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October 2018

Regional Haze Panel

October 3, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fairfield Inn, 2520 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ United States
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The Regional Haze Program was created in 1999 with the goal of returning visibility in national parks and wilderness areas to natural conditions by 2064. States must update their plan every 10 years to achieve this goal. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s (ADEQ) next plan is due in 2021. Arizona’s previous Regional Haze Plan, submitted in 2011, saw many court challenges and several EPA-imposed FIPs. Arizona and other states in the Western Regional Air Partnership (WRAP) have begun the…

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November 2018

Energy Modernization Plan

November 15, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Maricopa County AQD, 3800 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012 United States
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On January 30, 2018, Commissioner Andy Tobin of the Corporation Commission proposed Arizona’s Energy Modernization Plan. The plan would require utilities subject to the Commission to increase plans for adoption of clean energy resources and energy storage technologies. The plan consists of 8 policy changes, which are aimed at improving air quality in the state, including: (1) Encouraging adoption of clean energy resources, where previously only renewables were encouraged; (2) Supplying 80 percent of Arizona’s energy needs with clean energy…

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December 2018

Vapor Intrusion

December 4, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Paz Cantina, 330 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004 United States
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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has recently completed a draft methodology for conducting vapor intrusion assessments. Please join the Grand Canyon Section for an evening presentation by Matt Narter. Matt’s presentation will provide an overview of ADEQ’s draft approach with a focus on the investigation of non-petroleum contaminated sites, and present relevant case studies. Matt Narter is a registered geologist working at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. He has been a hydrogeologist with the department for five…

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8th Annual Joint Holiday Mixer

December 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013 United States
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The Air & Waste Management Association-Grand Canyon Section, the Arizona Hydrological Society & EPAZ invite our members, guests and interested environmental professionals to an opportunity to expand your network between our organizations & celebrate the common thread that runs through our Missions to protect Arizona. FREE Event. Appetizers provided. RAFFLE. No Host Bar. Please RSVP by Monday, December 10, 2018 Register Here!

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January 2019

HAQAST Bi-Annual Meeting

January 3 - January 4
ASU Downtown, 111 E. Taylor St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004 United States
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Free

The NASA funded Health and Air Quality Applied Science Team (HAQAST) will be holding its fifth biannual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on January 3-4, 2019 – immediately preceding the annual American Meteorological Society meeting – on the ASU downtown campus at Taylor Place, 111 E. Taylor St. in Phoenix. The meeting will be free and open to the public, and is an opportunity for stakeholders from the public health and air quality communities to interact with research scientists. If you…

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Rising Dust Storms Driven by Ocean Warming: Implications for Local Communities

January 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Paz Cantina, 330 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004 United States
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Computer models predict that, as the Earth warms, the Southwest United States will become drier. In the already arid Southwest, this means more dust storms and even, according to a paper in Nature, potential environmental catastrophes such as desertification and another “Dust Bowl”. Is this going to happen? Daniel will talk about the long-term trend of windblown dust storms, and show how dust activity has changed in the past three decades. He will also discuss what is driving the dust…

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March 2019

Refined Dispersion Modeling

March 27 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Flinn Foundation, 1802 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004 United States
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Under minor NSR rules, many more sources may be required to perform dispersion modeling to show attainment with the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). AERMOD is the preferred EPA model for refined dispersion modeling up to distances of 50 kilometers from a source. Mr. Ochs will present the data requirements to run AERMOD and its preprocessors, AERMAP, AERMET, AERSURFACE, and BPIP-Prime. He will show the benefits of using third party graphical user interface programs to speed and simplify model…

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