2020 Annual Environmental Conference

2020 Annual Environmental Conference

Virtual Event
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - Thursday, October 29, 2020

Member Price: $150 | Non-Member Price: $200

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Designed for environmental professionals of all experience levels, this comprehensive two-day virtual program provides participants with the latest information and guidance on key energy and environmental issues at the state and federal levels.

Hear directly from top experts and government officials – including leaders from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Chamber Global Energy Institute, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and more – on significant and proposed changes to state and federal regulations and their implications for Pennsylvania businesses. Top experts will also share best practices to avoid violations and compliance-related fines related to investigations and facility inspections.

Program Highlights

  • Environmental Protection Agency Special Presentation—EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler highlights accomplishments and priorities of the agency under his tenure and engages in a moderated Q&A with attendees.
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Update—FERC Chairman Neil Chatterjee presents a national energy perspective and discusses the agency’s recent decisions in key electricity and gas pipeline matters and their implications for energy markets, producers, and consumers.
  • National Energy, Air and Climate Issues Analysis—Marty Durbin, President of the U.S. Chamber’s Global Energy Institute, discusses how changes to federal energy and environmental policy under the Trump administration and Congress impact Pennsylvania and the business community.
  • U.S. Dept. of Justice Update on Litigation Involving Federal Energy and Environmental Policy—Jonathan Brightbill, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, discusses the Trump administration’s approach to enforcement and compliance, as well as recently concluded and on-going litigation of major f ederal energy and environmental laws and regulations.
  • Recent Regulatory Changes to Environmental Laws and Regulations including the Pennsylvania Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act (Act 2), the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Surviving Investigations and Facility Inspections with emphasis on how to prepare for an inspection, a company’s rights during an inspection and best practices to avoid violations and compliance-related fines.

The registration fee for this virtual program is $150 for PA Chamber members and $200 for non-members. Registration includes access to all educational content, speaker presentations and handouts, a recording of the event and continuing education credits.

Continuing Education Credits

Certification group type of credits No. of credits
Continuing Legal Education Board CLEs 8
PA Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists Professional Development Hours (PDH) 8
Board of Certified Safety Professionals Continuance of Certification Point .75
American Board of Industrial Hygiene Industrial Hygiene CM Points 1.25

For questions on Continuing Education credit certifications for this event, please contact Susan Smith, 717.720.5457 |

About The Speakers

Day 1 Speakers (October 28)
Neil Chatterjee

Neil Chatterjee (Keynote Speaker)

Chairman Neil Chatterjee was nominated to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by President Donald J. Trump in May 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in August 2017. He served as Chairman from August 2017 to December 2017 and was again named Chairman on October 24, 2018.

Since joining the Commission, Chairman Chatterjee has championed several strategic initiatives reflecting his firm commitment to ensuring that FERC regulations and actions reflect changes in today’s energy landscape, including: streamlining and improving FERC’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal application review and approval process; ensuring new technologies such as electric storage can compete freely in energy markets; reforming the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA); securing the nation’s energy infrastructure from physical and cyber threats; and bolstering grid reliability and resilience.

Additionally, Chairman Chatterjee has made energy infrastructure a top priority. He led the Commission to reach a critical agreement on a framework to clear the way for the approval of several LNG export facilities, following two years in which there was no Commission action. In 2019, Chairman Chatterjee launched the EnVision Forum to bring together thought leaders and new voices in the energy world. This ground-breaking venture started a conversation focused on new lines of communication and collaboration to address issues facing the nation’s changing energy landscape. He has been an outspoken voice on the need to secure the nation’s critical energy infrastructure against physical and cyber threats. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Chairman Chatterjee is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Cincinnati, College of Law.

Martin Durbin

Martin Durbin (Keynote Speaker)

Martin (Marty) Durbin is president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Energy Institute (GEI). Durbin leads GEI’s efforts to build support for meaningful energy action through policy development, education, and advocacy, making it a go-to voice for commonsense energy solutions. Previously, he was the executive vice president and chief strategy officer at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where he integrated API’s broad advocacy capabilities in pursuit of the organization’s and the industry’s public policy priorities. He returned to API after serving for nearly three years as president and CEO of America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), representing North America’s leading independent natural gas exploration and production companies.

