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Presentations from the 2013 NORA Annual Recycling Conference & Trade Show are listed below. To download a presentation, simply click on the title (members-only).

NORA’s PCB/TSCA Reform Project: The Latest Update

By Steve Shimberg, SJSolutions PLLC

Our PCB/TSCA reform project has been pursuing a two-track strategy – a legislative solution with Congress and an administrative solution with EPA.  Recent events offer encouraging signs that our strategy is the right one and will lead to success.  Steve Shimberg will lead a discussion of these recent events; the prospects for legislation; the positive reception we have received from EPA; and plans for the upcoming 12 months. 

In 2014, our legislative focus will be preparing for Senate and House committee consideration of TSCA legislation and votes by the full Senate and House.  Our regulatory focus will be on working with EPA to develop and implement administrative solutions that do not rely on new legislative authority.  This work will include securing support from Members of Congress who can apply pressure on EPA to solve our problems.

You Stink! A Technical Approach to Dealing with Nuisance Odors
By Gary Risse, P.E. & George Mathes, P.E.
Trihydro Corporation

Nuisance odors create community relation challenges, and often place unwanted regulatory scrutiny on what might be an otherwise well-managed business. Odors may be indicative of a chronic problem, and can incapacitate a business’ ability to operate within a community. This session focuses on logical methods for identifying possible odor sources at processing facilities. We will present approaches for technical evaluation of abatement technologies, and how to avoid the pitfalls of ‘snake-oil’ solutions that promise broad bandwidth, but carry no performance guarantees. The value of community relations during the evaluation process, and how to proactively stay ahead of possible complaints will also be discussed.

An Exploration of Different Treatment Technologies for Used Oil

By Louis Bertrand, Sweet Gazoil Inc.

This session will explore the comparison of re-refining and other advances processing technologies. Specifically, each technology will be compared as they relate to:



Environmental considerations and regulations





Commodity Price Risk Mitigation

By Mark Neustadt, CAIA, & Peter Richards, Fifth Third Bank

In Oct. 1998, crude oil volatility stood at 14% and most companies who were exposed to movements in oil price were comfortable riding a few modest highs and lows.  Fast forward to October 2008, Crude volatility spiked to 64.5% and many companies were forced into bankruptcy or had to drastically change the way they conducted business in order to stay solvent.  This secession will discuss how to identify, mitigate, and manage commodity price risk and how a company can protect themselves from another "Black Swan” - an unforeseen event that can bring market participants to their knees if they are not prepared.  Does your company need to hedge?  If so, what are the proper instruments to be used?  All these topics will be discussed in this breakout session.

Effects of Changing Markets in the Asphalt Industry

By Jay Hansen, National Asphalt Pavement Association

Whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned professional, a solid understanding of your target market and current economic conditions is key to your company’s growth and success.  NAPA’s Executive Vice President, Jay Hansen, who has represented the asphalt pavement industry for 15 years, will share his insight and perspective on the current and future market conditions and the key business decisions asphalt contractors are making to compete in a challenging and competitive highway market.

Re-refining in North America: Drivers for Growth

by Blake Eskew,  IHS Downstream Energy Research and Consulting

The North American re-refining industry is driven by trends in lubricants markets, base oil markets, fuels markets, and the changing competitive landscape. Tight oil and gas development is changing the fundamentals of crude oil and natural gas supply as well as fuels refinery competitiveness. Product exports are robust, but the outlook for domestic consumption is weak. This presentation will address these and other key trends and drivers shaping the outlook for North American re-refining.

California’s Multi-Year Used Oil Life Cycle Assessment is Now Complete:  Hear the Results from the Lead Researcher

by Roland Geyer, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California at Santa Barbara

Senate Bill 546 (Lowenthal, 2009) requires that the California State Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) coordinate, with input from representatives of all used oil stakeholders, a comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of California’s used lubricating and industrial oil management process. In July 2011, University of California, Santa Barbara, (UCSB) started to work on the LCA, which was completed in August 2013. This presentation provides an overview of the used oil LCA work UCSB undertook in the last 2 years including some of the insights gained and lessons learned.

An Overview of the International Re-refining Industry 

By Christian Hartmann, Puralube, Inc

This session will introduce the international perspective of the re-refining industry. Topics that will be covered include:

International trends

Lubricant/base oil consumption

Used oil volumes

Re-refining plants actual and projects

Base Oil capacities

Top players

Future Trends in Oil Recycling Technologies

By Dan Cowart, Aaron Oil Company Inc

The International Used Oil Research Institute (IUORI) identifies, develops, and establishes best practices and best technologies for the used oil recycling industry. Dan is currently serving the industry as the President and founder of the non-profit private foundation that was founded in 1995. As the industry continues to mature, NORA members will seek new technologies and efficiencies in processing used oil to remain competitive. Dan will provide a report of the latest activities in the area of Research, Education and recent findings of the institute that may impact current industry Trends and the way used oil is processed in the future.

Dan Cowart was NORA’s second president in 1994 after being one of NORA’s earliest members and serving as a board member and on numerous committees over the years including the management standards committee that worked directly with the EPA in developing the "Used Oil Management Standards” (420 CFR 279).

Dan is currently serving the industry as the president and founder of the international used oil research institute in Washington, D.C. Where he and his team work with researchers, manufacturers, regulators and other industry stake holders to identify, develop, and establish the best practices and best technologies for the used oil recycling industry. The International Used Oil Research Institute is a non-profit private foundation established in 1995.

By David A. Riddell, RSI Logistics, Inc.

This session covered:

Rail industry trends, volumes and freight rates        

Equipment – tank car availability, safety regulations

Technology for managing rail assets and 

   maintaining inventory visibility

Keys to successful rail transportation programs

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