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EPA officials to discuss domestic environmental and energy developments at ABA conference in Salt Lake City


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EPA officials to discuss domestic environmental and energy developments at ABA conference in Salt Lake City

By John Glynn

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 — Shaun McGrath, Region 8 administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — which includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming and 27 tribal nations — will speak at the 43rd Spring Conference hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources March 20 – 22 at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.


“43rd Spring Conference”
Sponsored by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

March 20 – 22

555 S. Main St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Environmental officials and representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Justice will address domestic environmental and energy developments and will focus on the EPA’s priorities in 2014. Officials will also discuss climate change adaptation plans and energy developments and emerging issues on air, water and waste enforcement.

Program highlights include:

“Keynote Plenary: EPA Priorities Leading into the 2014 Mid-Term Elections and the Home Stretch for the Obama EPA” — EPA's leading officials — including Brenda Mallory, EPA’s principal deputy general counsel, and Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation — will compare state and federal approaches to what limits on personal choice can be adopted in the name of public health, the environment and the traditional police powers exercised by governments. Panelists will also address how these measures work with a federal system where local regulation may conflict with state and federal laws.
March 20, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

“Agency Guidance in Litigation: Coping Mechanisms ” — This panel will explore the potential effects of agency guidance in compliance negotiations and enforcement proceedings and will focus primarily on the practical role that agency memoranda, circulars and letters play in the adjudication of contested cases. Speakers include Andrew S. Pearlstein, administrative law judge for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Salt Lake City, and Barbara A. Gunning, administrative law judge for the EPA from Washington, D.C.
March 21, 10:30 a.m. – noon

“Supreme Court Review: Narrowing Decisions on Water, Air and Jurisdiction” — Panelists — including John C. Cruden, president of the Environmental Law Institute — will review recent Supreme Court decisions on cases involving water regulation or resource allocation and  local efforts to regulate vehicular greenhouse gas emissions, land use and Fifth Amendment takings. They will also analyze the procedural or jurisdictional implications of these cases on environmental, natural resources and energy law.
March 21, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

“Hot Topics in Enforcement” Bruce S. Gelber, deputy assistant attorney general of the DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division Law and Policy Section, and Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator from EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, will provide insights on federal enforcement actions, strategies and decisions, including the EPA’s “Next Generation Compliance” initiative.
March 22, 8:30 – 10 a.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

This event is free and open to the members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Maria Gutierrez at 202-662-1091 or

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