Two-day Compliance seminars for Federal and California Environmental Regulations

October 20-21, 2014
February 23-24, 2015
June 22-23, 2015


in Santa Ana, Orange County California


California is well known for its stringent and "pioneering" approach in its environmental regulations. The state also has its own unique law in regulating toxic chemicals - Prop 65. This 2-day course is designed to provide you with insights and PRACTICAL approaches in complying with both Federal and California regulations.

At the end of the course, you will gain sufficient knowledge to navigate through the myriads of environmental regulations. You will have:

  • An overview of all the major federal and California environmental regulations that affect your operations in California.
  • An overview of the structure of EPA and Cal EPA.
  • An understanding of the role of CUPAs in California
  • Practical knowledge on how to identify and manage your hazardous wastes in California.
  • An understanding of the requirements of Prop 65.
  • Practical knowledge on how to handle California's unique chemical spills reporting requirements.

If you are new to the environmental field, this comprehensive 2-day course will provide you with the knowledge to ask the right questions. You will be able to detect potential environmental problems at your job and seek additional help if needed.

If you are an experienced environmental professional, you will find this 2-day course to be an excellent refresher.

There are nine sessions in our 2-day seminar:

Day One - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Session one - Regulatory Overview. In this first session, you will learn about the structures of EPA and California EPA as regulatory agencies and how you should interact with them.

  • Overview of major federal and California regulations and their inter-relationships.
  • Latest emerging trends in environmental regulations.
  • The roles of CUPAs, DTSC, RWQCBs, AQMDs and OES.
  • Practical steps to comply with Prop 65 warning requirements.
  • How to work effectively with regulatory agencies.
  • The 13 commandments of environmental compliance.

Session two - Enforcement and Liabilities. This session discusses the approach taken by agencies in enforcing environmental laws and steps you can take to minimize your own corporate and personal liabilities. Here are some of the things you will learn:

  • EPA's enforcement approaches and civil penalty policies.
  • Case studies of significant EPA enforcement actions.
  • How to set up an Early Warning System to minimize your own personal liabilities
  • How to avoid criminal prosecution.
  • How to manage your staff to ensure compliance.

Session Three - Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act is one of the most court-tested environmental laws on the books. You will learn about permitting, enforcement, SPCC and Storm water management. Here are some of the topics we cover in this session:

  • The NPDES permitting system in California.
  • Definition of "navigable waters" of the US.
  • The roles of the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards.
  • How to manage your Discharge Monitoring Reports
  • How to conduct yourself in a public hearing
  • How to manage a citizen law suit under the Clean Water Act.
  • Pre-treatment standards and POTW under the Clean Water Act.
  • Anti-backsliding and anti-degradation provisions.
  • Water quality standards and criteria.
  • Spill Prevention and Control Countermeasures (SPCC) plans.
  • Enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
  • Storm water management plans.


Session Four - Clean Air Act. The Clean Act Air Amendments of 1990 was a major overhaul of the air pollution law in this country. You will learn how the changes affect your operation and you will be able to sort through the myriads of acronyms in the Clean Air Act. Some of the topics covered include:

  • National Ambient Air Quality Standards
  • State Implementation Plans
  • The roles of the Air Resources Board and its air quality management districts.
  • Attainment and non-attainment areas under the Clean Air Act.
  • Title V air permitting program.
  • The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)
  • The benefits of a Federally Enforceable State Operating Permit (FESOP).
  • Meaning of Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD).
  • Key elements of a Federal Risk Management Plan (RMP) and a California Accidental Release Prevention Program (CalARP).
  • Steps to take before applying for an air permit.

Session Five - Emergency Response and Chemical Spills. Chemical accidents often occur late at night. In this session, you will learn about proactive steps you should take to prevent and prepare for chemical spills. Topics include:

  • Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) requirements.
  • SARA Title V List of Lists.
  • California's hazardous materials inventory reporting (Business Plan).
  • Federal reporting requirements.
  • California's unique and stringent spill reporting requirements.
  • What to do before, during and after a chemical spill.
  • State Emergency Response Commissions (SERC) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC).
  • Requirements of Toxic Release Inventory (Form R) reports

Day Two - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Session Six - Hazardous Waste Management. The entire morning of our second day is devoted to the topic of hazardous waste management. You will learn how to identify and manage your hazardous wastes from cradle to grave. Topics include:

  • How to identify hazardous wastes in California.
  • The difference between RCRA wastes and non-RCRA wastes in California.
  • California special wastes.
  • The role of CUPAs and DTSC in California.
  • DTSC regulations
  • How to store your hazardous wastes without a permit.
  • How to manage your satellite accumulation areas in California.
  • How to understand and prepare your waste manifests.
  • Keys elements of a RCRA contingency plan.
  • How to select TSDFs and transporters to minimize your Superfund liabilities.
  • Recordkeeping requirements under RCRA.
  • Requirements of Land DIsposal Restriction.

Session Seven - Superfund Liabilities. In this session, you will learn about the history of Superfund and its joint, several and retroactive liabilities. Topics include:

  • The history of the Superfund Law (CERCLA).
  • The meaning of Potential Responsible Party (PRP).
  • Superfund's joint, several and retroactive liabilities and how they can affect you.
  • How to negotiate Superfund settlements.
  • An overview of the Superfund clean up process (National Contingency Plan).

Session Eight - How to Manage an Agency Inspection. You will learn practical steps you can take to manage an agency inspection - before, during and after. Topics include:


  • Different types of inspection.
  • Why agencies do inspection and what are their rights.
  • Your rights during an inspection.
  • What is a multi-media inspection.
  • Steps your should take before, during and after an agency inspection.
  • Things you should never do before and during an inspection.
  • Things you should always do during and after an inspection.
  • How to reduce your penalties after an inspection.

Session Nine - Environmental Management Systems and Audits. This session provides you with an overview of an effective EMS and practical steps you can take when conducting an environmental audit. The session ends with a set of practical compliance tips.

  • The key elements of a cost-effective Environmental Management System.
  • An overview of an ISO 14001 EMS.
  • EPA's 1986 Environmental Audit Policy.
  • Environmental management audit vs environmental compliance audit.
  • Practical ways to protect your internal environmental audit report.
  • EPA's self-disclosure policy.
  • Cal EPA's self-disclosure policy.
  • How to ask the right questions during an environmental audit.


Certificate of Completion and CD-ROM. As an attendee of our seminar, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a CD-ROM containing over 250 practical guidance documents written by the instructor and various agencies. One of these documents is a 400-page PDF manual written by the instructor. It contains all the material that is covered in the seminar and more. The PDF document is searchable and is an excellent reference book.

Continuing Education hours: This course qualifies for 13 hours of continuing education or 1.3 CEUs. It has been approved for 13 MCLE hours by the California State Bar. Course approval is pending with the California Department of Insurance and the California State Bar for MCLE. Call us if you have any questions about your CEU. We will be happy to assist you in applying for it.

For those who are not able to attend our seminar, the 400-page PDF reference document can be purchased online for $199.

Cost of our seminar. The cost of our 2-day seminar is only $895 per person. If two or more persons from the same organization attend one of our seminars, they qualify for our group rate discount of $800 per person.


To register for our seminar, click here. Or call us at 1-360-490-6828.

Hotel Accommodations. The seminar will be held at the Doubletree Club Hotel at 7 Hutton Centre Drive, Santa Ana, CA 92707. It is located minutes from the John Wayne Airport. The hotel offers free shuttle from the airport. Please contact the hotel directly at 714-751-2400 for reservation and directions. Our seminar starts at 8:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm on both days.