SAEMS hosts its Annual RCRA Seminar in early May of every year at Hilton Tucson East, 7600 East Broadway Boulevard, in Tucson, Arizona. The seminar promotes awareness, education, and the understanding of environmental issues associated with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and provides a forum for people employed in the environmental and safety industries to network, learn, and contribute to the community. Vendors and Sponsors contribute to the Seminar proceeds, which go towards the SAEMS’ Scholarship Fund. Annually, SAEMS awards over $10,000 in scholarships to very deserving college students who are majoring in environmental studies at the University of Arizona.

The Seminar begins with RCRA Basics, and other typical topics presented during the seminar include Governmental Waste Program Updates, Local Emergency Planning Committee Updates, Managing Waste and Disposal Scenarios, Recycling, Waste Minimization to Recycling Optimization, etc.

Presentations are followed by a Question & Answers Session and ends with Door Prizes. A Happy Hour always follows the conference either at the hotel bar or a nearby establishment.

Planned topics and speakers are posted once the conference agenda is finalized. If you have a topic you would like to present, know someone you would like to nominate, or would like to submit an abstract, please contact Derek Koller at

Why Attend?!?!

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Miss the SAEMS RCRA Seminar


While we believe that there are countless opportunities why you should attend the SAEMS Annual seminar, we've managed to narrow it down to the following four classic reasons:


Hear from the experts

Our speakers are proven professional leaders, strategists, practitioners, and peers. Many of them are current environmental professionals; others are well-respected industry leaders who know what you need to know. Our selection process for speakers is as rigorous as you'll find anywhere, and we make sure that you're hearing from the best. You'll get a solid grounding in tried-and-true environmental fundamentals and unique insight into the innovative new practices that will change how the world handles waste safely.

Learn skills and stay up-to-date

No matter how long you've been in environmental management or what position you hold at your company, chances are there is still something you need to learn. Trends, new strategies, and innovations in environmental management happen all the time; to stay up-to-date you need an educational opportunity that provides you with the full range of industry knowledge.

Protect your company from liability - avoid legal risk before it arises by staying current with the latest changes in policy and legislation. From federal legislative compliance, to waste legal issues specific to Arizona, we help you stay on top of the most important legislative priorities.

Meet with new vendors and suppliers

Our exhibitors are industry experts and solution-providers who truly know what is happening in the world of environmental management and business - and they have answers to your questions. Invest time in the exposition hall - our vendors are some of the best people for you to get to know if you want to learn more about what's happening in RCRA now - and what's going to happen in the future. Trust us: discovering innovative products and services is necessary to stay competitive in today’s environmental management business world.

Have fun with your peers from the community

Let's be honest - the Annual Seminar is a lot of learning packed into a short amount of time. But you’ll also have opportunities to relax and get to know your peers. When you meet with your peers, you have an opportunity to collaborate, hear new ideas, and validate or change your perspectives. You may hear what others are doing and be inspired to implement something similar - or you might find a mentor or even become one.

Past Seminars - 2018

The SAEMS 2018 Annual RCRA Seminar – “Stranger RCRA Things & EPCRA Too” was held on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Hilton Tucson East.

Topics and presenters for this year’s seminar included RCRA Basics & Regulatory Update, Brian Lindman, US Ecology; Local Emergency Planning Committee Updates, Courtney Bear, Pima County, and Paul Kramkowsik, Raytheon; The Ten Commandments of RCRA Compliance, Barton Day, The Law Offices of Barton Day, PLLC; Drug Into History - History of Pharmacy Museum, Jeff Christensen, University of Arizona Risk Management Services; Legislative Updates, Amanda Stone, ADEQ; How to Establish a Lamp Recycling Program, Erin Zeller, Veolia North America; ADEQ Emergency Response Unit, Chris Nutter, ADEQ; e-Manifests: The Latest on EPAs New Hazardous Waste Tracking System, David Janke, ADEQ. Presentations were followed by a Question & Answer Session, Wrap-up, & Final Door Prizes. A Happy Hour was held at the Hilton East Vista Bar.

Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible!

Past Seminars - 2017

SAEMS hosted its 2017 Annual RCRA Seminar – “The RCRA Files: Compliance is Out There” – on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Hilton Tucson East.

Topics and presenters for this year’s seminar included RCRA Basics, Nora Atondo, PDEQ; Local Emergency Planning Committee Updates, Courtney Bear, Pima County Local Emergency Planning Committee; Managing Medical and Universal Waste, Jeff Christensen, University of Arizona; RCRA Law, Yvonne Young, Quarles & Brady; The Disposal Files: Different Hazardous Waste Disposal Scenarios, Jay Zandell, ERI; Waste Program Updates, Laura Malone, ADEQ; E-Waste Recycling, JB Shaw, ADEQ; Waste Minimization to Recycling Optimization, Steve Caldwell, GreenSheen; Hanford Nuclear Site, Shawn Calendine, HydroGEOPHYSICS; Waste Program Case Scenarios, Terry Baer, ADEQ; Getting Ready for the New RCRA Generator Improvement Rule, Brian Lindman, US Ecology. Presentations were followed by a Question & Answers Session, Wrap-up, & Final Door Prizes. A Happy Hour was held at the Hilton East Vista Bar.

Thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible!

Past Seminars - 2016

SAEMS would like to thank our sponsors and the 161 registered attendees for the very successful 2016 SAEMS RCRA Seminar – Compliance Continues at the Hilton East in Tucson, Arizona on May 5, 2016.

Topics and presenters for this year’s seminar included RCRA Basics, Jennifer Lynch, Pima County Department of Environmental Quality; Universal and Medical Waste, Jeff Christensen, University of Arizona; Profiling Waste into a TSDF, Andy Marshall, US Ecology; EPA Next Generation Compliance, Combining Environmental and Worker Safety Violations, Jerry Worsham, The Cavanagh Law Firm, P.A.; Updates on Waste Programs, Pamela Nicola, ADEQ; Legislation & SRO Organization, Amanda Stone, ADEQ; LUNCH & Visit Tucson Fire Hazmat & Ladder Truck; Visit Vendor Booths; Hazmat Incidents and Initial Owner Response, Captain James Cosmas, Tucson Fire Department; Hazmat Placarding for Highway Transportation, Officer Gary Mitchell, Arizona Department of Public Safety; Mastering Container Compatibility, Tracy Carlise, H2O Environmental; Implementing Green Technology & Programs, Andre Fuentes, Frito Lay Casa Grande; RCRA Quiz Show, Amanda Lam, ADEQ; Question & Answers Session, Wrap-up, & Final Door Prizes; Happy Hour!



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