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Location: Boise Centre West 110B
Boise Centre Ground level, across side hall from Exhibit Floor
Date: Sunday, 21/Oct/2018
1:00pm - 5:00pmPrecon Workshop 4: Demystifying Water Quality Based Permitting, (Or How to Have Fun During Your Next Permit Renewal)
Session Chair: Stephen James, JUB Engineers;
Boise Centre West 110B 
ID: 279 / Precon Workshop 4: 1
Sunday Oct. 21 Preconference Workshops Program
Keywords: permitting, WQBEL

Demystifying Water Quality Based Permitting, (Or How to Have Fun During Your Next Permit Renewal)

Stephen James1, Caitlin Hubbard2, Ellie Key3, Jon Gasik4, Karen Burgess5, Mary Anne Nelson6, Tom Dupuis7

1JUB Engineers, United States of America; 2Lake Stevens Sewer District; 3Washington Department of Ecology; 4Oregon Department of Environmental Quality; 5US Environmental Protection Agency; 6Idaho Department of Environmental Quality; 7HDR, inc.; , , , , , ,

Most treatment plants do a good job of meeting the secondary treatment standards (AKA technology-based limits). But what about nutrients and toxics?

The regulatory agencies use a well-documented process to determine what new permit limits needed and what those new limits are. Do you know how they do this so you can be prepared when it is time to renegotiate your permits?

This is an interactive workshop with senior permitting staff from Idaho, Oregon, Washington, EPA, and consulting engineering that will provide a solid base for understanding permits and the information you need to be prepared.

Key learning objectives are:

  1. Basics of the Clean Water Act
  2. Effluent limit development (Technology based and water quality based limits) including how limits are calculated
  3. What causes new limits to be added to permits including TMDLs and Reasonable Potential Analyses
  4. How Water Quality Based Effluent Limits are calculated
  5. Understanding monitoring data and uncertainty
  6. Challenges with Water Quality Standards (Aquatic life vs. Human Health Criteria) including: the differences and similarities between ID, OR, and WA; understanding which parameters affect permit limits (Temperature, pH, and alkalinity dependent pollutants); the biotic ligand model (copper and aluminum); and how regulatory agencies are permitting mercury
  7. Implementation tools for meeting WQS (compliance schedules, variances, intake credits, adaptive management, etc.)
  8. An overview of what is negotiable and what should be commented on in draft permits Attendees are encouraged to bring permit renewal documents for their facilities.

The workshop will include a panel discussion of upcoming significant permitting issues in each State followed by a question and answer session.

1:00 - 1:10 Introduction – Stephen James (JUB) /Caitlin Hubbard (Lake Stevens Sewer District)

  • Welcome to audience with overview of what will be discussed
    • New Permittee experience

1:10 - 1:30 POTW permitting intro (lightning round) – Karen Burgess (US EPA)

  • Segue from Caitlin’s experience to how it is actually meant to be done
  • CWA overview
  • Human health vs. aquatic life
  • What causes a constituent to be in your permit
  • Overview of chronic and acute mixing zones
  • How reasonable potential analyses (RPA) are conducted
  • Mixing zones and potential variations

1:30 - 2:00 Overview of how WQBELs are developed – Tom Dupuis (HDR Engineering)

  • Overview of pollutants of concern
  • EPA Technical Support Document for WQBELs
  • How reasonable potential analyses (RPA) are conducted
  • Mixing zones and potential variations
  • Steady versus dynamic modelling

2:00 - 2:30 Example problem – Ellie Key (WA ECY)

Simple steady state dilution model– hand calculation with a partner (includes documents showing calculations, etc.) evaluating a toxic constituent and reasonable potential analysis. This will provide a hands on overview of how permit limits are developed.

