Agenda

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Kick-Off Program & Reception at Kansas City Marriott Downtown 200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO
Entrance on Central Avenue and 13th street. Underground parking in municipal garage (Barney Allis Plaza) across street.
            Co-hosted by MECC and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
No additional charge to attend. But everyone must register.

Tuesday, April 10

3:25 pm  Welcome and Introductions
3:30 pm  Key Issues in Energy/Environmental Policy

Keynote Presentation
Jim Gulliford

4:20 pm

5:00 pm  Reception            Sponsored by TRC Environmental Corporation

Conference Day 1 at Kansas City Convention Center 301 West 13th Street, Kansas City, Missouri

Wednesday, April 11

Registration and Check-In

7:15 am 

BREAKOUT SESSION (Two Tracks)

Track Two
WENDY VIT, GeoEngineers (Moderator)

8:00 am Permitting Dos and Don’ts in Water
MICHAEL ABBOTT, Chief, Permits Section, Water Protection Program, Missouri DNR
TOM STILES, Assistant Director, Water Bureau, KDHE
ERIC WIKLAND, Bureau of Water, Iowa DNR
TYLER MARSHALL, Stanley Consultants (Moderator)

8:50 am Measuring the Value of EMS/EMIS
Are environmental management information systems (EMIS) worth the cost and effort?
JOSHUA GARDNER, Trinity Consultants

 

Track One

EHS Best Practices   MATT SHANAHAN, Burns & McDonnell (Moderator)

8:00 am  EHS Expert Panel
Communications, value of EMS, best resources, elevating issues up to management, working with consultants, and much more
TIM WILSON, Empire District Electric Co.
JAMES JOERKE, Department of Health, Environment, Johnson County, Kansas
CHRIS NELSON, 3M
JOEL WEBB, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln
KIMBERLY BAUMAN, Mississippi Lime Co.
JESSIE MERRIGAN, Lathrop Gage LLP  (Moderator)

8:50 am The Worst Plant:  A Virtual Tour and Legal Implications
We will guide you through a virtual tour of the worst plant in the world using digital renderings or real-world compliance issues.
COREY BRIGGS, Ramboll Environ
DAVID ERICKSON, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

 

 

8:00 am 

 

 

 

 

 

9:30 am  Networking Break

PLENARY SESSION

Welcome
ROGER WALKER, JD, LLM, Planning Chair, MECC

 

9:40 am 

The Year in Review
WILLIAM EHM, Administrator, IDNR
JOHN MITCHELL, Director, Environment, KDHE
TODD HOUTS, University of Missouri – Columbia
DENNIS MURPHEY, City of Kansas City, MO
DAVID SHANKS, Boeing
                        KEVIN PERRY, REGFORM (Moderator)

9:45 am 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding (Embracing) New Directions for Cooperative Federalism
Latest developments in Cooperative Federalism. What it means for regulated facilities. Nexus with e-Enterprise. And other developments.
KEN WAGNER, Special Advisor on State and Federal Relations, US EPA
JIM MACY, Director, Nebraska DEQ
CAROL S. COMER, Director, Missouri DNR
ROGER WALKER, REGFORM (Moderator)

10:35 am

 

 

 

Crisis Management:  Handling EHS Crisis Situations and Major Incidents
Spills, chemical releases, workplace fatalities and other challenging events require a team approach to handle effectively and professionally. This session includes advice from PR professionals and environmental legal consultants.
GLENN MILLNER, CTEH (Invited)
JULIE GIBSON, Global Prairie (Invited)
ANDREW BROUGHT, Spencer Fane LLP (Moderator)

 

 

11:20 pm 

 

 

 

 

12:00 pm  Lunch

BREAKOUT SESSION (Three Tracks)

Track Three—Technology and Policy Updates

Modeled Emission Rates for Precursors (MERPS) and Ozone SILS
A specific project example of the revised App. W requirements for ozone precursors
JEFF BENNETT, Barr Engineering
 

Track Two—Latest Developments in Risk

JIM PRICE, Spencer Fane LLP (Moderator)

Understanding Risk Communication
CHIP HOWAT, PhD, PE, CS HOWAT & Associates

 

Track One—Municipal/Higher Education

Panel of Experts

We will address emerging contaminants, finances, a Flint reprise, rates, nutrients, restoring water supply issues, and others.
ANDREA COLLIER, Barr Engineering
MIKE RUSSELL, University of Kansas
BRANDY OLSON, Muscatine Power and Water (Invited)
TODD HOUTS, University of Missouri
A. DAVID INYANG, Iowa State University
Phil Walsack, Burns & McDonnell
DAVID SHORR, Lathrop Gage LLP (Moderator)

1:00 pm 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1:30 pm 

 

Track Three—Technical and Policy Updates

Mapping and Finding Properties in Kansas and Missouri
ANDREA SCHILLER, KDHE
DON CRIPE, MDNR

