The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued its long-awaited final stormwater rule which will impact nearly every construction and development project in the United States. The rule, published in the Federal Register on December 1, 2009, for the first time imposes an enforceable numeric limit on stormwater discharges from large construction sites, requires monitoring to ensure compliance with the numeric limit, and requires nearly all construction sites to implement a range of erosion and sediment controls and pollution prevention measures beginning February 1, 2010.
In addition, the EPA has made it clear that it will continue to target construction sites, and contractors, for enforcement under the Clean Water Act for violation of stormwater permitting and management requirements. This continues a trend begun in 2008.
Our panel of experts will discuss all aspects of stormwater management at construction sites and will help you learn how your company can comply with the new rules and manage the associated enforcement risk.
Dianne R. Phillips | Partner, Environmental Team, Holland & Knight | Boston
Ms. Phillips has more than 20 years of experience practicing environmental law. She has been involved in numerous permitting and enforcement matters on the federal, state and local levels. Ms. Phillips will present an overview of the new requirements, as well as highlight some traps for the unwary gleaned from enforcement experience.
Ingeborg E. Hegemann | V.P. of Ecological Sciences, BSC Group, Inc. | Boston
Ms. Hegemann has 30 years of consulting experience in environmental sciences, including stormwater management. Her experience with construction-related activities across the state will be included in her discussion on the selection, implementation, and management of stormwater best management practices. She will provide examples of do’s and don’ts for site and linear projects, and will discuss the ecological background behind the changing regulations.
Jeff Bernarducci | Senior Associate, Construction Industry Practice Group, Holland & Knight | Boston
Mr. Bernarducci has extensive experience counseling construction contractors in contracting strategy and risk management. Mr. Bernarducci will share his experience related to contracting strategies and risk management associated with contracting, compliance and enforcement risk for stormwater management and other environmental issues at construction sites.
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