SWANA

Road to Zero Conference Conference Program

Schedule at a Glance:

Dates and times are subject to change.

7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Spring Training Center

Two-Day Courses: Landfill Gas Systems Operations & Maintenance
Organics Collection
Managing MSW Collection Systems

Three-Day Courses: Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO)
HHW/CESQG Collection Operations
Managing Composting Programs
Managing Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems (ISWM)
Managing Recycling Systems
Transfer Station Management

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8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.

Opening Welcome

8:55 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Awards Presentation

Presentation of individual achievement awards by SWANA’s Technical Divisions

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

YP Mid-Year Meeting

Head over to the Young Professionals meeting for a chance to meet other YPs and participate in a group discussion about the upcoming year, share your ideas, give feedback, and receive updates from the Steering Committee.

Convention Center A12

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote: A World without Waste [CEUs 1]

Mike Sangiacomo, CEO, Recology, Inc.

What does that mean? For Mike Sangiacomo and the employee-owners of Recology, Inc., it’s a vision of a world where resources are used and re-used in a sustainable ecosystem that strives for the best and highest use. Recology, the largest privately held solid waste company in the United States and leader in innovative waste diversion and recycling, serves many communities with an interest in striving for Zero Waste.

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11:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Communication, Education & Marketing Technical Division meeting

Convention Center A19

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch
Multiple

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

How Sweeping Changes to NSPS Impact Your Facility [CEUs 2]

Amy Banister, Senior Director, Air Programs, Waste Management
Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers
Niki Wuestenberg, Manager — Air Compliance, Republic Services

A panel of experts will review the recent amendments to the Federal New Source Performance Standards (Subpart XXX), how the new rules change what we’ve come to expect from the NSPS, when the changes will take place and who will be impacted by these changes. These rule changes have the potential to be the most sweeping changes in decades, with a broad range of operational and regulatory impacts.

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RTZW

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Zero Waste as a Climate Game-Changer [CEUs 2]

Emily Coven, Founder, Recyclist
Elizabeth Roe, President, EcoPartners, Inc.
Cathleen Hall, Solid Waste Manager, Pitkin County, Colorado
Peter Veiga, Supervisor of Waste Operations, Regional Municipality of Durham
Kate Bailey, Eco-Cycle Solutions Director, Eco-Cycle

The hot topic (pun intended) in environmental management these days is climate change: what causes it and what to do to manage it. From tools to measure and track GHG savings from recycling and composting, to communicating the benefits of recycling through print, apps and social media, the experts in this session demonstrate easy and effective ways to help you position your zero waste program as a leader in the climate change action arena.

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2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Applied Research Foundation Meeting

Convention Center A17

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Break

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

YP Breakout Session

Discussion with session speakers.

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LFG

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

All Organics Do Not Decay the Same [CEUs 1]

Dean Stanphill, Senior Manager, ES Engineering Services, LLC
Denise Farrell, President,Environmental Attribute Advisors LLC
David Czerniak, Senior Engineer, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

The impact of organic waste diversion and development of an anaerobic digestion (AD) project is a significant consideration that is complex and unique, from both financial and a technology standpoints. Come to this session to learn about models and trends that might help you make the best decision for your own operation.

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LF

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Getting What You Pay for from Design through Construction [CEUs 1]

Dr. George Koerner, P.E., Director, Geosynthetic Institute
Tim Rafter, Vice President of Business Development, Atlantic Lining Company, Inc.
Glen Toepfer, President, CQA Solutions, Ltd.
Sam Allen, Vice President. TRI Geosynthetic Services
Anthony W. Eith, P.E., Vice President, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.

This presentation will cover what you need to do to ensure construction quality assurance, including current industry trends. Hear how to train personnel to write quality specifications and perform field observations and installation testing. Learn from the guy who literally wrote the book on designing with geosynthetics and other experts!

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Safety

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SAFETY SUMMIT: Managing an Accident Investigation

Ken Davis, Director of Risk Management at Waste Connections
James Mahoney, Attorney at Law, Resnick & Louis, P.C.

A major accident can lead you into a maze of complicated OSHA, DOT, state, and organizational regulations, on top of insurance claims and potential legal liabilities. In this Safety Summit session, industry experts will review how to protect both your organization and your employee.

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RTZW

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Goldilocks Conundrum: Exploring Programs That Are Just Right [CEUs 1]

Elisa Seltzer, Public Works Director, Emmet County, Michigan
Rachel Lewison, Southern Nevada Recycling Coordinator, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
Doug Drennen, Senior Project Manager, JR Miller and Associates, Inc.
Tim Flanagan, General Manager, Monterey Regional Waste Management District
Jim Miller, President and CEO, J.R. Miller and Associates

Waste management programs vary according to the size of a community and its financial resoources. Rural and urban communities have different challenges in how to fund and structure their integrated waste management systems. We hope one of these examples is just right for you.

