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7:30-8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
>Structured Networking: 7:45-8:20 [info]

Network while you eat! The Networking Breakfast is a hosted event designed to help you maximize networking with fellow attendees and solution providers.

8:30-9:15 Welcome & Keynote Panel: Washington Department of Ecology Regulatory Update 
                                              - Josh Baldi, Regional Director, Northwest Regional Office
                                              - Heather Bartlett, Program Manager, Water Quality Program                                           
9:30-10:45 Session 1 – Concurrent Tracks
Technologies & Techniques 1A Applying Innovative Site Characterization Tools

Technological advances have greatly enhanced our ability to accurately describe the location and nature (or absence) of contamination on a site. Learn about the application of new tools and methods in the areas of data visualization and conceptual site models.


 - Nathan Moxley, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants


- Jeff Gaarder, GHD

- Nick Welty, Arcadis 

Science & Regulation 1B Vapor Intrusion - Understanding the Challenge

New concerns over Vapor Intrusion and the rethinking of exposure limits from substances such as TCE (trichloroethylene) could have significant impacts on project requirements. Examine recent developments including EPA’s TCE guidance, sampling methods and monitoring, the form and adequacy of site specific data, and Ecology's Petroleum VI standards.


- Meg Strong, Shannon & Wilson, Inc. 


- Robert Ettinger, Geosyntec Consultants

- Charles San Juan, Washington Dept. of Ecology

- Suzy Stumpf, SoundEarth Strategies, Inc. 

Brownfield Development 1C Looking Beyond Traditional Brownfield Funding

While public entities have access to state and EPA grants, these rarely cover the full cost of cleanup and redevelopment. Explore creative sources of funding that can be used in combination with MTCA and EPA grants – while still maintaining EPA grant eligibility. Learn how these sources have been successfully used and how best to work with the agencies and organizations involved.


 - Michael Stringer, Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc.


 - Brandi Bednarik, Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority
 - Michael Dunning, Perkins Coie LLP
 - Russell Olsen, Washington State Pollution Liability Insurance Agency
 - Teri Stripes, City of Spokane

10:45-11:15 Networking Break
11:15-12:30 Session 2 – Concurrent Tracks
Technologies & Techniques 2A Implementing Combined Remedies

Cleanup projects increasingly use a combination of approaches either to address complex site challenges, to reduce costs, or to reduce the time involved. Explore a set of case studies where multiple technologies have been deployed, why they were chosen, and with what results.


 - David Fleming, TRS Group, Inc.


 - Dominic Giaudrone, CDM Smith, Inc. 

 - Adam Griffin, Aspect Consulting, LLC 
 - Christine Kimmel, Landau Associates, Inc.

Science & Regulation 2B Approaches to Petroleum Cleanup

Approaches to petroleum cleanup are highly variable and continue to evolve as the science surrounding petroleum toxicity evolves.  Hear two case studies which address cleanup in very different ways, and hear how Natural Source Zone Depletion (NSZD) can be applied to petroleum cleanup. Also included will be an overview of how Ecology’s 2016 petroleum guidance will affect future cleanup efforts.



Kelsey Whittaker, GHD


- Nathan Holloway, Clear Water Services

- Kent Patton, APEX Laboratories

- Keith Piontek , TRC Companies, Inc.  

Brownfield Development 2C EPA Grant Recipients Report Back

Once a grant is received, the real work begins. Hear from recipients from various grant programs about the challenges they experienced and lessons they have to share about going from a conceptual proposal to on-the-ground delivery.


 - Bill Webb, Stantec


 - Erin George, City of Kent

 - Paul Popelka, City of Everett

12:45-2:00 LUNCH & Keynote Address: Steve Olson, Author
2:00-3:15 Session 3 – Concurrent Tracks
Technologies & Techniques 3A The Role of Environmental Forensics

Sophisticated analytical methods are now able to pinpoint not only the type of contamination a property might have, but also its original source and thus other potentially responsible parties. Explore how this contaminant “fingerprinting” can be used to support both site investigation and regulatory and legal proceedings.


- Mike Ehlebracht, Hart Crowser, Inc.  


- Alexandra Gilliland, Foster Pepper PLLC

- Adam Love, Roux Associates, Inc.

- Douglas Steding, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP  

Science & Regulation 3B Emerging Contaminant Concerns

As the societal task of site remediation progresses, cleanup challenges keep increasing. Not only are familiar contaminants appearing from new sources, but new chemicals are being added to the list of regulatory concerns as their health risks become better understood. Examine the impact of this dynamic, along with the threat of “closed” projects being “reopened.”


 - David Parkinson, Geosyntec Consultants


 - Shawn Burnell, Arcadis

 - Holly Davies, Washington Dept. of Ecology   

 - Alicia Taylor, Exponent, Inc.

Brownfield Development 3C Understanding & Managing Project Permitting

Environmental agencies are not the only ones that get involved with a brownfield re-use project. Learn about the role played by municipal and other permitting agencies, where jurisdiction can overlap, and strategies for managing the risks to the all-important project timeline.


 - Pam Xander, SoundEarth Strategies, Inc.


- Ann Farr, Environmental Management Consulting Services

- Laura Gurley, Port of Everett 

- Connie Sue Martin, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC

3:15-3:45 Networking Break
3:45-5:00 Session 4 – Concurrent Tracks
Technologies & Techniques 4A When Construction Meets Cleanup

Join an open discussion of some of the complex issues faced during the construction stage of returning a contaminated to property to productive use, and how consultants and contractors are dealing with them – especially when simple answers and guidelines are not available from the Dept. of Ecology.


 - Audrey Heisey, PBS Engineering and Environmental, Inc.


- Michael Arnold, Ramboll Environ, Inc.

- Thomas Mergy, PBS Engineering and Environmental, Inc.

- Amy Moon, Washington Dept. of Ecology

Science & Regulation 4B Mitigating Surface Water Contamination

Contamination that does or could impact surface water presents its own set of cleanup challenges. Soil or groundwater contamination has to be prevented from reaching surface water, already contaminated surface water has to be monitored and managed, and sediment cleanup has to avoid releasing buried toxics to surface water. Explore up-to-date learnings about the science of evaluating and protecting surface water at contaminated sites.


 - Carla Brock, Aspect Consulting, LLC


 - Larry Beard, Landau Associates, Inc.

 - Jerome Cruz, Washington Dept. of Ecology
 - Tom McKeon, CALIBRE

Brownfield Development 4C The Art & Reality of Property Valuation

Communities often perceive the value of a brownfield site to be higher than what a traditional appraisal might suggest, or what a developer or lender is willing to pay. Learn about the process of property valuation, how much is technical and how much is art, how different parties to a transaction balance risk and opportunity, and when some up-front work can increase valuations.


 - John Means, TerraGraphics Environmental Engineering, Inc.


 - Matt Anderson, Heartland LLC

 - Su Dowie, Foss Waterway Development Authority

 - Ken Lederman, Foster Pepper PLLC

5:00-6:00 Cocktail Reception