International Society of Automation News Release
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Regulatory officials and leading subject-matter experts take center stage at ISA’s 15th Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR)-Fugitive Emissions Symposium

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (14 May 2015) – Attendees at next week’s 15th annual ISA Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR)-Fugitive Emissions Symposium will hear—direct from leading regulatory officials and industry experts—all about the latest EPA compliance objectives and expectations, technical updates, and technologies and trends in air emission reduction.

Reflecting the EPA’s Next Generation Compliance initiative (2014-2017), the symposium, to be held 19 May through 21 May in New Orleans, will outline the direction and recommendations needed to follow best practices and meet newly-stated EPA compliance requirements—now and in the future.

An outstanding slate of speakers and Q-and-A sessions will provide the critical insights needed to achieve successful air compliance strategies and improve performance metrics. The symposium will be highlighted by presentations and interactive panel discussions on next-generation enforcement and compliance featuring:

  • Jodi Howard, EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS)
  • Ken Garing, EPA, National Enforcement Investigation Center (NEIC)

Among other prominent experts who will be presenting at the event include:

  • Jim Keaveney, ISA 2015 President-Elect Secretary
  • Brian Whitley, EMSI
  • Kosta Loukeris, EPA-R6
  • Buzz Harris, Sage Environmental
  • Bronson Page, Sage Environmental
  • Chris Patterson, InspectionLogic Corporation
  • Donald D. (Deever) Bradley, ERM
  • Jay Christopher, Trihydro
  • John Butow, ERM
  • Maurice Pinder, Shell Chemical
  • Shane Kling, Ei, Shell Chemical
  • Tanya Jackson, Avanti Environmental
  • Robert Kester, Rebellion Photonics
  • Rex Moses, LDARTools
  • Yousheng Zeng, Providence
  • Michael Web, Star Environmental
  • Ron Frisard, Stationary Equipment Sealing
  • Calvin Niss, Trihydro
  • Walt Willliamson, TriHydro
  • Bridgett Morales, safety and training expert

There’s still time to register and attend this important event. Register today.

Two valuable ISA training opportunities

On Tuesday, 19 May——before the technical program begins—ISA will be conducting two valuable training courses: Audit-Proofing Your LDAR Program (SP09PC) and Implementation and Maintenance of LDAR Programs for Oil and Gas Sites (SP12PC).

Mardi Gras-themed mixer sponsored by Avanti Environmental

On the evening of Wednesday, 20 May, Avanti Environmental will host a networking mixer—featuring a New Orleans band, food, refreshments, fun, and prizes. The gathering, held immediately following the final technical session, provides an ideal opportunity to socialize and relax, meet with event presenters and speakers, and reconnect with friends.

Informative vendor exhibits

Learn about the latest LDAR industry products and services from industry leaders through hands-on demonstrations.

A brand-new mobile app

Download the official 2015 ISA LDAR mobile app—available now on iTunes and Google Play. You’ll be able to quickly access the agenda, create your own customized itinerary, tweet live during sessions, interact with other attendees, and so much more!

Click here for more information. For any questions, contact ISA Customer Service at

An outstanding location

The symposium will be held at the regal Astor Crowne Plaza, located on Canal Street in the exciting French Quarter. Right outside the hotel are world-famous downtown attractions, such as, Harrah’s Casino, Aquarium of the Americas, and the New Orleans Riverwalk, offering riverboat cruises and fabulous shopping. Register today.

About ISA

The International Society of Automation ( is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 36,000 members and 350,000 customers around the world.

ISA owns, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (, an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute ( and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (