Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society (SAEMS)

2018 July VOL 16 Issue 7

The Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society recently conducted board elections for the July 2018 - June 2019 term. SAEMS holds monthly luncheon meetings the last Wednesday of the month (except for May and November) featuring speakers on a wide range of environmental and safety topics, please join us at our next meeting on July 25, 2018.

The benefits of membership include discounted fees for attendance at monthly luncheon meetings and the annual RCRA Seminar, informational updates for environmental and safety industry news, networking with peers in the environmental and safety fields, access to password protected areas of the SAEMS website and opportunities for involvement in on-going committees and activities.

Ouatfa Chuffe-Moscoso, PRESIDENT

Sustainability and Sustainable Development

More on Water: CWA Point Source Redefined

2018 July VOL 16 Issue 7

Here is an introduction to a topic that EH&S professionals in Arizona should be very concerned about because, for the first time, it appears that one of the circuit courts has found that groundwater can be regulated under the Clean Water Act of 1972 (CWA). In this interpretation of how that was found to be true, the court based their opinion on very narrow circumstances; however, as with every environmental statute, case law tends to expand as other cases (and other circuit courts), find more law suits filed claiming applicability of the statute to broader and broader circumstances.

Thus, the reason I have chosen to share this with you in the Journal is because it should serve as a "heads up". You need to be aware that, even though this particular case was in Hawaii where the "point source" was discharging to groundwater that dumped into the Pacific Ocean, it is most likely that (lawyers in) other states will now find that there are reasons to look at this new "point source" application for discharges to arroyos (ephemeral or not), and streams, ponds or lakes---especially in western states like Arizona---and there will be more "cases" that apply the CWA to aquifers.

Credit goes to the Marten Law Group's Meline MacCurdy for bringing this to our attention, and now to yours for future reference. You can find out more at (6/21/18). But remember: as EH&S professionals, we must keep up with the ever-changing state of the laws and statutes that are in a constant state of "change"---now you can add the CWA to your list of laws that may have an impact on groundwater management in the future. Here's Meline's excellent introduction and summary of her paper:



The Journal of Environmental Management Arizona begins a new monthly publication schedule. 

For the convenience of contributors and readers, beginning June 2018, the Journal will establish a new publication date schedule. All contributions/articles/columns for each monthly issue are due no later than the 1st Monday of the month.  Each monthly issue will then be PUBLISHED on the 2nd MONDAY of each month. Go to the homepage (this page) to view, or link to, new content.  Content from previous issues can be found in the appropriate section pages (such as "Articles" or the "Association Pages" or "Columns" ). If needed, some content may be posted at other times of the month, including notices, advertisements, etc.



2nd MONDAY of Each Month
If the 2nd MONDAY is a holiday, the publication date will be the following day.

Contributions/Articles/Columns -- are due no later than the 1st MONDAY of each month.

ADEQ Program Announced to Provide Qualified Vehicle Owners with Hundreds of Dollars Towards Repairs After Failed Emissions Tests

JEMA Staff

Recently , the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) announced a program that provides vehicle owners with hundreds of dollars towards repairs after failed emissions tests through the Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program (VVRP). ADEQ understands the financial strain that can come with having to repair a vehicle due to a failed emissions test. Vehicle owners are now able to use VVRP to get back on the road faster, saving money and reducing emissions. With cleaner burning engines, the public and environment benefit with better air quality.

If a vehicle fails to pass testing at an ADEQ Vehicle Emissions Inspection (VEI) Station, owners are immediately provided information about VVRP. Customer vehicles meeting program requirements and co-pay the first $150 toward repairs can receive up to $550 for gasoline vehicles and up to $1000 for heavy duty diesel vehicles to pass the test and get back on the road.

"After failing the test, I applied for the program and was able to repair my car for a fraction of what it would have cost me otherwise," said Kamella, a VVRP customer in Phoenix. "I was even able to buy a new set of tires with the money I saved."

