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Environmental Issues Forum

May 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

$270 – $295

Now in its 19th year, this is a popular, comprehensive update on the most current developments in the environmental arena with leading expert attorneys, government officials, and top consultants.


  • Welcome and Opening Comments
    Charlie Denton, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • Chamber Legislative Agenda/Priorities
    Jason Geer, Director of Energy & Environmental Policy, Michigan Chamber of Commerce
  • MDEQ Priorities and Updates
    MDEQ Director Liesl Eichler Clark (confirmed)
  • PFAS Emerging Contaminants: MDEQ and U.S. EPA Regulatory Updates
  • No Stricter than Federal EH&S Applicability
  • Air Emissions Permitting Compliance and Enforcement – U.S. EPA Rules Status Update, Renewable Operating Permit/Title 5 Fees, Michigan Climate Change Office
  • Waste Management: NREPA Part 115 Amendments and Landfill Tipping Fees/Recycling
  • Part 201 Cleanup Criteria and Brownfield Redevelopment Updates
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Permitting Issues

Expert Presenters:

MODERATOR: Charlie Denton, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, has coordinated and facilitated the Environmental Issues Forum for over 15 years. He is a member of the firm’s national Environmental Law Department, which was recently recognized as Tier 1 for National Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation in the annual “Best Law Firms” ranking by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. He focuses his practice on environmental agency enforcement defense, toxic torts and class action litigation, “Brownfields” redevelopment, environmental compliance counseling, pollution insurance coverage and alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Liesl Eichler Clark, Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer effective January 1, 2019. Her previous position was co-founder and partner of 5 Lakes Energy, a policy consulting firm that serves businesses, policymakers, and other stakeholders seeking to advance the transition to a clean energy economy. She has also served as president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council and as deputy director for energy programs at the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth. She held a series of roles involving natural resources, environmental and agriculture policy in state government from policy advisor in Governor Jennifer Granholm’s office to legislative liaison for the Michigan Department of Agriculture.

Jason Geer, Director of Energy & Environmental Policy, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, joined the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in January of 2011. He directs the Chamber’s Energy & Environment Committee and is responsible for working directly with the state legislature and state agencies to implement the Chamber’s legislative priorities.


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