Detailed Agenda

Our Technical Program Committee has been working to create sessions that can be the most beneficial to our attendees. Below is the preliminary agenda for the RACIE Symposium. These Speakers will be be giving presentations about their experiences, research and knowledge with you. We will be continuing to recruit people and organizations to offer podium presentations at the conference. 

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Preliminary Agenda


7:30 AM ...... Registration Opens

8:30 AM ...... Opening Remarks - Mike Miguel, Assistant Division Chief, Monitoring & Laboratory Division, California Air Resources Board

8:35 AM ...... Opening Case Studies

  • Importance of Safety Culture, by Manny Ehrlich, Chemical Safety Board
  • Connecting Ozone Exceedances in Houston TX to Variability in Industrial Emissions: Implications for federal attainment, by William Vizuete, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • IoT sensing as a tool for determining the resilience of buildings to forest fire generated PM2.5, by Jovan Pantelic, UC Berkeley

10:15 AM ...... Morning Break

10:45 AM ...... Plenary: Managing Public Expectations in Times of Crisis, Case Study of the Torrance Refinery Explosions and AB 1646 implementation into the South Bay Region of Los Angeles County

By Soraya Sutherlin, Emergency Management Safety Partners

12:15 PM ...... Lunch provided by Magpie Caterers

1:15 PM ...... Episodic Measurements 

  • Managing and Reducing Uncertainties in ORS Based Flux Measurements, by Marianne Ericsson, Fluxsense Inc
  • Development of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for episodic air pollutant measurements, by Zhaodan Kong, UC Davis
  • Inverse Modeling of Episodic Measurements for Conventional and Real Time Applications, by Jay Olaguer, Michigan Department of Environment
  • Jack Rabbit II Source Description for Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling, by Tom Spicer, University of Arkansas
  • BTEX Observations by UV Absorption Spectroscopy: From Research to Monitoring, by Jochen Stutz, UC Los Angeles

3:15 PM ...... Afternoon Break 

3:45 PM ...... Long Term Measurements

  • Developing a community air monitoring network to assess the impact of refinery emissions, by Andrea Polidori, SCAQMD
  • Use of Open Path UV-DOAS as an Alternative Method to Meet Fence-line Monitoring Provisions for Federal Benzene Monitoring Rule; A Case Study, by Mark Wicking-Baird, Argos Scientific Africa Inc.
  • Lessons Learned During BAAQMD Required Refinery Fence Line Monitoring Program Development - Available Technology & Data Quality System Update, by Jerry Bovee, BAAQMD

5:05 PM ...... Closing Remarks

5:05 PM ...... Welcome Reception (Location TBD)


7:30 AM ...... Registration Opens

8:30 AM ...... Emissions Estimation

  • Estimating air pollutant emissions from co-processing raw bio-oil in petroleum refineries, By Arpit Bhatt, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Establishing Refinery Emission Inventories - ORS Measurements or Permit Based Calculations, By Marianne Ericsson, Fluxsense Inc
  • Artificial Intelligence Models for the Predictive Analysis of Flaring Performance, By Helen Lou, Lamar University

9:50 AM ...... Morning Break

10:20 AM ...... Routine Modeling

  • Regional Shelter Analysis: Assessing the Protection US Buildings Provide Against Outdoor Particulate Hazards, By Michael Dillon, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Using Dispersion Modeling and Monitoring as a Basis of Estimating Emissions from Refineries, By Shari Libicki, Ramboll
  • Forecasting Wildfire Smoke PM2.5 using the AIRPACT5 Air-Quality Forecasting System: recent experience, emerging approaches and a near-term application, By Joseph Vaughan, Washington State University, Laboratory for Atmospheric Research
  • VOC Source Signatures and Source Apportionment Studies from Automated Gas Chromatography Data in Houston, TX, By Bradley Flowers, AECOM

12:20 PM ...... Lunch by Magpie Caterers

1:20 PM ..... Episodic Modeling

  • Overview of HSE's approach to dispersion modelling of major accident hazards in Great Britain, By Simon Gant, Health and Safety Executive
  • Jack Rabbit II Inter-model Comparison Exercise, By Joe Chang, RAND
  • Experimental Program to Model Chlorine Reactivity with Environmental Materials in Atmospheric Dispersion Models, By Tom Spicer, University of Arkansas

2:40 PM ...... Afternoon Break

3:10 PM ..... Episodic Modeling Continued...

  • Employing Machine Learning Techniques to Determine Emission Sources at Industrial Facilities Use of Open Path Air Monitoring Systems, By Axel Abellard, Argos Scientific, Inc
  • Recent Improvements to Industrial Chemical Safety, Preparedness, and Response Modeling, By Michael Dillon, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

4:10 PM ....... Policy & Community Involvement

Community Right to Know Panel

Moderator: Alan Lloyd

Panelists: Helen Mearns, Department of Homeland Security, Angela Baranco, Toxic Release Inventory Program, Tiffany Roberts, WSPA

5:20 PM ....... Thursday Closing


7:30 AM ...... Registration Opens

8:30 AM ...... Policy & Community Involvement Continued

Policies to Address Refinery and Industrial Emissions Panel

Moderator: __

Panelists: Yana Garcia, CalEPA, Andres Soto, CBE, Greg Karras, CBE

Case Studies Panel (Part 1)

Moderator: Greg Bazley, US EPA Region 9

Panelists: Soraya Sutherlin, City of Torrance, Greg Karras, CBE

10:00 AM ..... Morning Break

10:30 AM ...... Policy & Community Involvement Continued

Case Studies Panel (Part 2)

Moderator: Greg Bazley, US EPA Region 9

Panelists: Elena Craft, EDF, Tony Miller, Entanglement Technologies

11:00 AM ...... Tying it All Together

12:00 PM ...... Conference Concludes