydrogeology
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ralph Geiger Turf grass  Education
20 Indyk-Engel Way
North Brunswick, NJ 08902
This informative program will familiarize you with the theory and practice of hydrogeology, including guiding principles, basic mathematical principles, the identification of problems, the application of different groundwater models, and the limitations of those models. The structure of the course allows you to analyze assigned problems during the week between lecture sessions. Gain Hands-on Experience! Students have the opportunity to sign up for an optional 4th day of class (May 28, 2015 - additional fee of $225 required) where they will receive personalized instruction devoted to well design and aquifer pumping tests. 
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May 8, 2015
Moms Clean Air Force’s Family Friendly New Jersey Mama Summit
9 a.m.
New Jersey State House   
Committee Room 4
125 W State St
Trenton, NJ 08608
Schedule of events
9:00-10:00 AM: Registration, Refreshments, and Networking – Committee Room 4
10:00 AM: Press Conference – Steps of State House
12:00 PM: Lunch and Brief Training- Committee Room 4
1:00 PM: Legislative Meetings
 Mama Summit is a chance for moms, dad, grandparents, and kids from across the country to show broad and united support for children’s health. Together in a bipartisan, or MOMpartisan, setting we will demand action to protect the air our children breathe–both indoor and outdoor–and call for action on climate change. Register here or Contact Trisha Sheehan for more information

May 11-12, 2015
What it Takes: Achieving Net-Zero Energy in New Buildings 
8:30 am to 5:00 pm (each day) 

215 Rachel Carson Way 
Song Common House
EcovVillage Ithaca
Ithaca, NY
This two day training will focus on design and construction details to achieve net-zero energy use in new buildings. Join Ian Shapiro, founder of Taitem Engineering and co-author of the book Green Building Illustrated (Wiley, 2014) and Liz Walker, Learn@Ecovillage, co-founder of EcoVillage Ithaca, and Executive Director of its educational arm,  as they address fundamentals and strategies for zero energy design. Ecovillage and cohousing concepts will be covered as well as site visits to homes and community buildings at Ecovillage's three cohousing neighborhoods, emphasizing different green building approaches, styles and details, culminating in the newest neighborhood called TREE, the largest Passivhaus development in North America, which includes a number of net zero homes. Please fill out the online form at and enter "Net Zero Energy Training."  We'll be back in touch with specifics. For more information contact Liz Walker at 866-529-4465 or

May 13, 2015
Confirmation Hearing in Harrisburg today for Cynthia Dunn
to become Secretary of the Pennsylvania
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

May 13, 2015
SWEP's Networking Lunch and Business Card Exchange
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Bahama Breeze
320 Goddard Blvd
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Registration: 11:30 AM - 12:00 noon Luncheon: 12:00 noon - 1:00 PMCost: $20 for members and non-members (includes lunch menu).  The Bahama Breeze menu is here. Registration and payment: on-line (coming soon), or on-site by check or cash. Registration deadline will be May 11. Contact Eileen Snyder at or Christina Ruble at with any questions.

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May 14, 2015
Applications of Thermal Remediation in New Jersey 
Approved for 3.5 Technical CECs
National Conference Center at the Holiday Inn
399 Monmouth Street
East Windsor, NJ 08520
Registration 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Course from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
LSRPA Members: $155; Non Members: $225
This 4-hour course will guide attendees through the application of thermal remediation in New Jersey. Proposed by TerraTherm and approved as course 2015-009, this course describes In Situ Thermal Remediation (ISTR) as comprised of several robust technologies that have been proven to be able to clean up Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (DNAPL) and other organic compound-contaminated source zones in a wide range of subsurface settings, including all soil types both above and below the water table, and in fractured rock. The course will begin with a basic overview of ISTR and evaluation of the pros and cons of Electrical Resistive Heating (ERH) and Thermal Conductive Heating (TCH) and show how thermal treatment can be used to treat bedroc
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May 27, 2015
Quality Assurance/Quality Control Technical Program 
Environmental Standards office
1140 Valley Forge Road
Valley Forge, PA.

Check-in 8:30 a.m.
Program: 9 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.
Followed by a catered boxed lunch.Join SWEP for a comprehensive look at the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Process – in the field, in the laboratory and at data verification and validation. Cost to attend is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Registration details: coming soon. Registration deadline will be May 24th. Plant the Seed… in the field How do you plan a successful project in the field, so that you can ensure data usability? What Quality Assurance Measures need to be considered in designing the Conceptual Site Model? Learn from a tenured field expert on how to set-up, plan, schedule and perform successful field operations. Also hear tales of actual issues encountered so you can avoid some of the common (or not so common) mistakes. Watch it Grow… in the laboratory What happens with quality when your samples arrive at the laboratory? How are Data Quality Objectives monitored and assured? What are some typical pitfalls with laboratory analysis and how can they be avoided? Hear from a laboratory Technical Director with over 35 years of testing experience. Harvest the Crop…and use your data Now that the data is generated, how do you determine that it is usable? What are some data validation techniques for reviewing your data? Examine some data disasters and learn how to overcome them and avoid issues by listening to a senior-level Quality Assurance Officer. 

June 2, 2015

Confirmation Hearing in Harrisburg today for John Quigley
to become Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection

June 5, 2015
Plan Smart's 2015 NJ Regional Planning Summit:
Stranded Suburban Real Estate Assets: Changing Economy, Changing Land Use
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The War Memorial
Trenton, NJ

June 23, 2015
Golf Outing
Mountain View Golf Course
850 Bear Tavern Road
Ewing, New Jersey 08628
11:30 a.m. - Registration
Noon - Luncheon
1 p.m. - Shotgun Start
Four- Person Scramble
For Sponsorships, Prize donations and registrations:
Contact ANJR at (908-922-7575) or 

November 12, 2015
PlanSmart NJ 47th Annual Dinner
5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village

201 Village Boulevard

New Jersey08540

October 23, 2015
Regulatory Training in Underground Storage Tanks
Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey
CEC Credits Available!The NJDEP requires professionals who work on USTs to be trained, certified/re-certified every three (3) years. This NJDEP approved course fulfills the NJDEP course requirements for regulatory training and must be taken within one year prior to renewal. Professional engineers and plumbing contractors, exempt from the certification examination, must attend the course within one year of certification. To register or for more information, please visit:


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