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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to speak at ABA environmental law conference in Miami


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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to speak at ABA environmental law conference in Miami

By Irma Romero

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 — Gina McCarthy, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be the keynote speaker at the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources 22nd Fall Conference, Oct. 8-11 at the Trump National Doral Resort in Miami.

McCarthy will outline the EPA’s “Next Generation Compliance” strategy to protect public health and the environment at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9. On Friday, Hilary Tompkins, solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior, will address the full conference at 8:15 a.m.

What:      22nd Fall Conference
               Sponsored by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

When:     Oct. 8 – 11       

Where:    Trump National Doral Resort
                4400 NW 87th Ave.
                Miami, 33178

Other panelists and speakers include: John Cruden, nominee for assistant attorney general to  the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator at the EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Office; Lorie Schmidt, associate general counsel at the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation; Shannon Estenoz, director of the U.S. DOI’s Everglades Restoration Initiatives; Jim Shore, general counsel of the Florida Seminole Tribe; W. Michael Young, assistant solicitor for Fish and Wildlife at DOI; and Samantha Medlock, deputy associate director for Climate Preparedness at the White House's Council on Environmental Quality. 

Program highlights include: 

“The Supreme Court and Greenhouse Gases: What It All Means for Your Clients and Practice” — Legal experts will discuss the recent Supreme Court decision on the extension of traditional pollution regulation to the new context of greenhouse gases, and what the decision means for EPA’s permitting program and affected facilities. Panelists will also address the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union case over the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard, and the Gen-On case dealing with state nuisance law and preemption.
Thursday, Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m. – noon

"The Restoration of America’s Everglades: Water Quality, Quantity and Timing” — Panelists will discuss the politics, science and laws of south Florida’s main water supply restoration project.  The experts will look at the funding and planning of the Everglades restoration project within the requirements of the National Environmental Protection Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, many Water Resource Development Acts and Florida’s unique water law.
Thursday, Oct. 9, 3:30 – 5 p.m. 

“Fracking From the Frontlines: A Review of Key Hydraulic Fracturing Issues, Including the Interaction of Local, State and Federal Law and Cross-Cutting Regulatory Developments Across the Basins” — The panel will examine the local, state, and federal control controversies and legal issues over shale development activities, including hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
Friday, Oct. 10, 1:30 – 3 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

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

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