This seminar is designed for attorneys, project managers, presidents and vice presidents, contractors, subcontractors, developers, planners, consultants, owners, principals, architects, engineers, public works directors and land use officials.
This one-day seminar will provide a basic grounding in key environmental compliance and management issues in California, including discussion of the latest developments. Presentations will discuss the complex interplay of federal, state, regional and local requirements in California – including those applicable within each of the topics covered and those that apply simultaneously across multiple topics. Presentations will also address non-regulatory considerations driven by desires to identify and minimize risks of liability and disruption to private and public sector activities. These discussions will include developments resulting from important public policy trends, including efforts to tailor regulation to fit the hazards involved in various activities, concerns for facility and homeland security in the face of terrorist threats, and the changing balance of federal-state relations and powers. All these discussions will be designed to provide clear explanations and practical tips, so attendees will be able to understand and apply this information to meet their ongoing day-to-day responsibilities.
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
I. Introduction And Seminar Overview
9:10 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
II. Water Quality Regulation
A. Water Quality Standards Under The Clean Water Act And The Porter-Cologne Act
B. Attaining Standards Through Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)
C. How TMDLs Affect NPDES Permits And Waste Discharge Requirements
D. Economic Analysis In TMDLs
E. Anti-Backsliding, Anti-Degradation And TMDLs
F. Pollution Trading Concepts
10:10 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.
10:25 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
III. Air Quality Regulation
A. Federal And California Stationary Source Programs
B. California Toxic Air Contaminants Law (AB 1807)
C. Air Toxic Hotspots Information And Assessment Act
D. California Accidental Release Program
E. Local Air Quality Permitting
F. New California Air Quality Legislation And Federal “NSR” Developments
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
IV. Hazardous Waste Regulation
A. Hazardous Waste Regulation Basics
B. Regulatory Oversight (CUPAs, DTSC, U.S. EPA)
C. New Provisions For “Hazardous Wastes Of Concern”
D. “Consolidated Manifests” For Used Oil And Other Low-Hazard Wastes
E. Expanding Provisions For “Tiered Permits” And “Universal Wastes”
F. Applying Security And Anti-Terrorism Concerns To Hazardous Waste Management
G. Department Of Transportation Security Requirements (Effective In 2003)
12:20 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
1:20 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
V. Owner And Lessee Liability For Contaminated Property
A. Overview For Environmental Liability For Owning/Leasing Real Estate
B. New CERCLA Amendments With New Defenses And Exclusions
C. New EPA “Common Elements” Guidance (March 2003)
D. Tools To Mitigate Buyer/Lessee Risk
E. Due Diligence (ASTM Standards)
F. Prospective Purchaser Agreements/Comfort Letters
2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
VI. Contaminated Properties And Releases
A. Reporting Requirements: When To Report And When Not To Report
B. Do Potential Buyers Of Property Have To Report Contamination They Discover?
C. Strategies For Selling And/Or Developing Contaminated Properties
D. What Level Of Contamination Presents A Potential Liability?
E. Screening Levels For Cleanup Standards (RSBLs And PRGs)
F. Understanding And Managing Liabilities In Phase I And Phase II Reports
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VII. Environmental Management Systems (EMS) And Audits
A. EMS As A Tool For Effective Business Performance
B. The ISO 14000 Model
C. Other Models (ACC, EPA National Performance Track, WEC, And Others)
D. Regulatory Compliance And An EMS
E. Adding Health And Safety And Security To An EMS
F. Enhancing Cost-Control/Efficiency/Performance