Air Quality 101 - Year of Clean Air Webinars

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Year of Clean Air - Air Quality 101 Webinar Series

DEQ proudly presents this series of monthly webinars designed to acquaint the participant with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Air Quality Division (AQD) and its programs.

July 2015
Introduction > to the AQD: Protecting Michigan's air since 1965

(recorded 7/23/15, 42 min)
The Year of Clear Air - AQD 101 Series webinars will kick off with an introduction to the Air Quality Division (AQD). In celebration of 50 years of protecting Michigan's air, the AQD will be exploring many different aspects of Air Quality in Michigan. This introductory webinar will focus on a broad overview of the AQD's people and programs. This webinar will be a great kick-off for the webinar series and will set the stage for the monthly webinars occurring during Michigan's Year of Clean Air.

August 2015
What to Expect from an Air Inspection

(recorded 8/26/15, 62 min)
In the second installment of the Year of Clear Air - AQD 101 Series, inspections is discussed in detail. This webinar discusses what happens when the inspector knocks on your door. What are your responsibilities? What might your inspector want to look at during the inspection? What should you have ready to show your inspector? And most importantly, what happens next? If you have ever had an AQD inspection, or think you may have one in the future, then this would be a great webinar to check out.

September 2015
Potential to Emit: What is it and why are all Air Quality Rules based on it?

(recorded 9/23/15, 71 min)
Potential to Emit (PTE) can be a confusing topic for all sectors of industry. However, PTE is something that most businesses should be assessing on a more regular basis. This webinar will focus on what PTE is and why it is used to determine applicability for most air regulations. If PTE confounds you, then this webinar would be a good way to begin your PTE education.

October 2015
Introduction to Air Permit to Install

(recorded 10/21/15, 69 min)
As a preamble to the next Air Permit to Install (PTI) Application Training that will take place on November 10, 2015, this webinar will discuss the Air Quality Division's (AQD) PTI program. This webinar will appeal to those who are interested in learning more about the PTI application process as well as how Michigan's AQD PTI program works. For instance, did you know that the PTI Program has specific units and staff that handle and specialize in particular processes? If you have ever applied for an air permit, or think you may have to, then this webinar would be of interest

November 2015

Air Quality and the Nonmetallic Mineral Crushing Industry
(recorded 11/19/15, 80 min).
The nonmetallic mineral crushing industry, especially in regard to portable crushing, is one with specific requirements that are sometimes slightly different than that of a typical stationary source. There are notifications that must be submitted for certain activities. This webinar will focus on the specific air quality rules that apply to this industry and some of the challenges that industry and regulators face. You will want to view this webinar if you are a nonmetallic mineral crusher, portable or stationary, or if you are interested in an AQD inspector's perspective on the challenges associated with compliance.

December 2015
What is the Michigan Air Emissions Reporting System (MAERS) and what is the data used for?

(recorded 12/16/15, 55 min)
Michigan Air Pollution Control Rule R336.202 (Rule 2) requires an annual report from many commercial, industrial, or governmental sources of air contaminants. In Michigan facilities submit their emissions calculations through the Michigan Air Emissions Reporting System (MAERS). Maybe you know about MAERS, but have you ever wondered where that data goes and what it is used for? This webinar will give you a good idea of what happens after you click the submit button.


January 2016
Air Dispersion Modeling: What the heck is it?

(recorded 1/20/16, 64 min)
Sometimes a permit contains an emission limit for a specific air toxic, such as formaldehyde. Have you ever wondered why this happens? There are AQD staff members that specialize in air dispersion modeling. Air dispersion modeling is a tool for predicting source impacts through computer simulations. Use of air dispersion modeling is sometimes required to demonstrate compliance with various state and federal ambient air quality standards. If you have ever wondered how this process works or why AQD implements it, then you will be interested in this webinar.


February 2016
Stack Testing: What is it and why is it necessary?

(recorded 2/24/16, 75 min)
Sometimes emissions from certain industrial processes and/or the efficiency of process control equipment need to be verified. The way this is completed is through various types of stack testing. AQD has dedicated staff that attends and observes stack tests across the state to ensure the validity of the test being conducted. If you have ever wondered how exactly stack testing is done, or if you are interested in why stack testing may or may not be necessary - then you will definitely enjoy hearing this first hand perspective from one of our resident stack testing staff.


March 2016
Air Monitoring: History and Rationale

(recorded 3/16/16, 67 min)
Were you aware that the AQD watches emissions of certain types of air contaminants through a network of locations all over the state? This network consists of meteorological, gaseous, particle and air toxics monitors. The information gathered is used to provide the public with real-time air quality measurements, track air quality trends and to assist in the development of air pollution abatement strategies. This webinar will give a detailed look into how monitoring is done and how AQD uses the collected data. Anyone that has ever wanted to get a little more insight into this topic will want to take the time to listen in to this webinar.


April 2016
Dust: Fugitive Dust Regulations and Fugitive Dust Plans

(recorded 4/13/16, 70 min)
Air Quality Division (AQD) staff provide a broad overview of the AQD's Fugitive Dust regulations and associated requirements. This webinar provides a nice look into how AQD handles fugitive dust across the state.

May 2016
Enforcement - I received a Air Quality Violation Notice. Now what?
(recorded 5/18/16, 65 min)
Getting a Violation Notice and thinking about potential enforcement action can be one of the most worrisome things a facility may have to work through with Air Quality Division (AQD) staff. The purpose of this webinar is to remove some of the unknowns from the enforcement process. AQD enforcement staff will discuss why a facility may get a Violation Notice and how best to work with AQD to resolve the violations. No one wants to get a Violations Notice, but this webinar will prepare you to move forward with confidence.


June 2016
Complaints: Odors, Open burning, and Dust - Oh my!

(Recorded 6/15/16, 63 min)
Have you ever called in a complaint to the AQD? The AQD receives hundreds of complaints from citizens, municipalities, and facilities every year. These complaints range in topic, but the ones that are received most often are odors, open burning and dust. The AQD strives to handle every complaint we receive in a timely and professional manner and these types of complaints are no different. After you call the Office of Environmental Assistance or the AQD what happens? This webinar will take you through the process as well as provide you a look into the investigation of AQD complaints.


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