If their vehicle qualifies for VVRP, owners can go from 'failed it to nailed it' by simply talking with a manager at the VEI Station to get the process started. Once a vehicle is accepted into the program, owners take it to a VVRP Approved Repair Facility, which have been identified to successfully repair vehicles to pass an emissions re-test at least 90 percent of the time.

Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals (AZAEP)

2018 June VOL 16 Issue 8

2018 Board Elections
The Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals board is comprised of 7 members: 4 officers and 3 at-large members. Their 2-year terms are staggered to provide for continuity. The 4 officer terms end on June 30, 2018. AZAEP is seeking nominations, including self nominations to serve on the board for the July 2018 – June 2020 term as President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer.

The positions are volunteers with no financial compensation. The successful candidates must be or become AZAEP members upon taking office. Nominations are requested by June 15th, elections will be held by email and at the June 26, 2018  Membership Meeting. This meeting will feature Tice Supplee, Director of Bird Conservation with Audubon Arizona. Meeting time is 6pm and the location is the Old Spaghetti Factory on Central Avenue in Phoenix.

Inquiries or nominations may be sent to

For more information about the Arizona Association of Environmental Professionals you can find us at:

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Those interested in attending can contact AZAEP at

Arizona Environmental Stratigic Alliance (Alliance)

Recent Alliance seminars have included the Pinal County Air Quality Compliance Assistance seminar in Florence, the Maricopa County Air Quality Compliance Assistance seminar in Phoenix, and a Stack Test seminar held at Intel in Mesa. The Alliance plans to continue hosting these types of mentoring and educational environmental compliance seminars, but we are currently reviewing other potential seminar topics.  To determine what environmental seminar topics would be most valuable to Arizona businesses and organizations, the Alliance recently completed an extensive survey of past seminar attendees. We received a substantial response, and are currently reviewing the survey responses. If you were one of those who responded, thank you! If you did not have an opportunity to complete the survey, and you would like to give us your suggestions, email to Jim Thrush, Alliance President, at

Alliance seminars support several of the primary goals of the Alliance, including protecting Arizona's environment through mentoring and educating Arizona small businesses and providing regulatory compliance assistance. In addition, this and our other Alliance seminars support the Alliance goal of fostering working relationships and communication between environmental regulators and industry. If you have any  questions about the Alliance, or about Alliance membership, visit our website at or call our office at 480-422-7392.

Sustainability and Sustainable Development

EH&S Information You Should Know About

A 3-Part Discussion of Arizona's Leading Current Water Issues

2018 May VOL 16 Issue 7

An Excerpt From the 3-Part Article:
And Other Fun Environmental Stuff"

What's more fun than contemplating drinking water that was once wastewater?  Eeeuwwweee…. But first, something you need to know: one of those factual and reliable sources of environmental information mentioned above, is a web site called, a subset of which is Water Deeply that is a forum for issues of water pollution, supply, and distribution. In March, one of the subjects Water Deeply focused on was the use of treated wastewater as potable drinking water in Arizona. It is one of those controversial topics that, sooner or later, most of the southwestern states will have to deal with as drought-stricken drinking water sources continue to dry up and municipalities look for alternatives that mother nature (i.e. spell that 'climate change') forces upon us.

According to most climate change scientists, the time window for addressing this part of the climate change equation is rapidly closing and finding alternative sources of life-sustaining water will not be easy. What it also means is that EH&S professionals will be faced with making recommendations that will, no doubt, result in heated debate, political posturing, and criticism of the 'science' that drives water policy and water treatment technology schemes, especially as decisions are focused on reclaim and reuse priorities for wastewater. Thus, it is important to begin dealing with this issue as soon as possible, especially here in Arizona where it appears likely that we face more years of drought in the next decade and beyond. (FOLLOW THE READ MORE LINK TO CONTINUE)

September 2018 Vol 16 No. 9