Seattle - WA
Law Seminars International Presents:

The 16th Annual Comprehensive Conference on

Clean Water and Stormwater

Cutting edge developments in water quality litigation, enforcement, and compliance

April 18 & 19, 2016

Seattle, WA
(or anyplace you may be via webcast!)


Who Should Order

Attorneys; government officials; real estate professionals; environmental professionals, landowners, industry executives and planners

Why You Should Order

Water quality and stormwater present some of the most interesting and complex issues in the Pacific Northwest. This year's Conference features exceptional speakers who will provide important updates on water quality policy, regulation, compliance, and enforcement.

Region 10 EPA and the Washington State Department of Ecology will bring you up to date on their water quality policies and enforcement priorities for 2016. Because water quality and stormwater runoff are increasingly key factors in hazardous waste cleanups, our panel of experts will share lessons learned, key legal issues, and technical challenges associated with cleanups in the urban environment.

In an update on the rulemaking to define "Waters of the United States," speakers representing a variety of perspectives will discuss the controversy associated with the rulemaking itself, what happens behind the scenes, and provide an update on the litigation associated with the rulemaking. Learn about why federal jurisdiction over waters and wetlands will probably be the story of the year for water quality.

A panel of diverse stakeholders will discuss new developments, appeals, and key issues associated with Stormwater General Permits. With agricultural practices coming under increased scrutiny, you will learn about recent agricultural litigation and its implications for the environmental and regulated community, as well as hear about other water quality developments in the agricultural sector. Finally, an important hour of ethics will look at ethical issues in clean water cases.

This is an important year to attend the Clean Water and Stormwater Conference. We hope to see you there.

~ Jeff B. Kray, Esq. and Lori Terry Gregory, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn

  • Federal and state Clean Water policy and enforcement priorities
  • How Superfund cleanups impact water quality
  • How water quality drives hazardous waste cleanups
  • Interactions between sediment, water quality and recontamination
  • Upstream cleanups to prevent run-off recontamination
  • Lessons from Lower Duwamish River and Foss Waterway cleanups
  • Federal rulemaking for waters and wetlands, and an update on appeals
  • Construction and industrial stormwater permits, new developments and appeals
  • Key agriculture water quality issues, litigation update and policy perspectives
  • Ethical concerns for multi-party administrative proceedings on clean water cases

What Attendees Said

  • "High profile controversial issues made for a very interesting and relevant CLE - good work!"
  • "You chose 4 major issues and had stimulating speakers. Thank you."
  • "This was the best CLE - powerpacked - well planned, interesting, on-point speakers with mix of policy and practical. Thank you!"

Agenda Day 1

Monday, April 18, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview - (Session # 1)

Jeff B. Kray, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Marten Law PLLC / Seattle, WA

Lori Terry Gregory, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

Clean Water Policy and Enforcement Priorities at the Primary Administrative Agencies

Federal level

Daniel Opalski , Director, Environmental Cleanup
US EPA, Region 10 / Portland, OR

State level

Kelly D. Susewind, P.E., P.G. , Special Assistant to the Director
Washington Department of Ecology / Olympia, WA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Superfund Cleanup as it Affects Water Quality and How Water Quality Drives Cleanups - (Session # 2)

Data collection science: interactions between sediment, water quality, and recontamination

Teresa C. Michelsen, Ph.D. , Principal Environmental Scientist
Farallon Consulting LLC / Issaquah, WA

Data collection science: lessons from cleanups for national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permitting where there is a need for upstream cleanup to prevent runoff from re-contaminating the site

Kathleen E. Conn, Ph.D. , Water Quality Specialist
Washington Water Science Center, USGS / Tacoma, WA

Regulatory perspective on the scope and nature of appropriate data collection

Ivy Anderson, Esq. , Assistant Attorney General
Washington State Attorney General's Office / Olympia, WA

Legal perspective on how water quality drives hazardous waste cleanups

Thomas A. Newlon, Esq.
Stoel Rives LLP / Seattle, WA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Superfund Cleanup: Case Studies of the Duwamish River and Foss Waterway - (Session # 3)

Lower Duwamish cleanup

Peter D. Jewett , Principal Engineering Geologist
Farallon Consulting LLC / Issaquah, WA

Foss Waterway cleanup

Dana B. de Leon
City of Tacoma Environmental Services / Tacoma, WA

Todd M. Thornburg, Ph.D. , Senior Program Manager
Anchor QEA LLC / Portland, OR

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Federal Jurisdiction Over Waters and Wetlands as the Story of the Year for Water Quality - (Session # 4)

What we know about the controversy associated with the rulemaking itself and what happened behind the scenes; update on the appeals

Endre Szalay, Esq. , Assistant Regional Counsel
US EPA, Region 10 / Seattle, WA

Brent Carson, Esq.
Van Ness Feldman LLP / Seattle, WA

Jeff B. Kray, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Marten Law PLLC / Seattle, WA

5:00 pm

Adjourn Day One

Agenda Day 2

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview - (Session # 5)

Jeff B. Kray, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Marten Law PLLC / Seattle, WA