Track Two—Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Using  HRAs In Regulatory Decision-Making
HRA is an acronym used to describe a variety of regulatory topics from air permitting components to MACT RTR processes, to detailed combustion risk assessments, all of which are beyond the typical risk assessments related to cleanups. This session puts the various connotations and uses of the term into perspective, including lessons learned and defining and right sizing how a HRA is used as a technical study and in decision making.
DAN CARNEY, Trinity Consultants
AARON HENRICKSON, Trinity Consultants
 

Track One—Municipal/Higher Education

US EPA’s New Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule
Iowa Implementation in the Vanguard
DAN INYANG, Iowa State University

2:00 pm 

 

 

Track Three—Technical and Policy Updates

Baghouse Nuances and What to Do About Rogue Compliance Tests
JANET SCHEIER, Trinity Consultants

 

2:30 pm

2:40 pm

 

 

 

3:00 pm  Networking Break

 

 

BREAKOUT SPEED LEARNING (Two Tracks)

Track Two—Speed Learning  JEFF DEXTER, iSi Environmental (Moderator)

Superfund Back in the Limelight
WILLIAM FORD, Lathrop Gage LLP

Track One—Speed Learning  GRANT HARSE, Lathrop Gage LLP (Moderator)

Emerging Pollutants:  1,4-Dioxane & PFAS
Impacts on your facility, how to prepare.
JENNY PHILLIPS, TRC Environmental Corporation

3:20 pm 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3:35 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Track Two—Speed Learning

CCR Update:  What’s Next
GARY PENDERGRASS, GeoEngineers

Track One—Speed Learning

Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting
Lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid
JERRY BAUER, Burns & McDonnell

3:50 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLENARY SESSIONS    SHAWN ZABLOCKI, Olsson Associates (Moderator)

CFATS
Getting on top of homeland security; avoiding mistakes and omissions; incentives and consequences.
LAWRENCE FITZGERALD, TRC Environmental Corporation
MELISSA HART, TRC Environmental Corporation

 

 

4:10 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doing More with Less
Process Improvement in the Public Sector
JERAH SHEETS, Iowa DNR
COLETTE WECKENBORG, Missouri DNR
DOUG JONES, US EPA, Region 7

 

 

4:45 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5:15 pm  Networking Reception Hosted by Silver Sponsors (Open to all attendees)

 

6:30 pm  End of Day 1
Conference Day 2

Thursday, April 12

7:00 am  Hearty Breakfast Buffet

7:45 am  Welcome
RAY MCCARTY, President/CEO, Associated Industries of Missouri
NICOLE CRAIN, Senior VP, Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Regional Air Panel:  Operating in a New and Uncertain Regulatory Climate
We will address how changes at US EPA and Region 7 will impact all four states; ozone; SSM update; new litigation over NSR and interstate transport; backlog of MACT, NSPS, SO2, and permit streamlining
TBD, US EPA Region 7
KYRA MOORE, Director, APCP, MDNR
RICK BRUNETTI, Director, Bureau of Air, KDHE
RICK CAMPBELL, Barr Engineering
DAVID SHANKS, Boeing
WENDY VIT, Geoengineers
PARTHY EVANS, Stinson Leonard Street LLP (Moderator)

7:50 am 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Water Issues Panel
A regional update on water quality standards, nutrients, groundwater issues, and implications for remediation
CHRIS WIEBERG, Director, WPP, MDNR
AIMEE DAVENPORT, Stinson Leonard Street LLP
TOM STILES, Assistant Director, Bureau of Water, KDHE
ROB MORRISON, Barr Engineering
ADAM SCHNIEDERS, Iowa DNR
PHIL HARVEY, GHD (Moderator)

8:40 am

 

 

 

 

 

9: 30 am  Networking Break

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Track Two—Legal Ethics CLE

Legal Ethics
Staying out of trouble in transactions
DAVID ERICKSON, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

(Seeking CLE Ethics Credit hours from    Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska)

Track One—Speed Learning

Ramifications of Triggering “Substantial Harm” within SPCC Plans (FRP)
JAMES OVERHUEL, iSi Envrionmental

 

9:50 am 

 

 

 

Track One—Speed Learning

Emergency Engines/RICE:  Latest  Developments
MIDGE WINKLER, GM
KASI DUBBS, Trinity Consultants

 

 

10:05 am 

 

 

Track One—Speed Learning

Smart Expansion:  The Benefits of Integrating Environmental Planning into Engineering Projects
JENNIFER VAN THOMME, GHD

 

 

10:20 am 

 

 

 

 

 

PLENARY SESSION   DAVID TRASTER, Foulston Siefkin (Moderator)

State and Federal Enforcement Priorities
DAVID COZAD, Regional Counsel, US EPA Region 7
ED TORMEY, General Counsel, Iowa DNR
KATIE JO WHEELER, General Counsel, Missouri DNR
TOM GREVER, Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

 

 

10:40 am 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11:30 Am               End of Conference