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Conference on
NATURAL RESOURCE DAMAGES

CERCLA ~ CWA ~ OPA ~ NRDA ~ ERA

Toxics and Water QualityMarch 3, 2016
World Trade Center Two
Portland, Oregon

Topics

  • Assessment & Restoration
  • Liability, Insurance, Contribution
  • Litigation v. Settlement
  • NRDA & Remediation
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • CWA Section 404 Permitting & Mitigation
  • Portland Harbor Settlements & Restoration Projects

     
8:30-9:00   Registration and Continental Breakfast
       

BIG PICTURE
9:00-9:45 Lessons Learned - Thirty Years of NRDA Practice under CERCLA, OPA & the Clean Water Act
    The Trustees’ Perspective -  Trusteeship, Multiple Trustees, Funding
    Strongest  Defenses to a NRDA Claim
    Contribution, Insurance, Litigation v.  Settlement Options
    National Case Studies:  Deepwater Horizon, Exxon Valdez, Coeur d’Alene Basin, Fox and Kalamazoo Rivers
     
 

Bradley M. Marten
Marten Law

   
9:45-10:15 Tools & Techniques for Conducting NRDA
    Approaches to Resolving NRDA Claims
    Nexus between Natural Resource Damage Assessment & Ecological Risk Assessment
    Liability Management Related to NRD, ERA and Contaminated Sediments
     
 

Lisa Bauer Saban
Windward Environmental LLC

       

10:15-10:30 Break

 
ECOLOGICAL RISK ASSESSMENTS
10:30-11:00 Updating Oregon’s Approach to Ecological Risk Assessment
    Report from Ecological Risk Assessment Workgroup
    Determining Cleanup Levels Using ERA
    What’s next?  What about standards for contaminated sediment?
     
 

Bruce Gilles
Environmental Cleanup Manager
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

 
11:00-11:30 Improving Oregon’s Ecological Risk Assessment Framework
    Big concepts that can lead to changes in Oregon’s Ecological Risk Assessment Framework
    Using ERA as a tool to inform environmental decision-making
     
 

John Toll, PhD
Windward Environmental LLC
Member, Oregon’s Environmental Risk Assessment Technical Workgroup

 
CLEAN WATER ACT
11:30-12:00 Integrating CWA  Section 404 Permitting with other Restoration Work
    Mitigation Requirements under 404 Permitting
    Approaches to Mitigation and other Restoration Work
     
 

Valerie Oster
Anchor QEA

       

12:00-1:00 LUNCH (Provided)

 
NATURAL RESOURCE DAMAGES
1:00-1:30 NRD Legal Principles and Mechanics
    CERCLA & NRD Differences & Overlap
    NRD Liability and Defenses
    Portland Harbor NRDA Generally
     
 

Diane Lloyd
Oregon Department of Justice

 
PORTLAND HARBOR
1:30-2:00 Natural Resource Damage Assessment in the Portland Harbor
    Cooperative Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration
     
 

Julie Weis
Haglund Kelley LLP
Chair, Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council

       

2:00-2:30 Break

 
PORTLAND HARBOR – IMPLEMENTING SETTLEMENTS & RESTORATION
2:30-4:00 NRD Settlements & Restoration Projects in the Portland Harbor
    Preparing to Legally Implement NRD Settlements
     
 

Joan Snyder
Stoel Rives LLP

       
    Overview of Prospective Restoration Projects for Portland Harbor NRD
     
 

Megan Callahan Grant
NOAA Fisheries - Restoration Center

       
    Alder Creek Restoration Project
     
 

Julie Mentzer
Director of Environmental Operations for the PNW Wildlands, Inc.

 

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