March 20, 2017

California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra keynote speaker at ABA environment, energy conference

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2017 — California Attorney General Xavier Bacerra and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon are among the speakers at the 46th Spring Conference hosted by the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and Resources on March 29-31 at Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

Bacerra will deliver the opening keynote address at 8:30 a.m. on March 30, and Rendon will give the opening keynote address at 8:05 a.m. on March 31. Former U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Cruden and former U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli will take part in a panel titled “The Supreme Court: Who’s the Ninth and What’s on the Docket?” at 11 a.m. on March 29.

 What:      46th Spring Conference
                Sponsored by the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources

When:     Wednesday-Friday, March 29-31           

Where:    Loews Hollywood Hotel
                1755 North Highland Ave.
                Hollywood, CA 90028

Program highlights include:

“Energy and Environment Priorities of the New Administration and the 115th Congress” — President Obama made energy and climate security and environmental protection top priorities for his administration. During this session, veterans of previous administrations, senior government lawyers, business and other thought leaders will highlight developments in environmental, energy and natural resources law and share their insights into the policy and enforcement priorities of the new administration and the 115th Congress.
Wednesday, 9:15-10:45 a.m.

“Clearing the Air on the Status of Significant Air Regulations” — The Obama administration had an ambitious air agenda and rushed to cement its legacy on a significant number of its priorities as it drew to a close. The panel will discuss the status and fate of initiatives such as the Clean Power Plan, regulations governing methane emissions, the Cross State Air Pollution Rule and regional haze and ozone rules.
Thursday, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

“The Clock is Ticking: Solving the Puzzle of Aged and Vulnerable Water Infrastructure” — Few aspects of daily life are more critical to our society than water. Yet, the Flint, Mich., disaster is just one example of municipalities challenged by aging and woefully underfunded drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Attendees will learn about discrete yet competing challenges faced by municipalities, relevant interrelationships and Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act implications and the technical, legal and policy approaches to overcome them.
Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m.

A complete agenda can be found online.

The conference is co-located with two other section meetings – the one-day Environmental Summit of the Americas on March 29 and the 35th Water Law Conference on March 28-29, allowing media to cover all three events.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Jennifer Kildee at 202-662-1732 or

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