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2010 TRI Training Conference Agenda

2010 National Training Conference on the Toxics Release Inventory and Environmental Conditions in Communities

Connecting Communities and Decision-makers with Environmental Information
November 1 – 4, 2010
Cosponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency,
The Environmental Council of the States and the World Resources Institute

Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel ~ 2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday

TopMonday Sessions

Monday November 1, 2010

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Only Session – Lincoln 2/3

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TopTuesday Sessions

Tuesday November 2, 2010

7:30 a.m Registration and Continental Breakfast – Lincoln Foyer

General Session – Lincoln 5/6

8:00 a.m. Welcome
Guy Tomassoni, US EPA Environmental Analysis Division (EAD)
8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
Conference Cosponsors

  • Steve Brown, Executive Director, Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)
  • Janet Ranganathan, Vice President for Science and Research, World Resources Institute
  • Margaret Schneider, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Environmental Information (OEI), US EPA
  • Lisa Garcia, Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice, US EPA
9:15 a.m. BREAK (15 minutes) – Lincoln Foyer
9:30 a.m.

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and Environmental Justice Communities: Work and Policy Presentation

Growing the Grassroots: Making Toxics Data Relevant to Environmental Justice Communities Joe Foti, World Resources Institute

Anne Rolfes, Louisiana Bucket Brigade

Building the Capacity of Young Leaders: Exploration of the TRI Database Rachel Russell, Literacy for Environmental Justice

10:30 a.m. Toxics Release Inventory Program Overview Dipti Singh, US EPA TRI PD
Ingrid Rosencrantz, US EPA TRI PD
Nicole Paquette, US EPA EAD

 

TRI Enforcement:  Goals and Priorities 
Rosemarie Kelley, US EPA Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division

11:45 a.m.

Lunch Buffet with Keynote Speaker – Lincoln Foyer and Lincoln 5/6

Darryl Malek-Wiley, Field Organizer, Environmental Justice and Community Partnership Program, Sierra Club Louisiana

Breakouts

Breakout Session 1 – Lincoln 5/6

Breakout Session 2 – Lincoln 2/3

1:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
(60 minutes)

Air Toxics
Moderator:  Louise Camalier, US EPA EAD

Update on the School Air Toxics Project – Initial Results
Richard A. “Chet” Wayland, US EPA Air Quality Assessment Division

Analyzing Air Toxics Risk on the School-Aged Population Using the TRI
Paul Mohai and Byoung-Suk Kweon, University of Michigan

Comparing TRI Emission Estimates with the National Air Toxics Assessment and Air Quality Monitoring Data
Sangyun Lee, Paul Mohai, Byoung-Suk Kweon, University of Michigan

Using Information for Environmental Justice
Moderator:  Running Grass, US EPA Region 10

Cumulative Environmental Hazard Index and Health Impact
Ganlin Huang and Jonathan K. London, University of California – Davis, and Mike Wells, Fresno Metro Ministry

Using EPA Policies, Procedures, and Databases to Implement Best Practices at Chemical Facilities in Environmental Justice Communities
Chris Rascher and Deborah Brown, US EPA Region 1

Perspectives on How the System is not Serving Environmental Justice Communities and How It Can Be Improved
Mark Mitchell, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice

2:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
(60 minutes)

Water and Toxic Releases
Moderator:  Wayne Davis, US EPA EAD

Impacts of Toxic Herbicides on the Kickapoo Stream Water Quality
Viswatej Attili, Kickapoo Environmental Office

TRI Data Provides Clues in Unlocking Local Environmental Mysteries
Denise Jensen, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, and Steve Witkin, US EPA EAD

Better Public Access to Point Source Wastewater Pollutant Discharge Information
Carey Johnston, US EPA Engineering and Analysis Division

Toxics and Public Health
Moderator:  Mark Miller, US EPA EAD

Use of the Integrative Model for Environmental Health for Focusing Community Engagement with Local Environmental Conditions and People’s Responses to These Conditions
Jane Dixon, Yale University, John Dixon, South Central Sierra Club of Connecticut, and Mark Mitchell, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice

Geomedicine: Using Geographical Information Systems to Improve Personal Health
Bill Davenhall, ESRI

3:00 p.m. BREAK (15 minutes) – Lincoln Foyer

3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
(60 minutes)

Enhancing Community Engagement (Part I)
Moderator: Carolyn Hanson, ECOS

Easing Youth and Communities into the TRI
Amanda Jeeter and Charlie Chase, Earth Force

