Annual Environmental Conference and Trade Show

Annual Environmental Conference and Trade Show

Hershey Lodge
325 University Drive | Hershey, PA 17033
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 | 8:30 am to 3:15 pm
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8 a.m. RegistrationContinental Breakfast, Exhibits Open
8:30 a.m.


-    Kevin Sunday, Director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry

8:40 a.m.

 EPA National Perspective

- Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

  • The federal Environmental Protection Agency’s lead regulator for air quality and radiation will discuss the agency’s accomplishments with respect to regulatory reform and priorities moving forward for 2019 and 2020. Of interest to the business community, topics will include New Source Review, National Ambient Air Quality Standards and the Affordable Clean Energy rule.
9:15 a.m.

Environmental, Sustainability and Governance (ESG) Panel

-    Marc Lindsay, Senior Member-Investment Stewardship Team, Vanguard

-    Devin James, Manager, Investor Relations & ESG, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

-    Tom Quaadman, Executive Vice President, Capital Markets Group, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • More and more, Board of Directors and C-Suites are asking for measurements from environmental professionals to show that their companies have found a balance between financial returns, transparency, social interests and the environment. Overall, companies that have made strong efforts towards Environmental, Sustainability and Governance (ESG) have healthier balance sheets and enhanced reputations. Each panelist will briefly describe the highlights of ESG that have worked from their perspective, then will open up the discussion for an engaging session with the audience. 
10:15 a.m. Refreshment BreakExhibits Open
10:45 a.m. Learning Tracks—Choose from the following two sessions:
Water Issues Transportation/Sustainability

Environmental Water Issues Compliance and Best Practices

- R. Timothy Weston, Partner, K&L Gates

  • Environmental water regulations on both the national and state levels have been going through a lot of changes. The Clean Water Act just recently proposed tightening up many of the definitions as to what is a tributary, adjacent wetland, and more. We will cover:
  • Highlights of the most recent proposed Clean Water Act changes and what this means for compliance
  • Stormwater compliance and the latest update on industrial stormwater issues
  • NPDES permitting and inspection of point source discharge
  • Chesapeake Bay Update
  • Other water quality standard issues

Best Practices for Transporting Products Safely through Environmental Controls and Sustainability

- Sue Briggum, Vice President, Federal Public Affairs, Waste Management

- Mark Giuffre, Vice President, State Government Affairs-East Region, UPS

  • Transportation sustainability is another huge national issue impacting companies of all sizes. Sustainable transport refers to the broader sense of social, environmental and climate impacts of transportation and opportunities to reduce the environmental impacts of moving products and providing service.
  • From the perspectives of a national waste management company and a national shipping company, learn how they are driving sustainability with best practices and the latest technologies, and integrating transport into their broader sustainability programs.
  • A discussion of some of the newest technologies to move materials faster, safer and cleaner.
Noon Lunch—Exhibits Open  
1 p.m. 

Residual Waste Compliance

-    Rodd Bender, Partner, Manko Gold Katcher & Fox LLP

-    Mike Meloy, Partner, Manko Gold Katcher & Fox LLP

  • Complying with Pennsylvania’s Residual Waste regulations is one of the most confusing tasks for companies of all sizes. Unique to Pennsylvania, understanding the definitions, reporting, storage and transport is a major undertaking for most facilities.  We will cover:
    • The main definitions and how to ascertain which products your company produces pertain under this law
    • A review of the more common reports you must prepare and submit to DEP
    • Best practices for storing and transporting residual waste
    • Latest update on the Clean Fill Policy
    • Tips to better manage your in-house residual waste program
2 p.m. Refreshment Break—Exhibits Open  
2:15 p.m. 

Complying with the New Storage Tank Regulations

-    Scott Gould, Partner, McNees Wallace & Nurick

-    Kris Shiffer, Chief, Division of Storage Tanks, PA Department of Environmental Protection

  • Early in 2018, the Environmental Quality Board amended Chapter 245 relating to administration of the Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Program. This rulemaking went into effect on Dec. 22, 2018, and it strengthens the requirements for operation and maintenance of underground storage tank (UST) equipment, but also requires substantially more recordkeeping and reporting by tank owners. Currently, UST owners and operators are required to have spill prevention, overfill prevention and release detection equipment in place, but are not required to periodically verify the functionality of some of that equipment. The final rulemaking also adds a new certification category for persons that only perform minor modifications of UST systems.
  • The new rule shortens the in-service inspection cycle for aboveground storage tanks (AST) in underground vaults and small ASTs. The rule also clarifies or corrects a number of other provisions in Chapter 245 based on the Department’s experience in implementing this chapter since it was updated in 2007.
  • The speakers will concentrate on the new mandatory changes with strategies for complying with the waste containment feature—both from a legal and enforcement standpoint, and will offer best practices for compliance.
3:15 p.m.


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