Durbin also served as executive vice president of Government Affairs at API. Subsequently, he served as vice president of Federal Relations at the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Prior to the merger of the ACC and the American Plastics Council (APC) in 2002, he directed Federal and International Affairs for APC, serving as a liaison to sister organizations in Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico, and South America. Earlier in his career he served as a legislative assistant for Sen. Alan J. Dixon (D-IL) and for Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA). He received a B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Maureen O’Dea Brill

Maureen O’Dea Brill

Maureen O’Dea Brill is an Associate of the law firm, K&L Gates, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of energy, environment and natural resources law. Her practice serves a diverse client base across multiple industry segments and focuses on federal and state legislative and regulatory policy, administrative law, compliance, government enforcement, and litigation involving potential environmental liabilities. O’Dea Brill represents clients in matters arising from a range of energy and environmental regulations and statutes, such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Clean Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). She holds her law degree from the American University Washington School of Law.

Tad Macfarlan

Tad Macfarlan

Tad Macfarlan is a Partner with the law firm of K&L Gates, where he is a member of the firm’s environment, land and natural resources practice group. Macfarlan advises the firm's energy, industrial, utility and commercial sector clients on compliance with federal, state and local environmental and land use laws. He has extensive experience working with the regulatory regimes governing wetland and stream protection, wastewater and stormwater discharges, air emissions, solid and hazardous waste management, water withdrawals, chemical and toxic substance controls, release reporting and response, and preservation of endangered species, cultural resources and historic properties. His practice includes project development, transactional, litigation, enforcement defense and regulatory compliance matters. He holds his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Colleen Grace Donofrio

Colleen Grace Donofrio

Colleen Donofrio is a shareholder in the Environmental Services Group of Babst Calland. Donofrio’s practice primarily focuses on federal and state hazardous and nonhazardous solid waste regulation and enforcement, environmental-related transactional issues (e.g., New Jersey Industrial Site Recovery Act compliance), release reporting and response, spill prevention, PCB management, toxic chemicals management, community right-to-know reporting, storage tank regulation, compliance auditing, training, multimedia inspection, preparation and response, occupational safety and health regulations and enforcement, environmental management systems, and product stewardship. Her extensive environmental experience has come from working closely with facilities in the iron, steel and metals industries, and her extensive environmental, health and safety experience has come from working with facilities in many other industrial sectors (i.e., chemical manufacturing, grain processing, and natural gas production and distribution). She holds her law degree from the Rutgers School of Law – Camden.

Day 2 Speakers (October 29)
Jonathan Brightbill

Jonathan Brightbill (Keynote Speaker)

Jonathan D. Brightbill is Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Environment & Natural Resources Division, at the United States Department of Justice. His responsibilities include supervision of the Department’s Environmental Defense Section, which represents the United States in complex civil litigation arising under a broad range of pollution control statutes. This includes the defense of administrative rules issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and certain other agencies under the pollution control laws in appellate and district courts, the defense of the United States and its agencies against alleged violations of pollution control statutes, and the enforcement of certain provisions of the Clean Water Act.

Previously Brightbill was a trial lawyer and Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. His practice included complex litigation such as commercial disputes, false advertising, patent, trademark, trade secret, antitrust and unfair competition, and environmental litigation, including extensive class action defense. He also handled bankruptcy, fraudulent conveyance, securities, and administrative matters. He served on the American Bar Association’s E-Discovery Working Group for Bankruptcy Practice and has been a frequent lecturer for District of Columbia Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Programs.

Brightbill was an appellate clerk for the Honorable D. Brooks Smith, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, after graduating magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center. He served as an Executive Policy Specialist for air, waste, land remediation, and radiation matters at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler (Keynote Speaker)

On February 28, 2019, the U.S. Senate confirmed Andrew Wheeler as the fifteenth Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). President Donald J. Trump had announced his appointment as the Acting EPA Administrator on July 5, 2018. Administrator Wheeler had previously been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the EPA Deputy Administrator on April 12, 2018. He has dedicated his career to advancing sound environmental policies. He began his career during the George H. W. Bush Administration as a Special Assistant in EPA's Pollution Prevention and Toxics office.

Administrator Wheeler was a Principal and the team leader of the Energy and Environment Practice Group at FaegreBD Consulting, as well as Counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels law firm, where he practiced since 2009. He also served as the Co-chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Industry team across the entire firm. Prior to his work with the firm, Administrator Wheeler served for six years as the Majority Staff Director and Chief Counsel, as well as the Minority Staff Director, of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Before his time at the full Senate EPW Committee, Administrator Wheeler served in a similar capacity for six years for the Subcommittee on Clean Air, Climate Change, Wetlands and Nuclear Safety.

