FEBRUARY 22 – 23, 2017



The Gettysburg Hotel
One Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA  17325

Grand Ballroom


  • Understand the legal basis and requirements for air quality state implementation plans
  • Understand where to find information you need to prepare your SIP
  • Gain information from experienced planners from EPA and the MARAMA region on best practices for preparing state implementation plans
  • Gain experience in presenting information about your program and issues
  • Understand the perspective of other agencies on issues important to your agency


KEY TOPICS FOR SIP training and workshop

Introduction to SIP Planning

  • Statutory Framework and Regulatory Requirements
  • Key SIP Planning Tasks
  • Data Sources and Resources (monitoring, modeling, inventory brief overview)
  • Work Products and Requirements for Submittals, Sanctions, Conformity, Re-designations

Key SIP Issues for the MARAMA Region

  • Transport SIPs:  status, issues, next steps
  • What is RACT/RACM, and how much consistency is there?  What other measures are needed?
  • Ozone and PM and SO2 Attainment SIPs:  status, issues, next steps
  • Regional Haze SIPs:  opportunity for consultation about Class I areas in NJ, WV, VA, NC
  • Issues related to plans required under Sections 111 and 129 of the Clean Air Act

Target Audience

New and experienced SIP planners and other new technical staff from MARAMA member agencies.


MARAMA is seeking volunteers from EPA and member agencies to lead discussion or participate in panels on topics listed above or other relevant information. Please email Susan Wierman if you are able to help out. Thank you!



Day One:

Presentation Title Speaker


Clean Air Act History & Structure, Clean Air Act requirements for Attainment Leah Weiss pdficon_small
What is a State Implementation Plan? Leah Weiss pdficon_small
The Role of Monitoring in SIPs, Designations, and Redesignations Nick Lazor, PA DEP pdficon_small

The Role of Inventories in SIPs and Related Policy Issues

David Fees, DNREC pdficon_small

The Role and Importance of ERTAC

Susan Wierman, MARAMA pdficon_small
General Approach to Identifying Control Strategies Sharon Davis, NJ DEP pdficon_small

 RACT as a Control Strategy and SIP Requirement

Sean Wenrich, PA DEP pdficon_small
OTC's NOx Control Compendium Joseph Jakuta, OTC pdficon_small
The Role of Modeling in SIPs Sharon Davis, NJ DEP pdficon_small
Overview of Transportation and General Conformity Thomas Ballou, VA DEQ pdficon_small
Public Processes and Input Thomas Ballou, VA DEQ pdficon_small
Introduction to EPA and SIP Process Improvement Efforts Brian Rehn, EPA Region 3 pdficon_small
1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and SIPs Leah Weiss pdficon_small
Federal SIP-Related Actions Leah Weiss pdficon_small


Day Two:

Presentation Title Speaker


The Role of the SIP Planner Leah Weiss pdficon_small
Other Criteria Pollutant SIPs Leah Weiss pdficon_small
North Carolina's Boundary Recommendations for SO2 NAAQS Sushma Masemore, NC DENR pdficon_small

Maintenance Planning in Attainment Areas

Thomas Ballou, VA DEQ pdficon_small

Regional Haze SIP Planning

Joseph Jakuta, OTC pdficon_small
111d State Plans in General and New Requirements for Incinerators Mike Gordon, EPA Region 3 pdficon_small

SIP Planning Implications of NAAQS Update Cycle

Susan Wierman, MARAMA pdficon_small
"Quantifiable, Surplus, Enforceable, & Permanent" in SIP Planning and Air Quality Leah Weiss pdficon_small
Anti-Backsliding Requirements/Section 110(I) Sushma Masemore, NC DENR pdficon_small
Transport Susan Wierman, MARAMA & Leah Weiss pdficon_small
CSAPR and CSAPR Updates Susan Wierman, MARAMA pdficon_small
General Discussion on How to Deal with Transport Danny Wong, NJ DEP pdficon_small
How to Submit a SIP (Subpart F and Appendix V Requirements) Gavin Huang, EPA Region 3 pdficon_small
Designation Process: Requirements and Historical Perspective Joe Schulingkamp, EPA Region 3 pdficon_small
Updated NAAQS: Revocation and Impacts on SIPs & SIP Planning Emlyn Velez-Rosa, EPA Region 3 pdficon_small
Regional Consistency and Downwind Impacts Sharon Davis, NJ DEP pdficon_small
Alternative Ways of Developing SIP through Multi-Pollutant Planning; Barriers & Possibilities Leah Weiss pdficon_small


Clean Air Act Table of Contents

Glossary of Acronyms



Direct Link to training workshop registration:  Register Here

Registration Deadline:  January 27, 2017

Please note that MARAMA utilizes the RegOnLine system.  You will need to login and create a password.  If attending future events, you will be able to use the same login and password without having to fill in your contact information again. If you have already registered for a previous course, please use the login and password you have created to register for this course. 

There is NO registration fee for this meeting for state and local employees and invited non-Federal speakers.  There is a registration fee for Federal Employees (including Federal employee speakers); please see fees and payment instructions when you register. 


Note: All reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations.

Room Rate: $91.00 plus taxes

Reservations by Phone: Call 866-378-1797 (Please reference MARAMA when making your reservation)

Hotel Reservation Deadline: January 27, 2017

Complimentary WiFi in guest rooms and meeting rooms


MARAMA will offer support for the Air Director, presenters, and up to 2 additional staff members per MARAMA member agency to cover the cost of room and tax for up to 2 nights, if needed (February 21st and 22nd).  Supported attendees are responsible for all incidentals and travel.  For any attendee who lives within 50 miles of the course location and for whom the Air Director believes overnight support is necessary, the Air Director must request specific approval and provide justification. 

If additional or alternative support is needed, pre-approval is necessary and a request must come from your agency’s Air Director (or their designee) and emailed to MARAMA’s Executive Director, Susan Wierman, as well as MARAMA’s Training Coordinators, Jackie Burkhardt and Sue Dilli (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), prior to the event.  A list of what type of support is needed, an estimate of additional costs and the reason for the support is essential to include.