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  • Feb 22, 2017- 11:00 AM
    Implementing the 2016 TSCA Amendments— Progress & Prognosis

    From the ABA Section of Environment, Eneregy, and Resources

    Join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion with a group of experts and advocates during which we will review EPA’s progress in implementing the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The effect that the change in Administrations may have and the oversight role of the new Congress will be covered by an expert panel. The panel also will discuss the regulatory actions EPA has taken, those the Agency is required to take during the remainder of 2017, and how EPA’s efforts reflect priorities and deadlines under the amended statute. The topics reviewed will include recent regulatory proposals issued pursuant to the amended Section 6(a) of TSCA. The status of the proposed prioritization and risk evaluation rules, the Inventory rule involving “active” and “inactive” designations, confidential business information claims procedures, and the scope of risk evaluations EPA will undertake on the first 10 existing chemicals selected for review under the amended statute also will be evaluated for their legal and policy implications.


    Larry Culleen, Partner, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP


    Lynn Bergeson, Managing Partner, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

    Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Richard Denison, Lead Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund

    Mark Greenwood, former director of the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics at the EPA, Greenwood Environmental Counsel PLLC

    Irene Hantman, Verdant Law, PLLC

    Jim Jones, Former Assistant Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Martha E. Marrapese, Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

    Ernie Rosenberg, President Emeritus and Advisor to the American Cleaning Institute

    Robert Sussman, Counsel for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

    Mike Walls, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council

    You must pre-register to participate. Register here.

      Section Member: $0
    • Environmental Law Institute Member: $0
    • Government, Academic and Public Interest: $0
    • In Person: $0
    • Non-Member: $20

    The In Person location will be at the Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s Washington, DC office. More details will be provided upon registration. For those participating in the Webinar, connection details will be provided upon registration.

    Please note, your registration is not complete until you hit the Process Now button.

    • This program will not offer CLE.

  • Feb 22, 2017- 6:00 PM
    Midwest Energy Solutions Conference
    Chicago Hilton & Towers
    720 S. Michigan Ave.

    Once a year, MEEA invites all energy stakeholders to gather at our annual Midwest Energy Solutions Conference to raise awareness and reinforce the importance of energy efficiency in the Midwest. MES is about celebrating accomplishments in energy efficiency, as well as laying out the efficiency program and policy landscape for the coming year.

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  • Feb 24, 2017- 11:00 AM
    Rising Up or Run Aground?: Updates on the National Flood Insurance Program and CERCLA Financial Assurance Requirements

    From the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

    Natural and human-made disasters can run up enormous costs for states and private entities alike.  With increasingly dramatic weather events and the ever-rising costs of environmental cleanup, environmental attorneys must keep abreast of developments in insurance regulation that affect their clients’ interests and bottom line.

    In this one hour call, program participants will get a preview of major upcoming developments for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and financial assurance requirements under CERCLA.  For the NFIP, Molly Lawrence of Van Ness Feldman will discuss both the expiration of the Program in September of this year, and the recent legal clash over the Program’s implementation and the Endangered Species Act in several states around the country, including Washington, Oregon, California, and Florida.  Elise Paeffgen of Alston & Bird will address EPA’s newly proposed CERCLA financial assurance regulations, which were drafted for the hardrock mining industry and are expected to set the standard for other major industries thereafter.  With the proposed rule’s notice and comment period closing on March 13, 2017, participants can tune in to the call to hear about the financial assurance instruments EPA is considering in the rulemaking—including insurance—and how the proposed regulations might affect CERCLA litigation and settlement negotiations for years to come.

    Moderated by Jennifer Klein of Kramer Levin, this call is not to be missed.

    Jennifer Klein, Associate at Associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York, NY.

    Jennifer Klein maintains a diverse practice, with an emphasis on complex civil litigation and white collar criminal and regulatory defense. She assists in the representation of corporate and individual clients in connection with criminal and regulatory investigations and litigation.  Jennifer dedicates significant time to pro bono matters, including representing low-income clients in criminal court, assisting transgender clients with name-change petitions, and drafting amicus briefs in support of a variety of causes, including environmental protection and reproductive and civil rights.

    Molly Lawrence
    , Van Ness Feldman LLP, Seattle WA.

    Molly Lawrence counsels public and private clients in all facets of land use law. Her practice includes helping clients navigate divergent federal, state and local statutes and regulations, including drafting new and revised laws and regulations, and advising clients through the legislative process. Molly has considerable experience permitting medium- and large-scale commercial projects and is adept at developing an overall strategy for taking a proposal from conception through construction. In addition to permitting and legislative work, Molly regularly litigates zoning and permit-related appeals before local governments, the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, and in state and federal court. Early in her practice, Molly focused her efforts in telecommunications, appearing before dozens of tribunals as part of assisting several wireless telecommunication providers to launch and maintain their wireless networks in the Pacific Northwest. More recently, Molly has developed a specialty helping clients address ongoing changes in the regulations affecting development within floodplains.

    Elise Paeffgen, Alston & Bird LLP, Washington, DC

    Elise Paeffgen is a senior associate in Alston & Bird’s Environment, Land Use & Natural Resources Group. Her practice focuses on environmental enforcement defense; RCRA, CERCLA and SDWA financial assurance; chemicals management; pharmaceutical and hazardous waste; and carbon and CAA mobile source regulation.  She represents domestic and international companies across such varied industries as oil and gas; renewable fuel; automotive; construction equipment; pharmaceutical; medical device; and chemical products and pesticides. Elise works closely with the captive insurance industry, providing strategic advice on the use of captive insurance as an environmental financial assurance mechanism.

    You must pre-register to participate. Register here.

    Upon registration, you will receive the dial-in.

    • Section Member Price: $0
    • Non-Member Price: $20

    Please note, your registration is not complete until you hit the Process Now button.

    • This program will not offer CLE.

  • May 21, 2017- 6:00 PM
    2017 ACEEE Energy Efficiency Finance Forum
    Fairmont Chicago
    200 N Columbus Dr

    Click here for more information.

    Energy Efficiency Finance Forum Overview

    Energy efficiency has taken on a new level of importance both domestically and internationally. Efficiency has long been a key element in utility resource planning, business competitiveness, and household energy budgets. Now it is slated to play a central role in meeting domestic targets under the Clean Power Plan and international agreements to reduce carbon emissions, both formalized in the past year.

    Efficiency is widely recognized as the lowest-cost pathway to meet these goals, but in order to bring it to the scale necessary, global investment in efficiency will need to exceed $10 trillion over the next 20 years. The efficiency revolution will be impossible without effective financing options.

    For over a decade, the Energy Efficiency Finance Forum has brought together practitioners, researchers, energy producers, and consumers to explore innovative models for deploying capital in efficiency markets. Finance Forum participants have a great opportunity to learn about which models are working and why, and to source financing deals for efficiency projects.

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