The Community Engagement Initiative: Meaningful Participation in OSWER Programs
Ellen Manges, US EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response

Helping Communities Find the Environmental Information They Want
Ethan McMahon, US EPA EAD

 

Applying Environmental Justice Tools
Moderator: Shelley Fudge, US EPA EAD

Use of TRI for Screening to Identify Communities with Environmental Justice Concerns
Sue Briggum, Waste Management, and Eileen Gauna, University of New Mexico

Web Platforms and Environmental Justice: Enhancing Community Engagement and Cooperation
Luis Olmedo, Comite Civico del Valle Inc., and Abraham Marquez, National Latino Research Center

 

Using GIS for Identifying Potential Environmental Justice Areas
Kim Balassiano, US EPA Information Access Division (IAD)

4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

TRI and the Private Sector
Moderator: Joe Foti, World Resources Institute

How Companies Report TRI Data
John Byrd, University of Colorado – Denver

TRI from an Asset Management Point of View
Lily Donge, Calvert Asset Management Co.

TRI and Sustainable Investing: Risk Indicator
Mike Langlais, MSCI/RiskMetrics

The Toxicity of Ethylene Glycol in the Dehydration of Natural Gas in Nigeria: A Niger Delta Perspective on Communities’ Right to Know
Edward Obi, The Centre for Social and Corporate Responsibility and
Edith Afugbuom,Gas Alert for Sustainable Initiative

Tools for Accessing Environmental Information (Part I)
Moderator: Jennifer Major, Ross & Associates

Envirofacts and Enviromapper
Bill Muldrow and Dave Catlin, US EPA IAD

The TRI Comparative Query Tool Demonstration
Larry Reisman, US EPA TRI PD
This was a live demonstration so no presentation slides are
available.

Leadfreekids.org: An Example of Using Audience-Focused Websites to Reach the Public
Sam Bronson, US EPA IAD, and Christina Wadlington, US EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

EPA Libraries: Your Information Connection
Teri DeVoe, ASRC Management Services

6:15 p.m.

Informal Happy Hour – Lobby Lounge

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TopWednesday Sessions

Wednesday November 3, 2010

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast – Lincoln Foyer

General Session – Lincoln 5/6

8:00 a.m.

Overview of Today’s Schedule
Guy Tomassoni, US EPA EAD

8:15 a.m.

Coming Clean: An Analysis of the TRI Program
Mark Stephan, Associate Professor of Political Science, Washington State University
Michael E. Kraft, Professor of Political Science, Public and Environmental Affairs, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay
Troy D. Abel, Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy, Western Washington University

8:45 a.m.

Opportunities for Boosting Diverse Communities’ Use of Pollutant Registers
Talli Nauman, Diversity Program Associate, Society of Environmental Journalists

9:15 a.m.

Waste and Our Waterways:  Making Sense of TRI Data on Toxic Discharges to Rivers, Streams and Lakes
Tony Dutzik, Senior Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

9:45 a.m.

BREAK (15 minutes) – Lincoln Foyer

Break Outs

Breakout Session 1 – Lincoln 5/6

Breakout Session 2 – Lincoln 2/3

10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
(60 minutes)

Enhancing Community Engagement (Part II)
Moderator:  Beth Jackson, US EPA EAD

Knowledge of TRI in Alaska
John Duffy, University of Alaska Anchorage

The Challenges of Community Engagement and Collaboration: Matching Community Interests and Risk Information
Ellen Szarleta, Indiana University Northwest and Joe Goodman, University of Louisville

TRI and Citizen Engagement: Creating a Two-Way Street for Communication
Wendy Henry and Graham Kerster, Johnston McLamb

International Perspectives
Moderator:  Barry Nussbaum, US EPA EAD

An Update on the International Activities of EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory Program
Stephen DeVito, US EPA TRI PD

Update on the North American Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (NAPRTR) Program
Danielle Vallée and Orlando Cabrera-Rivera, Commission for Environmental Cooperation

An International Perspective on the Collection and Presentation of Environmental Data
John Chelen, Hampshire Research Institute

11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
(60 minutes)

Communicating TRI Data
Moderator:  Jennifer Major, Ross & Associates

What to Expect from the National Analysis
Kara Koehrn, US EPA EAD

A Fast and Efficient Way to Visualize TRI Data
Douglas Chatham, US EPA Region 4

Native American Reservations and Toxic Wastes, 2000 – 2008
Edwin J. Rossman, Oklahoma State University

Data Quality Successes (Part I)
Moderator:  Kevin Donovan, US EPA TRI PD

Data Quality Activities Implemented by EPA’s Toxics Release Inventory Program
Velu Senthil, US EPA TRI PD

How Improved Data Collection Techniques Drive Data Quality While Minimizing the Burden on the Regulated Community
Alex Klaessig, Abt Associates

The New Features of TRI-MEweb in RY2010
Juan Parra, US EPA TRI PD

12:00 p.m.

Lunch Buffet with Keynote Speaker – Lincoln Foyer and Lincoln 5/6
Steve Hellem, Executive Director, Global Environmental Management Initiative

Break Outs

Breakout Session 1 – Lincoln 5/6

Breakout Session 2 – Lincoln 2/3

1:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
(75 minutes)

Tools for Accessing Environmental Information
(Part II)
Suite of Toxics Release Inventory Tools

Moderator:  Nicole Paquette, US EPA EAD

MyRTK: Mobile TRI
Pamela Russell, US EPA EAD

TRI Explorer Tools, Tips, New Features and Buried Gems
Steve Witkin, US EPA EAD

TRI.NET:  TRI Data and Access in Overdrive
Steve Witkin, US EPA EAD

Using TRI-CHIP to Obtain Chemical Hazard Information in Seconds
John Scalera, US EPA EAD

Coal Combustion Byproducts
Moderator:  Bill Reilly, US EPA Region 3

Understanding the Impact of Coal Combustion Products on the Environment Using the TVA Coal Ash Spill as a Case Study
Laura Ruhl, Duke University

Regulatory Responses
Frank Behan, US EPA Materials Recovery and Waste Management Division

TRI Reporting of Coal Combustion Byproducts
Thelma Codina, US EPA Region 5

2:30 p.m.

BREAK (15 minutes) – Lincoln Foyer

Break outs

Breakout Session 1 – Lincoln 5/6

Breakout Session 2 – Lincoln 2/3

2:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions

Data Quality Successes (Part II)
Moderator:  Kevin Donovan, US EPA TRI PD

Data Quality Enhancement, Integration and Corporate Parent to Support TRI Data and Analysis
David G. Smith, US EPA Information Exchange and Services Division

"Data Verification" Improving the Quality of EPA Locational Data by Involving the Public
Michael Jacoby, private citizen
This was a live demonstration so no presentation slides are
available.


TRI Chemical Reductions
Moderator:  Mark Miller, US EPA EAD

Pollution Havens and the Trade in Toxic Chemicals
John Tang, US Census Bureau

Using Nature-Based Strategies to Eliminate Environmental Impacts of TRI Chemicals
Barbara Conklin and Marie B. Zanowick, US EPA Region 8, and Mark Dorfman, Biomimicry Guild

Enhancing Community Engagement (Part III)
Moderator:  Ethan McMahon, US EPA EAD

Reaching Public Audiences with Mobile Apps
Dalroy Ward, US EPA Office of Information Analysis and Access

Combining TRI with Other Information to Build an Environmental Profile of Your Community
Andrew Stoeckle, Abt Associates


Tools for Accessing Environmental Information
(Part III)
Moderator:  Wayne Davis, US EPA EAD

EPA Earth: Visualizing and Analyzing TRI Data
Lee Pera, US EPA EAD

Finding Information about Cleanups in Your Community
Lisa Jenkins, US EPA Information Management and Data Quality Staff

MyEnvironment: The Marriage of Environmental Data, Context, and Citizen Contributions
Kim Balassiano, US EPA IAD

4:05 p.m

BREAK (15 minutes) – Lincoln Foyer

General Session – Lincoln 5/6

4:20 p.m.

Wrap Up Round Table Discussion
Andy Opperman, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Anne Rolfes, Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Paul Mohai, University of Michigan
Robin Gonzalez, US EPA, OEI, Office of Information Analysis and Access
Sue Briggum, Waste Management
Talli Nauman, Society of Environmental Journalists
Viswatej Attili, Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas

5:15 p.m.

Adjourn
Guy Tomassoni, US EPA EAD

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TopThursday Sessions

Thursday, November 4, 2010

US EPA-States-Tribes Session – Lincoln 5
7:30 a.m. –
12:00 p.m.

Enhancing Tribal Participation in the TRI Program
Beth Jackson, US EPA and Louise Camalier, US EPA

Data Quality Control
Andy Opperman, NJDEP Office of Pollution Prevention and Right to Know

TRI Risk Communication:  A Region/State/HQ Initiative
LT Mark Miller and Pamela Russell, US EPA EAD

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