ISA’s 16th Fugitive Emissions-LDAR Symposium draws more than 120 air quality professionals to stay updated on air compliance regulations, leak-prevention technologies and practices

  • May 26, 2016
  • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

More than 120 plant, refinery, air quality and emissions professionals responsible for maintaining leak detection and repair (LDAR) programs and assisting in compliance with government regulations to reduce air emissions attended ISA’s 16th annual Fugitive Emissions-LDAR Symposium 16-20 May 2016 in scenic Denver, Colorado USA.

ISA’s LDAR Symposium is the longest-running conference in America devoted solely to LDAR and air compliance professionals and their needs and concerns. Attendees obtain the most recent news and updates on EPA requirements and mandates, and the most effective strategies and practices—direct from government regulators and industry experts.

This year’s event again featured an expansive slate of presentations, panel discussions, and interactive sessions—drawing on the insights of government officials, LDAR program experts, engineers, consultants, and end users.

Highlights included:

  • Two interactive panel sessions featuring regulatory officials from the EPA’s National Enforcement Investigation Center (NEIC) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) along with other prominent LDAR authorities.
  • A distinguished lineup of guest speakers, including: Deever Bradley (ERM), instructor and Conference Co-Chair; Ken Garing (NEIC); Joe Wilwerding (EPA) and other EPA Region 8 and CDPHE personnel; Graham “Buzz” Harris (Sage Environmental Consulting); and Matthew Gobert, Conference Co-Chair, and Brian Whitley (both of EMSI Environmental Services).
  • The examination of recent case studies and real-world successes in air compliance across the US.
  • Access to more than 25 vendor exhibitions showcasing the latest LDAR tools and technologies.

In addition, some attendees took the opportunity to attend an ISA training course, LDAR Best Practices – Advanced Edition (SP13PC). The course provided a fast-paced, advanced overview covering common compliance challenges encountered by the regulated community and LDAR contractors.

To learn more about ISA’s annual Fugitive Emissions-LDAR Symposium, as well as the ISA Fugitive Emissions, Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) Technical Interest Group, contact ISA’s Kim Belinsky, ISA Division & Events Manager, at +1 919-990-9404 or at

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 40,000 members and 400,000 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 (