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2020 Annual Environmental Conference

2020 Annual Environmental Conference

Virtual Event
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - Thursday, October 29, 2020
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AGENDA — Day 1
Energy, Water and Inspections
Wednesday, October 28
8 a.m. — 2:15 p.m.

8:00 a.m. Virtual Conference Link is Live / Early Bird Coffee Chat
To ensure the best possible experience, registrants are encouraged to log in early. If you experience technical difficulties, please call Zoom Technical Support at 888.799.9666 and select Option 2.
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Kevin Sunday, Director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
8:40 a.m. National Energy, Air and Climate Issues Update
- Marty Durbin, President, Global Energy Institute, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Federal energy and environmental policy continues to evolve under the Trump administration and a divided Congress. The leader of the U.S. Chamber’s Global Energy Institute will discuss how these changes impact Pennsylvania and the business community.
9:15 a.m. Environmental Water Issues Compliance and Best Practices
- Maureen O’Dea Brill, Associate, K&L Gates
- Tad Macfarlan, Partner, K&L Gates

There has been an array of changes to environmental water regulations at the national and state levels, including new rules related to the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. The speakers will discuss:
  • Highlights of the most recent proposed changes to the Clean Water Act and compliance implications
  • The latest industrial stormwater issues with emphasis on stormwater compliance
  • NPDES permitting and inspection of point source discharge
  • EPA/PADEP initiates relating to PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances)
  • Other water quality standard issues
10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:45 a.m. National Energy Perspective
- Neil Chatterjee, Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

The Chairman of the independent commission overseeing interstate power and natural gas markets will discuss the agency’s recent decisions in key energy matters and the implications for energy markets, producers and consumers, including Pennsylvania’s energy and manufacturing sectors.
11:30 a.m. Sponsor Showcase
Noon Lunch Break – Please do not log off
12:30 p.m. Sponsor Showcase
12:45 p.m. Surviving Investigations and Facility Inspections
- Colleen Grace Donofrio, Shareholder, Babst Calland Attorneys at Law

It is critical that companies are adequately prepared for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) inspections to avoid violations and compliance-related fines. The speaker will discuss:
  • How to prepare for an inspection if you receive an early notice, what to do during the inspection, and how to analyze results of the inspection.
  • A company’s rights during an inspection with emphasis on unannounced inspections.
  • Best practices to swiftly take corrective action to ensure compliance.
2:00 p.m. Review of the Day 2 Program Agenda; Closing Remarks
2:15 p.m. Adjourn

AGENDA — Day 2
Enforcement, Act 2 and Waste
Thursday, October 29
7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

7:45 a.m. Virtual Conference Link is Live
To ensure the best possible experience, registrants are encouraged to log in early. If you experience technical difficulties, please call Zoom Technical Support at 888.799.9666 and select Option 2.
8:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
- Kevin Sunday, Director of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
8:20 a.m. U.S. Department of Justice Update on Litigation Involving Federal Energy and Environmental Policy
- Jonathan Brightbill, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division

The Environment and Natural Resources Division is a core litigating component of the U.S. Department of Justice. The Division’s mission includes enforcing the nation’s civil and criminal environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and hazardous waste laws, protecting the nation’s natural resources and prosecuting international trafficking claims, handling cases relating to tribal rights and resources, and exercising the U.S. power of eminent domain. The Division also litigates in federal courts to defend the environmental and resource policy decisions and regulations of agencies including EPA, DOI, DOT, FWS, and NOAA. Its efforts result in significant public health and other direct benefits to the American people through the reduction of pollution across the nation and the protection of important natural resources. The speaker will discuss:
  • Recently concluded and on-going litigation of major federal energy and environmental laws and regulations, as well as the potential impact of these cases on key Pennsylvania industries.
  • The Trump administration’s approach to enforcement and compliance.
9:05 a.m. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Special Presentation
- Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler will highlight accomplishments and priorities of the agency under his tenure and will engage in moderated Q&A with attendees.
9:45 a.m. Act 2 Compliance & Clean Fill Update
- Michael Meloy, Partner, Manko Gold Katcher and Fox
- Craig Robertson, Consultant, Groundwater Sciences Corporation

Recent regulatory changes to the Pennsylvania Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act (Act 2) poses major potential implications for projects that require excavation or ground disturbance. The speakers will discuss:
  • Regulatory changes, testing requirements and best practices for compliance.
  • What constitutes “clean fill”
  • The challenges facing companies as a result of Act 2 and strategies to ensure understanding and compliance.
11 a.m. Break and Sponsor Showcase
11:30 a.m. Panel Discussion: EPA Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
- Brian Clark, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C.
- Karen Melvin, Director, EPA Region 3 Compliance and Enforcement Division
- Joseph Adams, PA DEP Deputy Secretary for Field Operations

In addition to engaging in Q&A with registrants, the panel will discuss:
  • The role and goals of the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division as part of the Region 3 Office.
  • Best practices for effective engagement and compliance at the state and federal levels.
12:45 p.m. Closing Remarks; Adjourn

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Online registration for this event is closed. For more information call 877.866.8965