2020 Environmental Issues Forum
Recorded On: 06/17/2020
The Michigan Chamber has gathered leading experts, including attorneys and government officials, to provide you an online update on the most current developments in the environmental arena. You will not want to miss this popular, top-notch seminar which will cover both traditional and COVID-19 related environmental issues. This event is held only once every year so reserve your spot today for the 20th Annual Environmental Issues Forum!
WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS FROM YOUR MODERATOR
Charlie Denton, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
UPDATE FROM THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, GREAT LAKES & ENERGY
Aaron Keatley, Chief Deputy Director, EGLE
MICHIGAN CHAMBER ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES
Jim Holcomb, Senior Executive Vice President, Michigan Chamber
AIR EMISSIONS PERMITTING COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT, INCLUDING A COVID-19 ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATE
Speaker: Joel Bowers, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
UPDATES ON MICHIGAN AND FEDERAL WASTE AND REMEDIATION ISSUES, INCLUDING PFAS EMERGING CONTAMINANTS REGULATION
Speaker: Tammy Helminski, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
MICHIGAN AND FEDERAL OSHA UPDATE, INCLUDING THE LATEST ON COVID-19 COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS AND ENFORCEMENT
Speaker: Don Lawless, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Partner, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
Charles Denton, is a partner in the Grand Rapids, Michigan office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and immediate past Chair of the Firm’s national Environmental Law Department. He focuses his practice on environmental agency enforcement defense, toxic torts and class action litigation, Brownfields redevelopment, insurance coverage for pollution claims, and alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Denton is past chair of the State Bar of Michigan’s Environmental Law Section, and former Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Environmental Litigation and ADR Committees. He has coordinated and moderated the Annual Environmental Issues Forum for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce for 18 years.
Chief Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Aaron Keatley has over 25 years of state government experience and is responsible for the management of EGLE’s environmental programs. He returned to Michigan in June 2018 after a 25-year career at the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. In Kentucky, he was appointed to multiple leadership positions and finished his public service in Kentucky as the Commonwealth’s environmental Commissioner.
Aaron holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from Michigan State University. He also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kentucky. He lives with his wife, Andrea, in their home along the Grand River. When he is not at work, he enjoys time outdoors, including fly fishing and birding.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Jim has worked in and around Lansing political circles for over 25 years. A former legislative staffer, with a background rooted in policy, he has held senior positions in both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Senate. In between his public service stints, Jim practiced law with a major Michigan firm where he focused on government relations, regulatory compliance and civil litigation. Just prior to joining the Chamber, Jim served as Chief of Staff for Representative Craig DeRoche during his tenure as Speaker of the House and Minority Leader. Jim joined the Michigan Chamber in January of 2008 to lead the Business Advocacy team. In his role Jim is responsible for designing, coordinating and implementing strategies to enact the Chamber’s Legislative Agenda and foster policies beneficial to Michigan’s economic climate.
Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Joel focuses his practice on environmental compliance and enforcement, including air quality and chemical regulation. He advises on remediation, corrective action and voluntary cleanups, as well as cost recovery defense. In addition, Joel advises on environmental diligence for commercial and real estate brownfields transactions, as well as navigates his clients through the wetlands permitting process. Joel also represents industrial, institutional and individual clients in judicial and administrative environmental enforcement proceedings at the federal, state and local levels.
Tammy L. Helminski
Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Tammy L. Helminski, is a partner in the Grand Rapids office of Barnes & Thornburg, and a member of the firm’s Environmental Law Department. She is also a Co-Chair of the Remediation, Corrective Action and Voluntary Cleanups Practice Group. Ms. Helminski has experience with environmental due diligence and risk evaluation, project management of large-scale remediation sites involving numerous parties, assisting manufacturing and developer clients with environmental auditing and compliance, and with environmental litigation. Ms. Helminski belongs to the State Bar of Michigan Environmental Law Section and is a vice-chair of the Hazardous Substances & Brownfields Committee.
Donald P. Lawless
Partner, Barnes & Thornburg
Donald P. Lawless is a Partner at Barnes & Thornburg's Labor and Employment Law Department in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has 25 years of experience working on behalf of employers to meet their labor and employment law objectives. The focus of his practice is in the pharmaceutical, food processing, and service industries. Mr. Lawless's labor law practice includes contract negotiation, grievance arbitration, and defense of unfair labor practice charges. He advises employers on developing and implementing union avoidance strategies and responses to organizing activity. He works with clients on the broad range of civil rights compliance and defense matters with subspecialties in OFCCP compliance and audits, Occupational Safety and Health, and facility and program access under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.