Environmental & Energy Law Section

Environmental & Energy Law Section


Friday, January 18, 2019
8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 4.00 (Professional Practice 2.00, Diversity 1.00, Ethics 1.00)
Murray Hill East & West, 2nd Floor

Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Welcoming Remarks

Marla E. Wieder, Esq., Section Chair
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region II
New York, NY

Steven C. Russo, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Greenberg Traurig LLP
New York, NY

Linda R. Shaw, Esq., Program Co- Chair
Knauf Shaw LLC
Rochester, NY

8:45 a.m. – 9:40 a.m. Evolving Environmental Issue- Trashing the Old Solid Waste Regulations – Historic Fill Handling, Disposal & Enforcement Update (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)

Issues to be covered: 

• Beneficial Use Determinations (BUDs)/Historic Fill Material Management between the old Part 360 and new Part 360 Regulations
• DEC Enforcement Discretion Memo and proposed changes to the Part 360 Regulations.
• Permitting under the new 360 for previously only registration facilities (practical in terms of timing, facility design, and SEQRA)
• DSNY/NYSDEC interagency coordination and likely changes to the DSNY regulations and programs in light of the new 360 sampling requirements for fill material and enforcement, and LL Intro 157-c

Michael S. Bogin, Esq.

Sive Paget & Riesel PC 
New York, NY

Robert D. Orlin, Esq.

General Counsel, Department of Sanitation (DSNY)
New York, NY

Richard Clarkson
Director, Bureau of Solid Waste Management
Albany, NY

John H. Paul, Esq.
Beveridge & Diamond PC
New York City

Robert A. LoPinto, P.E.
Walden Environmental Engineering, 
Oyster Bay, NY

9:40 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Evolving Energy Issue – Implementation of NY’s Clean Energy Programs: Surmounting the Programs of Siting Clean Energy Projects (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice) 
Issues to be Covered:
• NYSERDA Update on the Large Scale Renewable, Offshore Wind and Community Distributed Generation Programs
• NYS Department of Public Service Update on the Public Service Law Article 10 process
• EDR will focus on the environmental and related impacts associated with siting wind and solar projects in New York, and how these impacts are playing out in PSL Article 10 proceedings.

Robert M. Rosenthal, Esq.

Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Albany, NY

Noah C. Shaw, Esq.

NYSERDA General Counsel
Albany, NY

Sarah Osgood
NYS Department of Public Service
Director of Policy Implementation
Albany, NY

Benjamin R. Brazell
Environmental Design & Research (EDR)
Principal & Energy Project Manager
Syracuse, NY

10:30 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. Environmental Justice: Enforcement & Advocacy (1.0 Credit in Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias)
Issues to be Covered:
• Federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and continuing issues on the island with respect electricity and climate resiliency needs.
• Climate resiliency and renewable energy projects in the Bronx.
• Empowering local EJ communities to prepare for climate-related risks and reduce dependency on “the grid” by generating their own solar power.
• Risks of climate change on EJ communities and technical approaches to handling such risks.

Jose A. Almanzar, Esq.
 (Panel Chair)
Periconi LLC
New York, NY

Keith Brodock, PE, PP
Senior Consultant, Integral Consulting, Inc.
New York, NY

Ruben Diaz, Jr.
Bronx Borough President
Bronx, NY

Stephan Roundtree, Jr., Esq. 
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
New York, NY

11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Evolving Ethics Issue – Interplay of Due Diligence Ethical Issues Between Environmental Engineers & Lawyers (1.0 Credit in Ethics)
Linda R. Shaw, Esq. 
(Panel Chair)
Knauf Shaw LLP
Rochester, NY

Scott Salmon
Senior Project Manager
Warren, NJ

Kevin Kleaka P.G.
Executive VP
Impact Environmental
Port Jefferson, NY

Mark Johnson
Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.
Columbia, MD

Mimi S. Raygorodetsky
New York, NY

Environmental & Energy Law Section Reception

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Murray Hill East & West, 2nd Floor

The Reception immediately follows the Annual Business Meeting and Awards from 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Environmental Agency Update Program
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Murray Hill East, 2nd Floor
New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas (between 53rd and 54th)

This program is free, but pre-registration is required.  Register online or email Kathy Plog at kplog@nysba.org

Friday, January 18, 2019 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mastro's Steakhouse | 1285 6th Avenue | New York, NY
(vegetarian and fish options available) 

Keynote Speaker:  
Basil Seggos, Commissioner
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany

Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting Here 

The Committee is looking for 1) new members to help plan the Symposium; 2) Symposium topic ideas; 3) unreported cases for the annual Case Law Update.  Please contact MValle@nyenvlaw.com.

Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, NY 12561

Contact Howard Tollin for more info.


The Environmental and Energy Law Section of the New York State Bar Association has a new section blog on our online community. It is intended to provide timely notice of legal events affecting environmental lawyers in the public and private sectors, environmental organizations, and academia. These legal events include recent cases, new regulations, new government policies, and general news of interest on the environmental front. Section members are welcome to contribute. View our blogging policy here.

To view the archives of our former blog posts called “Envirosphere” from February 2009-August 2016, click here.


The New York Environmental Lawyer features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of environmental law on various topics, including climate change, brownsfields, pollution, air quality, wetlands and superfunds. Regular columns include  recent administrative and judicial cases, ethics issues, EPA and DEC updates and Section news. The New York Environmental Lawyer is published by the Environmental Law Section and distributed to Section Members free of charge.

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We are pleased to announce the launch of an Internet-based private online professional Community for the Environmental and Energy Law Section. We invite you to participate. Members of our Section run the gamut from law students and newly admitted attorneys who are just finding their way all the way to national and international experts in many categories of environmental law. We want all of you to share your experiences and your knowledge while also being free to ask questions of others in the Section and participating in the intellectual discourse we hope to generate. 

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