2013 Spring Forum - NCSL Environment Committee

May 2-4, 2013 Denver, Colo.

Presentations and Materials

Thursday, May 2

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Centennial G

Implications of Pending EPA Coal Ash Regulations for States and Beneficial Reuse

Joint session with NCSL Energy, Transportation & Agriculture Committee

State & local governments along with industry and environmental stakeholders have been anticipating new regulations regarding the management of coal ash since May 2010 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first proposed two options for regulating coal ash under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).  While EPA has yet to establish a timeline for promulgating final regulations, conversations continue regarding the potential impact of the rules on the environment, existing state management programs, coal-fired power plants and industries that rely heavily on the beneficial reuse of coal ash. Join your colleagues for a discussion of the pending rule, congressional oversight efforts and what both may mean for states moving forward.

Moderator:
Representative Jim Gooch, Kentucky
Co-Chair, Energy, Transportation & Agriculture Committee
 
Panelists:
Steve Brown, Executive Director, Environmental Council of the States (ECOS)
Danny Gray, Executive Vice President, Charah:  "Coal Combustion Management Resource Recovery Success"
Dave Lock, Senior Manager, Government Relations, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association:  Tri-State Presentation


Lunch Sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)
 

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Centennial B

Water Quality and Availability Roundtable

The roundtable is kicked off with a  presentation by Kate Gailbraith, reporter to the Texas Tribune on water quality issues within the state. Attendees will have a chance to discuss Texas' water legislation with Kate and apply the Texas case to water issues within their own states.

Moderator
Cindy Lash, Kansas
Staff Vice-Chair, NCSL Environment Committee

Materials of Interest:
"Getting Serious About a Texas Sized Drought" by Kait Gailbraith, Texas Tribune, April 8 ,2013.

3:30p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Centennial B

Business Meeting
Consider new policy resolution on water infrastructure financing
Friday, May 3

8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Centennial H

 

Do Our National Infrastructure Systems Make the Grade?

Joint session with NCSL Energy, Transportation & Agriculture Committee, NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee and NCSL Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce Committee
 
Physical infrastructure is critical to the nation's economy and affects the daily life of virtually all Americans. However, this infrastructure--including highway, transit, water, and hazardous waste--is under strain as years of under investment have resulted in some very poor grades for our infrastructure systems. Exacerbating this issue have been the many budget constraints that states and federal government continue to face as they recover from the severe economic downturn. Come learn how states have responded to these challenges and whether or not they’ve made the honor roll.
 
Moderator:
Senator Ross Tolleson, Georgia
Co-Chair, NCSL Environment Committee
 
Panelists:
Brian Pallasch, Managing Director, Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives , American Society of Civil Engineers: "2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure"
Richard Norment, Executive Director, National Council for Public-Private Partnerships: "Do Your National Infrastructures Make the Grade?"
Michael Santorelli, Director, Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute, New York Law School: "Head of the Class: Broadband in the United States"

Breakfast sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Centennial B

Working Together Towards Better Forestry Management– Lessons Learned from Co-management Agreements Between States, Tribes and the Federal Government
 
Participate in a conversation on how the federal government can work with states and tribal governments to sustainably manage their land. Learn about initiatives in states around the nation to co-manage state/federal land in order to improve forest health, reduce wildfires, increase timber production, and generate revenue for the state.
 
Moderator
Representative John McCoy, Washington
Co-Chair, NCSL Environment Committee
 
Panelist
Dan Jiron, Regional Forester, Rocky Mountain Region, U.S. Forest Services
Dr. Gary Morishima, Technical Advisor for Natural Resources to the Quinault Indian Nation: "Indian Tribes and Forests"

11:00 a.m.- 12:15 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Denver Level 3-Centennial H

Feeding People, Not Landfills – Why Reducing Food Waste Matters

Joint session with NCSL Energy, Transportation & Agriculture Committee, NCSL Human Services & Welfare Committee and NCSL Hunger Partnership

Reducing food waste in our society has significant economic, social and environmental benefits that bring a diverse array of stakeholders together.  In 2010 more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated while 17.2 million U.S. households were food insecure.  Whether diverting food waste from landfills, reducing resources used in food production, or incentivizing food donation, opportunities exist for legislators to play an active role in moving this effort forward.  Join your colleagues from across the human services, agriculture and environment fields for a discussion of just what states are and can be doing to tackle this emerging issue.

Moderator
Representative Mary Jane Wallner, New Hampshire
Co-Chair, NCSL Human Services & Welfare Committee

 
Panelists
Jake Hamlin, Director of Government Relations, Cargill: "Feeding People Not Landfills: Why Reducing Food Waste Matters"
Jeanne Von Zastrow, Senior Director, Industry Relations & Sustainability, Food Marketing Institute (FMI): "On a Mission to Reduce Food Waste"
Carrie Calvert, Director of Tax and Commodity Policy, Feeding America: "Feeding People Not Landfills: Why Reducing Food Waste Matters"
 

12:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.      
Hyatt Regency – Level 3Centennial DE         

Plenary Luncheon


Topic: The Natural Gas Bonanza
 The combined use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling has unlocked a bounty of natural gas, often in regions that may not be accustomed to oil and gas extraction. This rapid expansion has heightened concern over how to protect water quality and the environment while extracting these newly accessible resources. This session will explore the domestic natural gas picture and the issues states are confronting as they work to protect water resources and ensure safe, responsible natural gas development. Speakers will also discuss the outlook for natural gas development and state legislative efforts.
 
Speaker:
Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., Director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University
Tisha Conoly Schuller – President & CEO, Colorado Oil & Gas Association: "Colorado's Energy Conversation"
Dan Grossman, Environmental Defense Fund, Incorporated, Colorado: "The Natural Gas Bonanza: Promise and Risk"
Scott Moore, Anadarko Petroleum Company, Colorado