WI CHMM Election Results

THE WI CHMM Chapter elections were held for the election of President-Elect and Secretary for the  term of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020

Congratulations to:

– Rebecca Bell, President-Elect

– Daniel Brady, Secretary

Kristi Linsmeier will be the Chapter President for this term, and Troy Stucke will serve as Past President/Nominating Chair.  These positions were formally approved at the June 11th FET Board meeting.

Thanks to all for your service!

HAZWOPER Refresher on March 13, 2019

The HAZWOPER Refresher course, hosted by the WI CHMM Chapter, will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Hilton Garden Inn, 11600 W. Park Place, Milwaukee WI 53224. The seminar is designed to meet the annual refresher training requirements under OSHA’s standards for general industry and the construction industry on hazardous waste operations and emergency response (29 CFR 1910.120 or 29 CFR 1926.65). OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) was promulgated in 1990 to protect workers working at hazardous waste sites, treatment, storage or disposal facilities. Workers responding to an emergency involving the release of a hazardous substance also require current HAZWOPER training. 

The eight hour class will help you meet this annual requirement. Kevin O’Brien and John Spahr will be co-chairing the seminar and are looking forward to seeing you there.

See Upcoming Events Page for details.


Call for Papers and Conference Topics

Submit Your Paper for the 2019 FET Environment Conference

Abstracts Due by February 7, 2019

Papers are now being accepted on a variety of topics that have a broad interest across many disciplines and do not include sales-oriented materials.  A recent survey of FET Members included the following Top 20 topics our members are interested in:

  • Regulators perspectives on upcoming rules (state, federal, environmental, safety)
  • Industrial wastewater (e.g., phosphorus technology, thermal challenges, toxicity – WET testing)
  • Emerging Contaminants – PFAs
  • E-Manifest
  • Trending air issues for Industry, Regulators, and Consultants
  • Industrial Stormwater Management
  • Common Compliance Mistakes in Auditing
  • Tools to Manage Environmental Compliance
  • How to Prepare for an Air Permit Audit
  • Virtual Tour of Environmental Violations
  • “Best Practices” for Identifying Training Requirements and Tracking compliance
  • Technology to create paperless recordkeeping system
  • Root Cause Analysis
  • Status of changes to RMP and PSM rules
  • EPCRA Reporting – Tier II and TRI
  • Train the Trainer
  • Applicability of DNR No Exposure Certification and its current interpretation of the respective criteria
  • Wastewater sampling and permitting
  • Stormwater Permitting
  • WPDES online reporting system

Other papers focusing on environmental, health and safety topics will also be considered.  All Abstracts are peer-reviewed and you will be notified of the status of your submission. 

Acceptance of an abstract is considered a commitment by the author to present the paper at the 2019 Conference to be held on October 23 – 24, 2019 in Pewaukee WI.

Abstract Submittal Information: Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words; include your name, title, professional affiliations (i.e. CHMM, PE, etc.), company name, address, phone, fax and email address; submit your abstract by email to info@fetinc.org 


Obtaining the CHMM Credential

Obtaining the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) credential is an excellent way to achieve recognition and demonstrate your knowledge and competence in managing hazardous materials. The CHMM credential is administered by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM), headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, and is accredited for issuing professional certifications. In addition to the CHMM credential, IHMM offers certification for the Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP®), the Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP), and the Certified Dangerous Goods Trainer (CDGT).

There are more than 16,000 environmental professionals who have achieved status as a CHMM. The State of Wisconsin just included CHMM as one of those certifications officially recognized

Becoming a CHMM entails meeting eligibility requirements, completing an application documenting your education and experience, achieving a passing score on the CHMM examination, agreeing to uphold and abide by the CHMM Code of Ethics, and paying applicable fees. Eligibility requirements for a CHMM include:

  • a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university, preferably with a major in hazardous materials management or a related field.
  • the names of two references, and
  • four years of relevant experience.

The IHMM website (https://www.ihmm.org/applicants/general-information) includes information on the CHMM credential and a Candidate Handbook, which describes the steps required to become a CHMM (https://www.ihmm.org/sites/default/files/IHMM_Candidate_Handbook_Revised-120117.pdf). 

If you are considering becoming a CHMM, the Wisconsin CHMM Chapter sponsors an annual review course in preparation for the exam.  Unofficial records indicate that over 80% of the individuals that have attended this review course have become CHMMs. The course is normally offered during the summer. Pay attention to future Environotes for more information on the 2018 course.

Please contact Melissa Bitter (melissa.bitter@jci.com), Troy Stucke (troy_stucke@bradycorp.com), or Dan Brady (bradyengr@gmail.com) if you have questions or need additional information regarding CHMMs.


New Law Protects CHMMs

Glenn Fellman, the IHMM Executive Director, notified our WI CHMM certificants that Senate Bill 132 was signed into law by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on November 27, 2017.  This law prohibits a person from using the following titles unless the person is certified by IHMM:

  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP)
  • Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP)

IHMM and its Public Outreach Committee worked with partner organizations and volunteers across Wisconsin on this legislative initiative.  Boots on the ground support from IHMM certificants, FET and ASSE members was key to getting the law passed.  Thank you to everyone who contacted their local elected officials and who testified in Madison! 

More information about the new law can be read here:  https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/new-wisconsin-law-protects-ihmm-certification-titles-and-prevents-consumer-fraud-300562554.html

Other titles also protected include:

  • Certified Health Physicist (CHP)
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Registered Radiation Protection Technologist (RRPT)

 To see the full text of the law please see the following: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/acts/73


We Exhibited at Environment 2017

Liz Schuller of Waste Management, WI CHMM Chapter Promotions Chair; Melissa Bitter of Johnson Controls, WI CHMM Chapter President; and Troy Stucke of Brady Corp., WI CHMM Chapter President-Elect, catch up at the CHMM Booth at Environment 2017.


WI CHMM Chapter Tour








Waste Management Omega Hills Pretreatment Plant Tour
Tuesday, May 23rd

It was an excellent tour of Waste Management – Wisconsin’s landfill leachate treatment process at their Omega Hills Pretreatment Plant in Germantown, WI

on May 23, 2017.  Presenters Larry Buechel and Garry Miller of WMWI gave an excellent hands-on overview of the process. 

The tour included watching the liquid effluent from an anaerobic digester process go through a dissolved air floatation (DAF) unit, part of a several-step treatment chain that produced clear effluent for permitted discharge to the MMSD treatment system.  In addition, the group observed a recently installed rotary vacuum filter drum process that allowed for a significant reduction in the volume of wet solids that had to be transported to disposal offsite. 

Both Larry’s and Garry’s time were much appreciated!  Many thanks to Liz Schuller for setting up this event!


– Troy Stucke, WI CHMM Chapter Secretary