NEOCHMM members are reminded to pay their annual dues as part of the dues payment to  AHMP.  Just choose the Chapter (NEOCHMM) dues option.  Also, you can pay NEOCHMM dues directly on this website, via PayPal.  Note that PayPal can accept credit cards.


Also, if you have not kept up with dues to IHMM, here is an article from the January 2015 Newsletter:




Implementation of IHMM’s new Annual Certification Maintenance Fee Policy will soon become effective. Starting March 1st, 2015 IHMM will begin the decertification process of certificants whose Annual Certification Maintenance Fees have been expired for over 12 months.

Certificants who become decertified will have to start the certification process over and will receive a new credential number. A credential can be regained by contacting the Madison Bridner, Certification Manager at 301-984-8969 ext. 19, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This information can also be found on IHMM’s website under the “Applicants” Tab.


Why do I have to pay my Annual Maintenance Fee?

As stated in the 2013 summer volume of IHMM Today “A candidate’s payment of their Annual Certification Maintenance Fees (ACMFs) ensures that IHMM has the necessary financial resources to maintain member records, that the certification continues to remain current with the latest developments in the industry, and enables the organization to continue to be a functional, dynamic entity far into the future in support of the members.”

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The AHMP 2015 National Conference will become your most valuable resource for education and networking. The landscape of EHS&S is constantly changing. You, as an environmental, health safety and security professional and leader, have the vision, knowledge and the experience to effectively manage hazardous materials and mitigate risk. It is crucial that you continue your professional development, remain adaptable, motivated and responsive.


Join your fellow hazardous materials and waste management industry professionals at the much anticipated AHMP 2015 Conference by becoming one of our esteemed speakers. Submit an abstract to


If you present at the conference, they waive your registration fee for that day.

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, NEOCHMM had a very interesting tour of the Lake County Emergency Operations Center.  


The center is located at 8505 Garfield Road, just east of Lakeland Community College, on the east side of Lake County.  The Center is situated in an earthen and concrete bunker just outside the 10-mile exclusion zone from the Perry Nuclear Power Plant.


The Center was constructed in 1985 and was renovated with updated technology in 2010.  It has food service and sleeping quarters to support personnel in an extended emergency situation.  The center has its own standby power and has positive pressure filtered ventilation.


The Center services as an active Lake County Sheriff’s Communication Center and the Emergency Operations Center for Lake County.


The Communications Center receives 911 calls and dispatches help or transfers the calls to local jurisdictions as  necessary.  The system has conductivity with the 800Mz radio system in Lake County; landline, VoIP and wireless telephones and the internet.  


Direct Communications can be established with Federal, State, adjoining County and local authorities.    Additional features include a reverse-911 call system, countywide emergency sirens and the Emergency Alert System (“EAS”).

The Emergency Operations Center or “EOC” serves as the nerve center for responses by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters. In the past few years, the EOC was activated to respond to a derailment and release of hazardous materials and  to extensive flooding along the Chagrin River.  Every two years,  FEMA conducts a drill to respond to a potential radiological release form the Perry Nuclear Power Plant.


The center consists of a central operations room with desks for each responding agency.  The desks have telephones and radio communications with outlying resources.  There is also a command center for the County Commissioner’s and a Hazard Assessment Center to receive and evaluate field data, then model exposures to first responders and the general public.


Ed Filppi, with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, is assigned full time to the EOC, to coordinate the State Of Ohio’s response to a  radiological release from the Perry Nuclear Power Plant.  Ed has an educational and hands-on career background with Health Physics.  Ed reviewed the basic operations of a nuclear power plant, emergency classifications levels and potential responses to various levels of an emergency.   Bert Mechenbier, with the Lake County Department of Health, discussed the Field Monitoring Teams (FMT’s) and demonstrated the FMT Vans.  Lake County is the only county in Ohio and one of a very few across the nation that has field monitoring teams (FMTs) that would search for a radioactive plume, traverse the plume, take air samples, and perform analyses.  The Vans have the capability of monitoring for gross gamma radiation and field screening for radioactive iodine.  Such data can then be transferred to the EOC.  The vans can also be used to collect samples of air, water, soil and plant materials for subsequent analysis in a laboratory.


Our thanks to Ed, Burt, the County EOC and Sheriff’s Department for a very interesting tour and for answering our numerous questions.