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Feb 09 2016

In Wake of Supreme Court Climate Ruling, Environmental Experts, Leading Agency Officials Discuss Clean Air Act Impacts

Officials and regulatory experts will discuss community, business
and economic impacts of environmental laws included in the Clean Air Act

HOUSTON (Feb. 9, 2016) — Twenty expert speakers are slated for the 19th Annual Hot Air Topics (HAT) Conference of the Air & Waste Management Association – Gulf Coast Chapter (AWMA-GCC). The conference is comprised of regulatory, industry, legal, and environmental professionals, who will meet in Houston, Texas on February 11, 2016 at the Hilton Houston – Westchase hotel. Some of the important issues to be addressed at the conference are the new 70 part per billion (ppb) ozone standard, the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA), greenhouse gas (GHG) emission controls, federal regulatory planning, permitting lead times, and clean air regulation cost-benefits.

The HAT Conference will feature a keynote presentation by David Schoenbrod, Professor at New York Law School. Professor Schoenbrod is a Visiting Scholar with the American Enterprise Institute and former Senior Staff Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The keynote presentation will be followed by a CAA Policy Issues Panel highlighted by The Honorable Jerry Mouton, Mayor of the City of Deer Park and The Honorable Stephen DonCarlos, Mayor of the City of Baytown. Joining the mayors on the panel will be Ron Curry, EPA Region 6 Regional Administrator and Tom Jordan, Senior Policy Advisor, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

The mayors will be representing the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region at the conference. Mayor Mouton and Mayor DonCarlos have previously represented the Economic Alliance by sharing air quality expertise in front of federal, state, and local audiences, including the United States House of Representatives Energy and Power Subcommittee roundtable discussion where they shared with Congress the impacts of EPA‘s proposed ozone standard on their respective communities.

Other HAT sessions will include expert speakers from industry trade groups, government, academia, law firms and consulting firms. The speakers will present current issues and updates on air quality policy and regulations, including the EPA climate change regulations, the new 70 ppb ozone standard, the Federal CAA, federal regulatory planning, permitting lead times, and clean air regulation cost-benefits.

Economic Alliance member and renowned air quality expert, Jed Anderson, will be one of the speakers addressing CAA reform. Anderson, principal attorney with The AL Law Group, will discuss current air issues a Clean Air Act reform and modernization.

“I have been championing Clean Air Act reform for more than a decade,” said Anderson. “From my experience this is the root of the problem—and the place for opportunity. It is time for the U.S. Congress to simplify and transform the Clean Air Act.”

Other speakers and expert guests at the Air & Waste Management conference include:
Jeff Holmstead, Bracewell and former EPA Assistant Administrator for Air, Dr. Michael Honeycutt, Dr. Sabine Lange, and Bryan Sinclair from TCEQ, and Dr. Daniel Cohan from Rice University.


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