Technical Presentations & Tours

We are pleased to offer professional development opportunities to members. Not only can you earn credit for maintaining your CHMM – we also strive to bring in engaging speakers who can keep you informed of the new and exciting happenings in the world of hazardous materials management.

We invite you to let us know if you would like to hear a talk on a specific subject or if you are interested in presenting!


Upcoming Technical Sessions:

May 7, 2021 – 12:00pm: Managing Environmental Risk at UT System: mitigating risk during property acquisitions

Presented by: Michelle N. Bost, MS, CHMM, University of Texas Office of Risk Management

The University of Texas System’s Office of Risk Management environmental program provides consultative services to the 14 institutions of UT System to prevent and mitigate environmental risk. This presentation will briefly share the ways UT System manages environmental risk and focus on mitigating and identifying acceptable risk during property acquisitions, including purchases and donations.

Past Technical Sessions:

April 9, 2021 – 12:00pm

Vapor Intrusion Issues – A Texas Perspective

Presented by: Frank W. Clark, P.E., P.G., Braun Intertec Corporation

Frank W. Clark, will give a presentation to discuss the evolution of vapor issues in environmental investigations, some historical perspective, and how consideration of vapor intrusion went from 0 to 60 in a few short years in the Texas environmental due diligence market.

June 5, 2020 – 12:00pm

Want to learn how to leverage the momentum of Mother Nature?

Presented by: Kent Armstrong, President of TerraStryke Products LLC

TerraStryke Products LLC develops and distributes biostimultion additives proven to enhance the performance of native microbial populations to destroy soil, groundwater and smear zone contaminants. Each product leverages site biogeochemical conditions to organically create a sustainable treatment zone; and in doing so, naturally (without surfactant introduction) expedite the solubilization of residual source mass, increase contaminant bioavailability to allow for superior rates of contaminant destruction/biotransformation.

May 1, 2020 – 12:00pm

COVID-19 and FEMA Category B Expenses

Our Chapter President, Patrick Durbin, CHMM, will present this session.

The response to COVID -19 is like no other crisis we have ever encountered with regard to public assistance.  On March 13, this event was officially declared a disaster in all 50 states, 4 territories, and the District of Columbia.  This action made eligible emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 emergency potentially reimbursable under Category B of FEMA’s Public Assistance program.

This presentation will provide an overview of FEMA Category B expenses, how they might apply to the response to COVID-19, and how to pursue reimbursement through FEMA.

Please join us for from 12:00pm-1:00pm via the link for the Zoom meeting – see front page or calendar for link

Per the meeting, see the two links that were shared:

March 6, 2020 – 12:00pm

Biohazard Crime Scene Cleanup

Erick McCallum, former police officer and CEO of CG Environmental, will provide an overview of biological materials, such as blood, body fluids or communicable diseases related to crime scenes, suicides, unattended deaths and homeless camps.

The following topics will be discussed during the presentation:

  •  Examples of biohazardous clean-ups.
  •  Information on responsibilities’ of private and public property owners’ compliance with city, state and federal laws on Bloodborne Pathogens Standards.
  • Review of proper types and proceures for the use of Personal Protective Ensemble (PPE), such as the correct order of donning, decontaminating and removing PPE and how best to protect individuals that may come in contact with biohazard scene.
  • Proper labeling, packaging and disposal regulations of material contaminated with human tissue, blood, feces, needles, etc.

Look forward to providing an eye opening session and welcome any questions regarding this presentation and also would be happy to cover any topics surrounding our Ebola virus clean-up in 2014!


February 7, 2020 – 12:00pm

The 2014 Ebola Outbreak – A Wake-Up Call For U.S. HospitalsFebruary 7, 2020 – 12:00pm

Our Vice-President, Mark Wehner, will present his 2018 National AHMP Conference presentation about a case he was involved in dealing with an Ebola patient.  How it went from a diagnosis of a single patient ignited one of the most intensive hazmat training programs in the U.S. history for over 4,000 hospitals across the U.S. prepared for the possibility of an Ebola patient walking through their doors at any moment.

Worldwide, healthcare workers remain one of the most at-risk populations with over 416 contracting the disease in Africa during the 2014 outbreak, which ultimately killed more than 11,000.  Ebola is a Category-A infectious substance and few hazardous materials spawn the level of trepidation as this one does.  Few CHMMs will ever encounter a hazardous material in their careers, yet one that tens of thousands of healthcare workers with little or no previous hazmat training must be prepared to deal with on a daily basis.

August 2,  2019 – 10:00am

Join the Lone Star Chapter AHMP at the Brazos Valley Recycle center on August 2 at 10:00 am for a tour of the recycling center facility.  Brazos Valley Recycling, a BIG (Brannon Industrial Group) owned affiliate provides waste diversion services for customers giving them sustainable solutions for waste disposal.  BVR provides waste and recycling solutions for residential, commercial, construction and municipalities.   As a member of Brannon Industrial Group (BIG), BVR is committed to high environmental standards and reduction of your carbon footprint.  BVR is dedicated to customer satisfaction in waste diversion and recycling.  Our tour will be of the Bryan Texas Recycle Facility.  We will witness the segregation of recycled materials received and learn the process of sorting waste and recycling.

