NACT335: Principles of Environmental Compliance & Enforcement

April 23-25, 2024

Days 1&2 – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Day 3 – 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

INSTRUCTORS
Tom Maslany & Don Gipe

LOCATION
PA DEP Southeast Regional Office
2 East Main Street (10th Floor)
Norristown, PA 19401

WHO SHOULD ATTEND 
New, entry-level stationary source inspectors, regulatory agency staff, and environmental specialists in business and government. 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES 
Those completing this course will gain a basic understanding of the general information associated with to air pollution control and enforcement. The following topics will be covered in this course: 

  • Developing a framework for designing effective compliance strategies 
  • Understand different concepts and principles of environmental compliance and enforcement 

COURSE DESCRIPTION 
This intensive a 3-day course provides a framework for designing effective compliance strategies and enforcement programs. The course defines the terms compliance and enforcement, introduces basic principles, and explores different approaches for implementing each element of the framework. The instructors will guide participants through the concepts and principles of environmental compliance and enforcement deliver the course through a series of exercises. Participants, through a “case study,” will take part in a negotiation session to resolve a violation of environmental requirements that mimics a real-life enforcement situation. 
This course is designed for students who seek to understand the complete compliance process including enforcement. The student should come away with the knowledge and skills necessary to become a productive member of a compliance team. Additionally, this course will focus on the enforcement case process used by US local, state and federal environmental agencies- primarily the administrative and civil judicial processes.
Topics include targeting, collecting data that is necessary for case development, determining compliance status, selecting the appropriate enforcement option, penalties, negotiation, and case resolution follow-up. The course discusses all violation resolution options including informal actions, formal notices, administrative orders and administrative consent orders, civil litigation settlement, and case litigation. The importance of proper documentation and adherence to procedures will be emphasized. The instructors will use a combination of lectures, exercises, and role-playing. Students will be able to access an online manual for the course. 

Review the AGENDA.

MARAMA SUPPORT AVAILABLE
MARAMA will offer support to cover the cost of room and tax only ($119.00 plus tax per night) for the nights of April 22nd, 23rd, and 24th for up to 2 staff members per MARAMA member agency.  Supported attendees are responsible for all incidentals and travel. Any attendee who lives within 50 miles of the course location who believes overnight support is necessary must request specific approval and provide justification.  

If your agency would like to request alternative support or additional overnight support OTHER than what is listed above, 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, Marc Cone (mcone@marama.org) as well as MARAMA’s Training Coordinators, Jackie Burkhardt and Sue Dilli (training@marama.org), prior to the event.  A FORM LINK will be forwarded to you to complete (a list of the type of support needed, an estimate of additional costs and the reason for the support is essential to include on the form).

HOTEL RESERVATIONS
Hampton Inn Philadelphia/Plymouth Meeting

2055 Chemical Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
610-567-0900
Note: The hotel offers a COMPLIMENTARY breakfast and free WiFi.

RESERVATION LINK: CLICK HERE

PHONE RESERVATION: Please call Hilton Reservations toll-free number below and make sure to mention the Group Name or the Group Code to receive the group rate. 

Book by Phone: 1-800-HILTONS
Group Name: MARAMA Training Course
Group Code: 90U
Group Rate: $119.00 PLUS TAX (a credit card is required to secure a reservation). 
RESERVATION DEADLINE DATE: APRIL 4, 2024
 
HOTEL CANCELLATION POLICY: Any cancellations received within 48 hours prior to arrival will be charged one night’s room and tax. 
MARAMA WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CANCELLATIONS CHARGES INCURRED.

MAXIMUM ATTENDANCE AND WAITLIST INFORMATION
NOTE: The maximum attendance for this course is 30 students.  MARAMA will work with your state agency Training Coordinators to confirm and prioritize attendance as necessary. You will receive a confirmation notice from the LMS system if you are ENROLLED in the course. 

COURSE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS
Please register for this course on EPA’s AirKnowledge Learning Management System (LMS).  NOTE: UPON REGISTRATION IN THE LMS, YOU WILL BE PLACED ON A WAITLIST INITIALLY. IF YOUR REGISTRATION IS CONFIRMED, MARAMA AND/OR YOUR AGENCY’S TRAINING COORDINATOR WILL SEND YOU A CONFIRMATION EMAIL.
This training course will be held IN-PERSON and there is NO registration fee for this training. A nominal fee of $22.00 will be charged for Federal employees.  
Registration Deadline Date: March 21, 2024

If you have any questions, please email Jackie and Sue (training@marama.org).