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LFG

4:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Practical Solutions to a Variety of Landfill Gas Problems [CEUs 1]

Patrick Sullivan, Senior Vice President, SCS Engineers
Frank Caponi, Division Engineer, Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts
Bradford Albrink, Project Engineer, Cornerstone Environmental Group

The presentations in this session will make you better equipped to deal with challenges in your professional life and, in one case, perhaps even in your personal life. Don’t let the frustrations get you down! Take control by learning about applications to these current technical issues as well as negotiating skills with an edge!

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LF

4:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

From the Stone Age to the 21st Century: Technology Applications for Landfills [CEUs 1]

David P. Hostetter, Senior Project Professional, SCS Engineers
Matthew Lehman, Imaging Sales Consultant, GeoShack

The presentation will begin with a set of case studies showing how operators and engineers can use technology to collect, review, and analyze landfill gas and leachate data and inform their daily decision making processes.

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RTZW

4:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Are You Hungry for Good Recipes to Reduce and Manage Food Scraps? [CEUs 1]

Jessica Aldridge, Sustainability Manager, Athens Services
Hana Steel, Recycling Coordinator, County of Maui, Hawai’i
Ruth Abbe, Principal, Abbe & Associates, LLC

If you love food, but not waste, you’re seeking creative ways to re-use food that is no longer useful for your own table, whether that’s from point of sale or meal preparation in restaurants or homes, both single and multi-family. In this 90-minute session, learn four different ways to re-direct unused food or food scraps to benefit your community.

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LFG

4:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

RNG — Where is this Train Going? [CEUs 1]

Joel Goldberg, Partner, Porter Hedges LLP
Bill Held, Partner, Specialized Biogas Services, LLC
David Wentworth, Co-founder, Evensol, LLC
David Cox, Esq., Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas

The renewable natural gas market is down at the moment, but with new vehicle fuel legislation, proposed enhancement of the RFS program and a major movement among all waste companies to further develop CNG/LNG fleets what will the future hold? How can you make these changes work for your company? Do you have the equipment and resources to make it pay off? Join the High BTU Subcommittee to find out what market drivers are expected to influence the industry.

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LF

4:40 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Benchmarking Landfill Performance  

Jeff Dworek, Director of Operations, Metro Waste Authority, Iowa
Jan McHargue, Solid Waste Administrator, City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Bob Watts, Executive Director, Chester County Solid Waste Authority, Pennsylvania

Jeremy O’Brien, Director of SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation, hosts a discussion by three landfill managers about the benefits and pitfalls associated with benchmarking costs and performance of their facilities.

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6:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

SWANA’S 2ND Annual 5K Fun Run-Walk for Charity

Registration fees wholly support school scholarships to children who have been working at trash dumps in Guatemala through the ISWA Scholarship Programme, an international charity. Get a warm feeling for doing something good, as well as a competitor’s medal and t-shirt at the end of the race.

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7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Spring Training Center

Two-Day Courses: Organics Collection
Managing MSW Collection Systems

Three-Day Courses: Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO)
HHW/CESQG Collection Operations
Managing Composting Programs
Managing Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems (ISWM)
Managing Recycling Systems
Transfer Station Management

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RTZW

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Don’t Waste L.A. [CEUs 1]

Nick Pealy, Senior Consultant, Asset Management & Reliability Services, CH2M
Karen Coca, Division Manager, Citywide Recycling, City of Los Angeles
Lisa Carlson, Environmental Supervisor, Solid Resources Commercial Franchise Division, City of Los Angeles

Don’t Waste L.A. is a coalition of community, environmental, faith and labor organizations working to increase LA’s recycling and composting, while cleaning up a historically dirty and dangerous industry. The new franchise system for collecting waste from businesses and apartments was approved by the Los Angeles Board of Public Works in October 2016. You’ll hear how this waste management journey could end up being a model for municipalities across the country.

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Multiple

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

SAFETY SUMMIT: Elevated Temperatures in Landfills: Health & Safety Challenges

Gary Pons, VP, National Specialist on H&S, SCS Engineers
Dan Brennan, Senior Project Engineer, SCS Engineers

Attend this combined event to find out how to safely manage elevated temperatures in your landfill.

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9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Break
RTZW

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

A Researcher, a Manager, and a Regulator Walk Into a Commercial Venue… [CEUs 1]

Dana D’Souza, SERA-Skumatz Economic Research Associates
Leslie Lukacs, Sustainable Materials Management Project Manager, SCS Engineers
Jenny Stephenson, Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. EPA

Each presenter offers a perspective on how to engage commercial building owners, managers and tenants in understanding the a.m.ounts and types of waste they produce, and how to cut waste management costs by tracking performance metrics and training the people who use their facilities to change behaviors.