June 7,  2019 – 10:30am

Join the Lone Star Chapter AHMP at the Handcox Water Treatment Plant on June 7 at 10:30 am for a presentation and tour of the newest City of Austin drinking water facility. This plant has the capacity to treat 50 million gallons of water per day. Learn more about flocculation, filtration, and boil water notices!

May 3,  2019 – 12:00pm

Advocates for Responsible Disposal in Texas (ARDT) will be giving a technical presentation. ARDT is an association of low-level radioactive waste generators supported by S.T.P. Nuclear Operating Company, Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Vermont Yankee, and individuals from the health physics, medical and university research communities.

February 1,  2019 – 12:00pm

The Lone Star AHMP Chapter is pleased to announce our meeting this Friday which will be a technical presentation regarding the Brownfields resources available in the City of Austin. It will include information regarding site assessments, cleanup loans, and case studies of projects that have redeveloped around Austin.

August 3, 2018 – 12:00pm
Kevin O’Hearn with Tanknology presented an overview of  Federal EPA regulation 40 CFR 112 Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans, inspection findings, and what’s new as related to SPCC compliance.  Tanknology is one the world’s largest provider of tank testing, inspection, and environmental compliance services for petroleum systems. Tanknology is headquartered in Austin, Texas. They have tested more than a million tanks and provide associated compliance services at more than 50,000 sites each year. Thank you to Tanknology for sponsoring lunch during this technical session!

June 15, 2018 – 11:00am

Tour of the Biowaste Management Facility at Texas A&M University School of Veterinarian Medicine
211 Sippel Road, College Station, TX 77845

Our friends at Texas A&M University are hosting a tour of their BioWaste Facility on June 15! We are excited that the chapter will be allowed this behind the scenes tour to see the digestor (1500lbs to 7000lbs capacity) that disposes animals for the whole University.

May 4, 2018 – 11:45am
Tour of UT Austin
215 East 24th Street, 78712

The tour was a behind the scenes of the Power Plant Expansion (PPE) building at UT Austin.  It was a wonderful opportunity to see how this facility provides power (i.e. heating, cooling, etc.) for the whole University!  For more information, email the Chapter.

February 2, 2018
Tour Bohls Wastewater Treatment Plant
Located in the City of Bee Cave

The tour was a behind the scenes of this small, no-discharge treatment facility.  Chapter members had the opportunity to see how this facility receives wastewater, filters, and sanitizes it for reuse.  For more information, email the Chapter or checkout the Spring 2018 Newsletter.

August 4, 2017 – Review of EPA’s Petroleum Refinery Sector and Technology Review (RTR) Rule, Speaker: Mark Modrak

The Chapter was pleased to host an air quality technical session, sponsored by AECOM in Austin. Mark Modrak, AECOM Project Manager, gave a presentation on fenceline monitoring methods for industrial facilities. He specifically addressed the EPA’s Petroleum Refinery Sector and Technology Review (RTR) rule  that requires all refineries to conduct fenceline air monitoring for  benzene using passive sorbent tubes at multiple locations. Mark manages emissions monitoring projects using optical remote sensing and other technologies to characterize emissions from sources such as refineries, landfills, and agricultural facilities. His presentation showed one of the studies he conducted at a refinery and how the report maintained EPA compliance. For more information about this presentation, email the Chapter.

June 2, 2017 – Waste Management in Today’s Hospitals, Speaker: Mark Wehner, ARM, CHMM

Mark Wehner, ARM, CHMM with Medxcel Facilities Management (Seton Healthcare) presented a well-received, in-depth look at Waste Management Challenges in Today’s Hospitals. Mark shared many of his lessons-learned, tips, and hints gained during his 27 years of providing waste management services to the Seton Network. His talk discussed routine waste streams like medical and hazardous as well as some of the more unusual and challenging ones like Ebola, CJD, and radioactive contamination.

March 3, 2017 – Hornsby Bend, home of “Dillo Dirt”

Lone Star members experienced a driving tour of the Hornsby Bend Bio-solids Management Plant – the home of Austin’s infamous “Dillow Dirt”. This facility receives and processes sludge from two wastewater treatment plants in Austin to make Dillo Dirt. Dillo Dirt is a compost made by the City of Austin, Texas since 1989. It was the first program of its kind in the state and one of the oldest in the nation. This facility provides more than just a benefit to man and waste management goals – the ponds are a also a bird habitat and recognized sanctuary!  This tour was possible due to the hard work of our Professional Development Committee members. For more information visit: or check on the Spring 2017 edition of the Lonestar AHMP Newsletter.