He is the past Chairman of the National Energy Resource Organization (NERO) and a Stennis Fellow. He completed his law degree at Washington University in St. Louis, his MBA at George Mason University, and his undergraduate work at Case Western Reserve University in English and Biology.

Michael Meloy

Michael Meloy

Michael Meloy is a Partner with the law firm of Manko Gold Katcher & Fox. He has more than 35 years of experience in the environmental arena. He brings both a legal and engineering background to bear in representing a wide array of clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to closely held corporations, partnerships, municipalities, and citizens groups in environmental litigation, regulatory compliance, and transactional matters. Meloy has provided regulatory assistance and advice to businesses in connection with all of the major environmental regulatory programs, handled the environmental aspects of complex real estate and corporate transactions, been actively involved in numerous redevelopment and remediation projects around the world, handled environmental litigation in both the federal and state courts and before administrative tribunals, and helped design and implement environmental auditing and compliance management programs. He has been heavily involved in issues related to natural gas exploration and development in the Marcellus Shale formation. He holds his law degree from Harvard Law School.

Craig Robertson

Craig Robertson

Craig Robertson is a Hydrogeologist and the former President of Groundwater Sciences Corporation. Over the past 50 years, Craig has worked as a professional hydrogeologist on projects ranging from water supply development to hazardous waste site investigation and remediation with overall site remediation budgets as high as $100 million. He has performed environmental site assessments for Brownfields transactions ranging from a single building on a small lot to entire manufacturing plant sites on hundreds of acres.

Following the passage of Pennsylvania’s Act 2 of 1995, he has been heavily involved in remediating contaminated sites under that voluntary program, including sites focused on reuse of Brownfields and the joint PADEP/EPA One Cleanup Program. He was one of Secretary Seif’s five original Secretarial appointments to the PADEP’s Cleanup Standards Scientific Advisory Board in 1995 and has served on that Board under every succeeding Secretary of the Department. During this 25-year tenure on the CSSAB, he has served as vice chairperson and chairperson and on virtually every subcommittee or workgroup, including his current service on workgroups dealing with proposed standards for vanadium and lead.

Since 1979, he has been involved in site investigation and remediation under RCRA, CERCLA, and the Clean Water Act in six EPA Regions; 25 states; and the District of Columbia; and under similar programs in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and the United Kingdom. He is a Pennsylvania registered professional geologist; a charter member of the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists; and a member of the International Association of Hydrogeologists.

Brian Clark

Brian Clark

Brian Clark is a Shareholder with the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, where he has a diverse practice that spans over 30 years and covers three primary areas: environmental counseling, administrative and toxic tort litigation and governmental relations. As chair of the firm's Environmental practice group, Clark handles a variety of complex energy transactions, permitting compliance issues, litigation involving oil and gas producers and midstream companies, and transactions involving Brownfield properties for commercial, industrial and energy clients ranging from family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies. He counsels energy clients on corporate governance and environmental permits, as well as state funding sources. Clark has served as an advisor on Pennsylvania environmental and energy policy issues to three gubernatorial candidates, including former Governors Tom Ridge and Tom Corbett. He previously served on the transition teams for Governor Tom Corbett and Attorney General Mike Fisher. Clark is the Chair of the PA Chamber’s Environmental Committee. He holds his law degree from the Dickinson School of Law.

Karen Melvin

Karen Melvin

Karen Melvin is the Director of the Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division for EPA Region 3, where she is responsible for developing and implementing Region 3 enforcement and compliance assurance programs and statutes that EPA administers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia and Region 3 tribes.

The Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division works closely with the other Region 3 divisions, Office of Regional Counsel (ORC), Criminal Investigations Division (CID), and Department of Justice (DOJ) to deliver a comprehensive enforcement and compliance assurance program that uses the entire spectrum of compliance assurance tools available to the Region. Melvin holds her degree in Environmental Resources Management from Penn State University.

Joseph Adams

Joseph Adams

Joseph Adams is the Deputy Secretary for Field Operations for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). He started his DEP career in 2004 and has worked in the Field Operations, Water, and Oil & Gas deputates. Most recently, he served as the Regional Director for the Southcentral Regional Office. Adams has a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University and is a licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania.