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27th Annual SAMA Environmental Seminar

Change is in the air...water and waste water!

WHY ATTEND—Fast and furious is how changes in environmental regulations and legislation are coming these days. Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned environmental professional, you know how tough it is to stay on top of the complexities of environmental regulations. The SAMA Environmental Seminar is an in-depth program intended to give insight and understanding of environmental regulations and programs, especially, those of TCEQ, the US Environmental Protection Agency, SAWS, Bexar County and the City of San Antonio. The up-to-the-minute information, handouts, and practical advice provided during the seminar will address the issues environmental professionals deal with on a daily basis. The speakers include high level local and state regulatory officials who set regulatory policy and are available to respond to your difficult questions. 



SAMA Environmental Seminar


8:15 am

Registration, Refreshments & Exhibits

8:55 am

Welcome & Administrative Announcements

9:00 am

Environmental Issues and Initiatives—Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolf

9:40 am

Air Quality and Permit Updates - How They Can Affect Your Bottom Dollar—David Brymer, Director, Air Quality Division, and Betsey Peticolas, Special Assistant to the Director, Air Permits Division, TCEQ

Air Quality – What Changed This Year:

  • Update on 2015 federal ozone standard designations and what this means for San Antonio.
  • Update on efforts underway to better understand ozone in San Antonio.
  • An overview of and an update on the Texas Emission Reduction Plan. What state funds are available to help update vehicles, engines, and infrastructure in the San Antonio area?

Air Permits Update

  • What Changed and What You Need to Know About Air Permitting
  • What are the Air Quality Permit Requirements in a nonattainment area?
  • How is your bottom dollar affected?

10:40 am

Break, Refreshments & Visit Exhibitors

10:55 am

Environmental Compliance?  We Can Help—Asma Vahora, Compliance Assistance Specialist, Environmental Assistance Division, TCEQ. 
  • TCEQ environmental compliance resources
  • How to achieve compliance after an investigation

11:25 am

Proposed Legislation for 2017—Mark Harmon, Director, Intergovernmental Relations Division, TCEQ (T)

  • Update on proposed environmental legislation for the 2017 legislative session affecting the manufacturing industry

12:00 pm

A New Storm Water Permit, What Do I Do Now?—Martin Miller, Industrial Compliance Supervisor, SAWS.
  • New TPDES Multi-sector permit
  • Changes to your SWP3
  • Benchmark sampling and changes to your BMPs
  • What SAWS inspectors will be looking for

12:35 pm

Luncheon Keynote Speaker—Steve Gilrein, EPA Region 6, Deputy Director Compliance Assurance & Enforcement DivisionEPA Region 6: Update and Priorities for 2016-2017
  • How EPA-enforcement targets for investigations and inspections;
  • EPA national priorities in Air, Water and Waste;
  • Supplemental Region 6 priorities in the same areas;
  • How the states and EPQ coordinate;
  • Emerging enforcement priorities;
  • National and Regional enforcement trends;
  • Everything you always wanted to know about EPA enforcement but were afraid to ask…

 2:00 pm

Storm Water Inspectors!  Are you Qualified?—Julie Morelli, Project Manager, Zephyr  Environmental Corporation
  • Documentation goes a long way
  • Training and facility awareness is a must

  2:30 pm

Industrial & Commercial Water Efficiency; Progress & Next Steps—Karen Guz, Conservation Director, SAWS
  • Manufacturing in Texas has increased productivity and decreased water use in recent years - San Antonio leads this trend.
  • What kind of innovation is allowing this to occur?
  • Presentation will review how water use patterns from the industrial and manufacturing sector in San Antonio have changed as well as how they have improved across Texas.
  • We can expect more improvements to come in the future.  Examples from San Antonio will be used to illustrate how projects have worked and how the SAWS efficiency rebates can help accelerate the move to greater efficiency with water.

  3:00 pm

Get Out of Superfund Free (For Recyclables Only)—Tom Kane, Training Director, Polley-Kane & Associates, Inc.

  • Using the Superfund Recycling Equity Act (SREA) to Protect Your Heirs

3:15 pm

Break, Refreshments & Visit Exhibitors

3:30 pm

TCEQ Just Called…They Will Be Here in the Morning – What Do I Do!—Erich Birch, Partner, Birch, Becker & Moorman, LLP
  • How To Be Prepared for a Regulatory Inspection
  • Managing the Site Visit
  • What To Do After The Inspection

  4:30 pm


4:45 pm





  • $100—Per Person For SAMA Members
  • $125—Per Person For Non-Members


  • $125—Per Person For SAMA Members
  • $150—Per Person For Non-Members

Seminar fee includes the luncheon, all seminar presentations, and breaks. Cancellations must be in writing and received by September 15. Substitutions are acceptable, but please notify the SAMA Office of any changes.

EXHIBITOR | SLIDE BREAK SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES—SAMA is committed to growth through education, training and experience and we invite you to participate this year as a SPONSOR in our Environmental Seminar. The Exhibitor Fee for Members is $200 and the Non-Member Fee is $300, which entitles you to a table, exclusive listing in the attendee handout, presentation slide dedicated to your company, one registration for admittance into the seminar and lunch/break refreshments. Another option for sponsorship is the Slide Break Sponsor for $50, this will provide you the opportunity to provide SAMA with your slide and have it on the conference screen during one of the three breaks.

If you are interested in participating as a sponsor, please sign-up online or complete the form below and return with payment to secure you space.

NOTE—Sponsor table space is limited to five, please do not wait too long to take advantage of this opportunity.