This course will provide a basic overview of Ohio specific air quality requirements related to permitting and compliance that typically affect the manufacturing industry. Following this class you will have an understanding of the steps necessary to obtain an air permit from Ohio EPA, the permit application process, different permitting options, typical compliance activities as well as a basic understanding of some of the federal rules applicable to manufacturing.  


jim cooperJim Cooper has over 20 years of experience working in air quality, including 5 years in source testing, 5 years in air quality consulting and 10 years working in the oil and gas industry in a variety of capacities.  

While stack testing, Mr. Cooper performed and supervised source sampling activities on coal, oil and natural gas fired electricity generating units, glass manufacturing plants, limestone/aggregate operations, thermal dryers, asphalt plants, medical waste incinerators, oil and gas gathering/processing operations, as well as many others. 

He provided air quality consulting services including, but not limited to, minor and major source permitting, compliance auditing, penalty negotiations, emissions inventories, SARA 313 reporting, semiannual deviation and monitoring reports and visible emissions observations.  

Mr. Cooper spent the biggest part of the last decade as an industry liaison to local and federal trade associations where he worked diligently to affect change and mitigate impacts to industry as a result of unfavorable regulatory actions.  He developed effective and successful relationships with regulators by working closely with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality; Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Air Pollution Control; West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Air Quality; and the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air Quality, Planning and Standards.

Sarah BuzasSarah Buzas is a graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science. For the past nine years she has worked with the Cleveland Division of Air Quality (Cleveland DAQ) / Ohio EPA as both an Environmental Compliance Specialist and in the capacity of Permit Review Manager.

Ms. Buzas has extensive knowledge of the Ohio EPA and Federal EPA Air Permitting Program in a wide variety of industry sectors. She has worked with Ohio EPA in the development of several Engineering Guides, General Permits, and PBRs and was an active member of the Permitting and Enforcement development group. 

Prior to working with Cleveland DAQ/OEPA, she spent time as an Environmental Consultant with a small Cleveland-based company completing Phase I and Phase II assessments, Underground Storage Tank Removals, and Lead and Asbestos Surveys and Abatement.