2021 Environmental Issues Forum

Includes a Live Event on 04/28/2021 at 9:00 AM (EDT)

Join us us Wednesday, April 28th and Thursday, April 29th for this two session program that is FREE to Michigan Chamber Members and $99 for those that are non-members. 

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 program, which is held only once a year.  Reserve your spot today for the 21st Annual Environmental Issues Forum! 

AGENDA:  

Wednesday, April 28

9:00 a.m. - INTRODUCTIONS

  • Moderator: Charlie Denton, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

9:15 a.m. - MICHIGAN EGLE UPDATES

  •  Chief Deputy Director Aaron Keatley

9:45 a.m. - PFAS EMERGING CONTAMINANTS REGULATION

  • Tammy Helminski, Barnes & Thornburg LLP;
  • Abigail Hendershott, EGLE/MPART

10:30 a.m. - BREAK


10:45 a.m. - WATER QUALITY ISSUES (WASTEWATER & STORMWATER)

  • Fred Andes, Barnes & Thornburg LLP;
  • Steve J. Kapeller, PE, Barr Engineering

11:30 a.m. - CLIMATE CHANGE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES (INCLUDING RENEWABLE ENERGY):

  • Steven Holty, Hemlock Semiconductor;
  • James Clift, Deputy Director at EGLE

NOON - ADJOURN


Thursday, April 29
9:00 a.m. - STATE LEGISLATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES

  • Mike Alaimo, Michigan Chamber

9:15 a.m. - REMEDIATION/BROWNFIELD ISSUES (VAPOR INTRUSION, DUE CARE, PART 201 STAKEHOLDER PROCESS)

  • Leslie DeBoer & Renee Pewitt, BLDI;
  • Charlie Denton, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

10:00 a.m. - MIOSHA/OSHA UPDATE

  • Don Lawless, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

10:30 a.m. - BREAK


10:45 a.m. - FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATE (NEW EPA ADMINISTRATION MANAGEMENT AND PRIORITIES)

  • Jeff Longsworth, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

11:15 a.m. - ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE REGULATORY AND PERMITTING ISSUES

  • Margrethe Kearney, ELPC;
  • Lillian Woolley, Fishbeck
  • Joel Bowers, Moderator, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

NOON - ADJOURN

Presenting Sponsor:
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Charlie Denton

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.

Aaron Keatley

Chief Deputy Director

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Aaron Keatley has over 27 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.

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.

Steve J. Kapeller

Sr. Environmental Engineer

Barr Engineering

Steve has over 20 years of experience managing permitting and compliance projects for industrial and public sector clients including NPDES wastewater discharges, new crude oil and natural gas pipelines, storm water management, and environmental resource permitting. Prior to joining Barr Engineering Co. in 2007, Steve managed wastewater compliance at Pfizer’s research facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Steve has prepared and implemented mercury and total dissolved solids minimization plans, spill response plans, and facility water balances, and also conducts environmental compliance auditing. Recently, he’s managed environmental permitting for new and replacement pipeline projects in Michigan including EGLE Inland Lakes and Streams (Part 301) and Wetland Protection (Part 303) permits; soil erosion and sediment control permits; county drain crossing and encroachment permits; and hydrostatic‐test‐water, groundwater, and surface‐water discharge permits.

James Clift

Deputy Director

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

James Clift, is a Deputy Director at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy where he oversees policy and engagement work for the department.  Within his group are the Offices of Climate and Energy, Great Lakes, Environmental Justice Public Advocate, Clean Water Public Advocate, Legislative Affairs and Communications. 

Prior to joining the department, he served as the Policy Director at the Michigan Environmental Council for the past 20 years.  He started his environmental policy career as an Environmental Policy Analyst at the Michigan Senate.  He is a graduate of Central Michigan University and Wayne State University Law School. 

You can reach James at cliftj@michigan.gov, or 517-614-9361.

Mike Alaimo

Director of Environmental & Energy Affairs

Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Leslie DeBoer

Vice President/Senior Project Manager

BLDI, Inc.

Leslie DeBoer holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science from Taylor University. She has been working at BLDI for over 11 years and is currently serving as a Vice President/Senior Project Manager. She has both performed and managed many environmental due diligence projects as well as projects regulated under Michigan Part 213 rules.

Renee Pewitt

Vice President

BLDI, Inc.

Renée holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Earth Science from Central Michigan University. Renee has been with BLDI since 2007, rising quickly to the position of Project Manager then Senior Project Manager before getting promoted to Vice President in 2019. She has managed many projects including several Brownfield projects and leaking underground storage tank investigations. Based on her education, training and experience, Renée meets the criteria for the designation of Environmental Professional (EP) and has earned several other certifications. Outside of work, Renée enjoys gardening and a variety of outdoor activities with her husband and two children.

Donald P. Lawless

Partner

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

Don Lawless is a Partner at Barnes & Thornburg's Labor and Employment Law Department in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He has over 30 years of experience working on behalf of employers to meet their labor and employment law objectives.  He is a frequent Michigan Chamber speaker, and a significant part of his practice involves OSHA/MIOSHA compliance and appeals.  Don is also a Michigan Chamber Board member and actively participates on the Michigan Chamber Health and Human Resources Committee which he has previously chaired.   

Jeffrey Longsworth

Partner

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

Lillian Woolley

Senior Engineer

Fishbeck

Joel Bowers

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.

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