2:30 - 3:00 Coordination/Partnering with regulators –Jon Gasic (Oregon DEQ)

This session summarizes the process of what is helpful to work with regulators and permittees including:

  • How do develop a great permit application
  • What information (and how much) is needed during the permit writing phase
  • Implementation tools that regulators and permittees can use including compliance schedules, variances, etc.

3:00 - 3:15 Break

3:15 - 3:40 What would YOU do? – Round Table Discussion, Mary Anne Nelson (IDEQ) moderating: This hands on exercise presents an example (priority) pollutant and walks the group through permit development. This will be an interactive group activity and will include key elements that need to be considered with each permitted constituent

3:40 - 3:55 Upcoming significant issue topic 1 - Panel, all DEQ, ECY and EPA speakers

This includes each regulator talking about where people are having trouble meeting permits, what changes they see coming, what they are concerned about. This session will focus on both single constituents and new multiconstituent methods such as the biotic ligand model.

3:55 - 4:15 Stump Your Regulator – “What If” Scenarios or “What would you do” Scenario - Panel, all DEQ, ECY and EPA speakers

Participants will be asked about items they would like to know more about at the beginning of the presentation. Panelists will address each of the issues raised.

4:15 - 4:35 Upcoming Significant Issue topic 2 - Panel, all DEQ, ECY and EPA speakers

An opportunity to have people ask about tough issues to see what other states are doing about them (blending, temperature, PCB, others)

4:35 - 4:55 “What would you do” group discussion including previous Panel

4:55 - 5:00 Thank you and Closing

Brief Biography and/or Qualifications
Stephen James, PE - Sr Project Engineer for J-U-B Engineers has worked on permitting for over 25 years and has successfully negotiated one of the few variances granted in idaho as well as a number of compliance schedules.

Caitlin Hubbard - Caitlin is currently the Lead Operator of Lake Stevens Sewer District WWTP and brings extensive experience with process control and how that relates to permitting.

Ellie Key, PE - Eleanor is the Senior Engineer in Ecology’s Water Quality Program in Olympia, WA. In this position, Eleanor serves as a technical permitting and policy lead where she provides guidance to permitting staff from all of Ecology’s regions and also to the larger regulated community. Prior to joining Ecology’s headquarters in fall of 2016, Eleanor served as a water quality staff engineer in the Ecology’s Eastern Regional Office where she was responsible for over 20 municipal treatment plants. Eleanor hold a BS in Environmental Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a MS in Environmental Engineering from Washington State University.

Jon Gasik, PE - Jon is a Senior Environmental Engineer in the Water Quality Division of the Oregon DEQ specializing in water quality and permitting. He brings over 20 years of experience in permitting as well as hazardous waste and environmental impairment liability for public and private agencies. Jon has an MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and a BS in biochemistry from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Mary Anne Nelson - Mary Anne Nelson is the IPDES Program manager for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, providing assistance, guidance, and regulatory control for surface water discharge activities in Idaho. After nearly 15 years working at DEQ, Mary Anne is experienced in tackling complex environmental issues that require understanding and communication among diverse groups with varying interests. She has spent the last 4 years leading Idaho’s efforts to gain delegated authority for the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program, which was approved in June 2018 and has begun transferring permit authority from EPA. Mary Anne is native of Salmon, Idaho, and holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is also a certified public manager.

Karen Burgess, PE - Karen Burgess works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 office in Seattle in the position of NPDES Permits Unit – State Oversight Lead. Karen works closely with Region 10 states (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington) to oversee the implementation of NPDES program that has been delegated to states. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. She worked in industry as a Process Engineer and for Washington State’s Department of Ecology prior to joining EPA.

Tom Dupuis, PE - Tom has more than 40 years of professional experience, with a primary focus on the Clean Water Act. He worked initially for a research and consulting firm in Wisconsin, then for the State of North Carolina, and next with international consulting firms while based in Wisconsin and Idaho. He has worked on Clean Water Act projects in nearly every state and territory in the U.S., and has bachelors and masters degrees in environmental engineering from Marquette University.

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