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Call for Abstracts

The Environmental Show of the South invites you to submit an abstract as a proposal for a presentation at our event.

Presentations and panel discussions should be geared towards providing training and education to a broad range of environmental professionals. Selected presentations must have a clear purpose and objective which will maintain, improve, or expand the skills and knowledge of the audience.  

All abstracts must be submitted on Form CN-0033. Email completed forms to (or fax to 615-532-0938 if absolutely necessary). Abstracts are due by Thursday, January 3, 2019.

This event features concurrent sessions in several three-hour blocks. Time allocated per item may be 20, 40, 60, or 80 minutes including Q&A. 

The following sessions are planned and some topics of interest have already been identified:

There will be three sessions on Materials Management for a total of nine hours of technical content in this area. Abstracts are invited to address the following topics:

  • Robots in Materials Management
  • China Sword
  • Containing Contamination
  • Branding Your Recycling Program
  • Household Hazardous Waste Infrastructure
  • School Labs Rehab Program
  • Recycling Collection-Looking to the Future
  • National Perspective on Recycling
  • Region 4 Round Table on Recycling
  • Tire Program Best Management Practices
  • Making Use of the Grants Management System

There will be three sessions on Solid Waste, including one organized by the TN Chapter of SWANA, for a total of nine hours of technical content in this area. Abstracts are welcome, particularly on the following topics:

  • Final Cap Failure at Class I Landfill
  • GCL Performance with Leachate Impact
  • Minimum Daily Tonnage Needed to Run a Landfill Based on the Cost to Operate the Site

A three-hour session on Coal Combustion Residuals will return, and abstracts are welcome. Topics of interest include:

  • CCR Beneficial Reuse
    • Compliance with 2015 Federal CCR rule
    • Research and Development Projects
    • Large Scale Projects
    • Projects associated with Clean Closure
  • Remediation of Groundwater Impacts from CCR Units
  • Closing Ash Ponds
    • Compliance with 2015 Federal CCR rule
    • Close with waste in place
    • Clean closure
  • Stability of CCR Units and Materials
    • Compliance with 2015 Federal CCR rule/location restrictions
    • Static stability
    • Seismic stability
    • Liquefaction
  • Development of a State CCR Rulemaking
    • Policy and Planning for State CCR permit programs
    • Status of Updates to the Federal CCR rule

There will be three sessions on Environmental Law, for a total of nine hours of Continuing Legal Education during the breakout sessions. Three of these hours will focus on Ethics. Abstracts are welcome, particularly on the following topics.

  • Bankruptcy
  • Ethics
  • OSHA Compliance
  • Environmental Case Law Updates

Abstracts are invited for presentations during Hazardous Waste sessions on the following topics:

  • Emerging Contaminants
  • New Hazardous Waste Regulations
  • Industry Response/Adaptations to the New Hazardous Waste Regulations
  • New Hazardous Waste Treatment Technologies
  • Hazardous Waste Management Strategies for Generators
  • “Green” Replacements for Hazardous Waste Materials
  • Hazardous Waste Regulatory, Policy, and Compliance Updates
  • Hazardous Waste Technology Innovations

There will be a three-hour session on Toxic Substances. Abstracts are welcome on the following topics:

  • Lead In Schools
  • Biological Degredation of PFOS
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Pests and Pesticides in Child-serving Facilities
  • Lead-Based Paint Abatement vs Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP): Which is Applicable to You
  • The Impact of the EPA HUD Abatement Letter on Federally Funded Lead-Hazard Reduction, Rehab, and Weatherization Projects
  • Lead-Safe Salvaging
  • TSCA Waste Disposal (PCB, Lead, Asbestos)  - Protecting Yourself from Liability By Ensuring Your Contractor Acts Responsibly
  • Sampling Protocol for Testing Potential Lead-Exposure from Potable Water in Residential and Commercial Structures
  • Effectiveness, Precision, and Reliability of X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry and Other Alternative Methods for Measuring Lead in Paint
  • Reliability and Appropriate Use of Home Lead-Test Kits
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs): Interpretation on Recycling Plastics from Shredder Residue
  • PCB FAST – Maximizing TSCA PCB Cleanups
  • EPA Best Management Practices for Preventing and Detecting PCB Contamination in Used Oil (Review of February 2018 EPA Fact Sheet)

Preserving and Enhancing Tennessee’s Water Resources may be the focus of up to three sessions. Abstracts are welcome, and sessions will focus on the following topics:

  • Treatment of Landfill Leachate and Other High Strength Wastewaters
  • Land Application of Water Treatment Plant Residuals
  • Beneficial Use Determinations
  • Sewage Sludge in MSW Landfills
  • Gasification of Sewage Sludge and/or Other Organic Residuals
  • Regulations
  • Legislation

Abstracts are invited on the following topics for a three-hour session on Remediation:

  • Sustainable/ Green Remediation
  • Brownfields Redevelopment
  • DOE Environmental Restoration/ DOD Remediation
  • New Remediation Technologies
  • Vapor Intrusion Assessment & Characterization
  • Vapor Intrusion Mitigation
  • Chlorinated Solvent Remediation
  • Methamphetamine Hazards and Remediation

Vapor Intrusion will be the focus of its own three-hour session, and abstracts are welcome on:

  • Vapor Intrusion assessment, characterization, and investigation
  • Vapor Intrusion mitigation

A three-hour session on Underground Storage Tanks will be held for the second year running. Abstracts are invited to address:

  • Petroleum Case Studies
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Restoration & Reuse of Underground Storage Tanks Properties

Plans are being made for a full day of Air content at the Environmental Show of the South; however, abstracts in this area are not being solicited at this time. Related abstracts may be directed to other sessions to which they may be applicable.

Presenters attend the Environmental Show of the South free as fully registered attendees. Once you submit your abstract, please wait to hear back from a Session Organizer. All abstracts will receive a response before the end of January.  For regular attendees (those not selected to present), early bird registration discounts end February 28.  

Those selected to present will be asked to complete a Speaker Profile Form which will allow us to get you registered and list you correctly in the conference program.

Hotel reservations may be made by viewing group rates listed under Location Information.


Rachel Goulet

Division of Solid Waste Management