Lori Terry Gregory, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

General Permits: Stakeholder Perspectives about New Developments, Appeals, and Key Issues

Construction Stormwater General Permit and Appeals; Industrial Stormwater General Permit Issues

Bradford T. Doll , Moderator00
Tupper Mack Wells PLLC / Seattle, WA

Ronald L. Lavigne, Jr., Esq. , Senior Counsel, Ecology
Washington State Attorney General's Office / Olympia, WA

Katelyn Kinn, Esq. , Staff Attorney
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance / Seattle, WA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Agriculture in the Pacific Northwest: Key water quality issues, litigation update, and policy perspectives - (Session # 6)

Update on CAFO/agricultural litigation and implications for the environmental and regulated community; discussion of the CAFO Permit and other agricultural regulation

Charlie Tebbutt, Esq.
Law Offices of Charles M. Tebbutt / Eugene, OR

Lori Terry Gregory, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

11:30 am

Ethical Issues in Clean Water Cases

Ken Lederman, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

12:30 pm

Evaluation and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Jeff B. Kray , Program Co-Chair and partner at Marten Law PLLC, focuses his practice on water quality, water resources, and environmental litigation, including Clean Water Act permitting, regulatory compliance and CERCLA site remediation. He advises clients on water quality permit compliance and defense, stormwater pollution prevention, and transferral of water rights.

Lori Terry Gregory , Program Co-Chair and partner at Foster Pepper PLLC, leads the firm's Environmental Practice. She focuses on water quality and resources, environmental law, transportation and infrastructure permitting, facility siting, and environmental litigation. Her clients include industrial facilities, manufacturers, agribusiness, retailers, developers and local governments. She is recognized by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers.

Ivy Anderson , Assistant Attorney General, Washington State Attorney General's Office, negotiates and enforces consent decrees and agreed orders on cleanup of hazardous substance sites under the Model Toxics Control Act. She is lead attorney for the Department of Ecology's Toxic Cleanup Program and the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency.

Brent Carson , partner, Van Ness Feldman LLP, focuses his practice on land use and environmental entitlements, including comprehensive plan amendments, development agreements, wetlands and in-water construction permits, endangered species consultation, mitigation banks, SEPA/NEPA compliance, and environmental enforcement actions.

Kathleen E. Conn, Ph.D. , is the Water Quality Specialist for the Washington Water Science Center, US Geological Survey. Her current research focuses on the environmental occurrence and fate of organic contaminants, and includes monitoring sediment-bound toxic chemicals transported by the Green/Duwamish Rivers to the Lower Duwamish Superfund site.

Peter D. Jewett , founding member of Farallon Consulting LLC, is a licensed Geologist and Engineering Geologist. He advises clients on managing complex site investigations and implementing cleanup actions, including the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund Site.

Katelyn Kinn , Staff Attorney for the Puget Soundkeepers Alliance, manages Soundkeeper's Clean Water Act Enforcement Program.

Ronald L. Lavigne is S enior Counsel in the Ecology Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office, and lead attorney for Department of Ecology's Water Quality Program.

Ken Lederman , member, Foster Pepper PLLC, is a member of the Real Estate and Environmental Practice Groups, and provides counseling and litigation support on environmental issues in real estate transactions and property redevelopment. He is a SuperLawyer.

Teresa C. Michelsen, Ph.D. , is Principal Environmental Scientist at Farallon Consulting LLC. Her specialties are sediment and tissue quality guidelines, dredged material management, and large scale regulatory programs for aquaitc environments. She has provided technical assistance and oversight for investigations and cleanups in several states and British Columbia.

Thomas A. Newlon , partner at Stoel Rives LLP, focuses on issues related to contaminated sediments, aquatic cleanup, and acquisition and redevelopment of brownfields properties. He is experienced in the administrative processes of federal and state cleanup programs. Previously Senior Counsel at the Port of Seattle, he is recognized by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers.

Daniel Opalski is Director, Environmental Cleanup, US Enviromental Protection Agency, Region 10.

Kelly D. Susewind, P.E., P.G. , is Special Assistant to the Director, Washington Department of Ecology. Previously he served as Water Quality Program Manager for the Department of Ecology.

Endre Szalay , Assistant Regional Counsel, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, represents the EPA in Clean Water Act enforcement actions and provides counsel to EPA program clients on Clean Water Act issues. He is EPA Region 10's lead attorney for Clean Water Act Section 404 and the Waters of the United States.

Charlie Tebbutt , Law Office of Charles M. Tebbutt, directs an office of environmental lawyers counseling communities, Tribes, unions and individuals on industrial pollution and chemical injury. Recent cases include BP and Transocean for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), and improper EPA actions.

Todd M. Thornburg, Ph.D. , is a licensed Hydrogeologist and Senior Project Manager with Anchor QEA. His areas of expertise include source control, sediment recontamination, stormwater management, and water and sediment quality modeling. He has served municipal, port, and industrial clients on state and federal cleanup actions and waterfront redevelopment.


Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 10.00 WA CLE credits (incl. 1 ethics) and 10.00 WA AICP credits (incl. 1 ethics) (pending). Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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