2015 Environmental Compliance Conference

January 29, 2015

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Tickets

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!

Cornerstone:  $199
Member:  $249
Non-member:  $299

When

Thursday, January 29, 2015 | 8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where

Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Conference Center | 4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC

What:

The Compliance Series is a new suite of offerings for 2015. These seminars are targeted toward professionals who manage the legal and compliance matters for their organization. The focus will be less on policy and more focused on the detailed regulations and how to ensure compliance.
This discussion of compliance issues will be a deep dive on topics such as:

> North Carolina’s process for reviewing and streamlining regulations and permitting requirements
> DENR enforcement procedures and priority
> The implications of EPA’s proposed rules for existing, fossil fuel-fired power plants, and NC’s position on those proposed rules
> Federal and state disclosure policies and the legal principles that can protect the results of compliance audits from disclosure

Agenda:

8:00-8:45 am
Registration / Networking

8:45-9:00 am
Introductory Remarks / Welcome

9:00-9:30 am
Understanding NC Regulatory Reform (Life after H74 and S402)

Discussion of NC’s process for reviewing and streamlining regulations and permitting requirements
o Benne Hutson, McGuireWoods

9:30-10:15 am
Water Supply Planning and Permitting

Discussion of the results of DENR’s river basin modeling of long-term water supply demands and the legal authorities to address conflicting demands for water
o Hallie Meushaw, Troutman Sanders
o Ruffin Poole, Aqua America
o Dan McLawhorn, City of Raleigh

10:15-10:25 am
Networking Break

10:25-11:10 am
Discussion with the Department (DENR)

Discussion of DENR enforcement procedures and priorities.
o Michael Pjetraj, DAQ
o Jay Zimmerman, DWR
o Linda Culpepper, DWM
o Sean Sullivan, Troutman Sanders, Moderator

11:10-Noon
GHG Regulation – NC’s Message to EPA

Panel discussion on the implications of EPA’s proposed rules for existing, fossil fuel-fired power plants, and NC’s position on those proposed rules.
o John Evans, DENR
o Mark McIntire, Duke Energy
o Margaret Campbell, Troutman Sanders

Noon-1:00 pm
Lunch and Keynote
James S. “Scott” Gordon, Associate Deputy Director, Office of Environmental Accountability, EPA Region 4

1:00-1:30 pm
Federal and State Audit Policies and Applicability of Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrines to Same

Discussion of federal and state disclosure policies and the legal principles that can protect the results of compliance audits from disclosure.
o Stanford Baird, K&L Gates

1:30-2:00 pm
The Rise of the Citizen Suit and other Non-Governmental Initiatives

Discussion of citizen suits to enforce environmental regulations, declaratory rulings to challenge long-standing DENR policies and third-party appeals of environmental permits.
o Chris Browning, Troutman Sanders

2:00-2:10 pm
Networking Break

2:10-2:40 pm
Local Government Perspective

Discussion of environmental issues facing local governments in North Carolina, including the use of EPA Brownfields grants to foster redevelopment projects.
o Jim Wrenn, Hopper Hicks & Wrenn – counsel to Southern Granville Water and Sewer Authority
o Amy Wang, Ward and Smith P.A.
o Daphne Jones, Duncklee & Dunham

2:40-3:15
Remarks from Secretary of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources

The Honorable Donald van der Vaart

3:15 pm
Concluding Remarks

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