February 3, 2017 – ABIA: Tour and Briefing by:  Department of Aviation, Planning & Engineering Division – Environmental Section

Many thanks to our friends at ABIA for telling us more about the airport’s environmental protection programs, including energy and water conservation, recycling, emergency planning and spill response, waste management and diversion, storm water quality and management, and hazardous material management and reporting. We’re looking forward to seeing changes at ABIA! Also, the chapter would like to express our gratitude to Chrissy Mount for helping to arrange the tour and providing a detailed briefing with so many interesting facts!

Did you know?

The Airport currently serves over 12 million passengers annually. The Barbara Jordan Terminal is only designed to serve 11 million passengers annually. The newest terminal (still under construction), new terminal expansion will increase airport terminal capacity to 15 million passengers annually.

ABIA’s terminal and ramp operations generates almost 11,000 pounds of waste every day. That equals the take-off weight of 26 fully loaded Boeing 737-700 jets annually!

Waste Streams from ABIA include such items as: Used absorbent, Oil filters, Spent anti-freeze, Paint and paint-related waste, Water quality pond filter media, Non-hazardous refuse, and (of course) Construction and demolition debris.

ABIA is making large strides to minimizing their waste streams. They currently recycle approximately 25% of their waste (101k+ lbs.) and are working towards several initiatives, including a “Zero Waste Initiative” aiming to reach Zero Waste by 2040 (90% of waste out of landfills)
and their Universal Recycling Ordinance (URO) – Requiring food permitted facilities to divert organic waste (to include all restaurants at ABIA by October 1st, 2018).

For more about this amazing tour and all of the great things the City of Austin and ABIA are doing to be good environmental stewards please check out the most recent Lonestar AHMP Newsletter.

March 4, 2016 – Tour of the Materials Transfer Center (University of Texas – Austin)

MTC Tour Participants - Group Photo

Special thanks to our tour guide, John and the University of Texas – Austin for allowing Lone Star AHMP a behind the scenes look at the new Materials Transfer Center. Only having been occupied for 5 months, and still getting settled in – we’re quite thankful for the opportunity to see this facility as it transitions into service. This facility replaces the previous hazardous materials management facility – charged with handling the wastes generated by over 16,000 working labs on the UT-Austin campus. Some really amazing features and efficient systems help keep the facility running well and protected in case of an emergency. One such feature is the optical illusion floor – which appears and feels level but actually slopes the entire building into containment! Other state-of-the art systems help secure or segregate the types of wastes to ensure the highest safety and storage. The facility also helps the University save thousands per yer by giving a proper place to palatalize and consolidate wastes and better facilitate the rinse and reuse of non-bulk containers. Another neat concept to save time and ensure the highest efficiency is the use of custom waste tracking tags… which are placed on a waste at generation (in the lab) and the number/ description follows all the way to manifesting! Each waste also gets a sticker to identify it’s type, to facilitate quick segregation once “in the door” of the facility. Talk about a smart system to help document wastes and aid in proper waste coding. Given the amount of research going on at the university they go through a staggering 12,000 tags per year – so it is a huge help in properly managing wastes “cradle to grave”.

February 5, 2016 – Tour of Balcones Resources


Thank you to all the attendees who came out to our technical session at Balcones Resources, February 5th. This $30M,  state of the art facility located in South Austin processes several streams of household waste and recyclables. Our members got a behind the scenes look at the processes for sorting, cleaning, and managing TONS of materials in a matter of minutes! A huge thank you to our tour guides from Balcones Resources who patiently walked us through the facility and answered our copious amount of questions!

The facility processes an average of 60 tons of glass per day! The speed at which the facility sorts and processes materials was quite impressive – an average of 5 minutes from start to finish. Best of all, we learned that high value materials (such as Aluminum) can result in a win-win for both the generator and Balcones!  One of our members even spotted some hazardous materials containers at the facility (see photos below) – waiting to be recycled! Talk about RCRA in action! Does your company recycle fiber, paper, plastics, and Aluminum? What about those triple rinsed plastic bottles and containers? According to our guide, your company may be able to work with Balcones and receive incentive for high-value recyclables. The facility and their staff are working hard to keep central Texas clean and green! With their help, approximately 60% of the City of Austin recycling is sorted and bailed and a staggering 3/4ths of household trash is actually recycled or composted!

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(June 2015) Tour of JJ Pickle Nuclear Reactor & facilities (Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory (NETL)) at The University of Texas at Austin.

Scott Pennington, CHMM: Successful Neutron Reflector Replacement at the Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory (NETL) at The University of Texas at Austin.

R. David Shiels, P.G., CHMM: The Environmental Challenges in Managing Production Waste Streams in the Oil Patch and Hands-On Solutions to Eliminate or Minimize Those Waste Streams.

Patrick Durbin, CHMM: Ebola, The Untold Story: A riveting account of what happened behind the scenes of the Ebola panic.

Bill Essex: Green Stuff presented an exiciting hands-on demonstration of their “Green Stuff Absrobent” and its abilities to absorb liquids quickly. It is non-leaching and passes LC-50, TCLPs, SPLP, California WET, and other tests. Thank you also to Green Stuff for sponsoring lunch!