Module 1 – Introduction to Air Quality Management
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Learning Objectives: After participating in this webinar you will be able to give examples of why air pollution control is still an important public health issue, explain key terms and concepts, recognize how your role in air quality management relates to others’, and find useful emissions inventory data.
Module 2 – The Foundations for Air Pollution Control and an Introduction to the U.S. Clean Air Act
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Learning Objectives: After participating in this webinar you will be able to identify some important historical air pollution episodes and explain why it has been difficult for communities to control air pollution. You will recognize important scientific, economic, legal, and political factors that underpin today’s framework for preventing air pollution, and you will be able to identify key concepts and requirements of the Clean Air Act.
Module 3 – SO2 Health Effects, Ambient Standards, and Control Programs
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Learning Objectives: After participating in this webinar you will recall the health and environmental effects of sulfur dioxide air pollution. You will be able to find important information about SO2 standards on EPA’s website and explain the different types of standards. You will understand why it was difficult for states and EPA to demonstrate compliance with the 2010 SO2 1-hr NAAQS. You will recognize the importance of state implementation plans, air quality permits, EPA’s cap and trade programs, and the regional haze program, and you’ll see how those programs relate to each other and the Clean Air Act.
Module 4 – Air Toxics in the U.S.: State and National Control Programs
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Learning Objectives: After participating in this webinar you’ll be able to explain the difference between how so called “toxic” or “hazardous” air pollutants are regulated versus the regulatory framework for “criteria” air pollutants. You’ll be able to find information about EPA requirements for hazardous air pollutants and be able to clarify the difference between NESHAPS and MACT standards and between technology-based standards and ambient standards. You will be able to explain why a state air toxics program may or may not be different from the EPA air toxics programs. You’ll be able to identify current issues about the mercury and air toxics standards for power plants.
Module 5– Ozone Formation, Health Effects, and the U.S. Ambient Standards
Tuesday, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Learning Objectives: After participating in this webinar you will realize how ozone pollution is formed and be able to list important health effects of ozone. You will be able to explain why ozone might be a local or a regional problem. You’ll be able to find information about the ambient air quality standards for ozone and tell people where to find information about today’s ozone. You’ll know what a code orange alert means for air pollution (and other colors, too) and be able to think about what that means for you.
Module 6 – The Modeling and Control of Regional Ozone Pollution
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Learning Objectives: After participating in this webinar you will be able to recognize major air management programs designed to reduce ozone pollution along with their general applicability and structure. You will also be able to identify the type of air quality models used to analyze the causes of regional ozone air pollution and compare that to the models used for permitting individual sources of SO2, for example. You will be able to find information about EPA guidance on air quality modeling.
Module 7 – Particulate Matter Effects, Air Quality Standards, and Monitoring
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Learning Objectives: By participating in this webinar you will be able to recall the health effects of particulate matter air pollution and find information about air quality standards for particulate matter. You will be able to explain the difference between primary and secondary particulate matter, and explain what types of sources cause particulate matter air pollution. You will understand the importance of manual and continuous particulate matter sampling methods, recognize the types of data available from U.S. air monitoring networks, and be able to find air quality data.
Module 8 – Particulate Matter Modeling and Control Programs
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Learning Objectives: After participating in this webinar you will be able to identify several national programs that have significantly reduced particulate matter pollution in the U.S. You will be able to explain how special air quality monitoring studies have helped scientists understand more about particulate matter pollution and informed the development of control measures. You will recognize that it can take years and lots of collaborative efforts to implement effective pollution controls.
Air Quality Management Webinar Series – Presented by Susan S. G. Wierman, MARAMA Executive Director, 1996-2017
Ms. Wierman is a lecturer for the Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals online master’s degree program. She served as MARAMA’s Executive Director for 21 years from 1996 to 2017. Previously she worked for the Maryland Department of the Environment for 15 years and was the Deputy Air Director for Maryland from 1988 to 1996. She began working in air quality management in 1977 when she joined the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee for EM Magazine, published by the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA). Ms. Wierman was elected a Fellow Member of AWMA in 2006 and received AWMA’s Griswold Award for Outstanding Air Pollution Control Official in 2012. Ms. Wierman has a BA and Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Washington and a Certificate in Continuing Engineering Studies from the Johns Hopkins University.
These introductory webinars are not intended to provide definitive legal guidance. It’s important to read the law, rules, and guidance applicable to your work. Check with your management and EPA regional office for the most up-to-date guidance.