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Environmental Webinars in 2021

Do you want to learn more about environmental requirements, resources, and other opportunities for your Pennsylvania small business?  Are you looking to more effectively manage your business to comply with state, federal, and local environmental requirements?  Look no further as a series of webinars are being offered this year in 2021 to help better prepare your small business on all things environmental. In partnership with the Clarion University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) and the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proud to offer a series of webinars for small businesses to learn more about environmental issues and the free resources available to them in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These webinars are being offered at no cost but registration is required.  The following are the dates and topics of the webinars with links to registration:

April 20, 2021 – Air Quality Permitting 101 and Small Business Environmental Resources

In this webinar, EMAP will provide the groundwork of understanding air quality regulations in the state of Pennsylvania and how your small business can best manage this seemingly complex regulatory area.  We will also cover the free and confidential resources available to small businesses through the Pennsylvania DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office.

May 13, 2021 – Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP) Overview

Does your small business struggle with Environmental Concerns? Did you know that the Environmental Management Assistance Program is available to help you navigate those concerns……at no cost?  Join Jeremy Hancher and Carrie Wintersteen, members of the EMAP team, as they explain how EMAP can assist your business, what a typical engagement involves, and tips and tricks to save money while caring for the environment.

June 17, 2021 – Environmental Tips & Tricks and the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office

EMAP will provide common tips & tricks that every small business could use to better effectively manage their environmental operations. We will also cover the free and confidential resources available to small businesses through the Pennsylvania DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office.

September 16, 2021 – Pennsvylania Environmental Resources, FAQs, and More

EMAP will answer frequently asked questions that Pennsylvania small businesses often have when attempting to manage local, state, and federal environmental regulations & requirements. We will also cover the free and confidential environmental resources available to small businesses through the Pennsylvania DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office. (Registration link coming soon.)

Updated General Information Form Now Available for DEP Permit Applications

Pennsylvania DEP has updated its General Information Form (GIF) which is a form used to facilitate coordination between different types of permit or authorization applications for the same project.  The updated GIF form can be accessed in DEP’s eLibrary found here.
Small business permit applicants should begin using the updated forms immediately as older versions of the GIF form will only be accepted through September 30, 2020.
The GIF form is typically used in situations when a small business submits a permit application to Pennsylvania DEP for the very first time for a particular project. This could be if a business decides to start a new type of operation in Pennsylvania and it is determined that an environmental permit application will be needed.  The form is thus used to determine whether additional environmental permit applications will be required for the project.
As an example, if a small business is required to submit an air quality permit application for a project, and the business has never submitted an environmental permit application to DEP in the past, then the GIF form is a tool used by DEP to determine if additional permit applications (e.g. waste, stormwater, etc.) will also be required.
If a small business is considering starting a new project in Pennsylvania, or is expanding or relocating an existing operation, then it is suggested to first use Pennsylvania DEP’s Permit Application Consultation Tool.
Small businesses in Pennsylvania can also reach out to EMAP staff to discuss your project and see if any environmental permit applications may be required by DEP.  All EMAP services are strictly confidential and are offered at no cost.

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Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.
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