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)
Special Topics • Water • Waste Management
November 18, 2021
8:00 AM How do I Communicate with my Community?
Presented by Frank Stillo III, Ph.D
Frank represents Geosyntec Consultants with over 15 years of experience in environmental and geotechnical consulting, environmental health & safety, risk communication design and risk assessment, and academic research. He received his Bachelor degree in Environmental Science from Old Dominion University and continued his higher education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a Master of Science (2015) and Doctor of Philosophy (2019) in Risk Communication and Assessment. Some of his key achievements in that time include taking a small assessment opportunity on a Fortune 100 company site in Pennsylvania and expanding it into a successfully managed and well-executed $5M+ multisite facility upgrade project. Frank served as the Environmental Compliance Technical Lead for UNC for all $20MM-plus Capital Expenditures and smaller capital projects. Since moving to North Carolina in 2009, Frank has established strong working relationships with regulatory agencies, which has allowed him to collaborate to develop innovative approaches to meet project needs, particularly with NC Brownfields, environmental due diligence auditing and compliance, and coal ash pond risk assessment.
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9:15 AM Emerging Contaminants – What are the next steps?
Presented by Dora Chiang, PhD, PE
Dore Chiang serves as Wood’s Global Technical Leader for Environmental Remediation. She has had a long and successful career focusing on working collaboratively with industrial and governmental clients investigation and treating a wide range of organic and inorganic contaminants. She is known for developing innovative solutions that sustainably destroy legacy and emerging contaminant permanently, such as 1,4-dioxane biodegradation and PFAS destruction. She has served as project technical director for numerous clients including the U.S. Air Force, ExxonMobil, Total, BP, Lockheed Martin and many others.
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10:30 AM Confidentiality for Consultant Products and Attorney/Client Privilege
Presented by Ethan Ware
Ethan Ware is chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Group at Williams Mullen and represents clients in a broad range of matters involving environmental issues.
Located in the Columbia, South Carolina office, Ethan has defended cases, both in courts and before administrative agencies at both the state and federal level. Those cases have included class action lawsuits, federal and state enforcement actions in the courts, cost recovery actions, permit appeals and administrative investigations and litigation.
As part of his background, Ethan has defended mining, manufacturing, and importers/distributors in all facets of EPA regulation. His cases have involved exposures to and releases of heavy metals from manufacture and fabrication, organic chemicals, paint, pesticides, asbestos, PCBs, hazardous wastes, air and water emissions, animal waste and regulatory requirements.
Ethan has defended cases arising under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, EPCRA, RCRA, CERCLA, TSCA, and their state counter-parts. He has also represented clients in connection with criminal prosecutions and investigations. His experience also includes review of environmental issues in transactions and environmental and health and safety training and auditing programs. As part of service to the mining industry, Ethan has defended cases for mine safety and exposure liability.
Ethan is listed as a leading environmental attorney by Chambers USA (2016-present), and he is listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for environmental law and environmental litigation (2013-present). In 2013, Ethan was named the Best Lawyers® Columbia Lawyer of the Year for both environmental law and environmental litigation. In addition, Martindale-Hubbell has rated Ethan an AV attorney, its highest rating available. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Wofford College.
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12:30 PM Voluntary Remedial Action Program and Risk-Based Remediation Updates
Presented by Harry H. Morris, PG
Mr. Morris has 35+ years of geologic/hydrogeologic and litigation support and expert witness/expert report experience. His technical specialties include hydrogeologic investigation using innovative site characterization tools, and creation of Hydrogeologic Site Conceptual Models (HCSM). Mr. Morris has extensive experience in environmental forensics, statistical evaluation of groundwater monitoring data, and performing geochemical investigations. In addition to hydrogeology and site characterization, he is a subject matter expert in the areas of CERCLA and State Superfund compliance, RCRA facility investigation, corrective action, remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS), risk-screening/risk-based decision making, and risk assessment (RA), remedial design/remedial action (RD/RA), brownfield redevelopment and site restoration planning, permitting, and coordination of redevelopment stakeholders. Mr. Morris is also a subject matter expert in the strategic evaluation of remedial solutions and has been directly involved in analysis and/or implementation of numerous remedial technologies including SVE, injection of additives for aerobic and anaerobic enhanced in-situ bioremediation (EISB), phytoremediation, in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO), injection of reagents for stabilization/fixation of metals, and construction of Permeable Reactive Barriers (PRBs). Lastly, Mr. Morris is experienced in preparing remediation liability financial forecasts (Sarbanes-Oxley environmental liability financial reserve estimates), and maintaining project life-cycle financial/cost forecasts.
