Peter Thibodeau (Dean, Energy & Sustainability)
John Bird (Executive Committee)
Draper Aden Associates
Greg Lathan (Dean, Occupational Safety & Health)
Steve Curl (Co-Host)
The GEL Group
Andrea Siefers (Dean, Energy & Sustainability)
NC Department of Environmental Quality
Craig Caldwell (Division of Water Resources)
Betty Gatano (Division of Air Quality)
Jamie Ragan (Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service)
Preston Howard (President, Executive Committee)
Randy Green (Executive Committee)
Mike Hall (Dean, Water Quality)
Sarah Slagle-Garrett (Dean, Special Topics)
Mark Hawes (Executive Committee)
Dale Overcash (Dean, Air Quality)
Bonani Langan (Dean, Special Topcs)
Air • Energy • Sustainability
November 17, 2021
8:00 AM Permitting Capital Projects: Timing, Regulatory Factors, and Environmental Justice Considerations
Presented by Dale Overcash
Dale Overcash has 41 years of environmental experience principally dealing with air quality permitting and compliance issues. Mr. Overcash has 27 years of environmental consulting experience and prior to that worked 14 years as a permit writer and manager in the North Carolina Division of Environmental Management, Air Quality and Water Quality Sections.
Mr. Overcash is currently employed with Trinity Consultants as a Principal Consultant and Office Manager of the Raleigh Office. He serves as the senior technical lead for providing air quality permitting and compliance services to the industrial sector in NC and SC.
Mr. Overcash has served on the Board of Directors for Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association and was the CAPCA President in 2016. He is currently the Dean of Air and serves on the Steering Committee for the EEHS school and is an active member of the Science and Technology Committee for the NCMA.
Mr. Overcash is a 1980 graduate of NC State University with a BS in Biological and Agricultural Engineering and is a registered PE in North and South Carolina.
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9:15 AM Federal Air Quality Regulatory Actions to Watch for
Presented by Amy Marshall
Air Quality Practice Director
Air Quality Practice Director
Amy Marshall is ALL4’s Air Quality Practice Director and has over 25 years of experience in air quality permitting and compliance. She graduated from NC State University with a degree in chemical engineering and is a professional engineer. She provides strategic air quality regulatory support to industrial clients and also works with various industry associations to evaluate impacts and provide technical comments to EPA and state agencies on air quality policies and rules that impact industrial emissions sources.
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10:30 AM Panel: How will Carbon Goals and Sustainability Initiatives Impact NC Manufacturing?
Panel Discussion by
NC Clean Energy Technology Center
Federal Regulatory Affairs Manager
Vice President, Principal Engineer
Todd Roessler focuses his practice on a wide range of matters related to environmental transactions, regulatory counseling, and litigation. In particular, Mr. Roessler has extensive experience in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues, and in particular, coastal law and issues.
Mr. Roessler counsels clients relating to environmental aspects of a variety of transactions, including redevelopment of contaminated property, real estate development projects, asset deals, stock deals and lending transactions.
Mr. Roessler also counsels clients concerning environmental compliance matters, including determining whether the client’s operations or activities are subject to statutory and/or regulatory requirements under CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, and Clean Air Act, as well as state law counterparts.
Mr. Roessler has represented clients in a variety of litigation matters before federal courts, state courts and administrative tribunals, including matters involving the Coastal Zone Management Act, NEPA, cost recovery and contribution claims related to Superfund sites, management of hazardous waste under RCRA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (Proposition 65).
Mr. Roessler frequently speaks at state and national conferences concerning ESG and coastal issues.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Roessler worked as a geologist at an environmental consulting firm focusing on groundwater investigation and remediation and resource development and management issues.
Mr. Roessler is listed in the 2021 and the seven immediately preceding editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Environmental Law. He was named a North Carolina “Super Lawyer” for Environmental Law in 2021 by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Roessler has been recognized as a 2016 “Legal Elite” by Business North Carolina magazine in the area of Environmental Law.
