2017 Environmental Compliance Conference

January 31, 2017

Presented by

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.

Get Engaged: #NCEnviro


What: 2017 Environmental Compliance Conference
When: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, Durham, NC | 4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC 27703

Registration and Sponsorships


Ticket Pricing:

Cornerstone Members: Early-Bird $200 | Regular $225 | Late $250
Members: Early-Bird $250 | Regular $275 | Late $300
Non-Members: Early-Bird $325 | Regular $350 | Late $375

The deadline for early-bird pricing is Tuesday, Jan. 3. Late registration pricing starts on Thursday, Jan. 26 and ends on Jan. 27.


Learn more about the sponsorship opportunities and contact Beth Shore for more details.

Draft Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Networking

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Introductory Remarks
Lew Ebert, NC Chamber

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Opening Keynote
Secretary Michael Regan, NC Department of Environmental Quality

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
EPA’s Brownfields Program: Successes and Opportunities

Bruce Nicholson, North Carolina Brownfields Program
John Gallagher, Aptus Management, PLLC
Jeff Tyburski, McAdams Engineering
Andy Perel, Troutman Sanders (Moderator)

The North Carolina Brownfields Program has been highly successful in encouraging smart and clean development of previously contaminated properties throughout the state. In this session, you’ll hear specific examples of the program’s success, learn about the positive tax implications of this program for your business, understand how public-private partnerships can help leverage brownfields grant opportunities and hear strategies for using insurance and transactional structures in financing and implementing redevelopment projects.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.
State of Play at the Division of Water: Updates and Compliance Advice

Jay Zimmerman, NC Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water
Craig Bromby, NC Department of Environmental Quality, Office of General Counsel
• Stanford Baird, K&L Gates, LLP

In this session, you will hear about the Division of Water Resources’ 2017 priorities, as well as practical approaches to compliance gleaned from real-world examples. Panelists will take questions from the audience.

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
The Benefits of Change: Updates on Air Quality Standards and Permitting

Sheila Holman, NC Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality
• Bill Lane, Kilpatrick Townsend

Topics will include Title V permitting, the Clean Power Plan and new Start-up Shut-down (SSM) rules proposed by the Division of Air Quality. You will also learn about proposed changes in MACT Standards and the air permitting process that may impact your business. Questions from the audience are encouraged.

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch and Networking Break

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
What’s New in Waste Management? Updates from the Experts

Michael Scott, NC Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Waste Management
• Sean Sullivan, Troutman Sanders

You’ll hear an update from the Division of Waste Management, learn about emerging developments in waste, including the generator improvement rule, and get practical takeaways for navigating waste challenges in North Carolina. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask questions of our experts.

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Environmental Enforcement Deconstructed: Compliance Plans for Your Business

Howard Chu, Watts Water Technologies
Theron Grim, Umicore USA, Inc.
Jami Patrick, Environmental Resource Management (ERM)
• Margaret Campbell, Troutman Sanders (Moderator)

Our panel of experts will discuss the importance of compliance and tips on how to implement a compliance system, no matter the size of your organization.

2:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Continuing Education Credit

5 Hours

Live Group Study



Silver Sponsor:



ECS Southeast, LLP

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