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The Challenges of Environmental Auditing and Air Permitting and Compliance


May 6, 2019


Washington, DC (webinar available for a.m. sessions only)

Third Meeting (by invitation only) of the Environmental Law Institute’s Corporate In-House Counsel and EHS Officers Council on the topics of emerging risks arising out of an era of increasing regulatory uncertainty

This meeting began with remarks and questions and answers by William Wehrum, Assistant Administrator of the Office of Air and Radiation of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The remainder of the meeting was a private discussion amongst the members of the ELI In-house Council's corporate EHS officers and in-house attorneys and invitees from across industry sectors, regarding regulatory risks and best practices for addressing challenges in connection with the process and reporting of environmental audits, including approaches to setting and meeting environmental objectives and targets, challenges associated with federal regulations, state regulations, and local ordinances/codes that may not be aligned, the pros and cons of conducting environmental audits under the attorney-client privilege, how to communicate successes and shortfalls, and how to best navigate outcomes and potential pitfalls.



9:45 a.m.

Coffee and Registration

10:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks: Scott Fulton, President of the Environmental Law Institute

10:30 a.m.

Discussion of Clean Air Act Permitting Compliance with Q&A:
William Wehrum, Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

11:30 a.m.

Panel Discussion on Evolution of Environmental Auditing:

  • David Batson, Esq., AlterEcho (moderator)
  • Merrill Fliederbaum, Assistant General Counsel, Environmental Law Group, Pfizer, Inc.
  • Kyle M.H. Jones, Senior Counsel, Head of Environment, Health, and Safety, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, US LLC
  • Roger Martella, General Counsel, Environment, Health and Safety, General Electric

12:00 p.m.

Lunch (provided by ELI)

12:30 p.m.

Introductions: David Batson, AlterEcho (facilitator)

1:00 p.m.

Discussion of Current & Emerging Environmental Auditing Challenges:

  • Perspectives on current state of environmental auditing
  • Factors driving EA approaches
  • Emerging impacts and challenges
  • Learnings on effective strategies

2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Discussion Continued

3:45 p.m.

Consideration of Future EHS Council Efforts

4:00 p.m.

Closing and Next Steps: Roger Martella, General Counsel, EHS, General Electric