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Agenda Details 

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7:30-8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast
- Structured Networking (7:45-8:20) [info]
8:30-9:20

    Welcome & Keynote Address: Stacy Smedley, Skanska       

  9:30-10:45   Session 1 – Concurrent Tracks 


Development Issues & Tools

1A Redeveloping Major Sites

Major high-visibility projects developed on contaminated land face a complex set of known and unknown obstacles and risks – ranging from buried surprises to enhanced regulator and community scrutiny. Through a set of case studies, hear how developers have combined careful planning with flexibility to overcome these and other project challenges

 

Moderator
- Campbell Mathewson, CenturyPacific, LLLP
Speakers

- Brian Gouran, Port of Bellingham
- Marcia Medina, GHD
- Lynette Stauch, TRS Group, Inc.


Public Sector Strategies


1B The Leveraging Power of Grants

Public entities have access to special state and federal grant programs that support re-use projects. While these rarely cover the full cost of cleanup, they can be especially powerful when used in a combined package and as part of a financial leveraging process. Learn how these programs have been successfully used, and how best to work with the agencies involved.  

Moderator
Tiffany Johnson, Washington Dept. of Ecology
Speakers
- Michael Echanove, City of Palouse
- Jay Hester, Port of Sunnyside
- Connie Rivera, Washington Dept. of Commerce



Regulations & Technologies


1C Vapor Intrusion - A Growing Challenge

While residual soil and water contamination can continue to off-gas over time, the process for making a site safe for building occupants was thought to be well known. New concerns over Vapor Intrusion (VI) from substances such as TCE (trichloroethylene) and the rethinking of exposure limits could have significant impacts on project requirements. Explore recent developments regarding VI action levels, and the implications for testing, monitoring, and controls.
 


Moderator
- Susan Stumpf, SoundEarth Strategies, Inc.
Speakers

- Mark Gordon, Washington Dept. of Ecology
- Gary Pascoe, Pascoe Environmental Consulting

10:45-11:15 Networking Break

11:15-12:30 Session 2 – Concurrent Tracks



Development Issues & Tools


2A The Transit-Oriented Development Opportunity

The creation of transit corridors, as exemplified by urban light rail projects, promises to open up new areas for mixed-use development, and to bring economic opportunities to overlooked neighborhoods. Hear about the experience of several cities and projects, and explore under what conditions the “build it and they will come” principle holds.
 


Moderator
- Tom Mergy, PBS Engineering and Environmental, Inc.
Speakers
- Sarah Lovell, Sound Transit
- Katie Porter, Capitol Hill Housing
- Derek Speck, City of Tukwila
 



Public Sector Strategies


2B Implementing Public/Private Partnerships

The public sector often needs private investment to develop commercial projects on publicly owned land – especially when high up-front costs, such as for cleanup, are involved. Take an in-depth look at how the “P3” model works in practice, including the deal process, development agreements, regulatory issues, and building community acceptance.
 


Moderator
- Michael Stringer, Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc.
Speakers  
- Brian Gouran, Port of Bellingham
- Jordan Rash, Forterra
- Dave Ripp, Port of Camas-Washougal  



Regulations & Technologies


2C Achieving Site Closure

Defining when a cleanup process can be considered “closed” from a regulatory perspective can vary based on the needs of the parties involved. Examine the rules and options, the pluses and minuses of risk based closure, the limits of No Further Action letters, and the experience of projects that have gone through the process.

 


Moderator
- Patrick Domres, GHD
Speakers
- Mike Arnold, ERM
- Mark Gordon, Washington Dept. of Ecology
- Christina McClelland, GHD
    

12:30-2:00    
 LUNCH & Keynote Address: David Williams, Author (GeologyWriter.com)
 
2:00-3:15 Session 3 – Concurrent Tracks



Development Issues & Tools


3A Managing Contamination Liability  
 
The responsibility for contamination liability is usually established as part of a property transfer agreement, but what happens after the sale? Explore how to manage these residual liabilities and how to deal with new discoveries and unforeseen events.

  


Moderator
- Mike Ehlebracht, Hart Crowser, Inc.
Speakers
- Thomas Kilbane, Attorney at Law
- Ken Lederman, Foster Pepper, PLLC    



Public Sector Strategies


3B Washington Ports as Redevelopment Leaders

Ports have a special position in contaminated property re-use not only because they often own such properties, but also because of their economic development missions and access to “patient” capital. Hear how several ports have approached the re-use challenge according to differing goals, strategies, and business models.


Moderator
-
Larry Beard, Landau Associates, Inc.
 Speakers
- Erik Gerking, Port of Everett
- Mike Hogan, Port of Bellingham
- Don Robbins, Port of Seattle



Regulations & Technologies


3C New Approaches to Remediation

New technologies and approaches are continually being developed to improve the contamination remediation process. Learn about some recent innovations in the field – along with their strengths, application scenarios, and their challenges gaining acceptance in this often risk-averse arena.
 


Moderator
- Lynette Stauch, TRS Group, Inc.
Speakers
- Gary Birk, Tersus Environmental, LLC
- Dominic Giaudrone, CDM Smith, Inc.
- Kira Lynch, U.S. EPA
- Terry Montoya, SoundEarth Strategies, Inc.

3:15-3:45 Networking Break  

3:45-5:00 Session 4 Concurrent Tracks



Development Issues & Tools


4A Brownfield to Regional Waterfront Park

Over a period of years, Bremerton, WA transformed a former industrial site from a brownfield to the City’s most highly prized waterfront park. Phased clean-up combined with recreational development turned the property into a destination park while increasing property values in the surrounding neighborhood, and inviting private investment on adjacent parcels. Learn how the City used multiple environmental and recreational grant resources to revitalize this site.
 


Moderator
Tracy Williams, Murphy Armstrong & Felton LLP
Speakers
Wyn Birkenthal, City of Bremerton
- David Dinkuhn, Parametrix
- Tom Knuckey, City of Bremerton



Public Sector Strategies


4B Strategies for Community Development

Industrial communities typically have lower redevelopment potential and thus greater challenges in repurposing contaminated sites. Explore the processes used by several cities to build strategies that go beyond a focus on individual sites – and with what results.
 


Moderator
- Bill Webb, Stantec
Speakers
- Steve Goins, City of Shelton
- Patty Lent, City of Bremerton
- Paul Popelka, City of Everett



Regulations & Technologies


4C Implementing the Model Remedy Concept

The Washington Department of Ecology has embarked on a process to establish standardized cleanup methods called “Model Remedies” in order to streamline and accelerate cleanups at sites that have routine types of cleanup needs and present relatively low environmental and health risks. Get a status report on this process, including the first draft model covering Petroleum Contaminated Soils, and hear how other states have implemented this concept.

 

Moderator
Jeremy Porter, Aspect Consulting LLC
Speakers

- Jeff Gaarder, GHD
- Mark Gordon, Washington Dept. of Ecology
- Douglas Steding, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP

5:00-6:00 Cocktail Reception