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Welcome to our new website. We hope you’ll find it easier to navigate.

We will also be moving to a more digital format by publishing a Blog instead of a newsletter. We hope to be able to provide more timely information on environmental developments utilizing the Blog.

Environmental Breakfast – April 9, 2019

Illinois International Port District

 With Special Guest Speaker,

Clayton Harris, Director

Illinois International Port District

The A&WMA Lake Michigan States Section and the Union League Club Environmental Committee are pleased to invite you to join us to hear about the Illinois International Port District at the April 9, 2019 Environmental Breakfast. Director, Clayton Harris will provide background information on the Port, their plans for the future and environmental challenges they have faced. (more…)

2019 Annual Waste Conference


Please join us at the

2019 Annual A&WMA Waste Conference

Save the date for the most engaging Waste Conference you’ll attend all year!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Union League Club

A&WMA Lake Michigan States Section’s 2019 Annual Waste Conference is the chance for environmental professionals to convene, connect and collaborate on top waste issues facing industry.

Please join us to explore and learn about the current state of critical issues related to a wide range of topics focused on managing waste materials.

We are pleased to announce that Cathy Stepp, Regional Administrator, USEPA Region 5 will be the keynote luncheon speaker this year.

The day will include sessions covering:

  • Sustainability and Materials Management – Impact on Industry
  • Hazardous Waste Power Hour
  • State Regulators Update – IL, IN, MI & WI
  • Technical, Regulatory, and Legal Issues Associated with the Use of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
  • EPA Enforcement Case Study

New this year will be a Young Professional’s breakout session titled “Project Management for an Environmental Waste Audit.”


2019 Stephen Rothblatt Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

For the ninth consecutive year, the Air & Waste Management Association Lake Michigan States Section (A&WMA-LMSS) will again be awarding a graduate student scholarship in memory of Mr. Stephen H. Rothblatt.  Mr. Rothblatt was a longtime supporter and contributor to the A&WMA-LMSS, including serving as Chairman of the Board from 1987-1988.  In his professional capacity, Mr. Rothblatt was the Director of the Air and Radiation Division at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, in Chicago, Illinois.

This year, A&WMA-LMSS will be awarding one scholarship for the 2019/2020 academic year to a graduate student studying in the field of environmental studies at an institution of higher learning located within the service region of the A&WMA-LMSS.  The scholarship will be valued at $1,500.00.  This could include students studying in the department of environmental engineering, environmental science, meteorology, geology, etc.  The goal of the scholarship is to ensure adequate human resources and to improve knowledge and skills in the fields of air and waste management.  We are currently seeking applicants for this scholarship.

Please share this scholarship opportunity with your environmental graduate students.  Application information is attached or can be found on our website at https://lmawma.org/rothblatt-application-information/

We respectfully request that you provide us with the appropriate contacts within your academic institution so that we may reach as many students as possible.  If you have any questions about the program or the benefits and services of the Association, please contact me at djacobso@illinois.edu, or 630-472-5019.

EPA Finalized Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals

This final rule establishes cost-saving, streamlined standards for handling hazardous waste pharmaceuticals to better fit the operations of the healthcare sector while maintaining protection of human health and the environment.  Under this final rule, FDA-approved, over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies (i.e., nicotine patches, gums and lozenges) will no longer be considered hazardous waste when discarded, which will result in significant cost savings and burden reduction in the management of these types of nicotine wastes.

Finally, the final rule reaffirms EPA’s long-standing policy that non-prescription pharmaceuticals and other unsold retail items that have a reasonable expectation of being legitimately used/reused or reclaimed are not solid waste. It also provides regulatory certainty that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) applies when healthcare facilities send unused, unsaleable prescription hazardous waste pharmaceuticals to reverse distributors to receive manufacturer credit. Simultaneously, the rule incorporates flexibilities to accommodate current reverse distribution business practices to facilitate its implementation.


Chicago’s Bulk Materials Rules

On January 29, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) was implementing stronger rules governing industries that handle bulk materials, including manganese. Specifically, CDPH strengthened the City’s Bulk Materials Rules, including imposing enhanced monitoring requirements for all bulk solid material facilities and establishing new requirements for facilities that handle unpackaged manganese-bearing materials. To learn more, go to: www.cityofchicago.org/manganese.

The A&WMA-LMSS Corporate Sponsorship Program provides your organization with the ability to stay on top of emerging environmental issues and support the professional development of your environmental professionals. As a participant in this program, your organization will receive substantial benefits and will be recognized among our membership.

Thank you to our 2018 Platinum Sponsor. Your support is much appreciated!

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Thank you to the 2018 Annual Air Conference exhibitors for their support.