2016 Environmental Conference brings together regulators, compliance professionals

By Michael Shaw

Capitol Update, Oct. 9, 2016 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The 2016 Environmental Training Symposium and Conference put on by California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) and the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) was held in San Diego last week and drew environmental compliance professionals from much of Southern California. Attendees heard from a number of regulators from state and local agencies as well as legal experts and professionals regarding issues from air quality to climate change to waste management. 

Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Director Barbara Lee spoke along with me during a plenary session of the conference on the need for greater collaboration between regulators and industry. Director Lee opened the door for more industry input by encouraging early participation and I responded with a request that this industry input be given due consideration and credit in the regulatory process. She also shared a valuable bit of information regarding the timing of DTSC's development of a violation scoring system that will feed into the permitting process. The draft regulation is expected to be released in January 2017, next year. More to come on this subject in the future. 

Air Resources Board (ARB) staff reported on several regulatory proceedings, including the 2030 Scoping Plan and amendments to the cap-and-trade program. ARB staff shared that undefined changes to the free allocation of allowances under the cap-and-trade program (also known as industry assistance) would be released soon, but that the changes would undergo a workshop and some additional time prior to initiation of the 15-day comment period that was universally criticized at a recent board meeting.

CMTA is happy to partner each year with IEA to put on a high quality conference that provides policy and compliance professionals with access to regulators and experts from across the environmental issue spectrum. Look out for an announcement of the 2017 conference dates and save the date to attend the next conference. 

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