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Environmental regulation conference addresses knowledge deficit due to economic downturn

The West Michigan Air and Waste Management Association (WMAWMA) will focus its Annual Spring Conference on bringing environmental professionals up-to-speed on environmental requirements and practices which may be being missed or overlooked due to the pressures and impacts of the recent recession.  The conference will be held on April 26 at GVSU's Eberhard Center in Downtown Grand Rapids.

Environmental professionals in the business, regulatory, and academic sectors have not been immune to the effects of the economic downturn.  In many organizations, staffing was reduced and position vacancies were not filled, resulting in environmental professionals taking on additional responsibilities and having to do more with fewer resources.  In some instances, with staff reductions, institutional knowledge has been lost.

The Conference will offer a practical agenda focused on the needs of the environmental professional. Topics to be covered include:

 —Waste disposal site selection

—Industrial development and expansion – air quality siting issues

—Air quality testing pitfalls

—Air pollution control equipment selection purchasing - lessons learned

—Environmental services contracting issues

—Site decommissioning and demolition issues

 “This conference is an important opportunity for professionals in the air and waste industries to connect with state regulators,” said Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant, who will provide the keynote address at the conference. “It’s about maintaining professional excellence through educational seminars, but more importantly, it’s about building relationships that help protect our environment while supporting Michigan’s economic growth.”

Attendees will have access to three MDEQ Michigan Division Chiefs who will share their perspectives, not only on new developments within their respective divisions, but also regarding the state's efforts to respond to changing federal regulatory programs.

 More information can be obtained at the WMAWMA website: www.wmawma.org.