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NC Clean Energy Technology Center
Art Samberg is a Program Director at the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center at NC State University. He is also the Assistant Director for the US DOE Southeast Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership. Art specializes in Combined Heat and Power, renewable energy and industrial energy efficiency projects. He provides educational outreach and conducts technical and feasibility assessments to facilities that are considering deployment of clean power, renewable energy and/or energy efficiency upgrades, including CHP. Art has a Master’s Degree in meteorology and has spent most of his career providing air quality and environmental permitting and consulting services to the power generating and renewable energy industries.
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Federal Regulatory Affairs Manager
Michelle Vinson is the Federal Regulatory Affairs Manager for Weyerhaeuser Company in Seattle, WA.
She joined Weyerhaeuser in 2013 as a Facility Environmental Manager for manufacturing operations in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama, was promoted to Regional Environmental Manager for Weyerhaeuser operations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and began her current role in January 2021. She began her work in environmental engineering and regulatory affairs at the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) in 1997, where she was responsible for regulation development, compliance & enforcement and multi-media permitting for solid waste facilities. She also worked with the MDEQ Executive Director to assist with the Natural Resources Damage Assessment work following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Her work has always centered on ensuring responsible environmental compliance and management while supporting economic resiliency and growth.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Christian Brothers University in 1993, and Master’s in Engineering from Jackson State University in 2008. She is a Professional Engineer and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer.
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Mr. Walker has been providing environmental and safety consulting services to manufacturers for over 40 years. He has assisted numerous industrial clients with multimedia permitting needs, including air quality permits. In the past fifteen years, Mr. Walker has added sustainability credentials and projects to his resume. As a Certified Energy Manager, he has conducted numerous energy conservation studies both for manufacturing operations and commercial buildings. Mr. Walker is also a certified auditor for ISO 14001, 45001, and 50001, and has completed gap assessment and audit projects for various manufacturers along with developing a complete 14001/45001 program for a client’s London operation.
Mr. Walker has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master of Engineering degree from Clemson University. He moved to North Carolina in 1985 and is southern by choice.
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12:30 PM Federal/Regional Initiatives Updates
Aaron represents utilities, national trade associations, oil and gas companies, and manufacturers in major environmental litigation and regulatory matters across the country. His practice is focused on reducing and managing his client’s regulatory burdens and liabilities under federal environmental statutes and the Clean Air Act in particular.
Aaron has resolved complex regulatory matters before the EPA, at the White House, and through his extensive litigation experience before the federal courts. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a legal advisor to the US Congress and as an associate general counsel for the White House, where he was responsible for a broad portfolio of environmental matters, including Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act reform, helping to develop energy legislation, and responding to congressional investigations. That experience allows Aaron to provide companies with insight and practical advice concerning a wide range of issues, particularly related to federal oversight, policies, and processes.
A recognized thought leader on visibility issues, Aaron has been called to testify before the US House of Representatives about implementation of the regional haze program and how it should be changed in the future. In addition, he has litigated significant visibility rules before numerous federal courts of appeals, arguing most recently before the Ninth and DC Circuits.
Aaron’s climate change work has involved all of the major EPA rulemaking actions since the US Supreme Court’s 2007 decision in Massachusetts v. EPA. He has, for instance, guided clients through creative solutions to problems raised by EPA’s Endangerment Finding, its mobile source rules, and the Clean Power Plan for existing electric generating facilities. Aaron has advised companies in the oil and gas sector on compliance with greenhouse gas reporting requirements and their obligations under EPA’s methane rules.
Aaron’s practice extends to a number of other areas, including environmental permitting on Tribal lands, litigation in the DC Circuit over fuel regulation, and new source performance standards (NSPS) and hazardous air pollutant (HAP) regulations. He has advised an array of industries on national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS), and has led successful efforts before the DC Circuit and the White House to protect clients from new, unprecedented standards.