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Ryan Trail is a partner in the Environmental & Natural Resources practice group of Williams Mullen. Mr. Trail represents companies facing complex environmental regulatory issues in the industrial, manufacturing, real estate and banking industries. He helps companies maintain compliance with constantly evolving environmental laws and regulations, and he counsels landowners, potential purchasers and lenders on environmental liabilities related to contaminated real estate. Ryan also helps clients obtain and comply with numerous environmental permits, including industrial wastewater discharge permits, stormwater permits and air permits.
Ryan counsels clients on matters involving the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund). He also advises industrial clients on chemical reporting requirements featured in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Ryan frequently advises clients on matters involving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC).
He has been recognized in Greenville Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite of the Upstate” for Environmental Law (2014, 2019, 2021) and “Legal Elite of the Midlands” for Environmental Law (2020). Ryan serves on the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Issues Committee and is involved with business-related trade associations throughout South Carolina, including the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, the Upstate Employers Network and the Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association.
Ryan earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2008. He graduated with his B.A. in History from Presbyterian College in 2004.
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1:45 PM Smart-Design your PFAS Treatment System
Technical Program Manager
Bilgen Yuncu, PhD
Remediation Group Leader
Draper Aden Associates
Technical Program Manager
Lindsay Boone is a Technical Program Manager at Enthalpy’s Ultratrace Lab specializing in PFAS analysis. She received her Master’s in Analytical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Lindsay has worked extensively with Waste Water Treatment Plants throughout the state of North Carolina on both sampling techniques and date interpretation for PFAS compounds within their influent and effluent samples.
CONTACT LINDSAY BOONE
Remediation Group Leader
Draper Aden Associates
Dr. Bilgen Yuncu is a project manager and remediation group leader at Draper Aden Associates in the Cary, NC office. She specializes in the application of physico-chemical treatment processes and bioremediation of hazardous compounds in soil and groundwater. Dr, Yuncu is the lead engineer on many of Draper Aden Associates’ in situ bioremediation projects. She is an author of several publications and an active presenter of in situ remediation technologies at national and international conferences.
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3:00 PM Stormwater/Wastewater Regulatory Update, Plus: Evaluation and Interpretation of Laboratory Data
Maria Scicchitano PE
Technical Leader Decarbonization and Sustainability
Maria Scicchitano has 5 years of experience in wastewater treatment design and industrial discharge permitting. Her primary areas of practice are in industrial and municipal wastewater process evaluation and optimization, biological treatment system design, and industrial pretreatment permitting and compliance reporting. Maria recently completed her Master’s in Environmental Engineer at N.C. State with a focus in physical-chemical and biological treatment processes.
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Senior Chemist and Business Development Manager
Mr. Verheul is a Senior Chemist and the Business Development Manager of Enthalpy Analytical’s South Richmond, Virginia, Laboratory location. He has more than 17 years of analytical experience within the environmental industry, and has led various laboratory teams in the wet chemistries and metals analysis departments. Mr. Verheul has also served as lead Project Manager for various complex projects across a range of disciplines; this includes the energy sector, solid waste industry, industrial and municipal wastewater treatment, drinking water treatment, biogas reclamation, and others. Mr. Verheul received his B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary.
CONTACT JP VERHUEL
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