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2014 OREGON ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP CONFERENCE
Law - Science - Technical Strategies - Public Policies

Oregon Environmental CleanupSeptember 12, 2014
World Trade Center
Portland, Oregon

Topics

  • CERCLA, OPA, RCRA, CWA
  • State Cleanup Law, NPDES Permits
  • Liability
  • Contribution, Cost Recovery & Apportionment
  • Site Assessment & Brownfield Redevelopment
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Source Control
  • Portland Harbor
  • And More

     
8:30-9:00   Registration and Continental Breakfast
       
9:00   Welcome, Introductions and Conference Kick-Off
     
  Holly Duncan
Environmental Law Education Center

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP
9:00-10:00 Important Policies & Technical Issues
    Goals for Cleanup Program Improvements – Main Issues
    How Can We Make the Cleanup Process Work better?
    Technical Workgroup, Advisory Committee and Possible Legislation
    Ecological Risk Assessments --- Transparency and Better Guidance
     
 

Annette Dietz, PhD
Environmental Cleanup Coordinator
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
&
Julie Wilson, PhD
Sr. Environmental Scientist
Hart Crowser

       

10:00-10:30 Break

 
LEGAL AND TECHNICAL HOT TOPICS
10:30-11:00 Liability for Cleanup and Cost Recovery
    Recent Legal Developments under CERCLA, OPA and RCRA
    Cost Recovery, Contribution, Apportionment and Injunctive Relief Claims
    Implications of Supreme Court's ruling in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger
     
 

David Ashton
Assistant General Counsel
Port of Portland

 
11:00-12:00 Practical Advice and Emerging Issues
    Tools for Improved Assessment and Cost Recovery
    Legal Approaches for Site Closure and Redevelopment
    Emerging Contaminants
     
 

David Rabbino
Tonkon Torp
&
James G.D. Peale, RG, LHG
Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc.

       

12:00-1:00 Lunch (Provided)

 
SITE ASSESSMENT & BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT
1:00-1:30 Environmental Cleanup in the Regions – Increasing Cleanup and Redevelopment
    DEQ Cleanup Program Priorities
    Initiated Site Assessment Work and its Relationship to Brownfields
    Future Cleanup Options and Next Steps
     
  Keith Johnson, Manager Northwest Region
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
       
1:30-2:00 Brownfields – Assessing the Impact of Contaminated Properties on Economic Development and Regional Land Supply
    Metro Regional Brownfields Scoping & Portland Brownfield Assessment Reports
    Evaluation of Statewide Assistance Programs
    Impact of Contaminated Properties & Policy Recommendations
     
  Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP
Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc
       

2:00-2:30 Break

 
PORTLAND HARBOR
2:30-3:00 Latest Developments at Portland Harbor Superfund Site
    EPA Perspectives
    CERCLA – Moving Toward the Record of Decision
     
 

Lori Cohen
Associate Director, Office of Environmental Cleanup
US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

       
3:00-3:30 Oregon DEQ's Perspectives on Portland Harbor
    State ARARs including Hot Spots
    Downtown Reach
    State Concurrence on Proposed Plan
    Source Control Updates
    New Initiatives with EPA
     
  Kevin Parrett, PhD
Manager, Northwest Region Cleanup and Leaking USTs
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
       
3:30-4:00 Latest Developments in Finalizing the Portland Harbor RI/FS
    Latest Technical Evaluation and Issues
    Next Steps for Completing the LWG's Work at the Site
     
  Robert Wyatt, R.G. Northwest Natural
Chair, Lower Willamette Group
&
James McKenna, Verdant Solutions, LLC
Senior Project Manager, Lower Willamette Group
       
4:00-4:30 Citizen Involvement in Portland Harbor Superfund Process
    Concerns and Priorities of the Community
    Removal vs. Treatment vs. Sequestering
    Short Term vs. Long Term Concerns
    Current vs. Potential Uses
     
  Jim Robison, Chair
Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group
       
4:30-5:00 Future of the Portland Harbor
    PANEL DISCUSSION:
     
  David Ashton, Port of Portland
Robert Wyatt, Northwest Natural
James Robison, Portland Harbor CAG
Kevin Parrett, Oregon DEQ
Lori Cohen, US EPA
       
       
 

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