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LFG

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Cleaning up the Little Things [CEUs 1]

Jerrel Branson, President, Pioneer Air Systems, LLC
Paul Grylls, P.E., Senior Project Engineer, Granite Fuel Engineering
Martin Tielbaard, Senior Sales Manager, Paques Environmental Technologies, Inc.

Every application has different requirements – every gas stream has different contaminants. Join the Gas Treatment Subcommittee members as they explore what’s working, what’s new in the industry and what may be on the horizon for gas treatment.

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LF

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Dewatering LFG Extraction Wells — What Have We Learned After 20 Years of NSPS? [CEUs 1]

David Vonasek, P.E., Senior Project Manager, SCS Engineers
David Kaminski, Senior Vice President, QED Environmental Systems
Steve Lamb, P.E., Vice President/Project Director, SCS Engineers
Art Jones, Senior Project Manager, SCS Engineers

This presentation will address this challenge in the LFG and biogas industry by discussing the various sources and remediation efforts that have proved most effective in mitigating free liquids within municipal solid waste landfills.

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LFG

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Is this Regulation Headed South? [CEUs 1]

Jared Williams, Regional Operations Manager, DTE Energy
Stephen Smith, Senior Vice President, Operations, Clean Energy Renewables
Matthew Dugan, P.E., Manager, Project Development and Southern Ontario Operations, Comcor Environmental Limited
Nathan Hall, P.E., Director, Operations, Ameresco
Marcus Scrimgeour, Project Manager, SCS Engineers
Babak Owlam, Project Manager, CSA Group

In 2015, the ANSI/CSA-B149.6 standard was published, which applies to the design, operation and maintenance of newly constructed landfill gas facilities, as well as additions and upgrades of existing systems. The impact of this standard on design, contracts, permitting, insurability and on-going operations of landfill gas facilities will be explored through a panel of industry and B149.6 subcommittee members, including representatives from consulting, electrical and high-BTU facility operations and the health and safety perspective.

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LF

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Changing Role of Disposal Facilities — The Tail is Now Wagging the Dog? [CEUs 1]

Manuel J. Hernandez, Senior Project Manager, SCS Engineers
Susan Harrison, Environmental Engineer, County of Greenville
Thabet Tolaymat, U.S. EPA

Landfills are changing from playing a lead role in waste disposal to a support role as we transition from waste disposal to sustainable materials management. Focus has been on recycling, compaction and recovering landfill gas. When managing an existing landfill or trying to site a new one, we now must include many other processes. Join the discussion about what a future landfill site will look like and how to educate policy makers and community members who will be making decisions in their communities.

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11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch
RTZW

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Are You Buying It? Efforts to Reduce Contamination [CEUs 1]

Stephen Alexander, President, The Association of Plastic Recyclers
Lisa Skumatz, Principal Consultant, Skumatz Economic Research Associates
John Skinner, Environmental Consultant, John Skinner Environmental Consulting, LLC

As the demand for recycled materials fluctuates, the successful recycling program will be one whose managers understand the underlying causes and costs of current recycling markets. In this session, presenters discuss how the recycling business model is changing, potential education and equipment improvements that can help reduce contamination, and how one market sector is working with design engineers on packaging decisions, as well as consulting with MRF operators to ensure their concerns are being addressed.

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RTZW

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

To Educate, We Need Facts [CEUs 1]

Roslyn Kygar, Waste Diversion Planner, Austin Resource Recovery, City of Austin
Aidan Cohen, Environmental Program Manager, Austin Resource Recovery, City of Austin
Mary Shanks, Project Manager, HDR

The Road to Zero Waste involves inspiring people to change their view of the waste stream elements as a resource for other uses, so they understand the need and methods for diverting materials from the landfill. Learn how studies in Austin, Texas, and King County, Washington, led to greater understanding of waste stream components and how collected data was used as the basis for accomplishing their goals.

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LF

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Liquids Management: Engaging Your Control Freak [CEUs 1]

Jeffrey Reed, Vice President, SCS Engineers
Doug DeCesare, P.E., Vice President, HDR

Landfill managers face a conflicting set of goals: minimizing leachate generation, which can result in an increase in stormwater volumes. Like reducing waste generation in the solid waste hierarchy, reducing leachate is the best tactic for landfills – reducing is key to avoiding costly headaches. On the other hand, stormwater control is vital as well. Liquids can take solids with them as they leave the landfill, and wash away the soil from a cover system. Come learn more about how to find the balance for your facility.

