2016 Environmental Compliance Conference

January 28, 2016


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What: 2016 Environmental Compliance Conference

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport at RTP | Durham, N.C.

When: Thursday, January 28, 2016 | 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ticket Pricing: Cornerstone: $199 | Member: $249 | Non-Member: $299

Putting Your Business on the Path to Compliance Success

In 2015, the North Carolina Chamber launched a new suite of offering designed to provide an in-depth understanding of current, critical issues and practices for today’s employer. The basis of an effective Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) program remains the strength of its management system and how thoroughly it is integrated into business practices.

Join the North Carolina Chamber and top NC DEQ officials to proactively discuss pressing regulatory issues, legislation, policy decisions, and other initiatives on water, waste, air and natural resources that affect business. This conference provides NC DEQ officials with valuable feedback from the regulated community while providing businesses with an excellent forum on emerging environmental trends and issues.

Attend this conference for case studies and an interactive dialogue on emerging trends and issues in EHS management including:

  • North Carolina’s process for reviewing and streamlining regulations and permitting requirements;
  • NC DEQ enforcement procedures and priority;
  • How to build a successful EHS compliance program and what it can do for you;
  • Federal and state disclosure policies and the legal principles that can protect the results of compliance audits from disclosure.

This program is expected to qualify for North Carolina CLE credit. Check back soon to find out how many hours you can earn!

Get Engaged: #NCEnviro



8:00 a.m.
Registration Table Opens

8:30 a.m.
Introductory Remarks
Lew Ebert, President & CEO, North Carolina Chamber

8:45 a.m.
Topic TBD
Secretary Donald R. van der Vaart, NC DEQ

9:15 a.m.
Effective EHS Compliance Programs: How to Build Them & What they Can Do for You
Sean Sullivan, partner, Troutman Sanders


  • EPA’s and the Department of Justice’s expectations for effective compliance programs
  • How an effective compliance program can help avoid criminal enforcement
  • The renewed focus on holding individual wrongdoers accountable.

10 a.m.
Networking Break

10:15 a.m.
Health & Safety Update
Richard Gerakitis, partner, Troutman Sanders

10:45 a.m.
Q&A with the NC DEQ Division Directors
Sheila Holman, director, Air Quality
Jay Zimmerman, director, Water Resources
Linda Culpepper, division director, Waste Management
Moderator: Sean Sullivan, partner, Troutman Sanders (submit your questions before Friday, Jan. 15)

Summary: The three division directors will answer questions submitted by conference registrants before January 15, 2016.  This is your opportunity to get answers directly from DEQ’s decision-makers!

11:30 a.m.
Expediting Environmental Permitting in NC
Tom Reeder, assistant secretary for the environment, NC DEQ
Chris Millis, District 16, NC House of Representatives
Mark McIntire, Director, environmental policy & affairs, Duke Energy
Moderator: Chris Browning, partner, Troutman Sanders

Summary: Panelists will discuss potential legislative and administrative reforms that will reduce permitting delays while preserving the public’s right to comment and seek review.

12:15 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
Water Update – Federal and State
Andrea W. Wortzel, of counsel, Troutman Sanders

1:30 p.m.
Risk-Based Corrective Action
Leo Moretz, senior consultant, Hart & Hickman
David A. Franchina, partner, K&L Gates
Jay Osborne, assistant general counsel, NC DEQ

2:15 p.m.
Networking Break

2:30 p.m.
Air Update – Federal and State
Randy E. Brogdon, partner, Troutman Sanders


  • EPA’s Clean Power Plan for existing fossil fuel-fired power plants
  • The new ozone standard finalized by EPA on October 1, 2015
  • Recent MACT standard developments, including the D.C. Circuit’s remand of the Mercury and Air Toxics Rule to EPA

3:00 p.m.
NC’s New Audit Privilege and Self-Disclosure Policy
John Evans, chief deputy secretary, NC DEQ


  • Reviewing the past, present, and future of NC DEQ’s environmental audit program

3:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Lew Ebert

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