Environmental & Energy Law Section Meeting

Friday, January 18, 2019
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 4.00 (Professional Practice 2.00, Diversity 1.00, Ethics 1.00)
Grand Ballroom West- 3rd Floor


Thursday, January 17 Events - Murray Hill West, 2nd Floor
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Committee Meetings
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  -Environmental Agency Update
5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Annual Business Meeting and Awards
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
Contact Kathy Plog at [email protected] to register for these events

Friday, January 18 Annual Meeting MCLE Program - Grand Ballroom West, 3rd Floor

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 Issues – Trashing the Old Solid Waste Regulations – Part 360 Series Regulatory Changes & Enforcement Update (1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice)

Issues to be covered: 

• NYSDEC Enforcement Discretion Memo and Proposed Changes to the Part 360 Regulations. 
• Permitting under the new Part 360 for previously only registration facilities (timing, facility design, and SEQRA)
• Beneficial Use Determinations (BUDs)/Historic Fill Material Management between the old Part 360 and new Part 360 Regulations
• DSNY/NYSDEC inter-agency coordination and likely changes to the DSNY regulations and programs in light of the new Part 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:

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