March 27 - 28, 2019
LocationNational Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
Wednesday, March 27
Buffet Lunch — Working Lunch and Discussion
Welcome and Self-Introductions
Compliance Innovation Group Update: Corporate View of U.S. EPA Changes
This talk will address the perceptions versus the realities of the impact of the Trump Administration on environmental issues and corporate culture. It will deal in more detail on "great expectations and limited realities," the actual status of changed regulations, policies, and longer-term implications.
Painting EHS&S Risks into the Enterprise Risk Picture
This session will feature case studies from those who have framed EHS&S risks into the enterprise risk picture and examine what benefits they were able to achieve. It will also explore key information EHS&S leaders can learn from Enterprise Risk Management and the top EHS&S risks companies are facing today versus tomorrow.
Group Discussion: Legalization of Marijuana and Corporate Policies
With marijuana being legal for recreational use in 10 states and Canada, employers are working to understand their rights and responsibilities. This session will review the current landscape of legalization, and then turn into a group discussion. The conversation will address such issues as marijuana use by safety sensitive functions, whether it should be treated differently than any other impaired work, and what accommodations are expected of employers in Canada.
EHS Trends: The Ideas That Will Shape EHS&S Management in the Year to Come
Thursday, March 28
Graying and Greening of Workforce
This round-robin session will address the management challenges of succession planning, competency building, and training that are occurring due to generational changes in the workforce. Many senior staff are retiring, and new employees are coming in with a different motivation and outlook on work. These challenges extend beyond industry and also affect government and NGOs. Find out how this shift will impact internal operations as well the relationships between companies and external organizations.
ECOS State Regulatory Update
Following the Regional Haze Reform Roadmap
In September, the EPA released the Regional Haze Reform Roadmap, which supports states to manage the regional haze program today and in the future. This session will provide an update on what steps are being taken around the country, and offer guidance on how to navigate the various systems that have been put in place.
PFAS Technical and Regulatory Updates
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), are a class of man-made chemicals. They are not naturally found in the environment. Due to the strength of their carbon-fluorine bonds, PFAS are persistent in the environment and difficult to remediate, and PFAS exposures and risks can result in regulatory concerns and active management at contaminated sites and surrounding areas.
This presentation will provide an overview of PFAS sources, chemistry, environmental fate and transport, exposure pathways and toxicology. The occurrence of PFAS in drinking water sources in the United States as well as a synthesis of the state of knowledge regarding the characterization and remediation of PFAS-impacted sites will also be discussed. Finally, this presentation will provide the latest regulatory updates on PFAS with a detailed discussion of the Environmental Protection Agency’s PFAS Action Plan and state responses.