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LFG

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers… How Do We Use Data Effectively? [CEUs 1]

Jay Hatho, CIO, SCS Engineers
Bruce Jernigan, Senior Project Advisor, SCS Engineers
Allan Evora, President, Affinity Energy
Wayne Marshall, P.E., Managing Director, Petra Energy

Data rich and information poor — the bane of modern O&M! Recent advances in hardware technologies that network physical objects (Internet-of-Things) are geometrically expanding real-time data. But hardware isn’t enough — you need to learn how to interpret the data you’re gathering to do things like prioritize maintenance, optimize operations and proactively identify potential problems to ultimately exceed expected plant performance. In this session, you’ll learn about both current technologies and data analysis techniques.

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1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Break

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

YP Breakout Session

Discussion with session speakers.

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LFG

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Gas Conditioning — Practical Applications to Making Your Fuel Usable [CEUs 1]

Steven G. Wittman, Senior Client Manager, Cornerstone Environmental Group
Joseph P. Curro, Principal Engineer, CDM Smith

You have the gas – now how do you make it usable for your application? Come learn about the variations in treatment requirements driven not only by the end user but by the source of the gas.

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LFG

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) Special Session

LMOP is a voluntary technical assistance program that helps to reduce methane emissions from landfills by encouraging the recovery and use of landfill gas as a renewable energy resource. LMOP forms partnerships with communities, landfill owners, utilities, power marketers, states, project developers, tribes and nonprofit organizations to overcome barriers to project development by helping them assess project feasibility, find financing and market the benefits of project development to the community.

There is no cost to attend the LMOP Special Session, but registration is required.

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LF

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Liquids Management: Dealing with the Nasty Stuff [CEUs 1]

Ivan A. Cooper, Principal, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Adam Eccles, EIT, Wastewater Compliance Systems
Patrick Stanford, Rochem Americas, Inc.

As everyone knows, leachate is a nasty wastewater, with biological components that are stronger than traditional wastewater. Landfill managers need to be able to add and subtract treatment processes to change with the life of the landfill, because the components vary significantly over time. There are significant components, like ammonia, that are hard to remove. New technologies have been tried that offer solutions to landfill managers. Come to this session to learn what’s working to effectively treat this stuff.

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Safety

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SAFETY SUMMIT: Managing the Aging Workforce and Employee Health [CEUs 1]

Tom Renner, President, Corporate Injury Management Associates; COO, The Instinctive Movement System

Like most sectors today, the solid waste industry is dealing with an aging workforce. Add on the fact that many of these jobs are very physical and repetitive, and you have a recipe for disaster. Injuries cost both you and your employees’ time, money, and anguish, so reducing them benefits everyone.

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RTZW

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Take That Back! What’s Working for Hard to Recycle Products [CEUs 1]

Doug Kobold, President, National Stewardship Action Council
Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director, National Stewardship Action Council
Walter Alcorn, Vice President, Environmental Affairs and Industry Sustainability, Consumer Technology Association

The list of materials that can be reused goes on and on… If your community has the right laws and programs to collect and repurpose them. While California leads the nation in statewide laws regarding product stewardship and EPR, 30 other states and the District of Columbia have one or more similar laws on the books. Learn more about these laws, and how the electronics industry in particular is addressing demand for greater producer responsibility in the fast-moving world of technology progress.

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Multiple

3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Being Safe on the Road to Zero Waste

Rexie LeStrange, Solid Waste Superintendent, Manteca, CA; Northern California Gold Rush Chapter Safety Ambassador
Brian Haney, VP, Safety and Compliance , Leadpoint Business Services

A panel of experts on safety and Sustainable Materials Management will discuss what you need to do to keep both employees and the public safe on the road to zero waste.

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LF

3:10 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

Cell Construction to Daily Operations [CEUs 1]

Josh Bartlome, Executive Director and CEO, Southern Idaho Regional Solid Waste District

Josh will provide a personal experience of managing a landfill cell expansion project from concept to completion.

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LF

3:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Liquids Management: A Hodgepodge of Challenges [CEUs 1]

David A. Pounders, Assistant Project Manager, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Henry Kerfoot, Principal, Civil and Environmental Consultants

This session deals with things associated with leachate management that are often overlooked. Sometimes they seem minor, but may have a major impact on your landfill. Learn interesting things about landfill liquids management that you probably haven’t heard anywhere else.

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3:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-out

4:20 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

Closing Plenary: The Circular Economy as a Business Driver for the Waste Management Industry

Herman Huisman, MSc., Senior advisor/Expert RWS Environment

Using his experience in the Netherlands as a framework, Herman Huisman will talk about the concept of the circular economy, which North Americans call closing the loop.

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5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Networking Event: A Magical Evening

The SWANA Nevada Great Basin and Northern California Gold Rush Chapters will be hosting a magical evening among friends at this year’s SWANApalooza.

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Hotel Info

Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa
3800 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89502
(800) 723-6500

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(Use code SWANA17)

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