July 31, 2018

Hunton Andrews Kurth and the Environmental Law Institute held a complimentary summer speaker series featuring key representatives from environmental regulatory agencies. The series of informal seminars provided attendees with the opportunity to directly interact with environmental regulators and professionals in the field on the latest issues and challenges in environmental law in California and throughout the western United States.


Bay Area Air Qualty Management District

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is charged with regulating air quality in the Bay Area. The California Legislature created the Air District in 1955 as the first regional air pollution control agency in the country. The Air District is tasked with regulating stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southwestern Solano, and southern Sonoma counties. It is governed by a 24-member Board of Directors composed of locally elected officials from each of the nine Bay Area counties. As the Air District’s chief legal officer, Mr. Brian Bunger is the principal manager for the legal affairs of the agency, including litigation, legal aspects of enforcement actions pursued by the Air District, contracts review and negotiations, providing counseling on regulatory and administrative law issues, and acting as Counsel to the Air District’s Executive Officer, Board of Directors, and Advisory Council. Mr. Bunger discussed the latest challenges and priorities for the Air District.

Brian Bunger, District Counsel, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Julie Cress, Senior Attorney, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP (Moderator)

 

 

**See other sessions in the San Francisco Summer Speaker Series schedule HERE.**

July 31, 2018

ELI Member Breaking News Webinar

The Department of the Interior and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently proposed comprehensive changes in how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is implemented. These regulations and policies address the species listing process, including the definition of “foreseeable future,” critical habitat designations, and the Section 7 consultation process, which directs all Federal agencies to consult with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when any agency action might affect an endangered or threatened species. If approved, these rules could have a significant impact on species conservation in the United States. The proposed changes were published to the Federal Register on July 25th and will be open to public comment for 60 days. Join ELI and expert panelists for this Breaking News webinar, which will highlight initial reactions to the proposed changes, released on July 19th.

This panel provided an advanced look into potential benefits and repercussions of utilizing the ESA under this regulatory proposal.  Each panelist highlighted his/her top areas of interest in the proposals and described improvements that could be made in the process to finalize the regulations.

Panelists:
Ya-Wei Li, Director for Biodiversity, Environmental Policy Innovation Center, Moderator
Dave Owen, Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
Holly Pearen, Senior Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund
Steven P. Quarles, Partner, Nossaman LLP
Jonathan Wood, Adjunct Fellow, Property and Environment Research Center (PERC)

Materials:
ELI members will have access to a recording of this session (usually posted w/in 48 hours). If you are not an ELI member but would like to have access to archived sessions like this one, go HERE to see the many benefits of membership and how to join.