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Dixon represents businesses and institutions in a wide range of litigation, regulatory, and transactional matters, including toxic torts, water pollution, water allocation, environmental compliance and due diligence, defense of civil and criminal environmental enforcement actions, utility rate cases, brownfields agreements, commercial disputes, and professional malpractice.
His experience includes taking and defending expert and fact witness depositions, arguing motions, drafting successful dispositive motions, managing extensive discovery projects, and participating in trials in state court. Dixon has also first-chaired a portion of a rate case relating to recovery of complex environmental costs for a large electric utility company and has guided strategy for other utilities seeking similar costs in rate cases. He also has extensive experience preparing witnesses to testify before Grand Juries, courts, and utility commissions.
Before joining McGuireWoods LLP as an associate, Dixon was a summer associate and law clerk at the firm. He also served as a summer clerk for Judge Henry E. Hudson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
He is an active member of both the North Carolina Bar Association and the Wake County Bar Association. He also devotes time to the Greater Carolina’s Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where he serves as a member of the Leaders Circle and is a Walk MS team captain.
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1:45 PM Energy Bill Analysis
An accomplished and knowledgeable environmental lawyer and litigator, Alex works efficiently to achieve clients’ goals in North Carolina and throughout the country. He provides strategic counsel on all manner of environmental, natural resources and land use matters, and represents clients in permitting and transactional matters as well as litigation before state and federal administrative tribunals, and trial and appellate courts. Alex often represents companies in the mining, timber, real estate, manufacturing, and waste management industry sectors, as well as municipal governments and individuals. Alex’s main area of practice includes working with clients on clean water act and other regulatory permitting, with a focus on complex wetland and water issues.
Alex focuses his practice on environmental, natural resources, and land use law. He often appears before state and federal administrative, trial, and appellate courts. He has extensive experience counseling and representing clients in virtually all manner of environmental compliance, transactional, permitting and litigation matters. Examples of Alex’s work include: obtaining complex and contested Clean Water Act wetlands and discharge permits; counseling clients on a myriad of regulatory compliance and permitting matters under federal, state, and local requirements – including water, land, air, endangered species, hazardous waste, environmental assessment and remediation, etc.; counseling light and heavy industry and development clients on environmental, health and safety issues; and litigation involving permitting, government fines and penalties, and contaminated properties.
Alex is recognized by clients and peers as a leading environmental lawyer and litigator. This recognition includes listings in The Best Lawyers in America© (Environmental Law), Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” (Environmental Law) and North Carolina “Super Lawyers” (Environmental Litigation).
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Craig Schauer is a litigator who counsels and advocates for clients. He has been fortunate to counsel clients through a wide variety of disputes and legal problems, ranging from business disagreements to constitutional lawsuits. He regularly advocates for clients in state courts, federal courts, appellate courts, arbitration proceedings, and regulatory hearings.
Craig has represented businesses of all sizes—from small partnerships to Fortune 100 corporations—in state and federal courts, arbitration proceedings, and various regulatory agencies with disputes regarding contractual relationships, constitutional rights, class actions, unfair competition claims, government regulations, defamation, and other commercial issues. He has worked with clients in a variety of sectors, including healthcare, construction, professional sports, nonprofit, franchises, energy, financial services, public utilities, and local and state government.
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3:00 PM ESG Hot Topics
Presented by Michael Conrardy
Technical Leader Decarbonization and Sustainability
Technical Leader Decarbonization and Sustainability
Michael is a Technical Leader for Decarbonization and Sustainability in the Americas at AECOM. AECOM’s Decarbonization and Sustainability initiative is comprised of technical professionals across the company supporting clients with diverse service needs. Michael’s technical and policy expertise is in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventories, climate change mitigation strategies, carbon markets, and integrated sustainable solutions. At AECOM, Michael has guided numerous clients through compliance for GHG related regulations from agencies such as the California Air Resources Board and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He also works with organizations interested in voluntarily lowering their GHG emissions, targeting carbon neutrality, and procuring GHG offsets.
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